NAYPYITAW—Myanmar’s top court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking the Official Secrets Act, in a landmark case
The jailed journalist appears weak and has a high fever; Reuters has requested he be allowed treatment at an outside hospital.
Judge not swayed by defense argument that prosecutors failed to prove the reporters endangered national security, says 7-year sentence appropriate
Vaguely worded, century-old law criminalizes news gathering and leaves journalists open to official abuse, say media, legal and rights activists.
Judge cites travel itinerary for Pope Francis downloaded from a German website, AA officer’s phone number among ‘state secrets’ in journalists’ possession
Myanmar’s journalists do not have the protection of the law or the government, but in Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s own words, they have the protection of the truth
The verdict in the Reuters reporters’ case has been delayed, but truth and justice cannot be postponed.
Ko Wa Lone and Ko Kyaw Soe Oo plead not guilty; international press freedom groups call for charges to be dropped.
Court to rule next week on whether to charge journalists accused of violating Official Secrets Act
Six months of pretrial hearings wrap up; defense lawyers cite inconsistencies between testimony from witnesses, accused in Official Secrets case.