Human Rights Reporting (global, regional and Myanmar)
|Title:|| ||Death, Lies, and Videotape
|Date of publication:|| ||24 July 2017|
|Description/subject:|| ||Death, Lies, and Videotape
"David Scott Mathieson explores the pernicious effects of fake news on complex conflicts...
The shaky mobile phone footage of Myanmar army soldiers questioning and beating men wearing civilian clothes shocked social media followers in recent weeks. Rights groups seized on the 17-minute long footage, claiming it demonstrated ongoing abuses by the military, or Tatmadaw, especially as government, military and ethnic armed groups leaders were meeting in the capital Naypyidaw for the Panglong 21st Century Peace conference in late May.
There is no denying the brute force impact of the footage, with soldiers striking handcuffed men with helmets, kicking them, and threatening them with sharp weapons, whilst demanding information, in Burmese, and through interpreters in Palaung, on suspected hidden weapons. Rights groups quoted in The New York Times claimed the footage was taken in recent days or weeks, yet it was determined subsequently to be two years old, pointing to the perils of premature social media posting of conflict reports..."|
|Author/creator:|| ||David Scott Mathieson|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||28 July 2017|