Stephen Adler’s Passionate Defense of Reuters Journalists
On Sept. 3, a Myanmar judge sentenced Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to seven years in jail, following their investigation into the murder of 10 Rohingya men and boys.
This week, Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler wrote a powerful defense of the reporters in the New York Times.
In the piece, Adler writes: “Their arrest was an obvious setup, aimed at unmasking Reuters’s sources and deterring us from publishing the account of the massacre. Intimidation was severe: The reporters were hooded and brought to a secret interrogation center, where they were kept handcuffed, continuously interrogated, threatened and denied sleep. Officers forced Kyaw Soe Oo to kneel for hours when they found the photographs of the killings on his phone. Two weeks passed before their families, lawyers or we at Reuters knew where they were.”
We ask readers to please keep Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in their prayers.