Chabot Statement on the Release of Reuters Reporters
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Co-Chair of the House Freedom of the Press Caucus and former Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific released the following statement celebrating the release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo from prison in Burma:
“For more than 500 days, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been wrongfully imprisoned for daring to report on the Rohingya genocide in Burma. Today is a good day for freedom of the press and for journalism everywhere, and I am glad to see that the Burmese government finally let them go. As we welcome their release, it is important to keep in mind the atrocity they were covering by continuing to call for justice for the Rohingya and for their safe, dignified, and, above all, voluntary return to Burma.”
On May 5, Chabot penned an op-ed with fellow Freedom of the Press Caucus Co-Chair, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for The Washington Post commemorating World Press Freedom Day.
On December 13, 2018 the House passed H.Res. 1091 , legislation Chabot introduced, which deemed the atrocities committed against the Rohingya to be genocide and called for the release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.