Myanmar prosecutors seek to charge Reuters reporters covering Rohingya crisis

Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo.
Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo. Photo: YE AUNG THU / AFP / Getty Images

Prosecutors in Myanmar requested on Wednesday that charges under the country's 1923 Official Secrets Act be brought against two Reuters reporters who were arrested in December, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The charges have a maximum sentence of 14 years, per Reuters. The U.S. State Department released a statement Wednesday, saying the U.S. "is deeply disappointed by today's court decision," and called for the journalists' "immediate and unconditional release."