MYANMAR JAILS REPORTERS OVER WEAPONS CLAIM

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YANGON: Myanmar jailed five journalists to 10 years in prison with hard labor om Thursday over a report accusing the military of producing chemical weapons, a sentence denounced by campaigners as “outrageously harsh.” The reporters for the Unity Weekly News were convicted by a court in central Magway region under the former junta-run country’s official secrets act, amid concerns that Myanmar is backsliding on press freedoms. “All five journalists were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment,” said lawyer Wah Win Maung, who is acting on behalf of four of the men. “This verdict is legally wrong. We will appeal,” he told Agence France-Presse. The jailed men, who include the chief executive of the Unity Weekly News and are aged between 22 and 52, were arrested in February just days after the article was published.

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