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Myanmar court extends detention of two journalists


Myanmar court extends detention of two journalists

Yangon (Myanmar), Dec 28 (ANI): Two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar for the past two weeks were remanded back into custody on Wednesday for a further 14 days. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo appeared at a court in Yangon over allegations they breached the nation's Official Secrets Act. The two were allowed to meet their families and their lawyer for the first time since their arrest on December the 12th - soon after being invited to meet police officials over dinner.

The journalists had worked on Reuters coverage of the migrant crisis, which has seen an estimated 655,000 Rohingya Muslims flee from a military crackdown in the western state of Rakhine. Myanmar's Ministry of Information has said they "illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media".

They could face a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

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