The wives of jailed Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo participated in UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day on Thursday in Myanmar, to thank the organisation for awarding their husbands the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press award for two jailed journalist press Freedom Prize.
The relationship between the press and democracy is the main theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, jointly organised by UNESCO, the Ethiopian government and the African Union Commission from May 1 to 3. More than one hundred events will take place around the world in observance of the day.
The official award ceremony was held on Thursday evening in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, and was attended by Wa Lone’s brother, who accepted the award on behalf of the two journalists.
The Reuters journalists were selected for the award by an independent international jury. The ceremony was attended by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Ambassador Kwesi Quartey.
In Myanmar, Pan Ei Mon, the wife of Wa Lone, read a message from the imprisoned journalists thanking their media colleagues and the international community for standing up for the right to information.
“We can’t do any more about their case under Myanmar’s judicial system because their appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court of the Union,” Pan Ei Mon said.
Chit Su Win, the wife of Kyaw Soe Oo, said she is still hoping to be reunited with her husband.