Myanmar youths protest reporters arrest

Myanmar youths protest reporters arrest

Reuters journalists covered minority massacre in the country and were sentenced to seven years in prison

Wa Lone was sentenced to seven years in prisonReutersAt least 100 young activists and journalists from Myanmar on Sunday called for the release of two Reuters reporters arrested in the Asian country , warning that the condemnation of journalists to 7 years in prison threatens the public's right to information.Protesters, including high school students, gathered peacefully in the center of Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, raising signs and repeating slogans against condemnation of journalists.Journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were convicted Sept. 3 for violating the Official Secrets Act, in a case that was seen as a test of democratic freedoms in Myanmar.Read also: Myanmar government tries to silence independent journalism, says UNThar Lun Zaung Htet, a journalist involved in organizing the protest, said the reporters' verdict, "just doing their job," will crack down on journalism in Myanma...


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