"The defendants. have breached Official Secrets Act section 3.1.c, and are sentenced to seven years", the judge said, adding that the time served since they were detained on 12 December would be taken into account.
The defendants told the court that the two reporters obtained confidential documents from two police officers on December 12, 2017.
Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen J. Adler said today was a sad day for the journalists, Myanmar and the media.
This combo shows journalists Kyaw Soe Oo (L) and Wa Lone (R) being escorted by police after their sentencing by a court to jail in Yangon on 3 September 2018.
The small courtroom was cramped with family members, local and foreign journalists, and diplomats, including the U.S. and British ambassadors in Myanmar.
"The United Nations has consistently called for the release of the Reuters journalists and urged the authorities to respect their right to pursue freedom of expression and information", he said.
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"I have no fear", Lone, 32, said after the verdict.
Dozens of journalists and pro-democracy activists marched on Saturday in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, in support of the reporters. "We know what we did - it was just to get information [for our reporting]", said Wa Lone after the guilty verdict, surrounded by a throng of journalists and photographers, before he was hastily pushed back into a police van and brought to Yangon's notorious Insein prison. The journalists testified they did not solicit or knowingly possess any secret documents, and a police officer who testified his commander had ordered documents be planted on the journalists was subsequently jailed for a year.
The journalists had been working on stories about military persecution of Rohingya Muslims, which has caused hundreds of thousands of people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
British Ambassador Dan Chugg, who was in court for Monday's verdict, said the case has "struck a hammer-blow to the rule of law in Myanmar".
Myanmar has denied allegations of atrocities made by thousands of refugees against its security forces, saying it conducted a legitimate counterinsurgency operation against Rohingya fighters.
Lone and Soe Oo had been collecting evidence about the execution of 10 men by the army in the village of Inn Din in northern Rakhine.
A United Nations mandated fact-finding mission said last week that Myanmar's military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with "genocidal intent" and called for top generals to be prosecuted.
"They are sentenced to seven years in prison each". Though the military, which ruled the country for a half-century, maintains control of several key ministries, Suu Kyi's rise to government had raised hopes for an accelerated transition to full democracy and her stance on the Rohingya crisis has disappointed many former admirers.