Myanmar journalists: Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are freed

Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo gesture as they walk free outside Insein prison after receiving a presidential pardon in Yangon, MyanmarPicture copyright

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Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have now been freed together with hundreds of different prisoners

Jailed Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been freed in Myanmar, after a presidential amnesty.

They have been convicted beneath the Official Secrets and techniques Act and have been sentenced final September to seven years in jail.

The pair had reported that state safety forces executed 10 Muslim Rohingya throughout a army operation in 2017.

Their imprisonment was broadly condemned and known as “damaging” to freedom of the press within the nation.

As he left the jail on the outskirts of Yangon, Wa Lone, 33, informed the BBC’s Nick Beake that he would by no means cease being a journalist.

“I am actually completely satisfied and excited to see my household and my colleagues. I am unable to wait to go to my newsroom,” he additionally informed reporters.

The pair have been launched together with hundreds of different prisoners as a part of mass amnesties that happen yearly round Myanmar’s new yr.

Reuters’ Editor-in-Chief mentioned the reporters – who final month gained the celebrated Pulitzer Prize for his or her reporting – had grow to be “symbols” of press freedom.

“We’re enormously happy Myanmar has launched our brave reporters,” Stephen J Adler mentioned in an announcement.

“They’ve grow to be symbols of the significance of press freedom.”

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