The Myanmar flag flies during a march in Yangon.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were brought to court today to lengthen their period of interrogation for another 14 days. They were previously being held in a police compound.
On Wednesday, the pair appeared in public for the first time in a court on the outskirts of Yangon, where they were embraced by tearful relatives who have been denied any contact with the two men.
The reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, had worked on stories in Myanmar about the militant crackdown that has caused over 665,000 people from the predominantly-Muslim Rohingya ethnic group to flee the Rakhine state since August.More news: Ex-Dividend Reminder: Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, International Flavors & Fragrances and Agrium
They were charged on December 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.
"The situation is okay", Wa Lone said after the hearing. "It's really scary. We didn't do anything wrong", he said after an emotional reunion with his sister. "We will continue to do our best".
In her letter, Khong shares details she says she has learned of the reporters' lives, writing that they "come from humble farmer families, and yet are brilliant, astute and compassionate".
"They were detained while they were doing their jobs as journalists. And I trust him that he would never violate the law", said Wa Lone's wife, Pan Ei Mon.More news: $2.06 EPS Expected for Electronic Arts Inc. (EA)
The other reporter, Kyaw Soe Oo, urged other journalists to be cautious in brief comments.
Government officials from some of the world's major nations, including the United States, Britain and Canada, as well as top UN officials, have previously called for their release.
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. They arrived in a white van, rather than a police truck, dressed in casual clothes and were not handcuffed.
Their lawyer, Than Zaw Aung, who has been retained by Reuters, also said the two had only been doing their job as journalists.More news: Mariah Carey To Headline 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Despite 2016 Debacle
Only their families and lawyer were allowed into the courtroom along with police and government lawyers.