#Bring Danny Home: Conversation with Bryan Fenster, Brother of Journalist Detained in Myanmar
U.S. journalist Danny Fenster was detained at Yangon International Airport in Myanmar on May 24 as he prepared to board a flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, en route to the Detroit area for a surprise visit to his family. Danny’s brother Bryan explains HERE on WGN Radio what he knows, and offers an update on my Steve Dale’s Other World radio show.
A statement from the online news and business magazine Frontier Myanmar, where Fenster is managing editor, said he faces a charge that carries a potential three-year prison term. However, this has never been officially confirmed by Myanmar officials.
The charge, used frequently against dissidents and journalists, criminalizes “any attempt to cause fear, spread false news, or agitate directly or indirectly a criminal offense against a government employee.” The magazine said it did not know the reason for the charge.
The military government has tried to silence independent news media by withdrawing the licenses they must obtain to publish or broadcast and by arresting journalists.
This past week Danny’s parents did have an opportunity to speak with Danny. However, he wasn’t feeling great and explained that the Insein Prison – where he’s at – is overrun with COVID-19. Vaccines aren’t readily available in Myanmar, and even testing for the disease (SARS CoV-2) is somewhat limited.
Meanwhile Frontier Myanmar has reportedly been told Fenster was represented by a lawyer but that representatives from Frontier were not given permission to attend this hearing. The magazine’s statement added: “We are still seeking information on the reason for Danny’s arrest and continued detention.”
Bryan was optimistic back on June 6, the first time that we spoke, and he continues to have that same optimism. Of course, he has little choice.
To learn more and to sign the petition to bring Danny home, visit: www.bringdannyhome.com and use this hashtag: #bringdannyhome.