Government issues statement on media reporting in Rakhine State

28 August 2017
Government issues statement on media reporting in Rakhine State
Myanmar soldier walks in Chain Khar Li Rakhine ethnic village, an area close to fighting at Rathedaung township of northern Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 25 August 2017. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA

The Information Committee of State Counsellor’ Office has issued a warning notification which states that media by not referring to attackers in Rakhine State as Bengali terrorists implies that media is supporting extremist terrorists and ARSA.
The State Counsellor Office Information Committee's Statement regarding Extremist Terrorists says
“1. On 25th August 2017, Central Committee of Counter Terrorism of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has declared that extremist terrorists and ARSA, which involved in Maungtaw terror attacks, were the terrorist groups.
2. On 26th August 2017, it has learned that some INGO staff had participated while extremist terrorists besieged Taungbazar village and it is continuously investigated to be confirmed. Similarly, on 30th July 2017, the government has already stated that energetic biscuits which World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed had been discovered at the camp where terrorists sheltered in May Yu mountains. 
3. It has detected that some Media has used other terms (eg. Insurgents) rather than “terrorists” that the government has officially announced for extremist terrorists, in their news stories.
4. Now, the United Nations, the US Department of State, Turkey Foreign Ministry, and US Embassy and British Embassy in Myanmar, have issued that they have condemned attacks of extremist Bengali terrorists in Maungtaw.
5. The responsible persons are undertaking to inform international governments through International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), in order to take actions against financial supporters, contact persons and abettors in foreign countries, to terrorist groups such as extremist Bengali terrorists and ARSA.
6. As the Counter-Terrorism is a common interest of global families, international organizations and governments including the United Nations, it is crucial to counter extremist Bengali terrorists and ARSA terrorist group.
7. That is why it has notified not to conduct activities which are as saying support and assist to extremist terrorists and ARSA terrorist group, and supportive writing in media, and pro-extremist attempts in domestic will be taken actions according to the Counter-Terrorism Law and external motions will be informed International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to take necessary actions.”