Myanmar's Prosecution of Reuters Reporters Highlights Mounting Challenge to Press

This week's decision by a Myanmar court to proceed with the trial of two Reuters journalists,who were investigating the brutal military crackdown in Rakhine State, highlights the huge challenges faced by reporters operating in the country.

After seven months of pre-trial hearings, a court in Yangon ruled Monday that the trial against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo would proceed. They are being charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which holds a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, charged with handling secret documents and endangering national security.

The pair were...

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By: VOA - 6 days ago

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