His employer says American journalist Danny Fenster, who was arrested by Myanmar authorities last month, appeared in a special court in prison.
However, US consular officials are still denying entry to Fenster, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday.
A statement from Fantier Myanmar, a current affairs magazine edited by Fenster, said he was facing provocation and could face up to three years in prison.
The charge that is often used against dissidents և journalists, criminalizes “any attempt to intimidate, spread false rumors or directly or indirectly commit a criminal offense against a government employee.”
The magazine said it did not know the reason for the accusation.
“We know Danny did nothing to justify the allegations,” Myanmar said in a statement. “We condemn his arrest and demand his immediate and unconditional release.”
“Finally some movement, but our frustration is growing,” Fenster’s brother Brian wrote on Twitter. “Hearing without the US Consulate or official communication with our family. Detention continues without legal counsel or formal charge. The US Consulate rejected both Danny and his hearing, despite repeated requests over the past 25 days.
The military, which ousted the government on February 1, tried to silence independent media outlets by revoking the licenses they had to obtain for publishing or broadcasting. arresting dozens of journalists“Satellite TV is banned and Internet services are restricted.”
Another US journalist Nathan Maung – who was also arrested in Myanmar, returned to the United States after his release earlier this month, Price told reporters at a briefing on Thursday.
“We are doing our best to reunite Danny Fenster with his family,” Price said. “We are, of course, very pleased with the release of Nathan Maung, the safe return of him who recently returned to the United States, and the opportunity to meet and speak with senior State Department officials.”
A crisis has erupted in Myanmar since the February coup, with generals struggling to restore order, mass protests against their rule, and a movement of civil disobedience that has paralyzed parts of the economy.
Clashes have also escalated in Myanmar’s troubled border areas, where clashes with ethnic groups have been raging for decades. reigned“Some of the protesters also tried to train with armed groups, while the National Unity Government (NUG), a parallel administration made up of ousted politicians elected by the generals, said in May that it would set up a National Defense People’s Defense Forces.”
It has a military regime blamed the violence More than 6,000 people have been arrested since the coup, according to the Association for the Support of Political Prisoners. Some killed about 865 people, although the military said the figure was lower.
In Myanmar, the United Nations said on Thursday it was concerned about recent acts of violence that show “a sharp deterioration in the human rights environment.”
It enabled the discovery of mass graves The burning of Kin Ma village This week, according to eyewitnesses, carried out by security forces.
Although much of the international criticism has been directed at the regime, there are also concerns about the behavior of rebel forces that have recently emerged. guerrilla movements,
An ethnic political group fighting the army in the East has said it will investigate allegations by state media that its forces kidnapped a group of 47 people last month and killed 25 of them.
Myanmar’s Global New Light newspaper և Army, which controlled Miyavad TV, this week showed pictures of 25 bodies found in a forest clearing եցին Karen National Defense Organization (KNDO) fighters accused of committing atrocities.
The Karen National Union, KNDO’s political wing, said in a June 16 letter that its investigation was aimed at finding out the truth.
“The Karen National Union rejects the Geneva Convention, which does not recognize the killing of civilians during armed conflict,” the statement said.
Diplomats say the UN General Assembly on Friday plans to halt the flow of weapons to Myanmar and urge the military to respect the results of the November election and release political prisoners.