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U.S. Journalist Danny Fenster Hit With New Charge Usually Reserved for Myanmar Rebels

A U.S. journalist imprisoned in military-controlled Myanmar was slammed with a second criminal charge, but authorities still will not disclose the reason behind his arrest.

Than Saw Aung, lawyer for Danny Fenster, said his client was given a charged under the Unlawful Associations Act. Fenster, the managing editor of the Yangon-based online news and business magazine Frontier Myanmar, had previously been charged with incitement for allegedly spreading false or inflammatory information.

Incitement is punishable by up to three years in prison in Myanmar. Unlawful associations has mostly been applied against ethnic revel groups fighting for autonomy, but sympathizers and journalists contacting these groups have also been prosecuted for the charge.

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