Journalists in Bangladesh on Tuesday condemned the jailing of two Reuters’ journalists through a ‘farcical trial’ by Myanmar authorities.
They demanded unconditional release of the two reporters — Thet Oo Maung (Wa Lone) and Kyaw Soe Oo.
The demand came from a human chain formed in Dhaka in solidarity with the imprisoned two Reuters journalists.
Media Activists for Secular Bangladesh organised the human chain programme in front of Jatiya Press Club, demanding unconditional release of the reporters sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.
Addressing the programme, journalist leaders said that the sentence was an outrageous attack carried out by the Myanmar authorities on the freedom of press to cover up the crimes against humanity and genocide against Rohingyas in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.
The two journalists were charged under the official secrets act of Myanmar as they exposed the brutal actions of the Myanmar army against Rohingya people.
Through this trial, it had been proved that Myanmar authorities committed heinous crimes against the Rohingya people in Rakhine state which they considered an official secret, the journalist leaders 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 Sazzad Hossain and senior reporter of Dainik Janata Jahangir Khan Babu, among others, spoke at the programme.
They also demanded immediate repatriation of 1.1 million Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh with dignity and the trial of the Myanmar military officials responsible for committing genocide and crimes against humanity.
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