Rural Access Denied or Difficult: Foreign News Journalists from Germany Face Obstacles in Reporting about the "Rohingya" Conflict in Myanmar's Northern Rakhine State
In this study Oliver Hahn and Anna Munkler analyse obstacles that foreign news journalists from Germany face in reporting about the so-called »Rohingya« conflict in Myanmar's Northern Rakhine State. This long-lasting dispute between a Muslim population group fighting for recognition as ethnic minority and the central government lead to an outbreak of violence followed by a mass exodus in 2017, in which the role of (parts of) the military remains controversial. This chapter presents the results of a qualitative survey conducted in 2018 among 8 foreign news journalists covering the crisis for German media. The interviewees mention a lack of access to the area, a poor infrastructure in rural areas, a restrictive visa policy, a non-existent clear governmental information and strategic communication policy and a worsening security situation for journalists in Myanmar. As a consequence, they see and, to a certain degree, even accept a lack of neutrality in international news reporting.