US journalist detained in Myanmar while boarding flight home

An American journalist has been detained in Myanmar as he tried to board a flight at Yangon International Airport, the latest of dozens of reporters and editors to be arrested since the coup.

Danny Fenster, managing editor of the independent outlet Frontier Myanmar, had been due to board a flight to Kuala Lumpur on Monday morning, his employer said, adding it believed he had been taken by the authorities to Insein Prison in Yangon.

In a statement, Frontier Myanmar said: “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. Our priorities right now are to make sure he is safe and to provide him with whatever assistance he needs.”

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Rebecca Ratcliffe