Myanmar bans Radio Free Asia for using the term “Rohingyas”

first_imgNews News But media that support the government use the discriminatory term “Bengalis,” implying that the Rohingyas are just immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh in order to legitimize the ethnic cleansing to which they have been subjected since August 2017. In reality, the Rohingya presence in Rakhine state dates back centuries. RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Myanmar RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum “We would like to express our solidarity with the RFA journalists who have been working constantly in the field to provide the Myanmar public with freely and impartially reported news and information,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Receive email alerts “Radio Free Asia will not compromise its code of journalistic ethics, which prohibits the use of slurs against ethnic minority groups,” RFA president Libby Liu said. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Myanmar government’s latest interference in the work of journalists, a ban on local broadcasting by US government-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA) for rightly using the term “Rohingyas” to refer to members of the persecuted Muslim community in Rakhine state, in the west of the country. The ban is officially imposed today, six months to the day after the arrest of two Reuters journalists who had been investigating a massacre of Rohingya civilians. MyanmarAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Armed conflictsImprisonedFreedom of expression Orwellian order The last broadcast of an RFA-produced programme in Myanmar was yesterday evening. It was carried by MRTV, a TV channel owned by Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), which was ordered by the authorities to stop transmitting RFA programmes if they continued to use the word “Rohingyas.” May 12, 2021 Find out more US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Newscenter_img Since then, Myanmar media that want to continue publishing or broadcasting have had to comply with the directive. Those that are critical of the government’s policies in Rakhine state, such as the Myanmar Times, use the neutral term “Muslims.” Myanmar journalists participate in a demonstration in support of press freedom in 2014. The situation has declined significantly since then, obstructing the democratic process (photo: Ye Aung Thu / AFP). Myanmar fell six places in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 137th out of 180 countries. The ban on using the word “Rohingya” is indicative of the scale of the taboo that this issue represents for Myanmar’s authorities. Six months ago, just as Reuters was preparing to publish a report about a massacre of Rohingya civilians in the village of Inn Din, two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were arrested on a charge of possessing official secrets after being lured to a meeting with a police officer and being handed some documents. MyanmarAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Armed conflictsImprisonedFreedom of expression to go further “It is the prerogative of totalitarian regimes to want to impose their ‘newspeak’ by banning the media from using certain terms – all the more so when the rest of the world uses the term. A prohibition on the word ‘Rohingya’ is indicative of a desire to rewrite history and reality. In a reminder of the former military government’s worst era, this latest press freedom violation has further compromised the transition to democracy begun by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party.” The authorities first announced their Orwellian ban on the word “Rohingyas” in June 2016, two months after the installation of a government headed by Suu Kyi, who was long seen as the embodiment of democratic hopes in Myanmar. The word was to be replaced by the improbable phrase “people who believe in Islam in Rakhine state,” the authorities said. May 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation June 12, 2018 Myanmar bans Radio Free Asia for using the term “Rohingyas” May 31, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar The BBC’s Burmese language service announced on 4 September 2017 that its daily programmes would no longer be broadcast by its local partner, MNTV, because MNTV was being pressured by the authorities over the use of the term “Rohingya.” Newslast_img read more

Wenger foresees transfer shake-up

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Wenger believes the high fees will increase the likelihood of players running down their contracts and then leaving clubs on free transfers.Both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are in the final years of their Arsenal contracts.“With the amount of transfer levels and the expected amount of contracts the players want, you will have more and more players going into the final year of their contract,” Wenger said.“You will be in a position where you either extend for money you cannot afford or you go into the final year of their contract.“This season there were 107 players in the Premier League who got into the final year of their contract for the first time and you will see that more. The clubs want too much for normal players.“So what happens? The club cannot sell and doesn’t extend the contract, so more and more players are going into the final year.” Arsene WengerLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes there will be a radical overhaul of the transfer market within the next year following the stratospheric spending of the close-season trading period.Paris Saint-Germain smashed the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($266 million), while Premier League clubs spent £1.4 billion ($1.9 billion, 1.6 billion euros).German chancellor Angela Merkel urged the sport’s authorities to curb spiralling fees earlier this month and Wenger said the intervention of such a figure proved it was time for change.“Something will happen. It is for the first time that, politically, the German prime minister came out,” he said in comments published by British newspapers on Saturday.“I think politically something will happen in the next 12 months to regulate and limit the transfer amount.“You have to go one of two ways — regulate it properly or leave it completely open. But you cannot be in between.“That is where we are at the moment. That is only to the advantage of some clubs who can deal with rules in a legal way.“The regulation has to be stricter and clearer or open it completely: you can do what you want, provided you can guarantee you have the money to pay.“At the moment, we are a bit in between and that does not work.”last_img read more