Two Reuter’s Journalists Sentenced in Myanmar

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

The recent sentencing of two Myanmar reporters working for Reuter's, the global news organization, has brought quick condemnation from global leaders who watched the trial closely and believe the judges ignored evidence that vindicated the two men.

"Today is a sad day for Myanmar, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and the press everywhere," Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen J. Adler said in a statement carried by the news agency. "These two admirable reporters have already spent nearly nine months in prison on false charges designed to silence their reporting and intimidate the press." Adler said Reuters may "seek relief in an international forum" Reuter's reported.


Beltway Insider: Senator McCain Funeral - Obama, Bush, Kissinger, Pence Deliver Eulogies/Remarks; Aretha; Neil Simon


"The U.S. says the conviction of two Reuters reporters in Myanmar is deeply troubling for all who support press freedom and the transition toward democracy. In a statement, the U.S. Embassy in Yangon said "the clear flaws in this case raise serious concerns about rule of law and judicial independence in Myanmar, and the reporters' conviction is a major setback to the Government of Myanmar's stated goal of expanding democratic freedoms," Fox News reported.

The United States has called for their immediate release.

British Ambassador Dan Chugg, who was in court for Monday's verdict, said the case has "struck a hammer-blow to the rule of law in Myanmar," Fox News reported. He also called for the release of the two.

The seven year sentence was imposed after a quick, sham stemming from a police set-up.


Massive Fire Destroys Brazilian National Museum


Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe were working on an expose of the government policy of violence against the nations' 700,000 Rohingya Muslim minority when local police agreed to meet them. At the meet the documents were exchanged, the police promptly arrested the two journalists.

The United Nations has determined the violence against the Rohingya Muslin's resulted in a genocide and those responsible should be charged with war crimes.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar Civilian leader, who had been under house arrest for 15 years and depended on the media to fight her cause for her, has remained silent. Appealing to her has proven futile. Human Rights groups have championed the journalists cause with no response from the Myanmar government.

This is a developing story.

Haute Tease

  • Celebrity Real Estate News: Walt Disney's Palm Springs Vacation Home on The Market

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    When Walt and Roy Disney co-founded the Walt Disney Co. in 1920, they had dreams of large success, but likely could not have fathomed becoming the world leader in fantasy, cartoon characters and family film. 

     
  • THE DEEP, from Director Baltasar Kormakur, Presents an Astonishing Tale of Survival in the Icelandic Ocean

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    THE DEEP, Iceland’s Official selection for the 2012 Academy Awards, presents an astonishing true story of survival against the brutal and bitter backdrop of the Icelandic Ocean.

     
  • LONDON Terror Attack: Four Killed; 40 Injured in Lone Wolf Islamic Attack; Eight Arrests in Birmingham and London

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A lone wolf terrorist known to MI5 was shot and killed during an early afternoon Wednesday terror attack that began on London's Westminster Bridge and ended with police engaging the suspect as he entered the House of Parliament grounds.

     
  • Money News: DOW Jones Closes Sharply Down; World Markets Down

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Dow Jones Industrial, unable to stabilize, suffered through a tumultuous week with strong reaction to world markets, the DOW pitched violently throughout the week and closed the trading week historically low with a devastating triple digit loss.

     
  • Money News: Top Eight World Markets Fall; Nikkei, Canadian Close Up

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The DOW Jones Industrial Average sustained heavy losses this week unable to rally as investor confidence continued to fall and failed to jump start a rally globally as eight of the ten most watched markets in the world closed down.

     
  • Justice Watch: Prosecutor to Seek Death Penalty in Toddler Torture Murder

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Scott McMillan, the toddler murdered by his mother and her lover of one month, was buried one week ago in a tiny casket supplied by a local mortuary in a graveside service attended by his remaining family members, aunts, uncles, grandmother.  

     
  • Call Me By Your Name Review – Beautiful; Well Crafted Story of Discovery

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Call Me By Your Name, from Sony Pictures Classic, presents a story that could be taboo, scandalous, a journey of awakenings in the 1980’s as a friendship takes on a life of its own leading to romance, love, and acceptance.

     
  • I Can Only Imagine Review - Inspiring, Ensemble Cast Shines in this Character Driven Film

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    I Can Only Imagine, from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, presents the heartfelt and uplifting story of a song from up and coming Christian band, Mercy Me, that exploded across all charts making it the most played in history.

     
  • Orange County Restaurant Week Returns

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Orange County Restaurant Week, the region's most celebrated culinary event for more than a decade, returns Sunday, March 3th through Saturday, March 9th with nearly 150 restaurants participating offering diners a wide variety of options.

     
  • Op/Ed: "The Look" - A Personal Account of The New Normal in Parkland

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    And there it is. The look.  The look I knew I would see.  And I will get it again and again, and again, from this moment forward.  I just didn't expect it to happen so quickly. 

     
  • Start the Grilling Season with Cooking In Everyday English: The ABC's of Great Flavor at Home

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Cooking In Everyday English: The ABC’s of Great Flavor at Home written by, celebrity chef and restaurateur, Todd English is the promised land for the home schooled, harnessing your inner chef, culinary challenged gourmet. 

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Deliver State of the Union; Rubio Deliver GOP Rebuttal; Brennan, Hagel Confirmations stalled

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term, this week, directly calling congress into bi-partisan support of his agenda to move forward much needed reforms.

     
  • Skate Kitchen Review - Skate Boarding Film Delivers Trials and Tribulations of Teenage Angst

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Skate Kitchen, from Magnolia Films, presents the urban story of a group of New York City teens who live for boarding and spending one last summer before romantic and life decisions complicate what was once unspoiled.

     
  • The Last Word Review – Solid, Performance Driven, Entertainment

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Last Word, from Bleecker Street Media, presents a classic timeless story of finding the missing pieces that, through discordant beginnings, are fine tuned into melodies, that somehow find the right blends, the harmonies, that becomes treasured memories. 

     
  • Antiques, Decorative Arts & Vintage Show and Sale Coming to Santa Barbara

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Antiques, Decorative Arts & Vintage Show and Sale will be held January 23 to 25 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds,Santa Barbara,CA (Hwy 101 at Las Positas). The grounds will be filled to the rafters with beautiful antiques and unique decorative pieces brought to Santa Barbara by dealers from all over the west coast. 

 

Login Form