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美国关注在缅甸被逮捕的两名记者 US Officials Concerned About 2 Reporters Detained in Myanmar

美国驻缅甸大使馆表示关注两名路透社记者3天前在缅甸被逮捕的事件。

美国大使馆星期五发布声明说,自从31岁的瓦龙(Wa Lone)与27岁的觉梭(Kyaw Soe Oo)被逮捕以来,始终没有得到有关他们的任何消息,他们的家人也未获准探视。

美国国防部长马蒂斯星期五对记者说,美国关注所有因从事其职业而被逮捕的新闻记者。

路透社总裁阿德勒星期三发表声明,说路透社对这一肆无忌惮践踏新闻自由的事件万分愤慨。

联合国秘书长古特雷斯星期四说,逮捕事件显示,缅甸的新闻自由在减少。他说,国际社会必须尽力帮助被逮捕的记者获释。

瓦龙和觉梭两人被捕前在采编有关缅甸军队在若开邦进行镇压的新闻。缅甸的少数族裔罗兴亚人在若开邦生活。军方的镇压迫使大约60万罗兴亚人逃到邻国孟加拉。联合国称在若开邦的镇压为典型的种族清洗。

瓦龙和觉梭星期二应邀到仰光郊区和警察官员共进晚餐后失踪。缅甸新闻部说,这两人有意与外国媒体分享非法获得的信息。

缅甸新闻部发布了两人戴着手铐的照片,但是没有正式通知路透社这两人的情况。仰光一位法院官员对路透社说,这两人可以在不被起诉的情况下被拘留28天。

The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar has said it is concerned about two Reuters journalists who were arrested three days ago in the country.

The embassy said in a statement Friday that there has been no word from Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, since their arrest, and authorities have not allowed their families to visit.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters Friday that the U.S. is concerned anytime reporters are arrested for doing their jobs.

Reuters President Stephen Adler released a statement Wednesday saying Reuters is "outraged" by a "blatant attack on press freedom."

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that the arrests are a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar. He said the international community must do all it can to get them released.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were working on stories about a military crackdown on Rakhine state, home to the ethnic minority Rohingya. A military crackdown in that area has driven an estimated 600,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighboring Bangladesh.The United Nations has called the crackdown "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing."

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo went missing Tuesday after being invited to dinner with police officials on the northern outskirts of the capital, Yangon. Myanmar's Ministry of Information said the reporters "Illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media."

The ministry has released a photo of the two men in handcuffs, although it has not officially notified Reuters of their status. A court official in Yangon told Reuters the men could be held for as long as 28 days without being charged.

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