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American Reporter Appears In Myanmar Court

June 19, 2021

Fenster, a US journalist who was detained in Myanmar over three weeks ago, appeared in court in Yangon, according to Frontier Myanmar, the news publication for which he is managing editor.
The military detained the 37-year-old on May 24 at Yangon International Airport before he could board a flight to Kuala Lumpur. He was on his way to see his family in Detroit.
In the 25 days since his detention, he had not been heard from.
The Frontier Myanmar reports that Fenster, who appeared at a special court in Yangon’s Insein prison recently, was charged under section 505a of Myanmar’s penal code, which carries a possible three-year sentence.
It is unlawful to publish or circulate statements that “cause fear,” spread “false news,” or incite government employees. Since the military seized power in March, dozens of journalists have been charged under this section.
Aung San Suu Kyi, a former civil leader of Myanmar, was ousted from power during the coup, which was followed by a widespread crackdown on dissent.
Junta troops burn Myanmar village to the ground after fighting, residents say
Junta troops burn Myanmar village to the ground after fighting, residents say
Danny was remanded to Insein Prison for two weeks and will appear in court again on July 1, 2021, Frontier Myanmar said. “No reason was given for the filing of the charge against him,” Frontier Myanmar said.
In spite of this, we have no evidence that Danny has committed any offense worthy of a 505a charge. We demand Danny’s release without condition.
Bryan Fenster’s reaction to the news was a mixture of relief and anger.
“Finally, some movement, but our frustration is mounting. A hearing without official communication from the US Embassy or our family,” Bryan wrote in the “Bring Danny Home” Facebook group.
“Continued detention without access to legal counsel or official charges against Danny; denial of US Consulate access to both Danny and his hearing, despite repeated requests in the last 25 days.”
Clearly, this is a flagrant disregard for international law and a flagrant violation of human rights. Danny must be released immediately.”
Recently, a US State Department spokesperson told CNN that the US Embassy in Myanmar had been unable to access Fenster.
A spokesperson for the regime said consular officers have requested to see Daniel, but have not yet been granted access.
Our call is to the Burmese regime to grant consular access without delay, as required by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, and to ensure that Daniel is treated properly while he remains in detention.”
In order to press American politicians to assist in bringing their son back home, the Fenster family has created a petition on MoveOn.
Danny Fenster’s mother, Rose Fenster, called for his release on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” last month.
It’s a nightmare; it’s a feeling of being powerless. It’s heartbreaking,” she said.
“I just want my son back home, no matter what it takes. “Release him and send him home to his family.”
Nathan Maung, a US citizen detained since March 9, was released earlier this week by Myanmar authorities. The co-founder and editor-in-chief of Myanmar’s online news site Kamayut Media, Muang is also a journalist.
Insein Prison held him for more than two months. CNN reported that he and Hanthar Nyein were tortured in an interrogation center after they were arrested.