Danny Fenster life imprisonment for journalist in Burma


At 37, journalist Danny Fenster faces life imprisonment. Detained in Burma since last May on charges of incitement to dissent, illegal association and violation of immigration law, he was charged with sedition and terrorism on Wednesday. “Two counts under Article 50 (a) of the Anti-Terrorism Law and Article 124 (a) of the Criminal Code”, explained his lawyer Than Zaw Aung, who again claimed “His immediate release”. “His continued detention is unacceptable. Journalism is not a crime ”, reacted a spokesman for American diplomacy. Danny Fenster, who is incarcerated in Insein prison, just outside Yangon, appears in a worrying state of health. “He has become very thin”, admitted his lawyer when the American journalist allegedly contracted the Covid during his detention. His investigative magazine, Myanmar Frontier, had remained after the military coup of February 1 to report on the brutal repression that is said to have left more than 1,200 dead. Among the 7,000 arrests, around 100 journalists have already been imprisoned, according to the Reporting Asean association, the junta having also limited access to the Internet and canceled media licenses. When he came to Burma in early November, Bill Richardson, former ambassador to the United Nations, met the head of the junta, Min Aung Hlaing. At the end of his visit, he was hopeful of negotiating an agreement for the resumption of visits by the International Committee of the Red Cross to prisons.

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