White House welcomes release of Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar

Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo gesture as they walk to Insein prison gate after being freed, after receiving a presidential pardon in Yangon, Myanmar, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday it welcomed the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were jailed in Myanmar for more than a year.

“Jailed for over 500 days since December 2017 for reporting on atrocities against the Rohingya, we are delighted they will be reunited with their families,” the White House said in a statement.

“We hope that other jailed journalists in Burma will also be allowed their freedom,” it said.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by David Alexander