Myanmar: Journalists are treated as enemies of state

Reuters. Detained witness police captain Moe Yan Naing (centre) escorted by police leaves the court after a hearing during the Reuters’ journalists trial in Yangon, Myanmar, 09 May 2018. Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw So. (EPA photo)

M A Hossain       9/5/2018

A mock defender of democracy, human rights and freedom of expression, Aung San Suu Kyi, had already shown her real face. Myanmar arrested Reuters journalist Wa Longe and Kyaw Soe Oo for the ‘crime’ of exposing the murder of 10 Rohingya Muslims by the monstrous army of that country. Under a definition, what has been happening on the Rohingyas in Myanmar is a clear case of Holocaust. Aung San Suu Kyi, is the Adolph Hitler of Myanmar and her government along with Myanmar army are blood brothers of Nazis. Some people, unfortunately even some pundits, without understanding the realities in Myanmar are trying to downplay this Holocaust by terming it as atrocity or genocide. Any kid in the elementary class would know the distinctive difference between the Holocaust and genocide. Of course, those who are trying to label the Rohingya crisis as genocide are no angel. They have agenda in their mind – and most possibly funded and sponsored by Myanmar. These people are committedly trying to protect and save Myanmar from stern international actions by writing and publishing twisted as well as molested facts. Their shedding tear for the Rohingyas are nothing but a deep-rooted conspiracy in prolonging the Rohingya crisis, thus putting Bangladesh into the tremendous challenge.

While courageous and heroic journalist like Wa Lone and his Reuters colleague Kyaw Soe Oo had exposed the brutalities of Myanmar army on the Rohingya Muslims, on the other hand, a controversial person and so-called journalist and his English daily in Bangladesh are actively playing the different wrong game in hiding facts with a half-truth.

The representative of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegations, following their recent trip to Rohingya camp to Bangladesh, told the reporters, the UNSC does not have any magic stick [wish bone] to instantly resolve the Rohingya crisis. In my personal opinion, the UNSC delegation fully realizes the fact that Rohingya crisis is not the only issue of sending back 1.1 million Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar. Because any hurried sending back would place the Rohingyas into the cruel slaughterhouse of the Burmese army and their Buddhist cohorts. This is a politico-ethnic crisis. Before sending back the Rohingya, an autonomous Muslim state in Arakan should be initially ensured [a state where Muslims can live without fear]. Local leadership of this state must go into the hands of Muslims. Even Myanmar should adopt a quota system for the Muslims in the parliament, Armed Forces and civil administration. The central government should provide low interest agricultural and industrial loan to the Rohingya Muslims for developing a Rohingya dominated Agro-Industrial zone in Arakan. Even international financing institutions such as World Bank, IMF, etc. can also provide low-interest long-term loan for developing the Agro economic zone.

There should be at least 20 international level elementary and junior schools alongside a vocational training institute for the Rohingya children and women in Arakan. Renowned NGOs can easily undertake and implement such project. Myanmar doesn’t want any solution to Rohingya crisis; at least the signals are giving this impression. They not only had arrested the Reuters journalist but even jailed captain Moe Yan Naing under Myanmar’s Police Disciplinary Act, for the ‘crime’ of defending the helpless Rohingya Muslims and passing information to Reuters journalist. This proves – journalist are the worst enemies of rogue regimes. In the recent days, a journalist came under repression in Myanmar, India, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia, and Bangladesh. The key tactic of the rogue regime is- suffocating press and freedom of expression. Because real journalist never hesitates in exposing the truth. Most importantly, they come out of petty religious or political biased. Mr. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are not Muslims. They are Buddhists – more precisely real human beings. They did not tolerate the brutal actions of the rogue regimes of Aung San Suu Kyi and her Burmese army darlings. In my eyes both of them are heroes. So is Captain Moe Yan Naing. If the people sitting in Oslo would look for the best names for their Novel Peace Prize 2018, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and Captain Moe Yan Naing should jointly get this prestigious prize. This prize will leave a strong message – don’t meddle with the press and freedom of expression!