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EU calls on Myanmar to free Reuters journalists

Rabu 10 Januari 2018 23:01 WIB

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Reuters journalists, Wa Lone (31 years old) and Kyaw Soe Oo (27), who have been detained in Myanmar attend the hearing on Wednesday (January 10).

Reuters journalists, Wa Lone (31 years old) and Kyaw Soe Oo (27), who have been detained in Myanmar attend the hearing on Wednesday (January 10).

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REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, BRUSSELS -- The European Union called on the Myanmar authorities to release two Reuters journalists after a court hearing in Yangon on Wednesday at which prosecutors sought charges against them under the Official Secrets Act.

In one of its firmest statements yet, the 28-nation bloc, which is a significant donor to Myanmar, said that the case of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo was an important test for the country's commitment to developing democracy after years of military rule.

"Having heard the charges brought under the Official Secrets Act of 1923, we continue to expect the Myanmar authorities to ensure the full protection of these journalists' rights and to release them as quickly as possible," an EU spokesman said, adding that EU envoys had been present in court.

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Describing media freedom as "the foundation and a cornerstone of any democracy", the spokesman added: "The European Union considers this case an important test for Myanmar's commitment to press freedom, an independent judiciary and the development of democratic institutions."

The EU also highlighted that the Reuters journalists had been arrested a month ago in connection with reporting on the situation in Rakhine state where hundreds of thousands of Muslims have fled a military crackdown on militants.

"The EU reiterates its call on the Myanmar government to ensure transparency and to make serious efforts in order to hold accountable all those involved in serious human rights abuses in the context of the ongoing crisis in Rakhine state," it said.

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