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Amid Burma Coup Journalist Fenster Sentenced to 11 Years UN Guterres Silent As He Bans Press

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UN GATE, Nov 12 – After the Burma coup regime fired its New York-based UN ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun for his speech in New York in the usually scripted and now COVID positive UN General Assembly, UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres, bragged about the session and grabbed five more years.

  Now Guterres who has banned the Press from the UN is silent as the regime in Burma imposes a lengthy jail sentence on another American journalist:  Danny Fenster, sentenced to 11 years in prison on multiple charges including incitement, unlawful association, and visa violations. The trial was held at Yangon’s Insein Prison, where Fenster is being detained, and was closed to the press and public, like the UN's pro-Guterres Appeals Tribunal.

His lawyer, Than Zaw Aung, said Fenster was sentenced to the maximum term of each charge. 

 Fenster, managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, has been detained in Insein Prison since May 24, when he was arrested at Yangon International Airport while attempting to travel to his home in Detroit. Fenster also faces terrorism and sedition charges, which carry maximum 10- and 20-year prison sentences, respectively. His trial on those charges will begin on November 16. Watch this site.

Earlier Guterres envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, bragged at a stakeout Inner City Press was banned from that the people in Myanmar all know her and she would give them hope. Why?

On November 10, under Mexico which refused Press questions about Burma on November 1, this whisper from the UNSC: "The Members of the Security Council expressed deep concern at further recent violence across Myanmar... They encouraged complementarity between the UN Special Envoy and ASEAN efforts." The pro-junta UN Special Envoy?

In October, with Guterres still silent and still banning Inner City Press, he has named "Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore as his new Special Envoy on Myanmar." Inner City Press previously, before being banned by Guterres, reported here that "ESCAP chief Noeleen Heyzer has made comments viewed as favorable to the still military dominated government of Myanmar." Guterres is killing the UN.


On August 6 this: Criminal complaint on Inner City Press' DocumentCloud here: the arrests of PHYO HEIN HTUT and YE HEIN ZAW for conspiracy to assault and make a violent attack upon Myanmar’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations [Kyaw Moe Tun].  HTUT and ZAW were charged in two separate complaints...   Between at least in or about July 2021 through at least on or about August 5, 2021, HTUT and ZAW, citizens of Myanmar currently residing in New York, conspired to injure or kill Myanmar’s Permanent Representative to the UN."

Inner City Press exclusively live tweeted Zaw's detention hearing, here, story here. Now, song / video here. But the UN of Guterres and Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming refuse to answer any of Inner City Press' written questions - and when asked orally by another, Dujarric confirmed receipt of the Quinn Emanuel law firm's letter but said no change of status and so far no reply, video here.

Guterres removed Burma's or Myanmar's army from the UN "list of shame" for recruiting and using child soldiers, despite more than 200 cases. Emboldened by corrupt Guterres, they are recruiting and using even more. Now a call for Guterres, trying to steal a second term, to reinstate them on the list - but from a group which seems to join Guterres in banning Inner City Press from (its) press conference.

  After Guterres and his spokespeople dodged about who is Burma's ambassador -- eager to get China's support for a second term, taking the US for granted -- this from the US Mission: "Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met virtually this afternoon with Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the UN. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield commended Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun for his courageous and compassionate statement at the UN General Assembly informal meeting on Burma last week and expressed the United States’ support for the people of Burma and the restoration of the democratically-elected government."

  Dujarric, while taking public money to work for the UN, says he is the spokesman for the incumbent, like part of a political campaign. We'll have more on this.


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