Wa Lone and U Kyaw Soe Oo
Two Reuters journalists face up to 14 years in prison after being charged by Myanmar authorities with violating the country's Official Secrets Act.
Journalists Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were investigating a possible mass grave in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where the U.S. and United Nations say the military is carrying out ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslim minority.
Authorities in Myanmar laid the charges after the reporters allegedly obtained documents illegally from officials in Rakhine state.
In a statement Wednesday, the U.S. embassy in Myanmar calls for their immediate release.
Governments, media groups and international human rights organizations are condemning the arrests as an assault on freedom of expression and freedom of press.
"I want to tell you that they are charging us like this to stop us finding the truth. Their actions are wrong and unfair," Wa Lone told journalists after the court hearing Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.
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