Myan­mar court up­holds ver­dicts on jour­nal­ists

The Kansas City Star - - News -

A court in Myan­mar re­jected the ap­peal Fri­day of two Reuters jour­nal­ists who were sen­tenced to seven years in prison for re­port­ing on atroc­i­ties against the coun­try’s Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity.

The jour­nal­ists, U Wa Lone, 32, and U Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were con­victed in Septem­ber of vi­o­lat­ing the Of­fi­cial Se­crets act. The ver­dict damp­ened hopes that the civil­ian gov­ern­ment would usher in an era of civil lib­er­ties in a coun­try long con­trolled by the mil­i­tary.

“To­day’s rul­ing is yet an­other in­jus­tice among many in­flicted upon Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo,” said the edi­tor-in-chief of Reuters, Stephen J. Adler.

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