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Myanmar rejects appeal from Reuters reporters, maintains prison sentences

FILE: Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo, left and Wa Lone, are handcuffed when escorted by police from a court in Yangon, Myanmar.NAYPYITAW, Myanmar ̵ 1; On Tuesday, Myanmar's Supreme Court rejected the last appeal by two Reuters journalists and held seven years' imprisonment for their reporting on the military's brutal blow to Rohingya Muslims. [19659004] Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo earlier this month shared with their colleagues the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, one of the highest honors of journalism. The court did not give rise to its decision. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, held in a prison in Yangon, were not present for the government, but their wives were. Kyaw Soe's wife broke down in tears when the numbness was read. The reporters were arrested in December 2017 and sentenced in September last year after being accused of illegally having official documents, a crime against a colonial law. They denied the claim and claimed they were framed by the police. International rights groups, media freedom organizations, UN experts and several governments have condemned their beliefs as injustice and attacks on press freedom. US JOURNALIST USED IN VENEZUELA FREE, MOTHER SEGAR "Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo did not commit any crime, nor was there any evidence that they did," Gail Gove said. , head of Reuters, in a statement after the verdict. "Instead, they were victims of a police installation to silence their true reporting. We continue to do everything we can to free them as soon…

FILE: Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo, left and Wa Lone, are handcuffed when escorted by police from a court in Yangon, Myanmar.

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar ̵

1; On Tuesday, Myanmar’s Supreme Court rejected the last appeal by two Reuters journalists and held seven years’ imprisonment for their reporting on the military’s brutal blow to Rohingya Muslims. [19659004] Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo earlier this month shared with their colleagues the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, one of the highest honors of journalism.

The court did not give rise to its decision. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, held in a prison in Yangon, were not present for the government, but their wives were. Kyaw Soe’s wife broke down in tears when the numbness was read.

The reporters were arrested in December 2017 and sentenced in September last year after being accused of illegally having official documents, a crime against a colonial law.

They denied the claim and claimed they were framed by the police. International rights groups, media freedom organizations, UN experts and several governments have condemned their beliefs as injustice and attacks on press freedom.

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“Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo did not commit any crime, nor was there any evidence that they did,” Gail Gove said. , head of Reuters, in a statement after the verdict. “Instead, they were victims of a police installation to silence their true reporting. We continue to do everything we can to free them as soon as possible.”

Their January appeal to a lower court was rejected on the grounds that Wa Lone’s lawyers, 32 and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, failed to submit sufficient evidence that they were innocent.

Khin Maung Zaw, a lawyer for the two, had said that the latest appeal alleged that lower judgments were wrong in legal proceedings.

The brutal military campaign of the Myanmar army in the western state of Rakhine in response to attacks on security personnel in 2017 drove 700,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority to flee to Bangladesh.

The degradation reporting is sensitive in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar due to worldwide denial of the military’s abuse of human rights, which it denies.

The two reporters had been working on a study of the killing of 10 Rohingya villagers in the Inn Din village, for which the government last year said seven soldiers were sentenced to up to 10 years of hard-work prison.

Investigators working for the United Nations Highest Human Rights Organization said last year that genocide charges should be brought against military officers in Myanmar, while other critics accused ethnic cleansing.

The prosecution’s witnesses at the reporter’s trial gave confusing and contradictory testimony, giving weight to the belief that the arrests were a clumsy attitude by the government.

Reporters’ claim that they were framed was supported by a surprising testimony from a whistleblower in the police department, police Capt. Tired Yan Naing.

Although he was named as a public prosecutor, he told the court that his superior had arranged for two police officers to meet the reporters at a restaurant and hand over documents described as “important secret papers” to capture them.

As a result of his testimony, he was imprisoned for a year for violets

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A report published in February by Human Rights Watch noted that expectations of a new era of freedom of speech under the democracy rule of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi is still unfulfilled almost three years after her party ended more than five decades of hard military rule. However, the military remains powerful and controls key ministries that are not under civil supervision, such as defense and internal security.

The report said that Suu Kyi’s government has failed to roll back many of the legal restrictions imposed by former military regimes on freedom of expression and composition, and has instead hardened some of these laws and adopted a new measure limiting freedom of speech.

Journalists have been some of the most high-profile targets. The report quoted a Myanmar freedom of speech organization, Athan, saying that at least 43 journalists have been arrested from when the Suu Kyi government took power in 2016 until September of September.

In a new case, the online newspaper The Irrawaddy reported on Monday that it has been forced by the army to cover the latest battles between the government and the ethnic rebel group in the Arakan army.

The case was considered to have been filed under Article 66 (d) of the telecommunications legislation, which provides for up to three years in prison to “extort, force, prevent, distort, disturb, cause undue influence or threaten anyone using a telecommunications network.”

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It has been an uprising of the fighting since the end of last year with attacks by the Armenian army, adapted to Rakhine’s state Buddhist population and seeking autonomy for the region.

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