BANGKOK – A U.S. government-affiliated broadcaster is losing its local partner in Myanmar after refusing demands that it stop using the term "Rohingya" to describe an embattled Muslim minority.
Radio Free Asia spokesman Rohit Mahajan said Monday was the last day that the DVB Media Group's network would carry its television broadcasts. He said RFA told Myanmar authorities that it was unwilling to bow to their pressure to use a term other than Rohingya.
About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since the government launched a violent counterinsurgency campaign last August in western Myanmar, where most live. Many people in Myanmar call the Rohingya "Bengali" to reflect their contention that they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh rather than natives.