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Explainer: Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists

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Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, a little-used hangover from colonial rule. Sam Zarifi, secretary general of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), said the law can ensnare working journalists "at any time".

Factbox: International reaction to arrest of Reuters reporters in Myanmar

Several countries, the United Nations and journalist groups are demanding the release of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo from detention in Myanmar.

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Myanmar government says case against Reuters journalists can proceed

YANGON Myanmar's civilian President Htin Kyaw, a close ally of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has authorized the police to proceed with a case against two detained Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's colonial-era Official Secrets Act, a senior government spokesman said.

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Myanmar military says investigating mass grave in Rakhine state

YANGON Myanmar's army said on Monday that security forces have discovered a mass grave on the edge of a village in Rakhine State, and have launched an investigation.

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Three Rohingya families rescued from slavery in India's city of Taj Mahal

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three Rohingya families from Myanmar comprising 13 people were rescued in the northern Indian city of Agra at the weekend after being enslaved for a year as rag pickers, authorities said.

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UPDATE 2-Myanmar government says case against Reuters journalists can proceed

* Myanmar's president authorizes police to go ahead with case

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Myanmar journalists' group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters' reporters

YANGON A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair.

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Myanmar government says case against Reuters journalists can proceed

YANGON, Dec 18 Myanmar's civilian President Htin Kyaw, a close ally of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has authorised the police to proceed with a case against two detained Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's colonial-era Official Secrets Act, a senior government spokesman said.

EXPLAINER-Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists

Dec 18 Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, a little-used hangover from colonial rule. Sam Zarifi, secretary general of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), said the law can ensnare working journalists "at any time".