No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim: Suu Kyi

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi lost her composure and made an anti-Muslim remark about a BBC presenter after she was grilled about Myanmar’s violence-hit Rohingya Muslims. “No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim,” she was heard muttering after the interview with BBC Today presenter Mishal Husain, according to a new book.

Suu Kyi, who led her National League for Democracy party to a historic win in Myanmar’s November 8 elections, made the off-air comment about Husain after losing her temper during an interview where Husain asked her to condemn anti-Islamic sentiment, British newspaper The Telegraph reported.

Pakistani-origin Mishal Husain, 43, is the first Muslim presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. The comments were revealed in Peter Popham’s new book ‘The Lady And The Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi And Burma’s Struggle For Freedom’.

During the interview, the 70-year-old global peace icon refused to condemn anti-Islamic violence of Rohingya Muslims despite being repeatedly asked to do so by the BBC Today presenter.

Her response, according to The Telegraph, was: “I think there are many, many Buddhists who have also left the country for various reasons... This is a result of our sufferings under a dictatorial regime.”

Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims of Rakhine state have fled poverty and persecution in western Myanmar since religious violence erupted there in 2012, prompting international calls for investigation into what some analysts called “strong evidence” of genocide.

Last year Suu Kyi faced criticism for not speaking out in defence of the persecuted Muslim minority. Buddhist nationalist activists, including some firebrand monks, had whipped up anti-Muslim sentiments during a charged election campaign.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International urged Aung San Suu Kyi and her party’s new government to release all political prisoners when they take office next week, saying Thursday that Myanmar’s historic transition is an opportunity to break away from the repression of the former junta rule.

“Myanmar’s legal framework reads like a textbook of repression, and authorities have in recent years increasingly used it to silence dissent,” Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Southeast Asia director, said.

Serious questions remain unanswered about the new government’s power to improve human rights given that the constitution keeps several key institutions under the military’s control.

During the interview, the 70-year-old global peace icon refused to condemn anti-Islamic violence of Rohingya Muslims despite being repeatedly asked to do so by the BBC Today presenter.
How about you muslims condemn the islamist terrorism and violence? Not only condemn it, but step up to do something about it? How about the muslim countries take in those so called "orphans and widows" and deal with them and the terrorists? How about you muslims pay the US for the damage that has been done by muzzies in the US, and pay us back for their upkeep? How about you cry me a river and look elsewhere for a pity party.
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Let me address the old folks. Years ago remember we had Walter Cronkite, Harry Reasoner, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. If you had asked any of these guys what they did for a living they would answer "I am a reporter." Walter Cronkite in his day was considered to be The Most Trusted Man In America.There was a reason for that which is unimportant to the media today.

Today no one says they are a reporter. Two reasons for that I think. Number one they are not reporters

Number two, reporter doesn't sound that good, Journalist sounds so much more important.

There are no reporters anymore, no professionals left in this business. And they don't care. They are all activist pretending to be something else. They are trying to make the news and try to stir up as much sh t as they can so the news will be bigger, and they will seem more important in order to further their agenda, their mission.

I live in Asia. We believe in freedom of the press. But we are becoming less tolerant to the new western concept of what that means.

These journalist was there for his Islamic agenda and mission. When she didn't want to answer his question, he was not professional enough to move on to the next one. He was there to set a trap.

This women spent 30 years under house arrest all for her country. Her husband and her son, well she missed their lives and any chance of a normal family life. If anyone believes in democracy, she has proven to the world its her. She finally beat the Burmese Military at their own game and has has taken a role in leading Burma to a new a better future.

All of that that did not stop this BBC Muslim agendist from badgering her.

I am sure he will not be allowed any more interviews and The BBC should probably be more cautious.

At this time I don't believe any politician would state publicly that we need "media reform". If they did it would probably end their career. The media would see to that.

The media today is show business, it is run by people who have an agenda and are willing to use this all powerfu media to further their agenda. It is nothing more than a propaganda machine. We the people, are going to need to fix that at some point in time.


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