US journalist Nathan Maung was released from custody in Myanmar News


Kamayut Media co-founder, who was arrested in March, will return to the U.S. on Tuesday, according to the lawyer.

A U.S. journalist detained in Myanmar since March has been released after police dropped charges against him, according to his lawyer.

Nathan Maung was released from Yangon’s Insein prison on Monday and will return to the United States on Tuesday, his lawyer Tin Zar Oo told AFP news agency.

Maung, who co-founded local Kamayut Media, had faced charges under a colonial-era law that criminalizes the promotion of dissent against the military, he added.

Earlier this month, a Myanmar journalist working in another establishment was jailed for two years under the same law.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, sparking a massive uprising as thousands took to the streets to protest.

The military has responded strongly by firing on protesters, arresting alleged dissidents in night raids, targeting journalists and shutting down the media.

Maung was arrested on March 9 in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. Hanthar Nyein, who co-founded Kamayut Media along with Maung, was also arrested and remains in prison.

Maung was one of two American journalists arrested by the Myanmar army. American citizen Danny Fenster, editor of Frontier magazine, was held on May 25th while trying to leave the country. Authorities have not yet released any information about his whereabouts and well-being.

Since the February coup, security forces have killed more than 860 civilians, according to a local surveillance group.

Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing has justified his takeover by alleging electoral fraud in the November poll won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party.

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