Detained reporters appeal Myanmar court for justice after HRW alleging government using ‘abusive law’

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Lawyers of two detained Reuters reporters in Myanmar has appealed on Friday to the Supreme Court against their conviction as the Human Rights Watch has released a report on Thursday saying the government, under the presidency of Noble laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, are using “abusive laws” against peaceful critics.

According to Reuters news reports, the appeal by lawyers with citing pieces of evidence of a police set-up as well as lack of proofs in the crime, came after New York-based HRW said Aung’s government had dashed hopes for Myanmar’s first democratic leader in decades in order to protect free speech.

In a statement, Reuters said: “Our petition asks the Supreme Court to finally provide justice to Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, reverse the lower courts’ errors, and order the release of our journalists.”

Also, Myanmar court has on Friday released a policeman, who had told the court how officers had planned secret documents over the two reporters to “entrap” them last year. Moe Yan Naing, the policeman, condemned the law under which he was convicted and jailed for one year.

On his release, Naing said, “This police disciplinary law is one of the laws we must amend while we are marching on the path toward democracy.”

He told reports outside the Insein prison, “This law can cause police much suffering because it is outdated.”

Aung has in last year’s September said the jailing of two reporters had nothing to do with freedom of expression. After a week of their conviction, she said both reporters were sentenced for handling some official secrets and “were not jailed because they were journalists”.

 

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