Myanmar lashes foreign media over 'despicable' cyclone reports
MYANMAR: Myanmar on Friday accused foreign news agencies of
fabricating stories about the devastation left by Cyclone Nargis, saying
the reports were "despicable and inhuman" acts that exploited storm
The government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar lashed out at
"self-seekers exploiting storm victims," who they said were "shooting
video films featuring made up stories in the storm-affected areas ...
and sending the videotapes to foreign news agencies."
"Those foreign news agencies are issuing such groundless news stories
with the intention of tarnishing the image of Myanmar and misleading the
international community," it said.
Cyclone Nargis left 133,000 people dead or missing. The United
Nations says 2.4 million people need emergency aid in the wake of the
storm, and that one million of them have yet to receive any help.
The official newspaper accused reporters of planting fake sources in
the hardest-hit regions of the Irrawaddy Delta and then asking "leading
questions and exaggerating the news stories and living conditions of the
Yangon, Friday, AFP