In Myanmar, two Reuters reporters have finally been released after 500 days. The two reporters were sentenced to seven years of imprisonment on the grounds that they had disclosed military documents on extra-judicial executions of Arakanese Muslims.
Reuters news agency reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were sentenced to seven years in prison, were found guilty of violating the State Secrets Act in Myanmar, are now released after more than 500 days in prison.
Wa Lone’s wife, Pan Ei Mon, confirmed that the journalists had been released and said, “We are at their side now. They are released.”
The reporters were detained on 13 December 2017 in violation of the State Secrets Act, when a map of Arakan state and military reports were found on them.
The court found Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo guilty of violating the law after being imprisoned for almost a year and had sentenced them to seven years of imprisonment in September last year.