US journalist Danny Fenster sentenced to 11 years in prison by Myanmar court - JURIST - News - Legal News & Commentary

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Danny Fenster, an American journalist, was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison by a military-controlled court in Myanmar. He was first detained by Myanmar's military junta on May 24, 2021, and has now spent over five months at Insein Prison in Yangon.

Fenster is sentenced to three years in prison for incitement for allegedly spreading false information under Section 505A of the Myanmar Penal Code, an additional three years for contacting illegal organizations under Section 17(1) of the Unlawful Associations Act, and five years for violating visa rules under Section 13(1) of the Immigration Act and fined for K100,000. He faces two additional charges, under the Counter-Terrorism law and under Section 124A of the Penal Code, to be heard separately.

Fenster's trial was closed to the public, and his sentence was announced at a court in the Insein Prison in Yangon. The harshest possible sentence was imposed. Fenster is the only foreign journalist to be convicted of a severe offense since the military coup in February. All charges against him are based on the claim that he worked for Myanmar Now in the aftermath of the coup. Fenster, however, left Myanmar Now in mid-July and joined Frontier Myanmar in August 2020. After his conviction, Frontier Myanmar claimed that the Court rejected significant evidence of his employment at Frontier Myanmar, including tax and social security records and testimony from an employee.

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