Calling on Myanmar for the immediate, unconditional release of two Reuters journalists sentenced to 7 years in jail, the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the conviction was another "terrible stain" on the Myanmar government. She said it's the duty of a responsible press in a free country to keep people informed and hold leaders accountable. She said the U.S. will continue to call for the reporters' immediate and unconditional release.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were convicted and sentenced Monday of violating a colonial-era law on charges of illegally possessing official documents. The journalists were reporting on a brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. They testified that they did not solicit or knowingly possess any secret documents.