Two Pulitzer-winning Reuters journalists was released on Tuesday from Insein prison of Myanmar’s Yangon region after spending more than 500 days behind bars.

33-year-old Wa Lone and 29-year-old Kyaw Soe Oo were convicted of breaking the Official Secret’s Act as they were working on an in-depth investigation into the brutal violence carried out against the Rohingya in Rahkine state by Myanmar’s military in August 2017 which forced more than 700,000 people to flee to Bangladesh and led to accusations of genocide.

The pardon of the reporters by the Myanmar president, comes after 16 months of mounting pressure from international governments, diplomats, human rights organisations and even religious figures.

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