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Jailed Myanmar Reuters reporters file appeal

2018-11-06 11:05:18
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YANGON AFP Nov5, 2018 -  Lawyers for two Myanmar Reuters journalists filed an appeal Monday against their seven-year jail sentence linked to their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, the news agency said.   


Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were found guilty under a state secrets act in September after exposing the extrajudicial killing of 10 Rohingya men during a brutal military crackdown last year.   


The verdict -- following what was widely viewed as a sham trial held to intimidate Myanmar’s nascent community of journalists -- sparked widespread condemnation.   


Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen J Adler said in a statement the ruling ignored “compelling evidence” that the two reporters had been framed by the authorities.   

 


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