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When will Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo be released from prison?

On 12 December 2017, members of Myanmar's police force arrested Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo at a restaurant in Yangon after inviting them to dinner. The two journalists were independently investigating the mass grave found in Inn Din prior to their arrest.

A court charged the two journalists with obtaining secret state documents in violation of the Official Secrets Act on 9 July 2018, taking the case to trial after a period of preliminary hearings that lasted six months. The pair pleaded not guilty to the charges and vowed to testify and prove their innocence. On 3 September 2018, the two journalists were found guilty by a court and sentenced to seven years in prison.

In December 2018, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were included in Time magazine's Person of the Year 2018, which recognised persecuted journalists as "guardians" in a "war on truth".

When will Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo be released from prison?

Resolves positively when both are released from prison, or any facility in which inmates are forcibly confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of Myanmar's state.


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