Myanmar verdict on Reuters journos faces global flak

Sep 03, 2018, 6:55 AM EDT
Two Reuters journalists were detained in Myanmar in December after reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims.
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Two Reuters journalists, who were detained in Myanmar in December after reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, have been awarded a jail term of seven years for violating a state secrets act.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, both citizens of Myanmar, claim they have been falsely implicated by the authorities in a bid to thwart their independent investigation into the murder of 10 Rohingya men by the army in the Rakhine state, notes the BBC.

The journalist duo is accused of illegally obtaining secret state documents, which they claim, have been planted on them by the police, notes The Guardian. The case has turned the spotlight on the precarious state of freedom of the press in Myanmar, already facing global scrutiny over its handling of the Rohingya crisis.

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