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Myanmar trial set for Reuters journalists

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January 09, 2018

Reuters' journalist Wa Lone at a court appearance in Yangon, Myanmar in December.

Myanmar is set to put two reporters from the Reuters news agency on trial this week after they were charged under a colonial-era state secrets act.

It is a case that highlights growing concerns about press freedom in the country.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested December 12 for allegedly acquiring "important secret papers" from two police officers.

The officers had worked in Rakhine state, where abuses widely blamed on Myanmar's military have driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh.

The charges against the two are punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

Rights and media groups have criticised Myanmar's civilian government for continuing to use colonial-era laws to threaten and imprison journalists.

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