BREAKING: US journalist Fenster released from Myanmar prison

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US journalist Danny Fenster is out of prison in Myanmar after being sentenced last week to 11 years in jail, his employer has said.

“Great news. I heard @DannyFenster is out,” Sonny Swe, the publisher of Frontier Myanmar, Mr Fenster’s employer, said on Twitter.

He did not provide details.

A Myanmar government source said Mr Fenster “is being taken” to the capital Naypyidaw from Yangon where he was jailed and will be deported.

Mr Fenster, who had been working for local outlet Frontier Myanmar for around a year, was arrested as he headed home to see his family in May.

The journalist, who spent 176 days in detention, was sentenced to 11 years in prison last week for encouraging dissent against the military, unlawful association and breaching immigration law.

The 37-year-old was due to go on trial tomorrow on charges of terrorism and sedition, which could have seen him jailed for life.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military seized power in a February coup and ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government.

More than 1,200 people have been killed by security forces in a crackdown on dissent, according to a local monitoring group.

The press has also been squeezed as the junta tries to tighten control over the flow of information, throttling internet access and revoking the licences of local media outlets.

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