Family hopes for return of US journalist detained in Myanmar


BANGKOK (AP) — The mother of a journalist detained in Myanmar says she and the family just want him to return safely home to Michigan.

Rose Fenster described feeling numb and helpless upon learning about the detention of her son, Danny.

The U.S. State Department says it is deeply concerned about the detention of Danny Fenster and another American citizen who also has been working as a journalist in Myanmar.

The State Department is pressing that country’s military government for their immediate release. It says it will keep seeking the release of Fenster and Nathan Maung until they are allowed to return home safely to their families.

All 14 members of Michigan’s congressional delegation have sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, urging the State Department to take immediate action.

“We need to be doing everything we can to free the American citizen who was arrested,” Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Grand Rapids, told reporters Thursday. “This is something that our Michigan delegation is passionate about, and I’m confident the U.S. government will do everything they can do release him, but we need to make sure the pressure is there.”

— staff contributed to this report.

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