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The European Union has urged the authorities of Myanmar to reconsider sentences to journalists Reuters - RIA Novosti, 9/3/2018


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MOSCOW, 3 Sep — RIA Novosti. The European Union has urged the authorities of Myanmar to reconsider sentences to two journalists of the Reuters agency sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for violation of the law about the state secret and to immediately release them, AFP 2018 is said in the statement of a foreign service of the EU.© the Court of Myanmar has sentenced two journalists of the Reuters agency to seven years of prison "Today's judgment to sentence journalists Reuters To Wa Lon and To Kya So Oo to seven years of imprisonment is directed against freedom of speech, ensuring the right of the public for obtaining information and construction of the constitutional state in Myanmar" — it is reported in the statement of the official representative of a foreign service. The EU expects that "the power (Myanmar) will provide adequate conditions for work of journalists" in the country. "Prison sentences To Wa Lon and To Kya So Oo have to be reconsidered, journalists – unconditionally also are immediately released" — is noted in the statement. Earlier it was reported that the court of Myanmar has found journalists of the Reuters agency guilty of violation of the law about the state secret and has sentenced them to imprisonment for a period of seven years. It is noted that "time which is already left by defendants since December 12 will be considered". In December of last year journalists have been detained in the largest city of Myanmar Yangon. The police has stopped them in one of the remote districts of the city late at night and has searched. During examination at men have found two military reports and the map of the settlement in the State of Rakhayn where the Myanmar security officers performed operation against fighters from the Rohingya (rokhinye) living there. In this regard Reuters charges that they have received classified state documents have been brought to employees. Journalists don't admit the guilt. One of defendants — the employee of the agency To Wa Lon (Ko Wa Lone) who worked in the Myanmar Times newspaper earlier. He has joined to Reuters in July, 2016. The second defendant, his colleague To Kya So of Oo (Ko Kyaw Soe Oo), according to Frontier Myanmar, helped the agency when covering events with the State of Rakhayn.

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