American Journalist Detained in Myanmar

American journalist Danny Fenster, who is managing editor of local Frontier Myanmar has been detained on Monday, his employer said. 

The managing editor was due to board a flight to Kuala Lumpur at Yangon International Airport when he was detained. 

“We understand he has been transferred to Insein Prison in Yangon,” Frontier Myanmar said in a statement on Facebook.

“We do not know why Danny was detained and have not been able to contact him since this morning. We are concerned for his wellbeing and call for his immediate release. Our priorities right now are to make sure he is safe and to provide him with whatever assistance he needs,” they added. 

Fenster is the fourth foreign journalist to be arrested amidst the crackdown of the junta against independent journalism. 

Meanwhile, press organization Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) denounced Fenster’s and other journalists’ detention and has called for their release. 

“The arrests of journalists, and the violence used by the security forces on anyone caught trying to report or record their actions, constitute an extraordinary attack on freedom of expression in Myanmar, and should be widely condemned,” the FCCT said. 

A US State Department official said they were aware of Fenster’s detention and is now monitoring the situation, but provided no further comments. 

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