A Myanmar judge on Monday found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years, in a landmark case seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the Southeast Asian country.
Yangon northern district judge Ye Lwin said Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, breached the colonial-era Official Secrets Act when they collected and obtained confidential documents.
“JCPA is very concerned about the arrest of the Reuter journalists and supports the UN efforts for their release. It is intimidation and a blow to freedom of the press and human rights.”
JCPA is the umbrella body of the Jewish community relations field, which advocate for a just and pluralistic America, global human rights, and peace in Israel.
National security reporter for The Washington Post Ellen Nakashima said,
“Today is a sad day for Myanmar, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and the press everywhere,” --Reuters editor in chief Stephen J Adler after Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for seven years in landmark secrets case.”
Futurist, Trendcaster, Economist and New York Times Best Selling Author of Digital Destiny & President Avrio Institute Shawn DuBravac, PhD said,
“This is what the world looks like when the press is considered an enemy of the state.”
Editor-in-chief of Reuters Stephen J. Adler said,
"Unjust verdict that undermines press freedom in Myanmar and everywhere: Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for seven years in landmark secrets case"