U.S. journalist held in Myanmar charged to 11 years

An American journalist held in Myanmar was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday.

Danny Fenster was the managing editor of online magazine Frontier Myanmar and was arrested when trying to leave the country in May.

He was charged with incitement and breaches of immigration laws and unlawful association laws.

More serious charges of sedition and violation of the terrorism act are yet to come, which are punishable each with up to 20 years in prison.

The U.S. State Department has called his detention profoundly unjust, and the U.S. has been pushing for his release

Frontier editor-in-chief, Thomas Kean, said there was quote "absolutely no basis" to convict him.

A spokesman for the ruling military council could not immediately be reached.

Myanmar has been in chaos since a military coup in February that overthrew the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

More than 1,200 civilians have been killed and scores of journalists are among thousands who have been detained.

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