An American editor of a Myanmar-based information outlet was detained by authorities in Yangon as he tried to board a flight overseas Monday, his employers mentioned.
United States citizen and managing editor of Frontier Myanmar Danny Fenster was detained at Yangon International Airport, his employers mentioned in an announcement on their verified 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 wellbeing and call for his immediate release,” Frontier mentioned.
“Our priorities right now are to make sure he is safe and to provide him with whatever assistance he needs.”
Myanmar has been in uproar for the reason that February 1 coup, with near-daily protests and a nationwide civil disobedience motion.
More than 800 individuals have been killed by the navy, in response to an area monitoring group.
The press has been caught within the junta’s crackdown because the navy makes an attempt to tighten management over the circulate of knowledge, throttling web entry and revoking the licenses of 5 native media retailers.
Fenster, 37, had been working for the outlet for round a 12 months and was heading residence to see his household, Frontier’s chief editor Thomas Kean informed AFP.
“We learned about 10 am that Danny had not been allowed to board his flight from Yangon airport,” he mentioned.
At least 34 journalists and photographers stay in custody throughout Myanmar, in response to monitoring group Reporting ASEAN.
Frontier mentioned it understood Fenster had been transferred to Yangon’s infamous Insein Prison.
Japanese reporter Yuki Kitazumi was detained by authorities in Myanmar final month and was held in the identical jail till being freed final week.
On his return to Tokyo he mentioned political prisoners within the jail had informed him they have been tortured with beatings and sleep deprivation.
In March a BBC journalist was briefly detained after being seized by plainclothes officers whereas reporting outdoors a courtroom within the capital Naypyidaw.
Separately, Polish photojournalist Robert Bociaga — who was additionally arrested whereas overlaying protests — was launched in March after practically a fortnight in detention.
The arrest comes as detained civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi voiced defiance Monday in her first courtroom look since being detained within the coup, vowing her ousted political occasion would reside on.
In the 2021 Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index, Myanmar ranked 140 out of 180 nations.
Since the February coup, journalists in Myanmar “face systematic arrest campaigns and censorship”, the watchdog mentioned.
“Many will resign themselves to working clandestinely in order to be free to report what is happening and to evade the police.”
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