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Reuters journalists in Myanmar give up on courts after latest appeal is denied

April 23 - The Washington Post

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — Two Reuters journalists charged with violating Myanmar’s colonial-era secrets law have lost faith in the country’s judicial system, their attorney said Tuesday, after the Supreme Court rejected their latest appeal.

Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, who have spent more than 16 months in prison for their reporting on the massacre of a group of Rohingya Muslims, will not pursue a second, final appeal to the court, Khin Maung Zaw confirmed.

The Supreme Court’s rejection upholds the journalists’ seven-year sentences and underscores the government’s unwillingness to free them despite overwhelming foreign pressure.

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