Yangon: Journalists who reported massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar were sentenced to seven years in prison.
Myanmar court convicted two journalists of international news reporter for a 7 years imprisonment for investigating the murder of Muslims. They were accused of expanding the national secrets. The 32-year-old Wallon and 28-year-old Kyassava say they are innocent and they have been lodged in a false case, when the police caught them. Wallon said he did not do anything wrong and he believed in justice, democracy and freedom of speech.
Reuters Chief Editor Stephen Adler commented on the matter and said that today’s day is a sad day for journalism, including Myanmar. Dan Cheng, a British ambassador in Myanmar, expressed grave disappointment over the judicial verdict. US Ambassador Scout Mercedes also declared the judicial decision to be a very annoying and free media ban. Ombudsman of the United Nations representative in Myanmar also demanded the release of journalists.
Both journalists were investigating the killing of ten people by the army in Andhon village of North Rhothy’s northern state. Meanwhile, police tackled some documents and arrested them by saying that they were disclosing national secrets. The same documents were presented in the court as evidence against them.
It is clear that the government’s patronage in Myanmar is being ransomed and murdered by Rohingya Muslims. There are strict restrictions on the media, which is why news about the protest on Rohingya Muslims is pressed. The United Nations says the Rohingya Muslims should be investigated against the high ranking military officers of Myanmar and should be prosecuted.