Myanmar: Widespread protests over jailing of Reuters journos

The prison sentence of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar has sparked an international outcry and hundreds of activists and journalists took to streets to raise their voice against the verdict. International organisations have raised concerns about the threat to freedom of press in the country.

Protestors who were comprised of school students and other activists came together at Yangon to raise their voices and denounce the verdict against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

Demonstrators used the slogans, “Murder is not a state secret and revealing the truth is                 not a crime” along with releasing of black coloured balloons which had photos of the two journalists.

Both the Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment for breaching a law on State Secrets while they were reporting on the dire conditions of the Rohingya. The journalists were arrested in December 2017 as they were involved in investigation of the killing of Rohingya men by the security forces.

The verdict was condemned internationally and invoked huge cry and uproar from UN and other human rights organisations. Nobel laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also the de facto head of the government has shocking supported the verdict and ruled out that both the journalists were not jailed for their journalism. Six Journalist organisations of Mynamar have unanimously expressed their disappointment over Aung San Suu Kyi’s words.

 

 

 

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