BANGKOK — US journalist Danny Fenster, who was recently sentenced to 11 years of hard labor after spending nearly six months in prison in military-ruled Myanmar, has been released.
Bill Richardson, an ex-US diplomat, who helped to negotiate the release, stated that Fenster was on Monday’s way home.
Richardson stated in an email statement that he had received from his office, “This is the day we hope will come” “We are so happy that Danny will finally be in touch with his loved one, who has been fighting for him against all expectations.
Fenster, 37, serves as editor-in chief of Frontier Myanmar. Friday’s conviction of false or inflamatory information was made against the Detroit man.
Fenster has been held in Myanmar for over five months. His charges include visa violations and unlawful association with an illicit group. He also faces incitement under Section 505a of the Myanmar Penal Code. It is a crime to publish comments that “cause fear or false news to spread” and it is a crime to disseminate them. CNN reports.
This sentence was the harshest of seven journalists to be sentenced since February, when the military overthrew the elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.