US welcomes the release of two imprisoned Reuters journalists in Myanmar

WASHINGTON: The US Welcomed The Introduction Of Two Reuters Journalists Myanmar After They Were Forgiven By The Civilian Government Of The Country ' S, Amidst International Pressure.

Wa Lone And Kyaw Soe Walked Free Tuesday From & June After Spending Over 500 Days In Prison. They Were Jailed Under Myanmar ' S For Reporting On A Massacre Of Rohingya Civilians.

The Two Men Were Released As Part Of An Amnesty Of 6,520 Prisoners By The President ' President Win Myint.

Since December 2017, We Have Been Detained For 500 Days Because We Are Reporting Reports Of Atrocities Against The Rohingya. We Are Very Happy That They Will Be Reunited With Their Families," Said Sarah Sanders, White House Secretary, Tuesday.

The Two Journalists From The London-based News Agency Won International Acclaim For Their Reporting On The Rohingya Crisis In Myanmar.

The Men Conducted An Explosive Reuters Investigation - That Eventually Won A Pulitzer Prize - For The Murder Of 10 Rohingya Men At Inn Dinn Village, Part Of An Army-led Campaign Against The Muslim Minority That Begun In August 2017 After Rohingya Militants Police Posts Attacked.

It Is Estimated That More Than 720,000 Rohingya Are Forced To Flee To Bangladesh Due To The Subsequent Violence.

Their December 2017 Judgments Made For International Cause Celebre And A Sign Of Myanmar ' S Deteriorating Press Freedoms Under Nobel Laureate And Civilian Leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Sanders Hoped Other Jailed Journalists In Myanmar Would Also Be Freed.

A Free Press, Freedom Of Religion, And The Rule Of Law Are Basic Principles For Every Democracy. The United States Will Continue To Promote A Stable, Prosperous And Democratic Transition In Burma, Sanders Said.

Welcoming Their Release, Senator Marco Rubio Said The Two Journalists Were Improperly Imprisoned For Their Work - Reporting The Alleged Atrocities Against The Rohingya.

Their Cases Serve As A Reminder Of The Fact That A Free Press Plays In Bringing Responsibility And Transparency To Governments, And We Must Do Everything We Can To Protect And Promote Those Principles, Rubio Said.

Nonprofit Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Also Welcomed The Release Of The Two Journalists.

Like The Release Of Two People Who Should Never Have Been In Prison - Wa Lone And Kyaw Soe Oo - Is This A Fundamental Victory For Press Freedom And For The RSF, Who Had Been Running Constant Campaign Since Their Arrest, Said Daniel Bastard, Head RSF ' S Asia-Pacific Desk.

Their Case Is Emblematic Of Investigative Journalism ' S Importance For The Functioning Of Democracies. We Hail The Role Played By All Those Civil Society Actors Who, Both In Myanmar And Internationally, Never Forgot The Fate Of These Two Journalists And Kept Fighting For Them Until This Successful Outcome, He Said