Reuters reporters must stand trial over massacre story, Myanmar judge rules

Reuters reporters must stand trial over massacre story, Myanmar judge rules

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to be tried over report on atrocity the army admits took place

Two Reuters journalists arrested while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims will face trial in Myanmar after a court rejected a motion to drop the case against them.

Reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were detained in December and accused of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act for possessing material relating to security operations in Rakhine state that was handed to them by the police.

The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as “the world’s most persecuted minority”. 

Related: Myanmar soldiers jailed for 10 years over massacre of Rohingya Muslims

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