In April, the verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court of the country, but a month later they were released on Amnesty. Myanmar authorities accused them of receiving secret documents.
Two journalists of the news Agency Reuters (33-year-old Wa Lone and 29-year-old Kyaw Soe Oo) walked free in Myanmar after having been under arrest and in jail for over 500 days, in the framework announced by the President of the Amnesty.
Journalists were arrested in December 2017 on suspicion of violating state secret legislation: the prosecution insisted that police officers handed them secret documents. In September 2018, the court sentenced them to seven years in prison.
Before the arrest, journalists had investigated the murders of Rohingya, an ethnic Muslim group living in the West of the country. The Agency insists that the country’s law enforcement agencies and Buddhist activists are involved in the murders. In April 2019, journalists were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for this work.
“We are extremely pleased that Myanmar has released our courageous journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. Since their arrest 511 days ago, they have become symbols of the importance of media freedom around the world,” Reuters editor-in-chief Steven Adler said.