The Myanmar Military Have Arrested An American Journalist

As Danny Fenster was about to leave on an international flight for Bangkok when he was detained at the airport, Frontier magazine reports he was imprisoned in Insein prison.

Fenster, who hails from the Detroit area in the United States, previously worked for Myanmar Now, another independent news source. The journalist is the fourth foreigner detained since the military seized power in a coup on February 1st, 2021.

After being arrested, freelancers Robert Bociaga, from Poland, and Yuki Kitazumi, from Japan, were deported. Nathan Maung, a US citizen who was arrested during a raid on his Kamayut Media office, as well as fact freelancers Robert Bociaga, from Poland, and Yuki Kitazumi, from Japan, were all deported following their arrests. Nathan Maung, a US citizen who was arrested in a raid on his Kamayut Media office, has been charged with spreading “fake news” and appeared in court earlier this month.

Danny has been detained since this morning and Frontier has not been able to contact him since then, Frontier said in a tweet on Monday night. We are concerned about his wellbeing and call for his immediate release. The priority right now is to ensure that he is safe and to provide him with any assistance he may need.

The military has used increasingly brutal tactics against those protesting against the coup, including cracking down on reporting and online communication. About 80 journalists have been detained, roughly half of whom are still in custody awaiting charges or a trial.es “fake news”
Earlier this month, he was charged and appeared in court.

The restriction of a foreign journalist’s freedom of movement is the latest grave threat to press freedom in Myanmar, Shawn Crispin, CPJ’s senior Southeast Asia representative, said in a statement.

Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand also condemned the arrest and praised Frontier and Myanmar Now for their courageous reporting.

According to the FCC, since the coup on Feb. 1, 2021, these organizations have made invaluable contributions to understanding recent dramatic events in Myanmar. The company noted that some of the detained journalists were charged under a law criminalizing any discussion believed to undermine military or police morale.

Frontier Myanmar welcomed Fenster, 37, in August 2020.

He was en route to see his family in the US when he was detained, according to Dateline Detroit, a news website to which he contributed occasionally.

Frontier’s Chief Executive and Founder, Sonny Swe, told CPJ via a messaging app that the U.S. Embassy was aware of Fenster’s arrest and was working on it. For owning an independent newspaper, we spent eight years in jail under former military generals.

Danny has been detained since this morning and Frontier has not been able to contact him since then, Frontier said in a tweet on Monday night. “We are concerned for his wellbeing and urge his immediate release. At the moment, our top priorities are to ensure his safety and to provide him with whatever assistance he needs.”

Myanmar’s generals have cracked down on reporting and online communication and used increasingly brutal tactics against those who continue to protest against the coup. Independent local media have been ordered to close and about 80 journalists have been detained, roughly half of whom remain detained awaiting charges or trial.

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