Journalist Danny Fenster was released from prison after spending two years in Myanmar. He talks about the political situation while his family reads to him.
Journalist Danny Fenster came home to the Detroit area after being released from a prison in Myanmar.
Danny Fenster, a journalist from the United States, arrived to his family’s house in Huntington Woods, a Detroit suburb, on November 16.
The previous day, Myanmar’s military officials had permitted Fenster, 37, to depart the country. The Michigan native had been sentenced to 11 years in jail only three days before his release for breaching immigration rules, interacting with government opponents, and sharing information that may be dangerous to the military.
Fenster was “pardoned” and freed from jail “on humanitarian grounds,” according to the military administration. Speaking at a news conference in New York, Fenster stated he was “shackled, hands and legs” when leaving the prison.
Myanmar’s military is being negotiated with.
Bill Richardson, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, and General Min Aung Hlaing, the leader of Myanmar’s military administration, negotiated Fenster’s release. The New York Times cited Richardson as saying, “Danny will now be allowed to reunite with his loved ones, who have been pushing for all of this time, despite enormous obstacles.” For 176 days, the journalist had been detained.
According to Fox 2 Detroit, Fenster appreciated local U.S. Congressman Andy Levin’s efforts on his behalf. The congressman responded to Fenster’s “five-and-a-half painfully long months of unlawful confinement” on Twitter.
Nothing compares to seeing Rose Fenster embrace her son Danny in her arms after being held in an unfair Myanmar jail for five and a half months. pic.twitter.com/mcWcPUR0Lw
November 16, 2021 — Andy Levin (@Andy Levin)
Levin, like Richardson, is a Democratic Party member.
More than a hundred journalists have been imprisoned.
The Myanmar military has detained more than 100 journalists and other media workers since the fall of Aung San Suu Kyi in February, according to the Detroit Free Press. “Myanmar is among the worst jailers of journalists in the world,” said Joel Simon of the Committee to Protect Journalists, according to the newspaper. The military administration had previously arrested another American journalist, Nathan Maung, for two months, according to the New York Times.
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Richardson is a private citizen in Myanmar.
According to the Associated Press, Richardson visited Myanmar as a private individual. It was remembered that several human rights activists had first attacked Richardson’s visit for granting credibility to the isolated rule. According to the Associated Press, the US Department of State advised him against attempting to convince the military chief to release Fenster.
On November 15, Secretary of State Antony Blinken remarked, “We are delighted that Danny will soon be reunited with his family while we continue to push for the release of those who remain unjustly imprisoned in Burma.”
Fenster was still managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, according to the New York Times. The claims against him, according to the report, were based on work he did for another online site, Myanmar Now, prior to the military takeover.
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