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Danny Fenster biography: 13 things about Huntington Woods, Michigan journalist 

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Danny Fenster is a journalist of Jewish descent. He is Buddy Fenster and Rose Fenster‘s son.

Raised in Huntington Woods, Oakland County, Michigan, United States, Danny attended Burton Elementary School in Huntington Woods, Norup Middle School in Oak Park, Michigan and Berkley High School in Berkeley, Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, USA and his master’s degree in creative writing from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Danny has one older brother named Bryan Fenster. Here are 13 more things about the former:

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  1. He worked for news outlets in Detroit and Louisiana, USA before he and his wife Juliana Silva moved to Myanmar in 2018.
  2. In October 2019, he joined the online news site Myanmar Now as a reporter and a copy editor.
  3. In July 2020, he resigned from Myanmar Now.
  4. In August 2020, he joined the news magazine Frontier Myanmar as a managing editor.
  5. He was with Silva in Myanmar when the military seized control of the Asian country in a coup on February 1, 2021.
  6. He was accused of still working for Myanmar Now in March 2021. He was accused of spreading false or inflammatory information and was charged with sedition.
  7. On May 24, 2021, he was detained at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar before he could board a plane to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on his way home to Huntington Woods. He was transferred to Insein Prison in Yangon.
  8. He was 37 years old when he was arrested on May 24, 2021. 
  9. In August 2021, the National Press Club awarded him with the 2021 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award.
  10. In October 2021, he was charged with violations of the Unlawful Associations Act, which prohibits contacting organizations opposed to the military takeover and publishing their words.
  11. On November 3, 2021, the Burmese court rejected his bail application. He was charged with breaching immigration law.
  12. On November 12, 2021, a military court in Myanmar sentenced him to 11 years in jail. Represented by Than Zaw Aung, he was found guilty of breaching immigration law, unlawful association and encouraging dissent against the military.
  13. On November 15, 2021, he was released from jail. He went back to the U.S. via Qatar.
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