After More Than 500 Days, Reuters Journalists Freed From Jail

"I can’t wait to go to my newsroom."

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe, two Reuters journalists who were in jail for 500 days, have been released.

The reporters were charged with violating the Official Secrets Acts of Myanmar for their reporting on the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims by security forces in Myanmar. The report was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, but cost the two men their freedom.


Reuters has maintained that Kyaw Soe and Wa Lone committed no crime, and their arrest sparked a global outcry about press freedom and the dangers reporters face in some parts of the world.

"I'm really happy and excited to see my family and my colleagues. I can't wait to go to my newsroom," Wa Lone told Reuters

Zaw Htay, a government spokesperson for Myanmar, told Reuters that the journalists were released after the government read letters from their family members. 

Reuters Editor in Chief Stephen J. Adley released a statement after their release.

"We are enormously pleased that Myanmar has released our courageous reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo," he said. "Since their arrests 511 days ago, they have become symbols of the importance of press freedom around the world. We welcome their return."


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