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Myanmar journalists jailed for 10 years over 'chemical weapon' claims

Published on Jul 10, 2014 5:19 PM

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar jailed five journalists to 10 years in prison with hard labour Thursday over a report accusing the military of producing chemical weapons, a sentence denounced by campaigners as “outrageously harsh”.  

The reporters for the Unity Weekly News were convicted by a court in central Magway region under the former junta-run country’s official secrets act, amid concerns that Myanmar is backsliding on press freedoms.  

“All five journalists were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment,” said lawyer Wah Win Maung, who is acting on behalf of four of the men.  

“This verdict is legally wrong. We will appeal,” he told AFP.  

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