USAID calls for immediate, unconditional release of REUTERS journalists in Burma

Two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were detained in Myanmar on Dec. 12, 2017. At the time of their arrests, they had been working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in a village in Myanmar’s Rakhine state – REUTERS


Myanmar journalists Thet Oo Maung (R), also known as Wa Lone, and Kyaw Soe Oo (L) in undated photos. Photos courtesy of Thet Oo Maung and Kyaw Soe Oo/Facebook

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator, Mark Green,  has called for the immediate, and unconditional release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

The U.S. Agency for International Development said on Tuesday that the agency “is deeply troubled by the flawed convictions of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

“We join the international community in calling for their immediate, unconditional release. These convictions are an enormous setback for democracy and the rule of law in Burma. We urge the Government of Burma to protect journalists and press freedom, which are the bedrocks of democracy and peace.

“Actions that restrict the freedom of the press prevent Burma from reaching the full promise of democratic, citizen-responsive governance and equal opportunity and rights for all. The United States will continue to stand with journalists, civil society, and others who work to shine a light in dark places and give a voice to the voiceless.”

REUTERS report on Monday that a Myanmar judge on Monday found the two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years.



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