Burmese junta jail American journalist Danny Fenster for 11 years

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US journalist Danny Fenster was sentenced to 11 years in prison in Myanmar after being convicted of a series of charges previously described by the US government as “deeply unjust”.

The Burmese military has been pressing the press since coming to power in a February coup, arresting dozens of journalists criticizing its crackdown on dissent that has killed more than 1,200 people, a local watch group says .

Fenster, who had been editor-in-chief of the online magazine Frontier Myanmar, was convicted on Friday of incitement for allegedly spreading false or inflammatory information, contacting illegal organizations and violating visa regulations, his lawyer said, Than Zaw Aung.

He still faces two more charges in another court for allegedly violating anti-terrorism law and a law covering treason and sedition.

Fenster was arrested on his way home to see his family in Detroit in May. He has since been held at Insein Prison in Yangon.

The 37-year-old was initially charged with allegedly promoting dissent against the military, illegal association and breaking immigration law, before additional charges of sedition and terrorism were raised. added two days ago.

The additional charges, which will be heard by another court in Yangon, each carry a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Frontier Myanmar editor-in-chief Thomas Kean confirmed Fenster had been convicted.

“There is absolutely no basis to convict Danny of these charges,” he said. “Everyone at Frontier is disappointed and frustrated with this decision. We just want Danny to be released ASAP so he can go home to his family.

When the new charges emerged, the US government urged the Myanmar junta to immediately release Fenster.

“The deeply unfair nature of Danny’s detention is obvious to everyone,” a State Department spokesperson said.

“The regime should take the cautious step of releasing him now. His continued detention is unacceptable. Journalism is not a crime.


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