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France calls jailing of Reuters duo in Myanmar ‘serious blow to press freedom’

September 3, 2018

France condemned the jailing of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar on Monday as a “serious blow to press freedom and the rule of law” in the southeast Asian country.

“France reiterates its appeal for their liberation and the respect of their fundamental rights, as well as free media access in Rakhine State,” the foreign ministry said, referring to the region where the pair was arrested while reporting on the extra-judicial killings of Rohingya Muslims.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.