A Myanmar court extended the arrest of the Reuters journalists for another two weeks

© AFP 2017 / Soe Moe Addressi the city of Bagan in Myanmar. Archival photoA Myanmar court extended the arrest of the Reuters journalists for another two weeks© AFP 2017 / Soe Moe Aung

Reuters reported that the trial of Myanmar decided to extend the arrest of its journalists for two weeks.

«We have never violated ethical standards or the law in the media field. We will continue to try our best», — quotes Agency the words of one of the journalists To Islands of Lona. Their lawyer also confirmed that they are only «doing their job».

Earlier it became known that the journalists were arrested on 12 December in the largest city of Myanmar, Yangon, the reason was not specified.

As reported by the local newspaper the Myanmar Frontier, the police stopped journalists late in the evening in one of the outlying areas of the city and searched them. During the inspection the men discovered two military report and a map of villages in Rakhine state which is currently engulfed in conflict. In this regard, they are suspected of illegal possession of military documents. The maximum penalty for this offence is 14 years imprisonment.

An employee of the Agency To VA LON (Lone Wa Ko) has previously worked in the newspaper Myanmar Times. He joined the staff of Reuters in July 2016. His colleague Ko Chia With OO (Ko Kyaw Soe Oo), according to the Myanmar Frontier, was helping the Agency when covering events in Rakhine state, what he did and To VA LON.

More than half a million Rohingya, an ethnic Bengali Muslims living in Rakhine state in Myanmar fled to the border areas of neighboring Bangladesh over the past three months after an organized attack by militants Rohingya people in Myanmar’s border posts and military units and large-scale response operation Myanmar military.

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