AN American journalist detained in Myanmar has told his lawyer that he believes he has Covid-19, but prison authorities deny he is infected.
Danny Fenster was detained at Yangon International Airport on May 24 as he was trying to board a flight to the United States to see his family. He is the managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, an independent online news outlet in Yangon.
Fenster has been charged with incitement in connection with his work at a previous job, for which he could be sentenced to up to three years’ imprisonment.
The military-installed government has tried to silence independent news media by withdrawing their licences and arresting journalists.The US government and press freedom associations are pushing for Fenster’s release while he is held in Insein Prison.
Fenster’s lawyer said his client had not received the medicines he requested. — AP