The NY Times starts with the standard narrative that “Ashin Wirathu, an ultranationalist Buddhist monk” has “helped fuel the violence against the country’s Rohingya ethnic group that the United Nations calls ethnic cleansing”. It claims further “Every day he posts updates, often containing false information, that spread a narrative of the Rohingya as aggressive outsiders.”
But why is Wirathu doing this? Did he wake up one morning and decided to target the Rohingya?
Buried deep in the article is a hint of what is behind his Facebook posts: “His posts include graphic photos and videos of decaying bodies that Ashin Wirathu says are Buddhist victims of Rohingya attacks, or posts denouncing the minority ethnic group or updates that identify them falsely as “Bengali” foreigners.”
New York Times:
Myanmar’s government has barred Ashin Wirathu, an ultranationalist Buddhist monk, from public preaching for the past year, saying his speeches helped fuel the violence against the country’s Rohingya ethnic group that the United Nations calls ethnic cleansing.
So he has turned to an even more powerful and ubiquitous platform to get his message out — Facebook.
Every day he posts updates, often containing false information, that spread a narrative of the Rohingya as aggressive outsiders. And posts like these have put Facebook at the center of a fierce information war that is contributing to the crisis involving the minority group. International human rights groups say Facebook should be doing more to prevent the hateful speech, focusing as much on global human rights as on its business.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Myanmar (MM) is estimated to have a population of 54.6 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.8% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 2.2 million.