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American journalist freed in Myanmar

The online magazine Frontier Myanmar, edited by Danny Finster, wrote in one statment He was convicted because of his time as a journalist for the Myanmar online newspaper Now.

Danny Finster has been charged Concerning five points, including inciting opposition to the army that took power in a coup on 1 February this year.

The trial, which was held behind closed doors on Thursday, resulted in a military court sentence to Danny Finster to 11 years in prison. He was released on Monday for “humanitarian reasons”.

Myanmar Deputy Information Minister, Major General Zaw Min Tun said BBC That the state was already intending to “pardon” Danny Finster. He denied that the United States had offered anything in exchange for his release, saying Myanmar’s ambition was to “maintain a good relationship between the two countries”.

Danny Finster was arrested at the airport on his way home in the US in May. He has been detained ever since.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken welcomed the decision, saying in a statement that Finster had been “unjustly imprisoned for nearly six months”.

Danny Finster’s brother told the BBC the family was “excited that Danny has been released and is on his way home”.

Since the military coup that toppled Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, at least 1,253 people have been killed and 7,144 people arrested in Myanmar, according to the Human Rights Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which DN previously reported.

It has also become difficult for journalists to work in Myanmar.

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