Myanmar court sentences two Reuters journalists to seven years’ imprisonment

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A Myanmar judge on Monday found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and sentenced them to seven years in prison, in a landmark case seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the Southeast Asian country. Yangon northern district judge Ye Lwin said Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, breached the colonial-era Official Secrets Act when they collected and obtained confidential documents. The reporters had told the court two police officials handed them papers at a north Yangon restaurant moments before other officers arrested them.

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