Reuters Releases Journalist Investigative Reports Arrested in Myanmar

Reuters on Thursday released a report of ethnic killings in Myanmar detailing an investigation by two journalists who are currently imprisoned in the Southeast Asian country.

The news agency revealed the massacre of 10 Rohingyas at the village Inn Din, where Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo talked to neighbors of Buddhists who reportedly claimed to kill and bury their corpses in a mass grave.

The report included photos of 10 men kneeling with hands tied behind their backs they were reported the same day they were killed. One more shows the bodies of the men in a mass grave. Witnesses said the photos were authentic, Reuters said.

"The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre sparked Myanmar police to arrest two reporters of the news agency," the report said.

In a rare confession, the military of Myanmar a month after the arrest of the journalist said that his security forces were responsible for the deaths of 10 Rohingyas found in the mass grave of Din Inn.

The military continues to deny the systematic killings of the Rohingya Muslim minority, which the UN considers to be an ethnic cleansing. [as]

Myanmar court denied release of Reuters reporter by Guarantee

Re-release by two Reuters journalists who were arrested in Myanmar for violating the colonial-era state's law was rejected in court on Thursday (1/2).

Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were arrested on 12 December after being given a pile of documents by two policemen at a restaurant in Yangon. The two journalists covered a military brutal campaign in Rakhine state that left nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh since August

Both journalists face a 14-year prison term if found guilty under the law enacted since 1923 when Burma was known as Burma and still governed by the British.

Stephen J. Adler, the chief editor and editor of Reuters issued a statement expressing his disappointment over the continuing imprisonment of both journalists.

"We are confident that the trial will show them innocence and Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo will be able to return to their work reporting events in Myanmar, "Adler wrote. "We continue to call for their immediate release."

In New York, UN Secretary General António Guterres's spokesman said he was following closely the progress of the case. [my/ii]

Burma Officially Defends 2 Reuters Reporters

Two Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar, on Wednesday (10/1), have been formally charged with violating the State Secrecy Act.

Prosecutors filed charges against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo on Wednesday (10/1) a short trial in Yangon. The two journalists were arrested on December 12 after they allegedly received secret documents from two policemen at a dinner event.

The lawyers of both journalists said the judge rejected the request to release his two clients on bail but promised to take a decision at the next hearing , which is scheduled to take place on January 23.

The two journalists briefly met with their families after the trial, before being returned to prison.

Outside the court, dozens of black-clad journalists marched to show their support for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. Some of them carried banners reading "Journalism is not a crime."

The two men face the possibility of a maximum jail term of 14 years if proven to violate the State Secrecy Act. The law itself is centuries old or valid since Myanmar is still under British colonial rule. [ab/uh]

Myanmar urged to release 2 arrested Reuters reporters

Several governments including the United States, the European Union and Canada and top UN officials are demanding Myanmar release two journalists working for Reuters, who were detained in the country.

The two journalists were arrested on December 12 after being asked to come to the police on the outskirts of Yangon. They were preparing a report on the military crackdown in the Rakhine state. According to the UN, the crackdown caused some 665,000 Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh since August.

After being brought to trial the two journalists on Wednesday (27/12) were admitted to Insein prison house in Yangon. There they were allowed to meet with family members and a lawyer for the first time since their arrest.

The Myanmar Ministry of Information explained that the two journalists' illegally collected information with the intent to be disseminated to foreign media, and released their pictures with handcuffed hands . It is said that the two journalists along with two police officers were accused of violating the Official Secrets Act of the British colonial period that could subject them to 14 years in prison despite the official saying they still have not been charged.

Reuters President and Chief Editor Stephen J. Adler exclaimed the Reuters reporters were immediately released.

Through the statement he says, "Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are journalists who play an important role in presenting news that has global importance and they are not doing anything wrong." [al]

Two Reuters reporters in Myanmar still huddled 2 more weeks

Two Reuters reporters in Myanmar captured earlier this month will be caught in two weeks in detention.

The court approved a prosecutor's request Wednesday to impose a second 14-day detention on Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo . Wednesday's hearing was the men's first public appearance since being arrested on December 12th. The courtroom is full of journalists and family members of both journalists, who have been banned from meeting with them in the period of detention.

Wa Lone keeps saying he and his partners do not violate any laws, and soothes their families that they are not being cruelly treated. 19659002] 31-year-old Wa Lone and 27-year-old Kyaw Soe Oo are being investigated for breach of Myanmar's State Secrets Act. Both are covering a military brutal action against Rohingya Muslim ethnicity in Rakhine state. Approximately 655,000 Rohingyas have fled across the border into Bangladesh to avoid violence, which the UN has described as a clear case of ethnic cleansing.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo face the possibility of being sentenced to 14 years in prison if found guilty based State Secrets Act. [gp]