Originally published on the Facebook page of NUJP on 4 September 2018.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) condemns the sentencing of our Myanmar colleagues Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo of the Reuters news agency to seven years in jail under that country’s Official Secrets Act.
Myanmar has effectively outlawed freedom of the press and belied all its claims of democratization.
The only way for Myanmar to rectify this grievous injustice is to free our colleagues and pledge to respect and uphold freedom of the press.
We extend our sympathy to the families of the two and declare our support for colleagues in Myanmar.
At the same time, we note that the jailing of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo is not an isolated incident but part of the worsening trend of media repression in Southeast Asia as governments seek to control the free flow of information and the public discourse.
We call on journalists throughout the region to close ranks and vigorously oppose all efforts to muzzle us and prevent us from serving our peoples’ sacred right to know.