Tuesday 21 November 2017

BBC cuts ties with Burmese TV station over censorship

The Red Cross help an elderly woman who escaped from unrest in Maungdaw upon arrival at Sittwe jetty, Rakhine State (AP)
The Red Cross help an elderly woman who escaped from unrest in Maungdaw upon arrival at Sittwe jetty, Rakhine State (AP)

The BBC has stopped providing news programmes for a Burmese television station which it claims has been censoring broadcasts.

The corporation's decision appears to relate to coverage of communal violence in the western state of Rakhine.

BBC deputy director of news and current affairs Francesca Unsworth said in a statement posted on the BBC Burmese website that the censorship by Yangon-based MNTV "violated the trust between the BBC and its audience".

It said the BBC has warned MNTV since March against interfering with BBC programming.

MNTV said it was complying with a government order not to disseminate information that could be seen as supporting an ethnic Rohingya insurgent group known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.

Tens of thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape recent violence in which hundreds have died.

Press Association

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