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>> They have many allegations and counter-allegations.>> Her state of the nation address may have got critics in a frenzy. But despite the global outcry over Aung San Suu Kyi's speech on the Rohingya Muslim crisis, at home in Myanmar, she's still hugely popular. More than 400,000 Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh fleeing a bloody crackdown by the army.
But in Myanmar where Buddhists make up the majority, many say global coverage of the crisis is fake news favoring the refugees, wwho they see as illegal intruders. And as Antony Slodkowski reports, local media feed hostility toward the Rohingya.>> If you look at the newspapers, for example, in Myanmar, all of them pretty much rely on reports from the government.
And told the government military line regarding the events in Rakhine, they report very heavily on the non-Muslim residents who had to be evacuated from the area, who have suffered as a result of this violence which was instigated initially by the Rohingya insurgents. But there is very little that the Burmese people who don't have satellite television or the Internet can read about what's happening in Bangladesh, and the media here don't really report on that.
>> In her speech on Tuesday Suu Kyi said she wants to find out why the Rohingya are feeling. To those outside this country accounts of killing, rape, and torture suggest a clear answer. But in Myanmar's corridors of power, those stories seem to fall on deaf ears.>> There's huge suspicion, and basically disbelief towards the stories that are coming out from Bangladesh.
And many people, very senior people in the government, potentially including Suu Kyi, treat those stories with a kind of general sense of disbelief. Disregard and kind of seen as some sort of agenda driven story telling, basically.>> Suu Kyi's followers and the military have in turn led a wide spread social media push to shore up support for the government, posting graphic images of alleged attacks on Buddhist monks by Islamic insurgents.
As for the horror stories told by the Rohingya, Suu Kyi herself called them a huge iceberg of misinformation to promote terrorists.