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Questions about news articles about Rohingya
The Rohingyas - or "boatmen", as the press call them - have been in the limelight internationally since May of this year. Nearly every website, from the BBC to Phuket and Sydney Morning Herald, has at least one if not more about them. But not all these items are the same.
We have already observed significant discrepancies between the releases in recent press reports. As an example, Asiatic message agencies have a tendency to describe harassment as ethnical only, while Christian message agencies see it as both ethnical and creed. The comparison of the article "Rohingya thanks Pak Ambassador to UN for OIC Approval" from the Daily Times and "China and India Are Sit Out Refugee Crisis" from the New York Times shows this difference.
This Pakistan paper presents the Rohingyas' predicament primarily as an "organized cleaning-out campaign", and although he calls the Rohingyas Muslims, he does not declare that their belief is the cause of their harassment. On the other hand, the US paper described the cause of the Rohingyas' massive excodus from Myanmar as "religious persecution".
But even if it is described as ethnical purge, it is important for the reader to realize that being Rohingya in Myanmar is tantamount to being Muslim. That also makes racial harassment a form of faith. Moreover, the primary objective of Rohingya persecutors is to eradicate Myanmar's Islam and Muslims and make mass murder a religion.
A further discrepancy is that in Indochina and South Asia publications often focus on Rohingya migrants who have escaped Myanmar, while those in countries further away from Myanmar focus more on the Rohingyas in Myanmar. CanNews Asia, The Sun Daily and Malay Mail Online - Indochinese press agencies - all with Rohingyas in Malaysia or Thailand editorial.
That is likely because these reports are in those lands more directly affected by the Rohingya crises due to the influx of migrants. Although this distinction may seem insignificant, it is an advantage that Rohingyas in Myanmar are not the only ones you think about when you want to help, and that you also remember the Rohingyas who made it to international shorelines.
In fact, the last edition we saw of the Rohingyas in the news was something that was lacking, or rather, a phrase that was missing: gender murder. Be it Australia, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Turkey or Thailand, the words were not there. Few papers quote or cite Rohingya prosecution as an act of holocaust.
Even reporters would not exaggerate with this concept, because seven Nobel Peace Prize winners have already described the current state of affairs in Myanmar. Hopefully these papers, which will be released by press agents around the globe, with or without the words "genocide", will bring together the reader and encourages them to take measures to end the sufferings of the Rohingyas.