Kay Khaing Tun, a member of the Peacock Generation, a satirical poetry troupe, looks toward the media, inside a police van outside of Botataung court in Yangon, Myanmar, November 18, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang
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A Myanmar judge Monday extended the sentences of a troupe of satirical performers jailed for mocking the military, in a case that has raised new concern about freedom of expression.Five members of the troupe were sentenced last month to a year in jail with hard labor for undermining the armed forces.A sixth performer was sentenced to a year with hard labor, while another was acquitted.The military ruled with an iron fist for nearly 50 years until a gradual transition to democracy began in 2011 under a constitution drafted with the supervision of the generals, which gives them significant powers over a civilian government.
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