The editor of the newspaper “Frontier Myanmar”, the American Danny Fenster, was arrested this Monday at the Yangon International Airport in Burma, as the newspaper itself reported on its Twitter account.
As pointed out by Frontier Myanmar, Fenster was arrested shortly before boarding the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, but the reason for his arrest is unknown.
The newspaper’s team has stated that they believe Fenster has been taken to a Yangon prison, despite saying they have not been able to contact him since this morning. “We are concerned for his well-being,” they said before asking for his “immediate” release.
In addition, Frontier Myanmar has stated that its current priorities are to ensure that Fenster is “safe” and to provide it with any assistance that it may need.
The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) has urged the Burmese authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release windows and allow him to travel “freely” outside the country.
In a statement, CPJ senior representative on Southeast Asia, Shawn Crispin, denounced that the “illegal” restriction on the freedom of journalists was “the latest serious threat to press freedom” in the Asian country.
Fenster joins the list of journalists arrested in the context of suppressing protests against the Burmese military junta that has led the Asian country since the February 1 coup. With this in mind, several civil society associations have warned that the army is undermining freedom of expression by withdrawing licenses from various telecommunications companies. The security forces have also restricted the use of the internet.