A court in Myanmar has sentenced Danny Fenster, American journalist, to 11 years in prison.
“Fenster received the harshest possible sentence for his crimes, which include immigrations violations,” according to JustTheNews.com.
“After taking power during a February coup, the Myanmar military began imprisoning journalists, behavior that has been widely condemned by the global community. Fenster is also facing two far more serious charges of terrorism and sedition, which were just added and have not yet been heard by the court. Each crime carries a sentence of up to life in prison,” JustTheNews.com reported.
At the time he was arrested, Fenster was working as the managing editor for Frontier Myanmar.
“During Fenster’s trial, the prosecution made the case that official records did not correctly reflect where he was employed. Instead, prosecutors attempted to prove that he had been working for Myanmar Now, an outlet that was banned in the country after the coup,” JustTheNews.com reported.
Frontier is a business magazine, publishing in both English and Myanmar. The award-winning publication recently announced it will cease publication, citing a hostile climate for journalists in Myanmar.
“More than 100 journalists have been detained in Myanmar since the coup, several dozen of whom remain imprisoned to this day as the military attempts to quiet all potentially critical voices,” according to JustTheNews.com
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