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Waelone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who did not plead innocent after the charges on Monday, were arrested at the end of last year. When they were arrested, they had investigated the murder of 10 Muslim Rohingya men and young men in a small town in the west Rakhine state of Myanmar. In Myanmar, the court's ruling, which has become a ground-breaking case of media freedoms, has attracted worldwide interest and led to new demands for the journalists' releases.
This is followed by commentaries from government, non-governmental organizations, groups for the protection of fundamental freedoms and journalists from all over the world: - The United States embassy in Yangon said it was "deeply disappointed" by the verdict. - An EU spokesperson demanded that the prosecution be dismissed and the journalists released immediately.
"Today's ruling is threatening Myanmar's basic liberties, free press and the right of the general population to information. - Danes in Yangon said the two journalists had done "a great job in uncovering horrors committed by police and Rakhine natives at the Inn Din in Rakhine state".
The Myanmar Reporter
When they were arrested, they were working on an inquiry into the murder of 10 Muslim Rohingya men and young men in a town in Rakhine State, Myanmar. In order to indict them, the tribunal would have to find proof that journalists have gathered classified federal documents to help and hurt an Myanmar foe.
They are not classified, the public prosecutor did not identify an "enemy" or provide evidence that the journalist had worked with an opponent, and at all time they acted as a journalist, not as an opponent of their state.
Burma | World Food Programme
After the first civil rule was formed in early 2016, Myanmar still faces a number of politically and socio-economically challenging issues that threaten the attainment of the goal of sustainable development to end famine (SDG 2). Burma is still one of the least advanced countries in the rest of the hemisphere, with an estimated 38 per cent of the country's total populations in the poor.
The majority of individuals in the countryside are struggling with having adequate and secure nutritional, health and safety opportunities for the most discriminated against, which includes the usual rules and customs, with wives, young and old alike, the disabled and minority groups. Substantial levels of nutritional uncertainty are particularly widespread in remote areas of Chin, Kachin, Rakhine, Sagaing and Shanpredominant of minority populations, as well as in many areas of the delta and the arid zone with higher populations.
Since June 2011, however, several hundred thousand refugees have been driven out of Kachin and Shan and since August 2012 in Rakhine. Assaults on frontier posts in October 2016 and August 2017 and the resulting violent events compelled almost 700,000 Muslims in Rakhine State to escape Myanmar and take shelter in neighboring Bangladesh, leading to a humanrisis.
Its vulnerability to catastrophic events also results in the mass expulsion and degradation of basic needs, harvests and other feedingstuffs. More than 13 million have been affected by catastrophes since 2002, among them the devastating cyclone Nargis in 2008, Giri in 2010, Komen in 2015 and Mora in 2017.
Almost one in three under 5 years of age has atrophication (short body size for their age), while waste (underweight for their height) is 7 per cent nationwide. Burma is one of 20 high-risk ( "TB") affected states. This is also one of the 35 new HIV infection rates in the 35 nations of the globe.
Training is still insufficient at all tiers. Seventy-five per cent of those who finish elementary but less than half finish secondary and even less outreach. In spite of the challenge, Myanmar has met the Millennium Development Goal of cutting starvation in half by 2015 and has attained low-medium incomes in the past ten years.
Myanmar, the second biggest economy in Southeast Asia, remains one of the fastestgrowing countries in the area.