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US Journalist Jailed In Myanmar For Months Heads Home

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In this photo provided by the Richardson Center, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson, right, poses with journalist Danny Fenster in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. Fenster, sentenced only days ago to 11 years of hard labor in military-ruled Myanmar, was freed and on his way home Monday, a former U.S. diplomat who helped negotiate the release said. (The Richardson Center via AP)

(AP) — American journalist Danny Fenster who was freed after nearly six months in jail in military-ruled Myanmar expressed relief that he was heading home to the United States. Fenster was handed over Monday to former U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson, who helped negotiate the release. He is one of more than 100 journalists, media officials or publishers who have been detained since the military ousted the elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in February. Fenster is the managing editor of online magazine Frontier Myanmar. He was sentenced last week of 11 years of hard labor. Fenster has been in detention since he was arrested on May 24. He was expected to arrive in New York on Tuesday morning.

 

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