Myanmar jails writer for Buddhist insults; activists outraged

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Buddhist monks pray in Mandalay, Myanmar, where government officials have introduced legislation to restrict the marriages of Buddhist women. RNS photo courtesy Shaun Dunphy/Flickr.

Buddhist monks pray in Mandalay, Myanmar, where government officials have introduced legislation to restrict the marriages of Buddhist women. RNS photo courtesy Shaun Dunphy/Flickr.

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YANGON (Reuters) A Myanmar court sentenced a writer to two years in jail and hard labor on Tuesday (June 2) for insulting Buddhism, his lawyer said, a verdict derided by activists as a blow to free speech and religious tolerance.