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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...

 

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