The AEJ protests in the strongest terms against the recent seven-year jail sentences imposed by a Myanmar court on two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone und Kyaw Soe Oo who were arrested last December while investigating the killings of Rohingya people by the army.
AEJ president Otmar Lahodynsky said: “This verdict, which harks back to colonial times, is based on wholly false accusations of stealing state secrets. We demand the immediate release of the two journalists who were only doing their job of checking and reporting the facts. Apparently they fell into a trap set by the Myanmar police.
If the reporters are not released EU should consider imposing new sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar. We also support calls that the Sakharov Prize that was awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi should be taken back from the de facto head of government in Myanmar who has taken no meaningful measures to stop the horrific acts of violence and abuse against the Rohingya people.”