Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar win prestigious UNESCO award

Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo departs Insein court after his verdict announcement in Yangon, Myanmar, September 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ann Wang

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Two journalists jailed in Myanmar for Reuters have won a prestigious award for freedom of the press granted annually by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Two journalists, Wall Wa Lun and Kyaw Sui, who were sentenced to seven years in jail for violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act, received the UNESCO / Guillermo Cano Prize for Press Freedom of 2019.

“The work of Waupun, Kyaw Sui, or the renaissance of their country symbolizes decades of isolation,” said Wujic Tuchman, chairman of the award committee, which was formed from a group of media professionals.

“Both came from a modest environment and a rural background. To work hard to achieve a career that was impossible in the era of the military junta that he was born in.”

“They were arrested to document a prohibited subject of crimes against the Rohingya. The final choice of Luo Lun and Kyaw Sui is a tribute to their courage and resistance and their commitment to freedom of expression.”

The $ 25,000 prize aims to recognize outstanding contributions to the promotion and promotion of press freedom, especially in precarious conditions.

The prize was created in 1997 and is named after the Colombian journalist Jermo Cano Isaza, who was assassinated in front of the headquarters of his newspaper in 1986 in Bogota.

The award ceremony will take place on May 2 as part of World Press Freedom Day, which will be held this year in Ethiopia.

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