US Journalist Imprisoned for Spreading False Information is Freed

US Journalist Imprisoned for Spreading False Information is Freed

An American journalist who was sentenced to prison in Myanmar for disseminating fake or incendiary information has been freed.

Danny Fenster was arrested at Yangon Airport on May 24 in connection with his role as the managing editor of online magazine Frontier Myanmar. On Friday, a court in military-ruled Myanmar found the 37-year-old from Detroit, Michigan, guilty of violating visa regulations, spreading false news or information that causes fear, and contacting illegal organizations.

Despite calls from rights groups and the United States for Fenster’s release, the court handed the journalist the maximum penalty for each of the three charges, ordering that he spend the next 11 years in prison with hard labor. 

At the time of his incarceration in Insein Prison in Yangon, Fenster faced further charges of terrorism and treason that could have seen him locked up in Myanmar for life. 

Fenster is one of seven journalists who are known to have been convicted in Myanmar since the elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was ousted by a military coup on February 1.

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said that since the military seized power, at least 126 journalists, media officials or

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