Myanmar court rejects appeal of Reuters journalists jailed under state secrets act

Myanmar’s High Court rejected on Friday the appeal of two Reuters journalists jailed last year for violating the country’s colonial-era secrets law in a case that has drawn widespread condemnation from rights groups, foreign governments and media watchdogs as an attack on the free press. 

Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were sentenced in September to seven years in jail by a district court after a months-long trial that saw a key witness for the prosecution allege in court their arrests were a setup.

The two journalists were reporting on the situation of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, over 720,000 of whom have fled violence in the country. 

Continue reading: Washington Post