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U.N. human rights chief Bachelet urges Myanmar to free Reuters reporters

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GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on Myanmar to free two Reuters journalists jailed on Monday for their reporting of the Rohingya crisis, as well as all other journalists detained for exercising their freedom of expression.

A Myanmar judge earlier on Monday found the two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years, in a landmark case seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the Southeast Asian country.

“Their conviction follow a legal process that clearly breached international standards,” Bachelet said in a statement. “It sends a message to all journalists in Myanmar that they cannot operate fearlessly, but must rather make a choice to either self-censor or risk prosecution.”

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Gareth Jones