- Title: Reuters reporters in Myanmar appeal against conviction in state secrets case
- Date: 5th November 2018
- Summary: YANGON, MYANMAR (NOVEMBER 5, 2018) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DEFENCE LAWYERS FOR MYANMAR JOURNALISTS, WA LONE AND KYAW SOE OO, WALKING IN AND OUT OF A HIGH COURT BUILDING DEFENCE LAWYER, THAN ZAW AUNG LISTENING TO REPORTER'S QUESTIONS (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) DEFENCE LAWYER, THAN ZAW AUNG, SAYING: "We have submitted the appeal for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo at Yangon Region's High Court today. I believe that this High Court will find the flaws from the trial court in this appeal. I also believe that the court will decide on the truth and give justice for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and make clear that journalism is not a crime in Myanmar." EXTERIOR OF HIGH COURT SIGN READING (Burmese): "Yangon Region's High Court"
- Embargoed: 19th November 2018 07:34
- Keywords: Myanmar journalists Wa Lone Kyaw Soe Oo appeal press freedom
- Location: YANGON, MYANMAR
- City: YANGON, MYANMAR
- Country: Myanmar
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA0019589BUT
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Lawyers for two Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar lodged an appeal on Monday (November 5) against their conviction on charges of breaking the country's Official Secrets Act.
The appeal cited evidence of a police set-up and lack of proof of a crime.
"We filed an appeal ... because the trial court's ruling was wrong," said Reuters President and Editor-in-Chief, Stephen J. Adler in a statement. "In condemning them as spies, it ignored compelling evidence of a police set-up, serious due process violations, and the prosecution's failure to prove any of the key elements of the crime."
He added the court shifted the burden of proof from the prosecution to the Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and called on Myanmar to "uphold its stated dedication to rule of law, freedom of the press, and democracy by ordering the release of our colleagues."
Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were found guilty in September after a trial at a Yangon district court in a landmark case that has raised questions about Myanmar's progress towards democracy and sparked an outcry from diplomats and human rights advocates.
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