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Jailed Reuters Journalists Denied Bail by Burmese Court

HeadlineFeb 02, 2018

Meanwhile, a pair of Reuters journalists who were arrested after covering the persecution of Rohingya villagers have been denied bail by a Burmese court in Rangoon. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo face up to 14 years if convicted on the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, despite international condemnation over their arrests. This is Wa Lone speaking briefly to reporters as police led him away in handcuffs from a courtroom on Wednesday.

Wa Lone: “The police told us to sign a document about our arrests, when we were detained. They said they will add more charges, unless we sign the document.”

On Thursday, the office of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called for the journalists’ release, citing the “erosion of press freedom” in Burma.

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