Bellingcat and Reuters’ Journalists Named FP’s Global Thinkers

Foreign Policy is releasing its annual list of the top 100 Global Thinkers. While the full list goes live on next week, the publication is slowly releasing its picks. Three journalists have already been named. Eliot Higgins, from GIJN member Bellingcat, has been tapped following “breakthrough revelations” from Ukraine and Syria, using open-source intelligence to track down the identities of two Russian operatives who allegedly poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal in the UK. Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were jailed for their investigation into ongoing violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar, have also been named.

Source: Foreign Policy

Posted on: January 16, 2019

Myanmar Court Rejects Appeal for AP Duo

Myanmar’s High Court rejected the appeal of two Reuters journalists jailed last year on charges of violating the country’s colonial-era secrets law. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were sentenced in September to seven years in prison by a district court after a months-long trial in which a key prosecution witness admitted in court that their arrests were a setup. The two journalists were reporting on the situation of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. More than 720,000 Rohingya have fled violence in the country.

Source: Washington Post

Posted on: January 11, 2019

Jailed Reporters Receive IRE Medal

Two Reuters journalists, arrested while reporting on human rights abuses in Myanmar, have been selected as recipients of the Don Bolles Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. The medal recognizes investigative journalists who have exhibited extraordinary courage in standing up against intimidation or efforts to suppress the truth about matters of public importance. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been imprisoned since December 2017. At the time of their arrest, thyey were investigating the September 2017 massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The murders occurred during an army crackdown that the United Nations said has sent 700,000 people flooding into Bangladesh.

Source: IRE

Posted on: June 11, 2018