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Suu Kyi attacks global media for 'false news' on conflict

The head of Myanmar's government, Aung San Suu Kyi, yesterday criticised foreign media outlets for reporting false news on an ongoing conflict involving the army in the country's troubled Rakhine state.

In a statement that was published on her Facebook page, the Nobel peace laureate calls out CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and Singaporean broadcaster Channel News Asia.

In an exclusive interview with Channel News Asia that was published the same day, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi complained that the international community is "always drumming up calls for bigger fires of resentment".

British media outlet the Daily Mail came under fire as well for posting a picture on their website of an allegedly abused Muslim baby in Myanmar that eventually turned out to be Cambodian.

Myanmar is facing fierce criticism from the international community for alleged human rights violations against the Rohingya Muslim minority by the army in a cordoned off conflict zone in Northern Rakhine state.

Last Friday, the Myanmar embassy in London issued a letter of complaint to the BBC for publishing a statement from a UN official in Bangladesh who accused Myanmar of "ethnic cleansing".

The reports were "based on rumours, hearsay and one-sided views which are far from the true situation," the embassy said.

- dpa