Worldwide aid and rights groups have accused the military of arson, killings and rapes of Rohingya villagers. The Union's executive is also looking into the arrests of the journalists.
"Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been reporting on events of global importance in [Burma], and we learned today that they have been arrested in connection with their work", said Stephen J. Adler, president and editor-in-chief of Reuters. The military operations that followed led to the exodus of more than 600,000 Rohingya from Rakhine into neighboring Bangladesh and have been widely criticized by the worldwide community as disproportionate in scale and a case of ethnic cleansing or even genocide.
"Had we pushed them back, they would have been killed", he said.
Reuters' driver Myothant Tun dropped them off at Battalion 8's compound at around 8 pm and the two reporters and two police officers headed to a nearby restaurant.
"I think it is important that the worldwide community does everything possible to allow not only for the journalists to be released - freedom of the press is very important - but also to allow for those reasons that might justify or might have justified the reason or the reasons of the arrest to disappear", he said, referring to the wider crackdown on Rohingya.
"For a democracy to succeed, journalists need to be able to do their jobs freely", the embassy said.
Michael reports: "Myanmar's government doesn't consider the Rohingya to be citizens; it says they are immigrants from Bangladesh who are living in Myanmar illegally".
The current wave of violence in Rakhine, on the west coast of Myanmar, began August 25, when an insurgent group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, attacked 30 police and military outposts.
During a search of the pair, police allegedly found the pair in possession of two military reports and a map of a location in Rakhine State. Stillhart was speaking after a three-day mission to the area with one of the only aid agencies still operating in northern Rakhine.
Reuters news agency called on Myanmar to immediately release two of its journalists who were arrested for possessing "important secret papers" obtained from two policemen who had worked in Rakhine state, where violence widely blamed on security forces has forced more than 630,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee into neighboring Bangladesh.
The MSF noted that considering the unsafe environment for Rohingya refugees in Rakhine region, the agreement for their return signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar is premature.