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Fri May 28, 2021, 09:06 PM

U.S. calls for immediate release of American journalist in Myanmar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States said on Friday it was deeply concerned by the detention of a U.S. citizen who was working as a journalist in Myanmar and pressed the military government for his immediate release.

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said consular officers from the U.S. Embassy in Yangon had sought to visit the journalist, Daniel Fenster, but had not been allowed access.

Fenster, managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, one of the country's top independent news sites, was detained at the main international gateway in Yangon on Monday while preparing to fly to Malaysia, the publication said this week.

Frontier Myanmar said on Monday that Fenster, 37, had been transferred to Yangon's Insein Prison. It said it did not know why he had been detained and had not been able to contact him.


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