Myanmar Releases Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reuters Journalists From Prison

"I'm really happy and excited to see my family and my colleagues," Wa Lone told reporters as he left the prison after more than 500 days. "And I can't wait to go to my newsroom."
Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo after being freed from Insein prison, after receiving a presidential pardon in Yangon, Myanmar, on Tuesday. Source: Ann Wang

After more than 500 days behind bars, two Reuters journalists convicted of breaking Myanman's Official Secrets Act have been released from prison.

The two men, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, were pardoned by President Win Myint. They were pardoned as part of New Year's amnesty custom in which thousands of people were released from the country's overcrowded prisons.

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