[NEWS] U.S. criticizes Myanmar court decision on Reuters journalists – Loganspace AI

[NEWS] U.S. criticizes Myanmar court decision on Reuters journalists – Loganspace AI

FILE PHOTO: Detained Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone are escorted by police as they leave after a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar, Aug. 20, 2018. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Issue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States criticized Myanmar on Wednesday after the Asian country’s excessive court upheld the sentencing of two Reuters journalists, expressing deep suppose about freedom of expression and urging that the 2 be reunited with their households.

“Burma’s Supreme Court resolution the day gone by to uphold the sentencing of Pulitzer-prize winning journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, irrespective of distinguished irregularities in the case in opposition to them, sends a profoundly damaging signal about freedom of expression and the safety of journalists in Burma,” the Impart Division acknowledged in an announcement, the utilize of the country’s worn title.

Myanmar’s top court on Tuesday rejected the allure of the Reuters journalists, who were sentenced to seven years in penal complex for breaking the Reliable Secrets Act, in a landmark case that has raised questions relating to the country’s transition to democracy.

The journalists’ imprisonment has sparked an outcry from press freedom advocates, Western diplomats and world leaders, including to pressure on Myanmar chief Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate who took energy in 2016 because the country made a transition to democracy from protection pressure rule.

The Impart Division acknowledged the US changed into “deeply concerned” relating to the unusual arrests in Myanmar of journalists, activists and others.

“We urge Burma to present protection to laborious-earned freedoms, discontinuance extra backsliding on recent democratic beneficial properties, and reunite these journalists with their households,” it acknowledged in an announcement.

Defense attorney Than Zaw Aung acknowledged the households of the 2 males deliberate to peek a pardon from Myanmar President Have Myint.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander, Richard Chang and David Gregorio

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