Due to Old Job, US Journalist Arrested in Myanmar

An American journalist, who has been detained for nearly five months in military-controlled Myanmar, is being prosecuted for alleged abuses by the news agency where he once worked. He was charged more than six months after leaving the media, the journalist’s lawyer said Friday.

Danny Fenster was detained at Yangon International Airport on May 24 as he was about to board a plane en route to America to meet his family. He is the managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, an online news magazine based in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city.

American media and government organizations have called for Fenster’s release. He was among about 100 journalists detained since the military took power in early February, and overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government. More than half of the detained journalists have been released, but the media to date remains under strict restrictions.

Fenster worked until July 2020 as a reporter and editor for the online news site Myanmar Now and joined Frontier Myanmar the following month. As the population grew stronger against a military takeover, the permit for Myanmar Now, and several other media outlets, was revoked in early March. The media is banned from publishing on any platform but continues to operate clandestinely online.

Fenster’s lawyer Than Zaw Aung said the judge in a preliminary hearing on Friday told his client that after Myanmar Now’s license was revoked, he continued to post news about the activities of organizations opposing the military takeover. (ka/rs)

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