Prison security officials prepare for the release of inmates outside Insein prison in Yangon on Thursday. AFP
Former British envoy Vicky Bowman and her husband were among those released, along with US citizen Kyaw Htay Oo and Japanese filmmaker Toru Kubota.
Myanmar has been in the political turmoil since the military staged coup in February last year, arresting civilian leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi in the early morning raids.
The coup sparked widespread protests that were often violently shut down, and helped fuel armed resistance among some of the Southeast Asian nation's many ethnic groups.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said the government welcomed reports regarding Turnell, who had been charged with violating a state secrets law and sentenced in September to three years in jail.
In this image taken from a video, Sean Turnell addresses an audience at Australia's Macquarie University. File/AP
"Professor Turnell continues to be our first priority. As such, we will not be commenting further at this stage," Wong said on Twitter.
Earlier this month, Wong said Australia was considering imposing sanctions on Myanmar as the security and human rights situation there deteriorates.
The Japanese foreign ministry said it had been informed about Kubota's release.
In all, 5,774 male and 676 female prisoners were granted amnesty to mark Myanmar's national day and also on "humanitarian grounds," state media said.
Among those released were 11 celebrities and Kyaw Tint Swe, a former minister and a close aide to Suu Kyi, according to the report.
A junta spokesperson did not answer Reuters' phone calls seeking comment.
Bowman, whose husband is prominent Burmese artist Ko Htein Lin, had been charged with immigration violations. Kubota had been charged with sedition and violating a communications law.
"One hopes this release will not be a one-off event but rather the start of a process by the junta to release all political prisoners in Myanmar," Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch told Reuters. "People should never be criminalised and imprisoned for simply expressing political opinions and peacefully exercising their rights."
After relentless diplomatic pressure and global outrage, fallen democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi finally decided that a pardon for two Myanmar journalists jailed for reporting on a Rohingya massacre
Myanmar typically grants an annual amnesty to thousands of prisoners to mark its traditional Buddhist New Year holiday — which in previous years have been joyous affairs with city-wide water fights.
Michael White flew from Tehran to Zurich, where he was met by diplomat Brian Hook, the US special envoy for Iran who has led the negotiations for the release of White and other American detainees in Iran. White and Hook then departed Zurich on a US government plane.
Both had pleaded not guilty to charges of violating the official secrets act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years. "Three years each, no hard labour," said the source, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue.
The murder of 25-year-old computer science student Al Walid Al Gharbi took place last Monday inside a house in Building No. 300 on Hansberry St, Philadelphia, when they found the young man with a stab wound in the neck in the bathroom on the third floor.
“The deliberate shelling of active civilian medical facilities and the targeted killing of civilians are grave war crimes of the Kyiv regime and its Western masters,” the Russian foreign ministry said.
The typing centres affirmed that the entry permit application was activated since last Friday and covered all types of residence visas, noting that the holder of a UAE residence visa who stayed abroad for more than 6 months can apply for the entry permit.
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