Myanmar court refuses to drop case against Reuters journalists

Yangon (AFP) – A Myanmar court on Wednesday rejected a motion to drop a case against two Reuters journalists arrested four months ago while reporting on the Rohingya crisis, pushing ahead with hearings that have sparked global outrage and fears of shrinking press freedoms.

“The court decided that the proposal from the defendants’ lawyer to release the defendants…has been rejected,” a judge told a packed courtroom in the commercial capital Yangon.