Two Reuters journalist who have been jailed in Myanmar for a report claimed to go against the edict of journalism on Rohingya crises have regained their freedom in a Presidential amnesty.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested December 2017 based on the charges claimed to violate the official secrets act and they were both sentenced to seven years each.
This act under the leadership of Nobel laureate and civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi demonstrated a sign of Myanmar’s deteriorating press freedom.
Stephen Adler, Reuters’ editor-in-chief expressed his happiness to the release of the pair as he described them as “our courageous reporters”
“Since their arrests 511 days ago, they have become symbols of the importance of press freedom around the world. We welcome their return.” He said
Wa Lone, while thanking the world for standing by them throughout the hard times said he can’t wait to
return back to work.
“I can’t wait to go to my newsroom, I am a journalist and I am going to continue.” He said.
In a report by Afp, the pair at the poitof their arrest were reporting on a September 2017 massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslims in conflict-hit Rakhine state, where the Myanmar army forced some 740,000 of the stateless minority to flee over the border to Bangladesh.
The case prompted an outcry around the world and crushed what was left of Suu Kyi’s legacy as a rights defender.