Myanmar Rejects Journalists’ Final Appeal
Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, will remain in prison after Myanmar’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an attempt to overturn their sentences on what critics claim are trumped-up charges. The Reuters journalists were arrested in late 2017 and handed seven-year sentences for allegedly violating the country’s Official Secrets Act while reporting on the Rohingya Muslim crisis. They were part of a reporting team honored last week with a Pulitzer Prize.
What’s the bigger picture? Press advocates believe the case represents a “disturbing surge” in political prosecutions in Myanmar, where once-celebrated leader Aung San Suu Kyi has faced global criticism for her government’s harsh rule.