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>> Two Reuters journalists are facing jail in Myanmar, after the government said on Wednesday that the men had been arrested and were being held at a police station on the outskirts of Yangon. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had covered a military crackdown on the Rohingya in Rahkine state, a story that's captured the world's attention.
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In a government Facebook post, the reporters can be seen in handcuffs with the statement saying they had, quote, illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media. As Reuters South East Asia biuro chief John Chalmers reports.>> So we understand that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been charged under the official Secrets Act.
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Which is a British colonial era, very sweeping law, under which they could face imprisonment of up to 14 years. Now in 2014, there were five Myanmar journalists who were sentenced under this act, and they were given ten years in jail with hard labor. Ultimately, that was reduced to seven years, and then finally, after they had served three years, the president granted them a pardon and they were release from jail.
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>> Journalist went missing on Tuesday evening, after being invited to meet police officials over dinner. A Reuters driver dropped them off at a compound in Yangon at around 8 PM. They then headed to a nearby restaurant, but they never returned to the car.>> So Reuters President and Editor in Chief Steve Adler, has caught the detention of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo a blatant attack on press freedom, and he has called for their immediate release.
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Unfortunately, we haven't had any response yet from the Mymanmar authorities, and we're still waiting to hear how things are going to unfold from here.>> The US committee to protect journalists has also called for the reporter's release, saying the arrests come amid a widening crackdown. Which is having a grave impact on journalists' ability to cover a story of vital global importance.