Reuters journalists freed from Myanmar prison

Two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were detained in Myanmar on Dec. 12, 2017. At the time of their arrests, they had been working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in a village in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. They were freed on May 7 after more than 500 days in prison.

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Myanmar journalists take part in a demonstration demanding the release of detained Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, in Yangon, Myanmar February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

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