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Myanmar Trial Set to Begin for 2 Reuters Journalists

Monday, 08 January 2018 07:38 PM

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar is set to put two reporters from the Reuters news agency on trial this week after they were charged under a colonial-era state secrets act, in a case that highlights growing concerns about press freedom in the country.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested Dec. 12 for allegedly acquiring "important secret papers" from two police officers. The officers had worked in Rakhine state, where abuses widely blamed on Myanmar's military have driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee into neighboring Bangladesh.

The charges against the two are punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

Rights and media groups have criticized Myanmar's civilian government for continuing to use colonial-era laws to threaten and imprison journalists.

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Myanmar is set to put two reporters from the Reuters news agency on trial this week after they were charged under a colonial-era state secrets act, in a case that highlights growing concerns about press freedom in the country.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested Dec. 12...
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