Reuters Journalist Charged with Violating Official Secrets Act

by Admin on January 12, 2018

Despite international condemnation from several Human Rights groups including the UN, the case will move forward with the next hearing on January the 23rd. If the two journalists are found guilty, they may face up to 14 years in prison.

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The pair was arrested at a dinner hosted by the police after reporting on police affairs in the Rakhine state where the current Rohingya refugee crisis is taking place. The case has caused widespread international criticism of Myanmar’s civilian government, led by Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Dozens of journalists dressed in black were seen outside of the courtroom on Wednesday protesting the arrest of the Reuters reporters.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres comments that the situation shows how press freedom was “deteriorating in Myanmar” and called for their immediate release. Bill Clinton chimed in on Twitter stating that “a free press is critical to a free society” and that the arrest of the reporters is unacceptable. Myanmars continual use of colonial-era laws to suppress the media keep journalists and media outlets who report on sensitive topics on edge as they may be harassed or arrested.

Gomez, director of South East Asia affairs for Reuters comments that “this clampdown on freedom of speech must end”.

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