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Media’s Silence on the Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

Ethnic cleansing isn’t something that is widely known yet an example of it is being made by the violence inflicted upon the Rohingya Muslims. Ethnic cleansing is a close second to genocide, but in ethnic cleansing, things are done slightly differently. Instead of murdering a whole race, religion or national group, ethnic cleansing refers to brutal deportation or transfer of a certain group of people out of the country with the help of violence.

Manipulation With The Help of Media

In order to understand this, we must know first that what is seen on the TV and on the internet is not necessarily news, but rather it is a perspective of someone witnessing the news. This also means that this “news” can very easily be tampered with in order to manipulate the minds of millions of people all over the world. The same is the case with the monstrosity done against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

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Who Are The Rohingya Muslims?

The Rohingya are one of the many minority groups in Myanmar and though they have been living in the country for generations, they have been denied citizenship for the entirety of this period by the government because it sees them as illegal immigrants originally originating from Bangladesh.

An estimate of one million Rohingya Muslims live in the Rakhine State which makes them a rather sizable minority but regardless of this fact, in 2012, more than 100,000 of these Muslims were displaced due to communal violence under military rule. These people have been forced to live in camps under horrible conditions simply because the government wants ethnic cleansing. Since then, the situation has only gotten worse.

Rohingya Muslims children

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Media and The Leaders Fail to Help

It is the media’s job as well as it is the leaders’ to speak the truth about what is happening to innocent people in this country but that is precisely where they fail them. The lack of international response and the silence has been deafening.

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One would assume that a Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi would use her international influence to speak about the matter. She hasn’t chosen to stay silent, instead, she has done something even worse, she has denied that things are as bad as they appear to be. She has told the media that the news of what is happening to the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is highly exaggerated and that we should focus on bigger matters. Aung San Suu Kyi’s many years working as an activist are of no use now that she has failed to condemn this kind of violence by denying that it even is real thereby being highly in favor of the military that is raining hell down on Rohingya Muslims to begin with simply because they are immigrants.

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The media is portraying different versions of the news where most of the major news channels such as BBC have been unable to verify whether or not the abuse is real. They are therefore standing neutral on the matter.

Turkey’s Stance:

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the president of Turkey has publicly accused Myanmar of genocide against the Muslim minority living within it.

Those who close their eyes to this genocide perpetuated under the cover of democracy are its collaborators.

– Erdoğan

These people are homeless, hurt and afraid for their lives and the media is failing to even acknowledge their pain. How can we help them if we don’t even believe them?

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