Britain Calls for Immediate Release of Reuters Journalists Jailed in Myanmar

A Myanmar judge has found Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years

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Britain on Monday called for the immediate release of two Reuters jailed in Myanmar for their reporting of the Rohingya crisis, saying that the verdict undermined press freedom in Myanmar.

A Myanmar judge has found Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years.

"As our Ambassador to Burma, who attended the hearing, has said, we are extremely disappointed with this verdict and sentencing," British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said.

"And we call for the journalists to be released immediately. In any democracy, journalists must be free to carry out their jobs without fear or intimidation. This verdict has undermined freedom of the media in Myanmar.

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