Reuters reporters charged with Official Secrets Act

Prosecutors yesterday charged two Reuters reporters under the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, their lawyer said.
Yangon Region’s northern district court started the hearing yesterday morning of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, both reporters for Reuters, who have been charged under the Official Secrets Act, a Colonial-era law that prohibits “entering prohibited places, taking images or handling secret official documents that might be, or is intended to be, directly or indirectly, useful to an enemy”.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo along with two policemen were detained on 12 December in Yangon for illegally obtaining and possessing government documents, according to the Myanmar Police Force. The next hearing for the journalists is scheduled for 23rd January, with a police officer who opened the file against the two reporters expected to testify.—Zaw Gyi

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