Something went wrong with the connection!
 Breaking News

US joins outcry against Myanmar’s jailing of 2 reporters

US joins outcry against Myanmar’s jailing of 2 reporters
September 04
15:03 2018

WASHINGTON: The United States has condemned the jailing in Myanmar of two Reuters journalists who had reported on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in that country, calling it “deeply troubling” and urging the men’s immediate release. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of violating the Official Secrets Act, a draconian British colonial-era law which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.

The case has drawn international condemnation as an attempt by Myanmar authorities to muzzle reporting on last year’s crackdown by security forces on the Rohingya minority. A statement from the US embassy in Yangon said the case raises “serious concerns about rule of law and judicial independence in Myanmar, and the reporters’ conviction is a major setback to the government of Myanmar’s stated goal of expanding democratic freedoms.”

The US State Department did not issue a separate statement, preferring instead to the embassy comment. The United Nations, the European Union and, separately, EU members Britain and France have condemned the verdict and called for the release of the men, jailed since December.

Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar, Bob Rae, denounced the sentence as “a parody of justice.” The reporters have denied the charges, insisting they were set up while exposing the extrajudicial killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims in Inn Din village last September. They told the court they had been invited to dinner by police in Yangon, who handed those documents. As they left the restaurant, the two men were detained for possessing classified material.

A whistleblowing policeman’s testimony corroborated the men’s version. The group Reporters without Borders denounced the “sham trial,” which it said had dealt “a terrible blow to press freedom in Myanmar.” It called for the men’s immediate release. PTI

Comments

comments

Related Articles

E-paper Latest Edition

Subscribe to our Digital Edition

Epaper

ADVERTISEMENT – Tracy Hills

Tracy Hills

ADVERTISEMENT – Mountain House Living

Mountain House

ADVERTISEMENT – Ponderosa Homes

Ponderosa Homes

ADVERTISEMENT – Star Tours

Star Tours

ADVERTISEMENT – Robson Homes

Robson Homes Builders - Silicon Valley

ADVERTISEMENT – Global Holidays

Global Holidays Early Bird Discounts

50 SPIRITUAL APPETIZERS – VINOD DHAWAN

50-ad-Indiapost

It’s a lovely book. It feels energetically clear and light. It’s easy to read, dip in and out and most importantly it offers information without fluff! Blessings on this project.

Jac O’Keeffe
Spirituality teacher based in USA.

*Available on Amazon, Flipkart & other online stores*

Follow us On Twitter

On the anniversary of their martyrdom day, we salute the sacrifice by our Indian national heroes Shaheed-E-Azam Bha… https://t.co/I7S8ed6SU7
h J R
@Indiapost_News
#BREAKING BSP chief #Mayawati declares she won't contest Lok Sabha elections this time #Mayawati https://t.co/iMGWt7X4nQ
h J R
@Indiapost_News
#WeWantChowkidar in the United States. NRI's stand up in support of @narendramodi ! Narendra Modi has again created… https://t.co/SYQG8IQ8Cz
h J R
@Indiapost_News
A legendary Common man. You will always remain in our hearts. A true Indian national. We hope you lived longer to m… https://t.co/TWjLntEr7W
h J R
@Indiapost_News

Polls

Was This the Best Pravasi Bhartiya Divas?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Subscribe To Our Mailing List

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Subscribe to IndiaPost by Email

Facebook

POPULAR CATEGORIES

Download Media Kit