Jailed for Uncovering a Massacre in Myanmar: Daily Brief

Reuters journalists get seven years for doing their job in Myanmar; critical decision point for Europe; arming Saudi-led war crimes in Yemen; Mediterranean crossings fewer but deadlier; civilians killed in Libya clashes; and the radical right rampage in Chemnitz, Germany. 

Myanmar court’s conviction of two Reuters journalists on politically motivated charges heralds a return to the media repression seen during military rule. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were sentenced to seven years in prison under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act in an apparent response to their reporting on military abuses against Rohingya Muslims.

Europe faces a critical decision point next week, as the European Parliament will weigh in on Hungary's authoritarian slide. 

"The Saudi-led coalition’s attack on a bus full of young boys adds to its already gruesome track record of killing civilians at weddings, funerals, hospitals, and schools in Yemen,” said Bill Van Esveld, senior children’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Countries with knowledge of this record that are supplying more bombs to the Saudis will be complicit in future deadly attacks on civilians.” 

The Mediterranean is seeing fewer crossing by migrants and asylum seekers, but the crossings are deadlier. And insecurity in Libya puts many between a rock and a hard place.

Neo-Nazi attacks and far-right riots have hit the east German city of Chemnitz.