DANNY FENSTER, US JOURNALIST GETS 11 YEARS PRISON IN MYANMAR

A Myanmar Military court has sentenced American journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison, having found the person guilty of breaching immigration law, unlawful association and encouraging dissent against the military. He was slapped with two additional charges of sedition and terrorism which carry life imprisonment, for which the trail will begin on 16 November. Fenster (37) was detained at the Yangon Airport in May, among dozens of local journalists who were detained when the coup took place, overthrowing the government of Aung San Suu Kyi. He was the managing editor of Frontier Myanmar. 

 

According to Frontier, he has earlier worked with Myanmar Now, an independent news website that has been critical of the military since the coup. “The charges were all based on the allegation that he was working for banned media outlet Myanmar Now. Danny had resigned from Myanmar Now in July 2020 and joined Frontier the following month, so at the time of his arrest in May 2021 he had been working with Frontier for more than nine months,” said the news site. His imprisonment comes months after a Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi was arrested and charged for ‘spreading fake news’. 

 

The US is pressuring the military led government to release Fenster, but the military is insisting the journalist stay in custody. “The profoundly unjust nature of Danny’s detention is plain for all the world to see. The regime should take the prudent step of releasing him now,” the US stated before the trial. The US has not commented after the sentencing was ordered. 

 

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