(Reuters) – A Myanmar court on Friday sentenced U.S. journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison after his lawyer and employer were released on bail, despite US calls for his release.
Fenster, 37, editor-in-chief of the digital magazine Frontier Myanmar, was found guilty of inciting and violating immigration and illegal association laws, which the publication described as “severe punishments permitted by law.”
He was the first Western journalist to be imprisoned in recent years in Myanmar, where a military coup against the elected government of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1 ended a decade-long move towards democracy and provoked national protests. .
“There is no basis to punish Danny on these charges,” said Thomas Keane, editor-in-chief of Frontier Myanmar, one of the country’s leading independent news organizations.
Fenster was arrested as he tried to leave the country in May, after which he was imprisoned in the infamous Insane prison in Yangon, where hundreds of anti-military protesters have been imprisoned, tortured and tortured during decades of dictatorship.
Earlier this week he received additional and serious allegations of treason and violation of terrorism laws without explanation from authorities.
(Reuters Writing Report)
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