Myanmar Court Rejects Appeal Of 2 Imprisoned Reuters Journalists

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were reporting on a massacre of Rohingya men when they were arrested and later convicted of violating the country's Official Secrets Act. They were sentenced to seven years.
Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone were escorted by police after a court hearing in August 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar. Source: Ann Wang

A court in Myanmar has upheld the convictions of two Reuters journalists serving seven-year prison sentences in a case that has drawn international criticism and cast doubt on the state of democracy in the country.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo last fall of violating the Myanmar's colonial-era Official Secrets Act. They were in Myanmar a massacre of 10 Rohingya men amid a military crackdown on the country's Muslim minority.

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