Following is the full text of the statement released by Myanmar Journalists Union on 21 November 2017.
Myanmar Journalists Union strongly condemns the gross mistake made by the Associated Press in its story dated Nov. 20th regarding Myanmar foreign minister and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s opening speech at the 13th ASEM meeting.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said in her speech that “Conflicts around the world are giving rise to new threats and emergencies; illegal immigration, spread of terrorism and violent extremism, social disharmony and even the threat of nuclear of war…..”.
However, AP has misquoted her speech and wrote that : “Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism .”
Such distorted reporting has an immense negative impact on the image of the country and could lead to further misunderstanding and discord between Myanmar and the international community at such a delicate period.
Even though AP made the correction one day later, we demand that the AP, one of the world’s largest news agencies, take responsibility for the damage done and apologize to the people of Myanmar for its erroneous and irresponsible mistake.