In Burma, a pair of Reuters journalists reached their 100th day behind bars Wednesday, as they face up to 14 years in prison for allegedly violating Burma’s Official Secrets Act. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested on December 12 as they investigated a massacre committed by the Burmese military targeting Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din last September. As police led him away from a courthouse in Rangoon, Kyaw Soe Oo briefly held his young daughter and addressed reporters.
Kyaw Soe Oo: “I would like to record for my daughter that people who reported the truth were detained and put behind bars in Burma. I want my daughter to know when she grows up that this is a shame. Please record this, so that my daughter knows the things that happened with this government: The truth seekers were arrested, were put behind bars, and media freedom was curtailed.”
On Wednesday, members of Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club said it has gathered 42,000 signatures calling for the release of the journalists. Members of the club say Burma’s Embassy in Hong Kong closed its doors early on Wednesday in an effort to avoid receiving the petition.