Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar over secrets act

MAYANMAR:A court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for violating a state secrets act while investigating violence against the Rohingya minority.Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who have been held in Yangon's Insein prison since their arrest in December, were charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, a draconian British colonial-era law which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, are Myanmar citizens who were working for the international news agency.They had been collecting evidence about the murders of 10 Rohingya men by the army in the village of Inn Din in northern Rakhine in September 2017.At least 700,000 Rohingya have fled violence in the country in the past year.The crisis erupted when a brutal crackdown was launched in response to a Rohingya militant group attacking several police posts.The United Nations has called the army's response - including murder, torture, rape, sexual slavery, persecution and enslavement - "grossly disproportionate to actual security threats".