Weekly News Comment #3

A Nobel Peace Prize winner once hailed as her country’s Nelson Mandela has stood by as ethnically motivated violence and mass atrocities tear apart her country,” Aung San Suu Kyi, an advocate for democracy and internationally recognized humanitarian protestor, has remained quiet in response to Myanmar’s military crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in the country. She faces controversy and criticism for taking no apparent action despite reports of crimes being committed by the Burmese military as Rohingya refugees flee the country.

The opening line to this story is succinct and powerful, drawing a historical parallel that almost all readers can relate to and briefly explaining the severity of the situation in Myanmar. It gives readers the basic information they need to know – that there’s a humanitarian crisis in Myanmar and not much is being done about it – while appealing them to read further if they’re interested.

The article later explains that Suu Kyi has blamed the atrocities on “misinformation… with the aim of promoting the interests of terrorists,” and although some images that have been circulating on social media about the situation have been falsely attributed, there is a great deal more evidence that suggests the military is responsible for this violence.

1 Comment so far

  1.   fuglsang on September 12th, 2017

    A good lede and a good discussion. NPR has been doing a lot of reporting on this story. The other national media have been too focused on Irma and Harvey.