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Monday, December 05, 2022

Myanmar court sentenced American journalist to 11 years

Myanmar court sentenced American journalist to 11 years

Frontier Myanmar editor-in-chief Thomas Keane said there was no reason to convict Mr. Fenster on these charges.

“His legal team has made it clear to the court that he has left Myanmar Now and has been with Frontier since the middle of last year,” he said. “Everyone at Frontier is disappointed and disappointed with this decision,” he added. “We just want Danny to be released as soon as possible so he can return home to his family.”

Amnesty International has declared Mr. Fenster a prisoner of conscience and called for his immediate and unconditional release.

“He was imprisoned cruelly and unfairly, solely because he worked as a journalist and exercised his right to freedom of speech,” the human rights group said.

Mr. Fenster, a Detroit native, worked for news outlets there and in Louisiana before moving to Myanmar in 2019. Brian Fenster, his brother, said the two, both grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, once volunteered in Chicago. helping a family of refugees from Myanmar, which may have influenced his decision to live there.

The Myanmar military, who shared power with civilian governments for a decade prior to the February 1 coup, has since orchestrated brutal repression, killing more than 1,250 and detaining more than 7,000. At least 126 journalists, publishers or media representatives have been arrested by the military, and 47 of them are still in prison, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement condemning Mr Fenster’s conviction and harsh sentence.

“Myanmar has quickly returned to the environment of information control, censorship and propaganda that has been seen under military regimes in the past,” she said. “I call on the military authorities to immediately release all journalists detained in connection with their work.”

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