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Rally held outside Myanmar UK embassy for Reuters reporters

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Supporters staged a small rally outside London's Embassy on Thursday for two journalists sentenced to seven years in jail after reporting on massacres in

The rally was attended by former Al-Jazeera Mohamed Fahmy, who was detained in in 2013 and convicted of fabricating "false" in support of the

There was an international campaign for the release of Fahmy and two colleagues and they were eventually pardoned two years later.

"I'm here because advocacy works," Fahmy told AFP.

"These two journalists are in prison right now, clinging on any hope. International pressure on fragile governments who do not respect human rights and press freedom is the way to get these guys out of prison," he said.

The protest was called by the and free speech group English PEN, who delivered a letter to the embassy for Myanmar's de facto leader calling for clemency for the two reporters.

"She's turning a silent ear and not standing up for journalists, not standing up for freedom of speech," Valerie Peay, director of IOHR, said at the protest.

Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were each imprisoned for seven years this month for breaching the country's while reporting on atrocities committed during the military crackdown in

Suu Kyi, once garlanded as a global rights champion, has come under intense pressure to use her moral authority inside to defend the pair but she has defended the sentence by saying that the case upheld the rule of law.

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First Published: Thu, September 27 2018. 18:40 IST
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