Rohingya: Hate speech, lies and media misinformation

On The Listening Post this week: behind the Rohingya crisis, a vicious media campaign has steadily intensified the pressure on an embattled people. Plus, the media black hole in Sinai, Egypt. Rohingya: Hate speech, lies and media misinformation The number of Rohingya Muslims forced from their homes in Myanmar is now around 400,000. The UN says it looks like a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing. And the country’s de-facto leader – a former winner of the Nobel peace prize and darling of the international news media – is being seen in an entirely new light. Aung San Suu Kyi and her government are on the defensive. She has taken to talking about fake news and a “huge iceberg of misinformation.” Suu Kyi’s refusal to condemn the violence is a troubling angle for many western journalists to cover, given the way they have venerated her in the past.

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