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Reuters detained by Myanmar officials and allegedly in possession pertaining to riots in Rakhine state, two reporters were today, July 9, on charges under Myanmar's 1923 OSA, an indictment generally reserved for moles. Journalist Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were today previously tried by Regional Judge Ye Lwin for violating OSA in their coverage of the Rakhine state' racial cleansings last year, when more than 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh.
Accusations come after more than six month's preparatory work, during which Reuters' two reporters have unshakably claimed that they have just done their work. Before being arrested in a Yangon café on 12 December last year, the two Reuters reporters investigated accusations of a mass murder of Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.
The allegations included the murder of ten Muslim Rohingya in the town of Inn Din in the state of Rakhine in the north of the country. Her detailed coverage was released by Reuters in February 2018 with her bi-line of first-hand graphical imagery and devastating reports of Tibetan Buddhists and Myanmar troops who shot and hacked the bodies to death before they were buried in a massive cemetery.
Defenders of the rule of law and freedoms of the masses, as well as political and trade union ists around the globe, have described the Reuters' choice to persecute them as an unfair misuse of their powers and an effort to silence a free and free Myanmar newspaper. Other people have described the persecution of Mr Wa and Mr Kyaw as a shameful effort by Tatmadaw and the Myanmar administration to admonish reporters that it is not allowed to uncover their horrors for the rest of the planet and possibly frighten off overseas investments, not to speak of not insignificant sums of relief and interest-free lending.
Aung San Suu Kyi, already convicted of the Rohingya massacre, is being subjected to further internal political pressures by the court's ruling to bring charges against Reuters' reporters. Reuters Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler said: "We are appalled by this flagrant assault on media freedoms.
"Reuters have done their job independently and impartially, and there are no facts or proofs that they have done anything illegal or violated any laws. Myanmar's armed force acknowledged in January this year that its armed services had been involved in Rahkine state massacre last year, arresting seven troops currently on the scene.
At the trial today, which took short 20-minute, both Reuters reporters pleaded not culpable, with defense attorneys argue that the proofs were flawed for all reasons. In the meantime, the US embassy in Myanmar described the ruling as "serious doubts about Myanmar's engagement for media freedoms and the constitutional state".
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