Fenster, a journalist from the United States, has been imprisoned in Myanmar for 11 years.

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12 NOVEMBER (Reuters) - Danny Fenster, an American journalist, was sentenced to 11 years in prison by a Myanmar court on Friday, according to his lawyer and employer. Fenster, the managing editor of the online journal Frontier Myanmar, was detained in May while attempting to flee the country and has been jailed in Yangon's notorious Insein prison ever since.

Than Zaw Aung, a lawyer, confirmed the sentence to Reuters but gave no other details. His business, Frontier Myanmar, said the sentence was given for incitement as well as violations of immigration and unlawful associations regulations.

Earlier this week, new, more serious allegations of sedition and violations of the terrorism act were added, each punishable by up to 20 years in jail. find out more

"There is no grounds to convict Danny of these accusations," stated Thomas Kean, editor-in-chief of Frontier Myanmar. "This decision has left everyone at Frontier unhappy and frustrated. We simply want Danny to be released as quickly as possible so that he can return to his family."

The US has been campaigning for Fenster's release. A request for comment from the US embassy in Myanmar was not immediately returned. The ruling military council's spokesman could not be reached right away.

Myanmar has been in upheaval since a military takeover in February, which overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi's democratic administration. According to activists quoted by the United Nations, more than 1,200 civilians have been slain, and hundreds have been jailed as a result of the pushback against military authority. The US State Department noted in remarks made before his sentencing, which was not made public, that: "Danny's incarceration is egregiously wrong, as everyone can see. Now is the time for the regime to take the responsible move of freeing him."

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