Journalists in Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Tuesday condemned the sentencing of two Reuters journalists, Thet Oo Maung (Wa Lone) and Kyaw Soe Oo, to seven-year imprisonment through a farcical trial by the Myanmar authorities.
This is an outrageous attack on the freedom of the press to cover up the crime against humanity and genocide of Rohingyas, the journalist leaders said at a human chain formed in solidarity with the imprisoned Reuters peers.
Media Activists for Secular Bangladesh organised the human chain programme in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka demanding the unconditional release of the two journalists.
The duo was charged under the Official Secrecy Act of Myanmar as they revealed the brutal action of Myanmar army against Rohingya people.
Through this trial it has been proved that the Myanmar authorities committed the heinous crimes against its Rohingya citizens in Rakhine, which they consider as official secrete matters, the speakers said.
Former joint secretary general of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists Pulack Ghatack, former general secretary of Dhaka Reporters Unity Razu Ahmed, former joint secretary Sajjad Hossain and senior reporter of Dainik Janata Jahangir Khan Babu spoke at the protest programme.
They also demanded immediate repatriation of 1.1 million Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh with due human dignity and trial of the Myanmar officials responsible for committing genocide and crime against humanity.
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