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Myanmar court rejects Reuters reporters' appeal

A Myanmar court on Friday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act.
Detained Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone are escorted by police as they arrive before a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Ann Wang

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar court on Friday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act.

Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were convicted in September in a landmark case that has raised questions about Myanmar’s progress towards democracy and sparked an outcry from diplomats and human rights advocates.

Reporting by Antoni Slodkowski; Editing by Alex Richardson and Raju Gopalakrishnan

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