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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/03/2018 07:51 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/03/2018 11:28 AM
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RSF Appalled by Jail Terms for Two Myanmar Journalists

Yangon, Myanmar.....Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the iniquity of the seven-year prison sentences that two Reuters reporters received in Yangon today at the end of a sham trial, and reiterates its call for their immediate release.  On what was a dark day for press freedom in Myanmar, Kyaw Soe Ooand Wa Lone were convicted of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act for investigating a massacre of ten Rohingya civilians by soldiers exactly a year and a day ago in Inn Dinn, a village in the north of Rakhine state.




“The conviction of Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone is a terrible blow to press freedom in Myanmar,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “As the justice system clearly followed orders in this case, we call on the country’s most senior officials, starting with government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, to free these journalists, whose only crime was to do their job. After a farcical prosecution, this outrageous verdict clearly calls into question Myanmar’s transition to democracy.”

The massacre investigated by Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone was acknowledged by the army and seven soldiers were sentenced to ten years in prison.

During the preliminary hearings in the case of the two journalists, a police officer admitted that his superiors framed them by giving them supposedly classified documents and then immediately arresting them. The entire prosecution case was based solely on this trumped-up evidence.

Myanmar is ranked 137th out of 180 countries in RSF's 2018 World Press Freedom Index.







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Posted on: 2018-09-03 07:57:42   By: Anonymous
 
Pinetree hard up for news today.

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    Posted on: 2018-09-03 08:36:41   By: Anonymous
     
    In our country where a president and his ignorant followers lambaste our free press as "fake news" the sight of newspeople being sent to prison for many years is a stark reminder of what could happen here. This article Is absolutely relevant to the political discussion happening in our country. Good work Pinetree.

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      Posted on: 2018-09-03 08:50:55   By: Anonymous
       
      Boy aren't you hanging on the Pinetree Testicles this morning.

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        Re: Alabama Wind Chimes
        Posted on: 2018-09-03 12:58:43   By: Anonymous
         
        This is the way to handle Fake News reporters.
        Time to kick down the doors of CNN and other MSM Propagandists.

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      Re: "newspeople"
      Posted on: 2018-09-03 23:53:38   By: Anonymous
       
      It's "newsmen".


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    Posted on: 2018-09-03 09:52:50   By: Anonymous
     
    ya this is obviously more interesting that the national museum in brazil that burned yesterday where everything was lost.

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      Re: Black Trash
      Posted on: 2018-09-03 16:20:20   By: Anonymous
       
      The Russians were involved !

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        Re: Black Trash
        Posted on: 2018-09-03 17:43:56   By: Anonymous
         
        Wait, Trump's still in office?

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          Re: Black Trash
          Posted on: 2018-09-04 06:15:31   By: Anonymous
           
          Who gives a flying fork.

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