The Reuters news agency has published a shocking report about how Burmese soldiers and members of an informal militia killed 10 Rohingya Muslim captives in September. At least two of the men were hacked to death. The others were shot. Reuters published one photo showing the 10 men lined up in a row on the day of their execution. A second photo shows the men’s bloodied bodies buried in a single grave. The killings were part of what the United Nations has described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” During the reporting of the article, two Reuters journalists were arrested by Burmese police. They have been detained since December 12. Fellow journalist Salai Thant Zin of the publication The Irrawaddy criticized the detention of the journalists during a protest on Sunday.
Salai Thant Zin: “The situation is now more obvious that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested because of their investigative report on the Inn Din massacre. Journalists have the right to access the news according to journalistic ethics. This incident is an abuse of justice. This is also evidence that the media are being intimidated in Burma.”