The United Nations has demanded the release of all journalists detained in Myanmar

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet

The United Nations on Friday called on Myanmar’s military junta government to release all journalists detained immediately.

The call comes after a U.S. journalist was sentenced to 11 years in prison. News AFP.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN’s human rights chief, said in a statement that “there is a great deal of resentment in society over its reliance on accurate and independent information in the face of attacks on journalists and the media.”

Danny Fenster, a 36-year-old American journalist, has been sentenced by a military court in Myanmar to 11 years in prison. The verdict was handed down on Friday on charges of violating immigration laws, illegal interference and inciting dissent.

The junta government came to power in a military coup in Myanmar on February 1, overthrowing the government of the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Anti-government protests have been going on in the country since then.

Local watchdogs say more than 1,200 protesters have been killed by junta forces since the coup. Myanmar’s media has been put under pressure. Hundreds of journalists have been arrested since the coup.

(Dhaka Times / 13 November / JB)


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