On the morning of Monday, May 24th, the Myanmar government detained a U.S. journalist before he boarded an international flight. Danny Fenster, the managing editor of the independent news outlet Frontier Myanmar, has been held captive there since that time.
Fenster’s childhood friend Jordan Acker recounts how the arrest sent shockwaves through the small city where they grew up: Huntington Woods, a roughly 1.5 square mile suburb of Detroit, Michigan.
"There's always a feeling of hopelessness when this happens, that there's not a lot that you can do in these sorts of situations," Acker recounted, detailing the community's efforts to create a "Free Fenster" logo, draw attention to his plight, and lobby local and federal officials to advocate for his release.
An attorney with experience in the House Judiciary Committee, Department of Homeland Security, and the Michigan Board of Regents, Acker describes how Fenster told the stories of the persecuted before being targeted by the Myanmar regime. Acker also sounds off on retired General Michael Flynn's "despicable" and "sickening" praise for Myanmar's coup this past February.
Flynn made his widely criticized remarks at a QAnon conference in Texas days after Fenster's arrest, before walking them back amid a firestorm of criticism.
Learn more about Fenster at BringDannyHome.com.