(CNN)The State Department on Friday called on Myanmar’s military regime to release Danny Fenster, an American journalist based in Myanmar who was detained earlier this week as he tried to board a flight out of the country.
“We are deeply concerned over the detention of US citizen Daniel Fenster, who was working as a journalist in Burma,” a State Department spokesperson said Friday. “We have pressed the military regime to release him immediately and will continue to do so until he is allowed to return home safely to his family.”
Fenster, 37, who’s originally from Detroit, works for the news site Frontier Myanmar in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon.
The State Department spokesperson said consular officers from the US Embassy “have sought to visit Daniel, but have thus far not been afforded access to him by regime officials.”
“We urge the Burmese regime to grant consular access, as required by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, without delay, and to ensure proper treatment of Daniel while he remains detained,” the spokesperson said.
“Free and independent media is indispensable to building prosperous, resilient and free societies,” the spokesperson said. “The detention of Daniel Fenster, as well as the arrest and use of violence by the Burmese military against other journalists, constitutes an unacceptable attack on freedom of expression in Burma.”
Rep. Andy Levin, a Michigan Democrat, tweeted on Friday: “Yesterday, I spoke with @StateDept, the Burmese ambassador to the U.S. and our ambassador to Burma. Danny Fenster’s immediate and unconditional release is a top priority. Thank you fo
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