US journalist arrested in Myanmar
Bangkok, May 24 (EFE).- US journalist Danny Fenster, editor of the Frontier Myanmar news website, was arrested on Monday at the airport in Yangon, Myanmar’s main city, as he attempted to travel to Kuala Lumpur.
“We understand he has been transferred to Insein Prison in Yangon,” Frontier Myanmar posted to its Twitter account.
“We do not know why Danny was detained and have not been able to contact him since this morning. We are concerned for his well being and call for his immediate release,” the news outlet added.
The website, known for covering the bloody protests and civil disobedience that have gripped the country since a military coup on Feb. 1.
Fenster is the third foreign journalist to be arrested by the military junta, which has also detained some 40 local reporters, issued arrest warrants against another 20 and withdrawn the licenses of dozens of media outlets.
Polish photojournalist Robert Bociaga was beaten and arrested by security forces on 11 March as he covered protests in the northeast of the country, only to be deported after two-week detention.
Japan’s Yuki Kitazumi was arrested in Yangon on 18 April on charges of spreading “fake news” and was deported after nearly a month when the Japanese authorities interceded.
Among the wanted journalists’ is Mratt Kyaw, a reporter for Efe in Yangon, who managed to flee to Europe.
Burmese journalist Min Nyo on 12 May was sentenced to three years in prison for covering the anti-coup protests for the Democratic Voice of Burma.
Most Burmese journalists have either gone into hiding or have fled the country while continuing to covertly report on the crackdowns by Myanmar’s security forces. EFE