Vox pop - or Vox populi is Latin for "voice of the people" and in journalism it means interviewing people to get a sense of what they think on the ground. Vox pops are often buried in the middle of a news piece among the opinions from politicians and "experts" and its subjects are frequently not named.

Our feature this week begins with vox pops, and they are of Rohingya refugees.

Nurul Mustafa, Bosir Ahmed and Mohamed Jubair all fled to Bangladesh in 2017 with their families and have been watching one outlet to get their news: Rohingya Vision. As Bosir Ahmed says, "Rohingya Vision is very useful for us. It means we can share our news and tell the story of our suffering to the world."

Since 2017, almost three-quarters of a million Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. For most of us, these people are invisible because Myanmar's government has done a good job of cracking down on information.

But there are always pockets of resistance. Rohingya Vision TV has been reporting the story from the inside. It is run by exiled Rohingya and it relies on undercover reporters to get information out.

The stories they tell contest state narratives keen to silence them - as well as the work of media outlets in Myanmar that have closed ranks with the authorities.

This piece on Myanmar was made by the Listening Post's Johanna Hoes. We are re-airing it on the week that two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were released from jail after more than 500 days behind bars. The men had been jailed for their investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar security forces. If the story is hard to tell by journalists with an international news organisation as their protective seal, imagine what it is like for those reporting with less backup.


Muhammad Noor - Co-founder and Managing Director, Rohingya Vision TV
Aye Aye Win - Former Myanmar Bureau Chief, AP
Francis Wade - Author 'Myanmar's Enemy Within'
Mark Farmaner - Director, Burma Campaign UK

Source: Al Jazeera