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US journalist Nathan Maung released in Myanmar | News

The lawyer said that the co-founder of Kamayut Media, who was arrested in March, will fly back to the United States on Tuesday.

According to his lawyer, an American journalist who had been detained in Myanmar since March was released after the police dropped the charges against him.

Nathan Maung was released from Yongsheng Prison in Yangon on Monday, and his lawyer Din Zau told AFP that he will fly back to the United States on Tuesday.

She added that Maung, the co-founder of the local media Kamayut Media, faces charges under a colonial-era law that criminalized the encouragement of dissent against the military.

Earlier this month, a Myanmar journalist working in another media was sentenced to two years in prison under the same law.

Since the military deposed the elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, Myanmar has been in turmoil, triggering large-scale uprisings and thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest.

The military responded with force — shooting protesters, arresting suspected dissidents in night raids, targeting reporters and shutting down the news media.

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

Maung was one of two American journalists arrested by the Myanmar military. American citizen Danny Fenster, editor of Frontier Magazine, Held on May 25 When trying to leave the country. The authorities have not released any information about his whereabouts and health.

According to local monitoring organizations, security forces have killed more than 860 civilians since the coup in February.

The coup leader Min Aung Lai defended his power grab by accusing him of election fraud in a poll won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National Democratic League in November.



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