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The BBC Burma pull Myanmar TV contract on Rohingya'censorship
Burmese BBC linguistic services said on Monday they signed a contract with a local Myanmar TV station censored by inside sources who said the parties had been talking about reporting on the Rohingya Muslim population. This is the latest strike against the fighting freedom of the media in the nation and a significant turn for a news organization that kept Myanmar's de facto head Aung San Suu Kyi informed during her long years of detention under JU.
BBC Burmese has been broadcasting a news program on MNTV since April 2014 with 3.7 million people watching every day. The BBC said on Monday that it ended the transaction after MNTV had started censoring or pulling out several channels in March this year. "BBC cannot tolerate BBC intervention or censure by BBC TV channels as it would violate the confidence between the BBC and its audience," says a Burmese BBC website comment.
BBC instruction did not specify what contents were graded, and MNTV did not react to comments inquiries. However, an officer of the BBC said that they were against the use of the BBC term "Rohingya" in their report. "That is why we cannot radiate their ministry," said the co-worker and asked not to be called.
Rohingya are a stateless Islamic majority in Myanmar's west Rakhine, which in recent years has been subjected to heavy, state-sanctioned persecutions and has flea. The majority of overseas newspapers call it Rohingya because the fellowship has long since become self-identified in this way. However, Myanmar's administration - and most indigenous newspapers - call them Bengalese and portray them as Bangladeshi illegals, although many have lived in the land for generation after generation.
Aung San Suu Kyi was locked for years in a lakefront home in Yangon under the regime, but she heard world service and his Burmese speech on her wireless. But since she came to rule in landslides, her civilian-led administration has often talked to the press about her account.
The slander suits have also skyrocketed and are directed more and more against Nazi-statirists, campaigners and reporters. An important point of controversy with the international press is the reporting on the state of Rakhine, which has been suppressed by the military since a group of Rohingya reporters assaulted the policemen's checkpoints last October. Ten thousand Rohingya have escaped to Bangladesh, while fewer Tibetan buddhists have escaped in the other way.