REUTERS Reporters freed from Myanmar prison


Myanmar frees Reuters journalists jailed for reporting on Rohingya crisis

Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act have walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon after spending more than 500 days behind bars.

Reuters journalist Wa Lone is swamped by his fellow reporters after being released from prison alongside colleague Kyaw Seo Oo.

As he left Yangon’s Insein jail, Wa Lone thanked everyone who had called for their release, adding: “I’m really happy and excited to see my family and my colleagues. And I can’t wait to go to my newsroom.”

When asked if he could continue to be a journalist in Myanmar, he replied: “I am a journalist. I am going to continue.”

The two journalists were reporting on the massacre of Rohingya Muslims when they were arrested and sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act.

They were freed when President Win Myint issued a pardon for 6,520 prisoners.


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