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Two Reuters journalists held in Rohingya case are freed in Myanmar

The two journalists had been imprisoned since December 2017 inside Yangon’s Insein prison for investigating the killings of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys.

Street scene in Yangon, Myanmar
Street scene in Yangon, Myanmar (AN/J. Heilprin)

Myanmar's government released two Reuters reporters who were held in a notorious prison for more than 500 days because of their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the country’s grave crimes against hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.

Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, both imprisoned for breaking Myanmar's Official Secrets Act over their reporting on security forces' abuses of Rohingya Muslims, were freed on Tuesday after President Win Myint delivered a blanket pardon of 6,520 prisoners, said Zaw Zaw, chief of Yangon’s Insein Prison.

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