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Myanmar Press and Information Service (Burmese: ???) is the Myanmar government's public press office, located in Yangon, Burma. Founded in 1963 after the 1962 coup, as the Burma Press Office (NAB) The MNA has the exclusive right to take photos of political activities, which include a meeting of Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the political parties and civil servants of the state.
The MNA is relied upon by Burma's weekly newspapers to carry images and storyboard. from the dove to the web.
Ye Lwin, county magistrate, accused reporter Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, of violating the Official Secrets Act of colonisation, which provides for a 14-year jail sentence. They both argued "not guilty" and told the judges that they had "followed the ethic of journalism". Talking to reporter after the verdict, Wa Lone said he and Kyaw Soe Oo hadn' t done a felony and would witness their virginity in a trial.
Principal plaintiff Kyaw Min Aung exited the court before journalists could ask him a question. A number of West German embassies and legal groups say it is a test of advancement towards full democratisation under the leadership of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in a land where the army still exerts significant clout.
The Myanmar spokesperson Zaw Htay did not respond to phone requests for comments following Monday's verdict. It has refused to make a statement throughout the trial as the Myanmar judiciary is sovereign and the case would be brought under the state. Reporter relatives, among them Kyaw Soe Oo's two-year-old girl and Wa Lone's expectant mother, were sitting next to them in the tribunal full of embassies and media.
Judges said the tribunal had brought an indictment against both journalists under Section 3. Acts of Investigation of the Public Prosecutor's Office's claims that it has gathered and obtained confidential documentation about the police with the intent of harming domestic safety. Defender Khin Maung Zaw said both journalists would appear as testimonies at the next trial.
Earlier this month, defenders said the reporters were detained in a stabbing action by law enforcement officials aiming to obstruct their coverage. During the same interview on July 2, Kyaw Min Aung said that the papers they held in their arrest described in detail the movement of the guard while other papers found on their cell phone range from classified to top-disclosed.
When they were apprehended in December, the journalists had been working on an inquiry into the murder of 10 Muslim Rohingya men and young men in a small town in the West Burmese state of Rakhine. Reporter reports have said that they were almost immediately apprehended after being curled up in a Yangon restaurants by two police officers they had not known.
Captain Moe Yan Naing said in April that a high-ranking official had ordered his subjects to place classified documentation on Wa Lone to "catch" the report. Moe Yan Naing was condemned to one year in prison after appearing in the courtroom for talking to Wa Lone, and his wife and daughter were expelled by the cops.