Yangon — As Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi arrived at a Yangon court recently to face charges of defaming Myanmar’s military in Facebook posts, the ailing film maker was greeted by a crowd of activists dressed in blue, the colour of prison uniforms.

The charges against Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi — as well as against satirical performers, journalists and a Buddhist monk — have drawn criticism of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, already facing international opprobrium over an army-led campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority that the UN said constituted crimes against humanity and possibly genocide...

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