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US Broadcaster Loses Myanmar Outlet Over Rohingya Name

A U.S. government-affiliated broadcaster that provides news to countries in Asia where freedom of information is restricted is losing its local partner in Myanmar after refusing demands that it stop using the term "Rohingya" to describe an oppressed Muslim minority.   Monday was the last day that the DVB Media Group's network would carry its television broadcasts, said Radio Free Asia spokesman Rohit Mahajan. He said RFA told Myanmar authorities that it was unwilling to bow to their pressure to use a term other than Rohingya.   About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since the government launched a violent counterinsurgency campaign last August in western Myanmar, where most live. Many people in Myanmar call the Rohingya "Bengali" to reflect their contention that they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh rather than natives.   The government refuses to recognize the Rohingya as an official ethnic minority and denies most the right to citizenship and its privileges.   Myanmar is the second Southeast Asian nation in 10 months where RFA has lost access to local broadcasters. Cambodia last August prohibited local FM stations from carrying RFA programming, one of several actions restricting the media in what was seen as a move to silence critical voices ahead of a general election this July.   Mahajan said RFA had been broadcasting on DVB's channel since early October last year. A May 7 memo about DVB's case from the government broadcasting agency Myanmar Radio and Television to private broadcasters said the direct use of the "controversial word 'Rohingya'" was a violation of contractual codes to which broadcasters are bound.   A statement by RFA President Libby Liu provided Monday to The Associated Press declared that the U.S. broadcaster "will not compromise its code of journalistic ethics, which prohibits the use of slurs against ethnic... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, US Broadcaster Loses Myanmar Outlet Over Rohingya Name, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you US Broadcaster Loses Myanmar Outlet Over Rohingya Name

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 11 June, 2018

 

 

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