On the 28 January, the government owned newspaper released the news that a civilian died and three motor cycles were destroyed from the bomb blast committed by the KIA. One of the civilians exposed that the news was fabricated with false evidence. Therefore, on January 31 st, the government owned newspaper had to release an apology paper.
“There can be mistakes but there can be two types of mistakes. These are accidental or intentional mistakes. It can be an intentional mistake since it is related to the country. The most responsible person for this mistake is the editor”, the experienced writer, U Hpo Thaw Kya said which was released in the Mizzima news on the 31 st January, 2013. In reality, the editor is second most responsible person. In this case, Thein Sein Government is the most responsible because they made this mistake intentionally.
It is well known in the whole country including the world that Thein Sein government invaded massively the KIO control area around Lai Za, which is the KIA Head Quarter. As the experienced journalist, U Hpo Thaw Kya pointed out, it is obvious that the government intentionally makes this mistake in relation to the national affair and the KIA.
The picture of the dead person and the motor cycle incidence are not matched together. It is obvious that the picture of the dead person is taken from one place and the pictures of the motorcycles incidence were taken from another source and combined them together. This fabrication of fake news clearly shows that the government intentionally wants to destroy the dignity of Kachin Independent Army (KIA). Not only did the Thein Sein Government army violate the laws themselves, the government also fabricated the news so that the public will have the bad impression on the KIA. The government is violating article (499) for defamation.
“Whoever, by words either spoken or intended to be read, or by signs or by visible representations, makes or publishes any imputation concerning any person intending to harm, or knowing or having reason to believe that such imputation will harm, the reputation of such person, is said, except in the cases hereinafter expected, to defame that person.”
This fabrication of fake news by the Thein Sein Government not only affects the peace building process and ethnic unity in the country but also the reputation of KIA.
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Date: 31st January 2013
Original article from Legal Aid Network by U Am Naw Mein (Lawyer)
Translated by Kachin Women’s Association Thailand