Wrong Myanmar Official Documents About Detained US Journalist | Human rights news

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Danny Fenster is among about 100 journalists detained since February, when the military ousted the democratically elected government.

Prosecution witness testimony Friday in the case of Danny Fenster, a US journalist detained in Myanmar for more than five months, determined that official documents do not accurately reflect where he was employed, his lawyer said.

The point could be crucial because it appears that Windows was prosecuted for alleged offices by a news organization at least seven months after he quit working for the newspaper.

Authorities have not clearly described what the window is accused of doing and his trial is closed to the media and the public.

Fenster was arrested at Yangon International Airport on May 24 as he was about to board a flight to the Detroit area of ​​the United States to see his family.

He is the chief editor of Frontier Myanmar, an online news magazine based in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar.

He was charged with instigation for allegedly disseminating false or provocative information, an opening punishable by up to three years in prison.

Fenster was also accused of violating the Unlawful Associations Act for contacting opposition groups declared illegal by the military government of Myanmar. The offense is punished with imprisonment from two to three years.

This week, a further charge of violating visa conditions was added which is punishable from six months to five years in prison.

Fenster’s attorney, Than Zaw Aung, said prosecution witnesses, including police officers, testified during cross-examination Friday that a letter from the Ministry of Information stated that Myanmar Now’s publishing license, a another online news site, had Fenster’s name on its list of publishers.

The license was originally valid for a period from 2015 to 2025.

Both Myanmar Now and Frontier Myanmar have released statements stating that Fenster worked as a reporter and copy editor for Myanmar Now until July 2020 and that he joined Frontier Myanmar the following month.

“Witnesses said Danny is in charge of Myanmar Now according to a letter from the information ministry. They testified in this way since Danny’s name is included in a letter sent by the Ministry of Information. I don’t know why his name is on the list, “Than Zaw Aung told the Associated Press news agency.

Last month, the judge said Fenster had been wanted in connection with Myanmar Now’s activities along with his editor-in-chief, Ko Swe Win, according to Fenster’s attorney.

The judge also told Fenster that after Myanmar Now’s license was revoked in March of this year, the news agency challenged authorities by continuing to publish stories of organizations opposed to the military takeover, the news agency said. Fenster’s attorney.

Fenster is among about 100 journalists detained since February, when the military ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. About 30 remain in prison.

In Washington, US State Department spokesman Ned Price urged the Myanmar government to immediately release the window on Thursday.

“His detention, the detention of so many others, is a sad reminder of the continuing humanitarian and human rights crisis facing the country of Burma, the Burmese, but also foreign citizens, including Americans, who are in Burma” Price said, referring to Myanmar by its old name.

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