Reuters journalists in DC, around the world voice support for reporters jailed in Myanmar

Reuters journalists in DC, around the world voice support for reporters jailed in Myanmar
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Reuters journalists in bureaus around the world on Tuesday voiced support for a pair of reporters for the news service who were sentenced this week to seven years in jail in Myanmar.
 
Free speech advocates have decried a Myanmar judge's ruling Monday that Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, broke the law by obtaining confidential documents for a report on the persecution of Rohingya Muslims.
 
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPresident Trump at the UN General Assembly — Making the UN great again? Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warns US, Israel of ‘crushing and devastating’ response to parade attack The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward MORE slammed Myanmar's government over the ruling Monday on Twitter, saying it was "another terrible stain" on the country and calling for the reporters' immediate release.
 
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Reuters employees in Washington, D.C., New York and bureaus in multiple other countries shared photos on social media on Tuesday showing journalists standing in solidarity with the jailed reporters.
 
"The Washington bureau stands in solidarity with @Reuters colleagues Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who are being wrongly punished for doing journalism. Please show your support for their courageous reporting in Myanmar," Reuters political correspondent Ginger Gibson tweeted.
"I have never felt more proud to work @Reuters than today, as colleagues across the globe stand in support of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, jailed in Myanmar for exposing a massacre. We are global, we are diverse, and we are united in our commitment to the truth," said Jason Subler, the managing editor for Reuters Asia Operations.
Reuters United Nations bureau chief Michelle Nichols shared a video of the wives of the two reporters calling for their release on Tuesday, while noting both reporters have very young children. 

"The wives of two @Reuters journalists - jailed in #Myanmar for 7 years - spoke on Tuesday. Wa Lone’s wife gave birth to their first child, a girl, one month ago. Kyaw Soe Oo has a 3-year-old daughter. They want their husbands to come home," Nichols wrote. 
The Trump administration has called for Myanmar's government to release the reporters and blasted the judge's ruling on Monday.
 
“It is clear to all that the Burmese military has committed vast atrocities,” Haley said in a statement. “In a free country, it is the duty of a responsible press to keep people informed and hold leaders accountable.”

“The conviction of two journalists for doing their job is another terrible stain on the Burmese government,” she added. “We will continue to call for their immediate and unconditional release.”