Real vs. Fake News

Mingalabar! Welcome to Than Lwin Times’ Real vs. Fake News program.

This program verifies fake news and misinformation about revolution events spread on social

media after the military takeover.

Today, the news spread on social media by military lobbyists that “AA (Arakan Army) splits Rohingya farmlands into plots and sells them for the cheapest price,” will be verified.

This content was disseminated via the Telegram account of Min Chit Oo, on January 22, which constantly favors the military and disseminates misinformation.

The report was circulated with an image reporting that “after the 2017 violence, when Rohingyas from Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships fled to neighboring countries, the remaining fields and farms of the Rohingyas were taken care of by the Arakan Army (AA) at first, claiming that they cultivated for AA’s food. When the original owners of the fields did not return, the United League of Arakan/Arakan Army (ULA/AA ) divided the land into sections and sold them at the lowest possible price.”

The Than Lwin Times looked into the post and found it to be misinformation.

In fact, the Rohingya’s farms have been taken over by the junta army since 2022, according to independent news outlets.

At the end of 2022, the military council issued an order to confiscate more than 700 acres of land belonging to the Rohingya. These plots of land include those of Rohingyas in Inn Din, Myinlut, Myothugyi, Zinpaingnyar, Aung Sit Pyin village tract in Maungdaw Township, and Buthidaung’s Ahlae Chaung village tract, the Myanamr Now news agency reported.

Since it is rice harvest season, AA troops and ULA members have been harvesting rice in the fields of the IDPs in Rakhine state with the locals since November 26, 2022, according to the AA’s Spokesperson Khaing Thukha’s statement released via Telegram channel.

The explanation of Khaing Thu Kha’s Telegram account
Myanmar Now’s report

According to the reliable sources mentioned above, “AA (Arakan Army) splits Rohingya farmlands into plots and sells them for the cheapest price” is merely false information spread by Junta supporters.

Than Lwin Times

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