80 US Lawmakers Push Trump To Seek Release Of Jailed Myanmar Reporters

Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo, center, talks to journalists during he is escorted by polices as they leave the court Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo, center, talks to journalists during he is escorted by police as he leaves the court Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar. A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists, Wa Lon... Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo, center, talks to journalists during he is escorted by police as he leaves the court Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar. A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, to seven years in prison Monday for illegal possession of official documents, a ruling that comes as international criticism mounts over the military's alleged human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw) MORE LESS
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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 80 U.S. lawmakers have urged the Trump administration to step up efforts to win the release of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar for reporting about massacres against Rohingya Muslims.

Republican and Democratic House members say it’s the latest example of erosion of press freedom in Myanmar. In a letter publicized Monday, they called for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to raise the issue with the nation’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and to publicly call for the journalists’ immediate and unconditional release.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years imprisonment on Sept. 3 for possessing state secrets. They had reported on the army’s brutal counter-insurgency campaign that drove 700,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh.

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