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Wed Oct 30, 2019, 09:24 PM

Myanmar actors jailed with hard labour for show poking fun at military

Source: Associated Press

Myanmar actors jailed with hard labour for show poking fun at military

Associated Press
Thu 31 Oct 2019 01.48 GMT

A court in Myanmar has sentenced five members of a traditional theatrical troupe to a year in prison for their gibes about the military.

The members of the Peacock Generation thangyat troupe were arrested in April for performances during celebrations of Myanmar’s traditional new year in which they poked fun at military representatives in parliament and military involvement in business. The military is a powerful political force in Myanmar even though the country has an elected government.

Thangyat combines dance and music with verse that often has a satirical edge. The five were convicted on Wednesday under a law prohibiting the circulation of information that could endanger or demoralise members of the military.

“This is an appalling verdict. Punishing people for performing a piece of satire speaks volumes about the dire state of freedom of expression in Myanmar,” said Joanne Mariner, research director for southeast Asia for the human rights organisation Amnesty International.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/31/myanmar-actors-jailed-with-hard-labour-for-show-poking-fun-at-military

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