Baby girl for detained Myanmar journalist

The wife of imprisoned Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who is facing up to 14 years in jail in Myanmar for allegedly violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, gave birth to a girl on Friday.

By TT Bureau in Yangon
  • Published 11.08.18
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Pan Ei Mon, the wife of detained Reuters journalist Wa Lone, embraces her newborn baby girl Thet Htar Angel in her hospital room in Yangon. (Reuters)

Yangon: The wife of imprisoned Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who is facing up to 14 years in jail in Myanmar for allegedly violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, gave birth to a girl on Friday.

Wa Lone, 32, and his colleague Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, have been detained since December accused of obtaining secret state documents in a case widely seen as a test of press freedom in Myanmar.

Wa Lone's wife, Pan Ei Mon, gave birth in a Yangon hospital early on Friday to a girl, named Thet Htar Angel.

"I've wished Wa Lone could be free since before I knew I was pregnant, and now I want him to be free even more," Pan Ei Mon, 35, said as she cradled the baby. Wa Lone has been detained for most of the time his wife was pregnant.

A Reuters Special Report published on Wednesday traced the lives of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were arrested while reporting on the massacre of 10 Muslim men in Myanmar last year. Reuters

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