31 Jan '18, 11pm

UPDATE: #Myanmar court denies bail to Reuters journalists held under secrecy law

YANGON (REUTERS) – A court in Myanmar declined to grant bail on Thursday (Feb 1) for two Reuters journalists accused of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act, although their defence lawyer said information in documents at the centre of the case was publicly available. Lawyer Than Zaw Aung said a police witness had accepted during court proceedings that details in documents found in the possession of the reporters when they were arrested had already been published in newspaper reports. Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, had worked on Reuters coverage of a crisis in Rakhine state, where an army crackdown on insurgents that started on Aug 25 has triggered the flight of nearly 690,000 Rohingya Muslims to neighbouring Bangladesh, according to the United Nations. The reporters were detained on Dec 12 after they had been invited to meet police officers over dinner in Yangon...

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