US journalist freed in Myanmar lands in New York

An American journalist who was detained for about six months in Myanmar has returned to the US after being freed. He has called for the release of others who remain behind bars.

Danny Fenster, the managing editor of online English-language magazine Frontier Myanmar, landed at a New York airport on Tuesday.

He was detained by Myanmar's military in May and was convicted of several charges, including spreading false information. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison just days before his release.

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson negotiated his release with top Myanmar military officials.

Fenster and Richardson spoke to reporters after arrival in the US. Fenster detailed his days in prison, saying he would eat, exercise and read. He said he worried that it was never going to end.

Fenster said other journalists and many citizens, doctors and teachers are still in prison. He called on people to "keep focused on what the actual story is here," saying his release merited just a "short little celebration."