Two Reuters journalists jailed for reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar have been freed from prison. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were released under a presidential amnesty after a global campaign against their detention.
The two reporters were arrested in Myanmar in late 2017. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
Myanmar's top court has ruled against two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years for illegally possessing official documents. The pair had won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
The release of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar is a joyous occasion, but the presidential pardon does not mean that press freedom has been established in the Southeast Asian country, says DW's Rodion Ebbighausen.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were convicted of collecting state secrets by a court in Yangon. They had been investigating a massacre of 10 Rohingya in Rakhine. The UN condemned the ruling, demanding the reporters' release.
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