Myanmar's assault on a truthful press

In Myanmar, as everywhere, facts have power. It was the gruesome facts uncovered by two of our reporters for Reuters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, that led to their being framed, arrested, tried and - this month - handed a draconian seven-year prison sentence.

Last week, Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi resolutely ignored the facts and vigorously defended the unjust convictions. With the United Nations General Assembly gathering this week, it's time to harness the facts to secure the reporters' freedom.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2018, with the headline 'Myanmar's assault on a truthful press'. Subscribe