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Myanmar media repression deepens despite release of Reuters pair

Aung San Suu Kyi's government has failed to nurture greater press freedom

Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo walk to the gate at Insein Prison in Yangon on May 7 after being freed as part of a mass amnesty.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- There was widespread jubilation last week when two imprisoned Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were unexpectedly included among 6,520 prisoners released in a mass amnesty in Myanmar, but observers say the country's press situation remains deeply troubled.

"I can't wait to go my newsroom," Wa Lone told reporters when he emerged. How the two local journalists will resume their reporting careers is moot, however, with their employer declining to comment. "I'm afraid we're not doing interviews or discussing the case at this point," Jamie Austin, a Reuters public relations officer, told the Nikkei Asian Review.

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