09 Jul '18, 4am

Myanmar court charges Reuters reporters under Official Secrets Act

YANGON (REUTERS) - A court in Myanmar on Monday (July 9) charged two jailed Reuters journalists with obtaining secret state documents, moving the landmark press freedom case into its trial stage after six months of preliminary hearings. Yangon district judge Ye Lwin charged reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, with breaching of the colonial-era Official Secret Act which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. The journalists pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. The case has attracted global attention. Some Western diplomats and rights groups say it is a test of progress towards full democracy under the administration of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in a country where the military still wields considerable influence. In his ruling on Monday, the judge said the court had filed charges against both reporters under section 3.1 (c) of the act to probe the pro...

Full article: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/myanmar-court-c...

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