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US envoy reiterates calls on Myanmar to release journalists covering Rohingya issue

The US ambassador at large for international religious freedom called on Myanmar to release journalists jailed for covering the plight of Rohingya Muslims, reports Reuters.

US envoy Sam Brownback, speaking in Bangladesh, said,

“The journalists should be released who are in jail in Myanmar.”

Brownback was speaking on whilst on a trip to see first hand the plight of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been detained in Myanmar since December.

Several countries including Canada, Britain and other European countries as well as the United Nations have called for the release of the journalists.