Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar earlier this month under a colonial-era secrecy law were remanded in custody for another two weeks on Wednesday.
Police brought Thet Oo Maung Maung, also known as Wa Lone, and Kyaw Soe Oo before the Mingaladon township court outside Yangon to secure a judge's order for their continued detention.
They were charged on Dec. 12 under the 1923 Official Secrets Act for obtaining "important documents concerned with security forces" in Rakhine State in the country's west, and other related information. They could face up to 14 years in prison under the law.
The pair, who had been detained at the criminal investigation department compound in Yangon until the morning, were taken to the city's notorious Insein jail after the court granted the extension.
Before leaving the court in a police van, Wa Lone told reporters he would continue to seek the truth as a journalist.
"Nobody can silence the journalists. We will continue to work (for) the truth in accordance with media ethics," he shouted.
The two journalists were initially arrested after a dinner appointment with two police officers on the outskirts of Yangon. The officers reportedly had given them some classified documents concerned with the security forces in the area.
The two security officers who allegedly helped the journalists were also being charged under the same British colonial-era law, and appeared at the court together with the two journalists Wednesday.
An earlier report in official government newspapers alleged that the journalists "illegally gathered news" from the officers, who had served in Rakhine and were now back in Yangon.
The law being used to charge all four was frequently used by the previous military government to jail pro-democracy activists.
The government has been under increasing pressure from the United Nations and the international community over alleged atrocities committed by security forces against Rohingya Muslims living in the northern tip of Rakhine State, causing more than 620,000 of them to flee to neighboring Bangladesh in recent months.
The government does not recognize the Rohingya as one of the country's many ethnic groups, considering them instead to be illegal migrants from Bangladesh known as Bengali.