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Myanmar jails Reuters journalists for 7 years amid global outrage

A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison Monday on charges of illegal possession of official documents, a ruling met with international condemnation.

Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for 7 years in landmark secrets case

A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison Monday on charges of illegal possession of official documents, a ruling met with international condemnation that will add to outrage over the military's human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims. In this combination imagee, Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo, left, and Wa Lone, are handcuffed as they are escorted by police out of the court in Yangon, Myanmar. (Source: AP)

Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for 7 years in landmark secrets case

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had been reporting on the brutal crackdown on the Rohingya when they were arrested and charged with violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, punishable by up to 14 years in prison. They had pleaded not guilty, contending that they were framed by police. (Source: Reuters)

Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for 7 years in landmark secrets case

The case has drawn worldwide attention as an example of how democratic reforms in long-isolated Myanmar have stalled under the civilian government of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, which took power in 2016. (Source: Reuters)

Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for 7 years in landmark secrets case

Though the military, which ruled the country for a half-century, maintains control of several key ministries, Suu Kyi's rise to government had raised hopes for an accelerated transition to full democracy and her stance on the Rohingya crisis has disappointed many former admirers.(Source: Reuters)

Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for 7 years in landmark secrets case

Journalists and activists attempt to block police car carrying two Reuters journalists leaving from the court on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Source: AP)

Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for 7 years in landmark secrets case

The Official Secrets Act, under which the two reporters have been arrested, was created in 1923 by the British colonial government when Myanmar was Burma and a province of British India. The objective of the law was to criminalise the sharing of any kind of information held by the government. (Source: AP)

Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for 7 years in landmark secrets case

Relatives of Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo react while waiting for the verdict at Insein court in Yangon, Myanmar, September 3, 2018. (Source: Reuters)

Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for 7 years in landmark secrets case

Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo's wife, Chit Suu Win, and daughter, Moe Thin Wai Zan, react after listening to the verdict at Insein court in Yangon, Myanmar September 3, 2018. (Source: Reuters)