Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis have been freed, following a 500 days detention.
Wa Lone, 33 and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29 were released after a presidential amnesty.
They spent more than 500 days in prison on the outskirts of Yangon.
Last September, they had been convicted under the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in jail.
Their jailing was seen as an assault on press freedom and raised questions about Myanmar’s democracy.
As he left the prison, Wa Lone vowed to continue his reporting and said he was excited to return to work at the international news agency.
“I’m really happy and excited to see my family and my colleagues. I can’t wait to go to my newsroom,” he told reporters.
Both men have families with young children. Wa Lone’s wife, Pan Ei Mon, only discovered she was pregnant after her husband’s arrest. He has only seen his daughter a handful of times on her visits to prison.
The releasing of the two journalists were welcomed by United Nations (UN) who actively campaigning for their release together with other news organizations worldwide.