Two Reuters journalists were imprisoned in Myanmar after being sentenced to more than 500 days in jail for violating the Official Secrets Act.
The two reporters Wa Lone (33) and Kyaw Soe Oo (29) were sentenced to seven years in prison in September. In one case, questions about Myanmar's progress towards democracy were called for, and an outcry was launched by diplomats and human rights lawyers.
"I am a journalist and will continue," Wa Lone said in front of a lot of reporters in front of Insein prison in Yangon. "I can not wait to go to my newsroom."
Earlier Tuesday, Myanmar said it would release 6,520 prisoners in an amnesty, according to a statement by the president.
President Win Myint pardoned thousands of prisoners in two mass amnesties last month. In Myanmar, the authorities are releasing prisoners around the traditional New Year, which began on April 1
"We are very pleased that Myanmar has released our brave reporters," said Reuters editor. Chief Stephen Adler said in a statement.
"Since their arrest 511 days ago, they have become symbols of the importance of press freedom around the world and we welcome their return."
Reuters said the two men committed no crime and had demanded their release.
AFP graph to two Reuters journalists in Myanmar who were imprisoned for seven years in September 2018 for reporting on the Rohingya crisis and had just been released following an amnesty from the President. @AFPgraphics pic.twitter.com/GoOL6t0Smi
– AFP News Agency (@AFP) May 7, 2019
Prior to their arrest in December 2017, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had been Investigation into the killing of 1 0 Rohingya Muslim men and boys by security forces and Buddhist civilians in the Rakhine state in western Myanmar during an army crackdown that began in August 2017.
The operation sent more than 730,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh, according to United Nations estimates. 19659004] The report, written by the two authors and containing testimonies of perpetrators, witnesses and relatives of the victims, received the Pulitzer Prize for international coverage in May, leading to a series of awards the couple made for their journalism received.
Read the incredibly important Pulitzer Prize work of these two brave journalists here: https://t.co/HyxeAGNZv1
– James Pearson (@pearswick) May 7, 2019
The Supreme Court of Myanmar rejected the final appeal of journalists in April. They filed an application with the Supreme Court of the country citing evidence of a police operation and missing evidence of a crime after the Yangon Supreme Court rejected an earlier appeal in January.
"The Rohingya story has been in the forefront of the country for many years," said Wayne Hay of Al Jazeera, who reported from Bangkok.
"The powerful leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under a lot of pressure – this was somebody who once did something for democracy, freedom, language and human rights in the country – but she did it failed to pursue this story. "
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