A quick search of Google News yesterday showed that, with the exception of Reuters, no Western media outlet or news agency is regularly reporting on the recent massacre against Muslims in urban Burma (Myanmar). The BBC, while reporting on a curiously silent Aung San Suu Kyi devoted a paragraph to it, but we have yet to see a single dedicated story so far.
How many dead urban Muslims and how muchdestroyed property does it take to cough up a story? It probably depends on the attendant geo-politics.
Taking a look at regional papers, Arab and Indian newspapers have picked up the issue in quite a serious manner. Curiously, China remains silent and its silence is ominous. The Chinese media is usually very sensitive to events in its neighbourhood — especially in a strategically located country with which it shares a border and some ethnic ties. Burma is also close to China’s western provinces.