Myanmar official charged for Suu Kyi slur

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YANGON: An official in Myanmar has been charged with defamation for referring to Aung San Suu Kyi with a slur parroted by the former junta she spent decades campaigning against, police said on Tuesday. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) swept historic polls in November, with the veteran activist vowing to expand freedoms she fought for while under house arrest for some 15 years. But limits on free speech remain, as does a culture of charging critics with defamation—a common play under the former military-backed administration. On Monday a court in central Magway charged a planning official from Salin township over Facebook posts that referred to Suu Kyi with a racial slur used by the former junta to draw attention to her marriage to a British academic. The government employee referred to Suu Kyi as the wife of a “kalar,” a derogatory term used to slander foreigners.

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