U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green on the Flawed Convictions of Reuters Journalists in Burma

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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

The U.S. Agency for International Development is deeply troubled by the flawed convictions of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. We join the international community in calling for their immediate, unconditional release. These convictions are an enormous setback for democracy and the rule of law in Burma. We urge the Government of Burma to protect journalists and press freedom, which are the bedrocks of democracy and peace. Actions that restrict the freedom of the press prevent Burma from reaching the full promise of democratic, citizen-responsive governance and equal opportunity and rights for all. The United States will continue to stand with journalists, civil society, and others who work to shine a light in dark places and give a voice to the voiceless.

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