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Journalist Fenster reunited with family in New York, pledges to work for detained in Myanmar

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Journalist Fenster reunited with family in NYCJournalist Danny Fenster had an emotional reunion with his family on his return to the United States on Tuesday after more than five months in a Myanmar prison cell, and he pledged to keep working for others still detained in the country.

Fenster, 37, still wearing a red wool hat he said was given to him by a fellow inmate, said at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport that he felt "incredible" after being freed on Monday despite an 11-year prison sentence handed down just three days earlier.

"It's about this right here," he said as he hugged and posed with his family including father Buddy, mother Rose, and brother Bryan, who hail from a suburb of Detroit.

Fenster was accompanied by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who flew to Myanmar on Monday to collect Fenster after talks over humanitarian aid and COVID-19 vaccines with junta chief Min Aung Hlaing, which Richardson said helped secure Fenster's release.

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