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, we will check the content that was reported on junta-controlled media; Myama Alin Daily, MRTV, and MWD, depicting “The military council is planning to repatriate Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh”.
This content was disseminated via the junta-proxy Telegram accounts of Myanma Alin Daily, MRTV, MWD, and the Ministry of Information, on February 24.
According to the report, under the name of repatriation of those displaced from Rakhine state, the military council are spreading propaganda in newspapers along with photos about the repatriation of Rohingya who lived in Myanmar in the past and now wanted to return voluntarily.
The Than Lwin Times looked into the post and found it to be misinformation.
Despite reports that the military council will accept the Rohingyas back, reliable news outlets are reporting that the Rohingyas are being arrested continuously in the country.
If the Rohingyas travel from one place to another within the townships and villages without a certificate, they are arrested and extorted money, reported Lu Nge Khit, citing Ronay San Lwin, an activist on Rohingya affairs.
In addition, on February 28, a Rohingya returning from Yangon was arrested by the junta at the immigration section of Sittwe Airport in Rakhine State, and another two Rohingyas who were going to Yangon on February 27 were arrested at Kyaukphyu Airport, respectively, according to the Arakan Express News.
According to the reliable sources mentioned above, “The military council is planning to repatriate Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh,” is merely false information spread by Junta supporters.
Than Lwin Times