2 journalists freed from prison after more than a year in Myanmar

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Two Reuters journalists, who were arrested for illegally obtaining and possessing government documents in December 2017, were released on Tuesday.
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2 journalists freed from prison after more than a year in Myanmar
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Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo gesture as they walk to Insein prison gate after being freed in a presidential amnesty in Yangon on May 7, 2019. 

Two Reuters journalists, who were arrested for illegally obtaining and possessing government documents in December 2017, were released as part of the Myanmar presidential amnesty to 6,520 prisoners on Tuesday, according to the President's Office.

The two Yangon-based journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo from Reuters, were sentenced to seven years in September 2018 for breaching the Official Secrets Act.

They were arrested for possessing important and secret government documents with regard to the Rakhine state and security forces and intending to send them to the foreign news agency.

Meanwhile, the presidential amnesty has brought the total prisoners released since Myanmar's traditional New Year last month to 23,019.

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