In Burma, two Reuters journalists have been charged under Burma’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries up to 14 years in prison. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested on December 12 as they investigated a Burmese military massacre of Rohingya Muslims committed in the village of Inn Din last September. This is Wa Lone speaking outside the court Monday.
Wa Lone: “We didn’t commit any crime. What I would like to say in relation to the court’s decision today is that we will not give up. The court’s decision is not a declaration that we are guilty. Even though we are charged, we are not guilty. We have an opportunity to defend ourselves. In the upcoming sessions, we will testify to our innocence. We will not tremble before the charges laid on us.”