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Burma accuses of exterminating Rohingya reporter networks | Globalization
Reporter working in Myanmar's Rakhine state to record horrors against Rohingya have disappeared and raise the fear that they were intentionally attacked by the war. Since 2012, young Rohingya voluntaries had reported in secret about the prosecution of the Myanmar Islamic minorities and sent photographs, video and audioclips from the land via smartcom.
MYANMAR' s junta has murdered and kidnapped many of its journalists to "sabotage" the network, and very little is now being reported about what is going on in the enclosed state of Rakhine. The Rohingya refugee Mohammad Rafique, who publishes the news portal of the Rohingya fellowship The Stateless, said that "over 95%" of Rakhine's cell phone journalists have disappeared since the beginning of the suppression.
"Myanmar police and Rakhine militias are still raping, murdering and arsonizing Rohingya people. But[ as] Rohingya's cellular reporters net is now[ is] lacking there, the in-depth information about the force we need to generate reliable press coverage does not reach us," Rafique said. In 2012, when unrest erupted between Buddhists and Rohingya in Rakhine, the government started the armed services, alleging that the armed services had violated in the Rohingya vicles.
When the Myanmar daily news remained silent about the violent events, the Rohingya leadership founded a local news agency called Rohingya, which began to document events and send out messages from the area. 25-year-old Noor Hossain, a former travelling journalist who escaped to Bangladesh in early September, said they took exceptional chances to collect information.
"We hid the minute the security guards came near our village. Once they were out of the village after their roundups, we arrived with our cell phone, collected information about abuse, violent acts and other events and sent them immediately over the Internet," he said.
Odhikar's Adilur Rahman Khan said he believes the military is damaging the country's security system. "We are very worried that many of the terrible cases of abuse, involving rape, murder and fire raising, are not reported," Khan said. Philip Robertson of Humane Right Watch said: "Since the Rohingya reporter are not present on the scene, much of the eye-witness film and other information they have provided has been dropped, and this is a crucial part of the jigsaw in order to better understanding what is going on the spot, as most humanist organisations, media and world observers are jammed from most of the state.