Re­porters’ ap­peal re­jected

Weekend Herald - - World -

A Burmese court has re­jected the ap­peal of two Reuters re­porters sen­tenced to seven years in jail on charges of break­ing the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act, say­ing the de­fence had not pro­vided suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to show they were in­no­cent. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were con­victed by a lower court in Septem­ber in a land­mark case that raised ques­tions about the progress Burma, also known as Myan­mar, has made to­wards democ­racy. “They re­main be­hind bars for one rea­son: those in power sought to si­lence the truth,” said Reuters edi­tor-in-chief Stephen J. Adler. “Re­port­ing is not a crime, and un­til Myan­mar rights this ter­ri­ble wrong, the press in Myan­mar is not free, and Myan­mar’s com­mit­ment to rule of law and democ­racy re­mains in doubt.”

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