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Wife of jailed Reuters journalist in Myanmar gives birth

14:30 11-08-2018
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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, Anadolu Agency reports.

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 the Southeast Asian nation.

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

"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.

The killings took place during an army crackdown that United Nations agencies say prompted about 700,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.