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Nyi Pu Lay (Nyein Chan), a famous short story writer, artist and photographer, is the youngest son of Ludu U Hla and Ludu Daw Amar, two famous left-wing writers and intellectuals from Mandalay. He was first arrested and jailed for a year along with his mother and father in 1978, after his older brother Po Than Gyaung went underground to join the Communist Party of Burma. In 1990, he was arrested and charged with being in contact with illegal organizations but his arrest was because of his family's political pedigree and his satirical writings. He was jailed for 9 years. He continues to write articles and short stories in Burma despite being constantly sensored and monitored by the authorities. Zarganar is Burma's most famous comedian, actor and film director. Previously imprisoned several times for his political activities, he was arrested in June 2008 and sentenced to 35 years for delivering aid to survivors of Cyclone Nargis and talking to foreign journalists about the government's lack of action. He was released from Myitkyina prison under amnesty in October 2011.
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