Journalist from Metro Detroit detained by military in Myanmar

Family says Danny Fenster was on way home to surprise parents

Journalist from Metro Detroit arrested, jailed in Myanmar
Journalist from Metro Detroit arrested, jailed in Myanmar

HUNGTINGTON WOODS, Mich. – Danny Fenster is a Berkley High School graduate working as a journalist in war-torn Myanmar.

He was arrested on Monday by the military and thrown in jail. His family is expressing their concern for him. Bryan Fenster said his brother was simply flying home to surprise his parents in Huntington Woods when he was arrested and jailed.

“Had a few missed calls from his wife this morning, then a co-worker filled us in on what was going on,” Bryan Fenster said.

Danny Fenster was detained at Yangon International Airport in Myanmar. Fenster is the editor of one of Myanmar’s independent news sources “Frontier Myanmar.”

February 1 of this year, the military overthrew the government in a brutal coup. The country has been in turmoil since the coup, the military using force to cut off information and stamp out protests the country has a history of arresting reporters who are reporting facts that the military doesn’t like.

About the Authors:

Shawn Ley is an Emmy-Award winning reporter. In more than 20 years covering stories in television news, Shawn’s reporting has taken him from war-torn eastern Europe, to reporting from an F-16 fighter jet and now to the fast and furious breaking news of Detroit.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.