The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) welcomes the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo after more than 500 days in jail in Myanmar. As we have been saying for more than a year, they should never have been imprisoned.

The reporters, who were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for exposing atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, had been sentenced in September 2018 to seven years in prison on charges of illegal possession of official documents. Police in Myanmar detained the two reporters in December 2017 for allegedly “obtaining state secrets” related to a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the country’s Rakhine state.

SABEW has joined other news organizations, including member Reuters, in calling for their release, most recently in a statement advance of World Press Freedom Day on May 3.

SABEW is increasingly concerned about the arrests of journalists and attacks on the media by government officials and other authorities in both the United States and abroad. For more information on SABEW’s First Amendment Initiative go to #SABEW1stAmendment. SABEW is the world’s largest organization dedicated to business and financial journalism.

For more information, contact Kathleen Graham, SABEW executive director, at