Dozens of scholars, activists, and journalists took to the streets of Myanmar’s largest metropolis Sunday to protest the sentencing of two Reuters journalists to seven years in jail.
Journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been arrested final December after assembly with two cops at a restaurant in Yangon and given a stack of paperwork. They have been charged with violating the Official Secrets and techniques Act, which was enacted in 1923, when Myanmar was referred to as Burma and was beneath British colonial rule. Each males have denied asking for the paperwork.
The 2 have been sentenced to seven years in jail two weeks in the past.
Protesters launched black balloons bearing photographs of the 2 reporters in Yangon, holding indicators and chanting slogans denouncing the responsible verdict towards the 2 reporters.
Journalists inside and out of doors of Myanmar have condemned the choice of the courtroom as a sign of the nation’s shrinking press freedom.
A U.N. report launched final week accuses Myanmar of utilizing a number of specious legal guidelines to stop unbiased journalists from doing their job, citing the arrests of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo as a very outrageous instance of judicial harassment towards the media in Myanmar.
However Myanmar de facto chief Aung San Suu Kyi has defended her nation towards criticism of the conviction, urging anybody who has criticized the decision, together with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, to “level out” if there was a miscarriage of justice.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s status as an icon of democracy and human rights, earned throughout her years of detention by Myanmar’s former navy regime, has been broken by her failure to talk out towards the brutal navy marketing campaign in Rakhine state that has pushed practically 700,000 Rohingya Muslims throughout the border into Bangladesh since final August.