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03 Sep 2018 | 05:47 AM UTC

Myanmar: Yangon court convicts two journalists September 3 /update 1

Myanmar News Alert

Court in Yangon convicts two journalists of breaking Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act September 3; associated protests possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/3/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/10/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Rangoon). COUNTRY/REGION Yangon

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Event

A court in Yangon convicted two journalists of breaking Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act on Monday, September 3. The two journalists received seven-year prison sentences. Both men have maintained that they are innocent and were set up by the police. Following the verdict, numerous international media organizations rejected the ruling. Associated protests in support of the journalists are possible in the coming days.

Context

Two journalists working with an international media company were detained in December 2017 when investigating the killing of Rohingya in Rakhine state.

Advice

Individuals in Yangon are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant, anticipate a heightened security presence and traffic disruptions, and avoid all public gatherings as precaution.

 

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