Recently I spent some time with some friends whose preferred choice of news broadcaster is the BBC. Therefore, as it was a case of ‘their gaff their rules’, I had a chance to observe the BBC over the period of a couple of days and I was shocked to find that on one particular story, at least half of the story was missing.
The BBC did an extensive segment on the 10 O’Clock news on the plight of the Muslim Rohinga who are crossing the seas of South Asia as refugees. However, the BBC chose not to properly elaborate on why the Rohingya are leaving Myanmar. I was watching their coverage and thinking ‘ there is loads missing from the BBC’s report.’
It is easy and right to concede that some of the Rohingya are Stateless, however many of them are citizens of Bangladesh and have crossed the border into Myanmar and the Bangladeshis are unwilling, probably for economic or internal cohesion reasons to let them back. It is also correct to say they don’t have any citizenship rights in Myanmar but when you look a little deeper into the Rohingya issue you start to see just why the Myanmar authorities and the Buddhists of Myanmar are wary of giving the Rohingya citizenship rights.
In Myanmar Rohingya Muslims have brutally raped and murdered Buddhist girls, burned Buddhist temples and massacred scores of Buddhists. They are also alleged to be unwilling to integrate into Myanmar society to anything like the extent that the indigenous should expect. Although the conflict between Muslim and non-Muslim in the area is an old one, with aspects of it going back to Colonial times, it seems that the Muslims are in no hurry to end the conflict and by their behaviour often provoke conflict. Riots by Muslims, rapes by Muslims, fiscal gouging by Muslims all of which make the Buddhists much more likely to fight back, and they do.
When you look into the situation regarding the Rohingya and other Muslim minorities in Myanmar you can see that it is indeed a complex network of inter communal hatreds. But, what also shines out so brightly that even a BBC journalist could see it is that the Muslims of Bangladesh do not have clean hands in this story. They have raped, they have engaged in mob violence against Buddhists, they have fiscally gouged the Buddhist peasantry of Myanmar, burned schools and temples and generally been a pain in the arse. As usual when it comes to conflicts where Islam is involved you find Muslims doing violence against Buddhists and then claiming that they are being oppressed because they are Muslim. It’s the usual sound of the whining about victimhood whilst being actively involved in attacking others. Two faced Muslim hypocrisy, don’t you just love it.
All the information above about this complex and ongoing conflict is readily available to anyone who cares to make the effort to look. However the BBC chose to focus only on the plight of those Muslims who were leaving places like Myanmar. There was no attempt to speak of the reasons for the conflict or the history of Muslim/Buddhist relations, or the crimes of Muslims in Myanmar or give any indication of why these Muslims are hated. There was not even any mention of Britain’s part in fomenting this conflict when the British Empire moved South Indian Muslim moneylenders into what was then Burma as administrators, who subsequently then went all Islamically oppressive towards the Buddhists. It was some of the most overt BBC bias towards Muslims that I’ve seen outside of their Middle East coverage.
The BBC could have been much more neutral about their coverage of this story, they could have taken a mere 30vseconds of voiceover time to put some balance in by mentioning the Muslim rapes and riots in Myanmar, or mention some other less Muslim-friendly bit of information. The BBC could have made a bit more effort to explain why these Muslims are fleeing Buddhist retribution and that greater effort to explain would have changed the whole tone of the piece.
Sometimes you get a story that shows up the BBC as having a Leftist agenda and this was definitely one of them. I was completely gobsmacked to see just how much of the story was missing from the BBC report, it was relentlessly biased towards the Muslim sea-borne refugees and made little mention of any reason why this refugee crisis has occurred.
At some points during my unaccustomed viewing of the BBC ‘s news output I couldn’t work out whether I was watching a British public service broadcaster or a propaganda channel from the Arab world. There was so much missing from this particular story that this was for me the ‘final straw’ and I don’t think I will trust the BBC on anything ever again.
Phillipines take in Muslim refugees when other more Islamic nations do not.
History of the Muslim/Buddhist conflict
A counterjihadists view of Myanmar’s Islam problem
Old website apparently from activists for the indigenous non-Muslims of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh detailing ethnic cleansing and other problems from Muslims.