Two Myanmar photojournalists, covering the Rohingya crisis for a German magazine, have been released on bail on Friday, nine days after they were detained on suspicion of espionage.
“Cox’s Bazar judicial magistrate’s court granted bail to them,” said their lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua.
Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat were detained more than a week ago in Cox’s Bazar, where more than 400,000 Rohingya have sought refuge from violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August 25.
The duo’s lawyer said they were charged with “false impersonation” and providing “false information” after police accused them of using the cover of tourist visas to enter the country, instead of journalist visas.
They arrived in Cox’s Bazar in early September on assignment for Hamburg-based magazine Geo to cover the refugee crisis.
Minzayar Oo’s lawyer described him as “an award winning photographer whose work was published in reputed dailies and magazines including the New York Times, Guardian and National Geographic”.
The article was first published on Bangla Tribune