Explainer: Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists

Опубликовано 17 декабря 2017, 17:57
Myanmar has accused two Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31 and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27 of breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act, a rule which has stayed since colonial rule. The two reporters were arrested on Tuesday evening after they were invited to meet police officers for dinner. The Ministry of Information said they had “illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media” and published a photo of the two journalists in handcuffs. The Official Secrets act dates back to 1923 and covers trespassing in prohibited areas, handling documents deemed secret and communicating with “foreign agents”. It carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. Little is known of the allegations against the journalists except that they were “arrested for possessing important and secret government documents related to Rakhine State and security forces”

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