Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists
British military officers pushed for the stronger law over concerns about an "increase in Bolshevik activity", along with geopolitical threats including "the possibility of racial war between Japan and the USA affecting India", the history said.
By: Reuters | Published: December 18, 2017 11:25 am
Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. (AP Photo)
Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act, a little-used hangover from colonial rule. Sam Zarifi, secretary general of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), said the law can ensnare working journalists “at any time”.
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