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Myanmar Charges Reuters Reporters Covering Rohingya

13 January 2018

The U.S. and the United Nations have accused Myanmar forces of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya, and Wednesday's admission will likely trigger greater global pressure on the Southeast Asian country.

ARSA did not say where leader Ata Ullah was but Myanmar suspects the insurgents flee into Bangladesh then slip back into Myanmar to launch attacks.

Lone and Soe Oo were reportedly arrested immediately after police officers, both from the Rakhine region, handed them official documents.

Two Reuters journalists were officially charged on Wednesday with obtaining state secrets while reporting on a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state, an offense that carries a maximum jail term of 14 years.

"Reporters shouldn't be arrested under a democratic government", said Zaw Thet Htwe of the Myanmar Press Union, a former sports journal editor and political prisoner. United Nations human rights investigators and others have been denied access to the areas worst afflicted by violence, while two Reuters journalists who were reported to be investigating evidence of a mass grave at Inn Dinn are now on trial in Rangoon.

Until now, however, security forces have denied any accusations of guilt.

"This is unacceptable", Wa Lone told journalists after the court hearing Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

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"It was found that there were no conditions to transfer the 10 Bengali terrorists to the police station and so it was made a decision to kill them", the military said, referring to the findings of the investigating team.

"I am trying to be strong in everything".

The officers are also under arrest but did not appear in court on Wednesday.

Distraught relatives of Kyaw Soe Oo wailed and reached out to grasp him as the two journalists were driven away from a throng of reporters after the hearing.

But the Rohingya community rejects the cards because all Rohingya who live in Myanmar have other forms of identification and official lists documenting all family members, said Kyaw Soe Aung, executive director of the Rohingya American Society.

Reuters said it was "extremely disappointed" that the authorities were seeking to prosecute.

A government spokesman was not available for comment on Clinton's Twitter post.

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"The judge will decide whether they are guilty or not according to the law", he told Reuters.

The plight of the Rohingya has received global attention and led to the widespread condemnation of Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was previously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. "But we can say that only after seeing how the documents were written and submitted to the court", U Than Zaw Aung said.

Government officials from some of the world's major nations, including the United States, Britain and Canada, as well as top United Nations officials, have called for the release of the reporters.

"For democracy to succeed and flourish", the embassy said, "journalists must be able to do their jobs".

The U.S. embassy said it was "very disappointed" by the decision to pursue charges.

"These criminal charges represent a giant step backward for press freedom in Myanmar", said Shawn Crispin, the group's senior Southeast Asia representative. The Times reports the two Reuters journalists now in custody had been investigating the circumstances surrounding that same grave.

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Myanmar Charges Reuters Reporters Covering Rohingya