Rohingya crisis: Reuters journalists arrested ‘for investigating Myanmar killings’:
Reuters has disclosed details of an investigation into a mass execution of Rohingyas by soldiers and villagers, which it states lies behind the arrest of two of its journalists in Myanmar.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Seo Oo are awaiting trial, charged with violating the nation’s Official Secrets Act.
The news agency claims they discovered evidence the 10 Rohingyas were killed unlawfully in Rakhine state this past year.
It hopes that this will demonstrate the pair were acting in the public interest.
Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen J Adler said: “When Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were first arrested, our primary focus was on their safety. Once we understood their legal situation, we, in consultation with Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their relatives, decided that it was our responsibility to publish an account of what happened in the village of Inn Din.
“We published this ground-breaking investigation because it is in the global public interest.”
The BBC has been unable to independently verify all the details of this alleged killings – accessibility to the region is limited – but it comes in the wake of a series of allegations of massacres in Rakhine last year based on eyewitness testimony.
The crisis in mainly Buddhist Myanmar’s north-western Rakhine state hit global headlines late last year when hundreds of thousands of Muslims fled a deadly military crackdown.
The military says it’s fighting Rohingya militants in Rakhine, but rights groups say thousands of civilians have been killed.