Scandinavian embassies critical to Myanmar’s arrest of journalists

“We believe they have done nothing wrong and that the charges against them should be dropped immediately.”

That’s the official statement from the Swedish Embassy in Myanmar marking the 100th day of the arrest of two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who closely documented the regime’s massacre on 10 Rohingyan men.

Shortly after the story was released, both journalists were jailed under the accusation of “illegally possessing confidential government documents,” according to Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, Hau Do Suan.

But the international society does not seem to accept that statement and are branding the arrests as ‘an attack on the freedom of press,’ and was characterized as “100 days behind bars for ensuring the public’s right to information,” by the Danish Embassy of Myanmar.

The story in question investigates the identity of ten Rohingyan men who were executed by Myanmar soldiers and Buddhist villagers in front of the journalists. In the article several villagers admits to killing Rohingyan citizens and setting their villages on fire.

And that’s the story which put the two journalists behind bars, where they could “celebrate” their 100th day anniversary on Wednesday the 21st which also marked the 11th time the pair had appeared before the judge.

 

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