EU calls for immediate release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar

Photo: EPA Wa Lone (C) and Kyaw Soe Oo as they leave the court in Yangon, Myanmar, 3 September.

The EU expects that the prison sentences of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo should be reviewed and the two journalists be released immediately and unconditionally, the EEAS spokesperson said in a statement on Monday after a court decision in Yangon to sentence them to 7 years of imprisonment.

They were found guilty of violating a state secrets act while working on a story. The decision undermines the freedom of the media, the public's right to information and the development of the rule of law in Myanmar, the statement said. The EU and EU Member States diplomats were among the many international observers present at every court hearing since the journalists' arrest on 12 December 2017 and have continuously raised the matter with the Myanmar government.

The sentences of the two journalists come amid mounting pressure on the government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi over a security crackdown sparked by attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on security forces in Rakhine State in west Myanmar in August 2017, news wires recall.

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