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Security-tech companies once flocked to Myanmar. One firm’s tools were used against two journalists.


Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone speaks to reporters in July as he is escorted from a court hearing by police in Yangon. (Myo Kyaw Soe/AFP/Getty Images)

May 4 - The Washington Post


YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar police had two Reuters journalists behind bars, but they wanted more.


The reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were lured into a meeting with police in December 2017 and arrested on claims of violating state secrecy laws as they reported on atrocities against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.


The journalists’ detention was quickly condemned by media-freedom groups and rights activists around the world. Myanmar authorities, meanwhile, were not swayed by international pressure. As a next step, they wanted to comb the reporters’ cellphones, according to court documents and an attorney for the journalists.


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