South Korean journalists arrested in trespass case in Singapore

Singapore police say they arrested two South Korean journalists while investigating a report of trespassing in the residence of the North Korean ambassador. (AFP)
Updated 08 June 2018
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South Korean journalists arrested in trespass case in Singapore

  • The two men represented the Korean Broadcasting System News but were not accredited as media personnel in Singapore
  • Police were still investigating two other South Koreans, a representative of the broadcaster and an interpreter-guide

SINGAPORE: Singapore police say they arrested two South Korean journalists while investigating a report of trespassing in the residence of the North Korean ambassador.
The statement posted on the police force’s Facebook page Friday says the two men represented the Korean Broadcasting System News but were not accredited as media personnel in Singapore. The broadcaster is more widely known as KBS.
Police were still investigating two other South Koreans, a representative of the broadcaster and an interpreter-guide.
A criminal trespass conviction in Singapore carries up to three months’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,500, or both.
Police also said journalists who commit crimes in Singapore will not be accredited and thus will be unable to cover the summit Tuesday between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.


Pence presses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters journalists

Updated 14 November 2018
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Pence presses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters journalists

  • Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in Yangon in December 2017
  • Lawyers for the two Reuters reporters have lodged an appeal against their conviction

SINGAPORE: US Vice President Mike Pence pressed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi “multiple times” on Wednesday to pardon two Reuters journalists jailed in her country, a senior White House official said.
Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in Yangon in December 2017. They were found guilty in September of breaching the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Pence met Suu Kyi on the sidelines of an Asia summit in Singapore.
“He raised the case of two Reuters journalists in particular and raised the request that a pardon could be made,” a senior White House official told reporters on condition of anonymity. “They had a very candid exchange of views on that.”
The White House official said Pence urged Suu Kyi directly to pardon the Reuters journalists “multiple times.”
The official declined to comment on Suu Kyi’s response in the closed-door meeting.
Lawyers for the two Reuters reporters have lodged an appeal against their conviction.
At the time of their arrest in December, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were working on a Reuters investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim villagers during an army crackdown in Rakhine state.