Danny Fenster: American journalist sentenced in Myanmar to 11 years in prison

Fenster, a 37-year-old from Detroit, Michigan, has been detained in Myanmar for greater than 5 months. He has been denied bail and held in Insein Prison, in the nation’s greatest metropolis Yangon, since his May 24 arrest.

At a courtroom listening to on Friday, his lawyer Than Zaw Aung stated Fenster was discovered responsible of three costs introduced in opposition to him by the Myanmar navy, which seized management of the nation in a coup on February 1.

Those costs embody visa breaches, illegal affiliation with an unlawful group and incitement underneath part 505a of Myanmar’s Penal Code, which makes it against the law to publish or flow into feedback that “cause fear” or unfold “false news.” Fenster was additionally given a high quality in native forex equal to $50.

Earlier this week he was hit with two new legal costs underneath the nation’s sedition and terrorism legal guidelines, which carry a most sentence of life in prison, his lawyer stated.

They embody costs underneath Section 124a of Myanmar’s Penal Code, which mandates seven to 20 years imprisonment for making an attempt to carry hatred, contempt or disaffection towards the federal government and navy.

The different cost is underneath Section 50a of the Counter Terrorism Law, which makes it against the law to have contact with formally designated “terrorist” teams. Under the terrorism cost, Fenster may face a minimal of 10 years in prison and a most of life in prison if convicted, in accordance to his lawyer and Myanmar’s sentencing tips.

These costs can be heard individually.

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It was unclear why the costs have been introduced in opposition to the previous managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, an impartial information outlet that coated present affairs, enterprise and politics in Myanmar. Fenster was arrested at Yangon International Airport whereas attempting to depart the nation to see his household in the United States.

CNN Business has reached out to Myanmar’s navy for remark.

‘Travesty of justice’

Frontier Myanmar stated in an announcement posted on Facebook it was “deeply disappointed” on the sentencing.

“Everyone at Frontier is disappointed and frustrated at this decision. We just want to see Danny released as soon as possible so he can go home to his family,” stated Thomas Keen, Frontier’s Editor-in-Chief.

Frontier Myanmar stated the costs had been primarily based on the allegation that Fenster was working for banned media outlet Myanmar Now in the aftermath of the navy coup. But Frontier stated Fenster had resigned from Myanmar Now in July 2020, and on the time of his arrest in May 2021 had been working with Frontier for greater than 9 months.

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Fenster obtained a three-year sentence for the incitement cost, three years for the illegal affiliation cost and 5 years for the immigration cost, Frontier stated, including the sentences imposed had been the harshest potential underneath the regulation.

“There is absolutely no basis to convict Danny of these charges. His legal team clearly demonstrated to the court that he had resigned from Myanmar Now and was working for Frontier from the middle of last year,” stated Kean.

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Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, stated the sentence was a “travesty of justice executed by a kangaroo court operating at the beck and call of the Myanmar military junta.”

“The rationale for this outrageous, rights abusing sentence is really twofold: To intimidate all remaining journalists inside Myanmar by punishing Fenster this way, while at the same time sending a message to the US that the Tatmadaw generals don’t appreciate being hit with economic sanctions and can bite back with hostage diplomacy,” Robertson stated.

“Journalism is not a crime, and it shouldn’t be treated that way — meaning that Danny Fenster and the many Burmese journalists still behind bars should urgently be freed.”


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