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Myanmar charges American journalist with ‘terrorism’

12:11, 10 November 2021
Myanmar charges American journalist with ‘terrorism’ Photo: dannyfenster/twitter.com

The American journalist Danny Fenster was charged of terrorism and incitement to insurrection in Myanmar, the Fenster’s lawyer Than Zaw Aung said.


«We don't understand why they added more charges but it is definitely not good that they are adding charges,» Zaw Aung told Reuters.

If the journalist is found guilty, he could receive up to 20 years in prison under terrorism law, and another 20 years for sedition

Fenster, editor-in-chief of the independent publication Frontier Myanmar, was detained on May 24, 2021 at Yangon International Airport before flying to Malaysia.

The journalist has been already on trial for allegedly encouraging dissent against the military, unlawful association and breaching immigration law.

The US has repeatedly urged the Myanmar authority to release Fenster, but he remains in custody.

It is still unclear what exactly he was blamed for, despite testimony by several prosecution witnesses. The whole Fenster’s trial was closed to the press while only his lawyer revealed the information about the judicial process.

On February 1, the military command of Myanmar committed a coup and announced the introduction of a state of emergency for a year and the removal of the country's civilian leadership and elected President Aung San Suu Kyi.

The coup caused protests and disturbances across Myanmar as the military government attempted to suppress the uprising with the fire. Several thousand people were reported killed during the clashes.