American Reporter Released By Myanmar Military

Nathan Maung, a US citizen and editor-in-chief of Kamayut Media, was released from prison on June 14, 2021, after more than three months behind bars. His lawyer confirmed that he will be deported on June 15, 2021.

Nathan Maung and Hanthar Nyein, cofounders of Kamayut Media, were detained by regime forces on March 9 after their Yangon offices were raided.

Both were charged with violating Section 505a of the Penal Code, which can result in up to three years in prison for spreading false news, causing fear, or inciting government employees to commit crimes.

Attorney Tin Zar Oo, who represents Nathan Maung, told Myanmar Now that he was released from Insein Prison around 10 am on June 14, 2021, and met with his family members at the Kamayut police station.

Major Myo Oo, the plaintiff in the case, withdrew the charge against Nathan Maung, and the court ordered his release since he had not yet been indicted.

He will still have to spend Monday night in an interrogation centre, but he will be deported to the US on June 15, 2021.

According to Tin Zar Oo, the man was tested for Covid-19 today, and if he passes, he will be flying home to the US tomorrow.

CNN reported last week that the pair had been tortured during their two-week detention at an interrogation center before they were sent to the notorious Insein Prison.

“The two sources said they were kept in adjoining rooms so they could hear each other scream during interrogations,” CNN reported.

Nathan Maung is one of two American journalists who were arrested by the coup regime.

The 37-year-old managing editor of the local news outlet Frontier Myanmar was detained at the Yangon International Airport on May 24 as he waited to board a flight.

The US State Department called his detention and the arrest of other journalists in Myanmar an “unacceptable attack on freedom of expression.”

Danny Fenster was not allowed access to the US Embassy officials in Myanmar during their virtual visit with Nathan Maung.

In April 2021, Myanmar regime authorities detained Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi and accused him of spreading false news. In May 2021, he was released and sent back to Tokyo.

He has been speaking out about the regime’s treatment of detainees in the Insein prison since his release.

Robert Bociaga, a Polish reporter, was also arrested in Shan State in March 2021 and deported a few weeks later.

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