BANGKOK – An American journalist detained almost five months in military-ruled Myanmar is being prosecuted for an offense allegedly carried out by a news service for which he had stopped working more than half-a-year previously, his lawyer said Friday.
Danny Fenster was detained at Yangon International Airport on May 24 as he was about to board a flight to go to the United States to see his family. He is the managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, an online news magazine based in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city.
Media groups and the U.S. government have called for Fenster’s release. He is among about 100 journalists detained since a February 1 military takeover ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. More than half have since been released, but the media remain under tight restrictions.
Fenster had worked until July 2020 as a reporter and copy editor for the online news site Myanmar Now and joined Frontier Myanmar the following month.
As popular resistance to the military takeover grew, Myanmar Now, along with several other media outlets, had its license revoked in early March. It was banned from publishing on any platform but has continued to operate clandestinely online.