Yangon, Myanmar – The families of two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned in Myanmar after revealing a massacre in the…
Yangon, Myanmar – The families of two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned in Myanmar after revealing a massacre in the Rakhine state again were devastated on Friday when a court rejected the couple’s appeal to turn their seven-year prison sentence.  After the judge rattled through his rule in a crowded courtroom in central Yangon, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo women held tears as senior foreign diplomats offered their commissions.
While little has been going on in the reporters’ service since their arrests in December 2017, Kyaw Soe O’s wife, Chit Su Win, still hoped for today’s decision.
“We also hoped we would go to the prison to welcome them if they were released today, but that doesn’t happen,” she told a shrink of reporters outside the gates of the Yangon Regional Supreme Court.
None of the men participated in Friday’s judgment. They have both been unable to see their children in the last month. Wa Lone’s detention forced him to miss his daughter-in-law in August this year, while Kyaw Soe Oo was only able to see his three-year-old daughter in court proceedings and prison visits.
Their nine-month trial was immediately sentenced as a shame aimed at smothering independent reporting on the military’s great murder of Rohingya.
“Journalists have been told that they should avoid such types of problems,” said Myint Kyaw, secretary of the Myanmar Journalists Network, to Al Jazeera.
The military is hanging on with its actions at the end of 2017, legitimate motinsurgency operations were but UN has asked for senior officials to be prosecuted for genocide.
Defense lawyer Than Zaw Aung said he would talk to reporters about whether to appeal to or not Myanmar’s supreme court. “We are very disappointed with today’s judgment,” he said. 19659003] In his appeal in September, the defense pointed to the testimony of a police officer who said his colleagues imprisoned journalists in a sting by handing them over and then immediately arresting them 19659013] WATCH: Invites Reuters journalists’ release on the anniversary of arrests (02: 26)
But the judge Aung Naing was close to the original ruling today before observers in a high rooftop area with cobwebs and described the couple’s prison terms as an “appropriate punishment”.
In addition to the Supreme Court, the reporter’s best hope of being released soon is a forgiveness from President Win Myint, who would take orders from the country’s actual leader Aung San Suu Kyi.  Due to previous cases of journalists imprisoned in the country, Myint Kyaw said, there is a chance that the couple will be forgiven, “but it takes time”.
Maja Kocijancic, EU spokesman for foreign affairs, said: “We are convinced that the President of Myanmar will quickly address this injustice and, together with the government, ensure that the press can fulfill its function as an important democratic pillar. “
Many lose the hope that former democracy icon Suu Kyi will intervene on behalf of the couple.
Bill Richardson, a leading American diplomat and former acquaintance of Suu Kyi, was alleged last year to refer to the two journalists as “traitors” during a heated exchange.
Richardson resigned from his position on an international advisory body at Rakhine just after the confrontation.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo report from the Rakhines Inn Your village last year revealed how soldiers and villagers chopped and shot 10 Rohingya men and boys to death before they buried them in a mass grave.
They were among almost 7,000 Rohingya who died within the first month of military degradation, which began in late August 2017, according to estimates by doctors without borders.
The reporters were kept incommunicado for two weeks after their arrests. Wa Lone later testified that he was hooded and deprived of sleep during the hearings.
“One day in prison was already unfair,” says Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s Head of Crisis Management. “This scary farce must stop now.”
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