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18 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Myanmar to free 9,500 prisoners

2 Reuters journos will not be included
AFP, Yangon

Myanmar started releasing more than 9,500 prisoners yesterday as part of its annual amnesty marking the country’s traditional new year, but Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo will not be included, said an NGO advocating for political prisoners.

President Win Myint announced in a statement Wednesday the pardons were granted on humanitarian grounds during the Buddhist new year festival known as Thingyan.

A total of 16 foreign prisoners are expected to be pardoned and deported, while 9,535 local prisoners are expected to be freed, Win Myint said.

But an NGO that helps political prisoners said the release will not include Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

The duo were sentenced to seven years under the Official Secrets Act after reporting on the military’s atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority in strive-torn Rakhine state—work which they received a Pulitzer prize for on Monday.

“They will not be included. We got this information from an Insein prison source,” said Bo Kyi, founder of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

 

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