"Which is more important? China or Myanmar...?"

Throughout the world’s media, the China quake dominates…but what about Myanmar?

According to the UK’s Channel Four newscaster Jon Snow, the international community is frustrated at the lack of attention given to Myanmar (Burma) because of the China quake.

“Not because the Chinese tragedy isn’t every bit as appreciated,” Jon says, “But because the absolute lack of images out of Burma courtesy of the draconian strictures of the ruling junta mean inevitably that the media gaze is drawn to China and the necessary pressure on the Burma regime is weakened.”

So what about news in Japan?

The Fuji News Network (FNN) has a list of their headline stories, four of them being about the China quake. Out of 20 stories, Myanmar features near the bottom at number 17, and even then, the report is only a 19 second account of a referendum which was announced on Myanmar’s state-owned TV.

FNN: http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlines/articles/CONN00132878.html

TBS news leads with the Japanese aid rescuers entering China to help with the disaster relief. Obviously this is the first major Japan angle on the disaster and will take the position as the top story. The next story is also China again but Myanmar does come in at third place, however, the story is mainly filled with aerial shots, a stark comparison to the harrowing images of corpses from China.

TBS: http://news.tbs.co.jp/newseye/tbs_newseye3853552.html

The NHK lead with the Japanese foreign minister, Koumura, confirming the safety of the 300 Japanese nationals thought to have been caught up in the China quake. Out of their 7 top stories, not one of them focuses on Myanmar. However, in the NHK events information section on their website, there is listed information on how to donate money via bank transfer to the International Red Cross.

The NHK: http://www.nhk.or.jp/

TBS news are the only news channel out of the above three that are attempting to cover the Myanmar cyclone, despite only having a few generic aerial shots and some hard facts to keep the audience’s attention. It is uncertain why the NHK have decided to leave out reporting of Myanmar all together, and frustration at the lack of coverage of the cyclone is understandable. However, the Associated Press has a great article on the difficulties reporters are facing in both Myanmar and China. Most notably for Myanmar, foreign reporters are just not being allowed any access, as AP editor Denis Gray says “Reporters attempting to enter the area were stopped at by armed police at checkpoints just outside Yangon, Myanmar's largest city. They were asked for passports and their drivers were interrogated and turned back. “No foreigners allowed,” one policeman said.”

It is a sad situation that Myanmar is choosing to restrict media in such a way when they know that, like the Tsunami of 2004, donations could come flooding in from across the world…

At least in China, unlike the Olympic riots when foreigners were disallowed access to Tibetan areas in March, the authorities understand that to help the situation, media have to be able to have as much access as they need.

AP: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hEBVqoJg51wtrjrxRSMZRNrJQniAD90L0C1G6

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You made a very valid point about Burma's government.
They're already poor, under-developed, lack of structure and democracy, and has very limited economical and political influences in the region- their government is the one screwing up the rescue effort.
China on the other hand- has a very systematic structure with the Communist Party (the late-Y2K Version) and very open about everything.
If Burma's government is going to be so stubburn out America and American's aid- that's too bad. Bush Administration might be a screw up- but this is an international effort to help out this country... Very sad to see them suffer under the current ruling military government.

God bless the children whom are the victims.

China is got it coming. A nation that lacks humanity, no love for their own country and lead by punch of morons. Corruption is what caused those schools to collapse. Everything is controlled by the central government. The building contractors are at fault too because of their greed. But the central government is responsible because they have no standards, no love for their own kind and own country. Everyone just want to make a fast buck and who cares if they run anybody over. Why Chinese are greedy and selfish because they been poor for a long time and now they taste capitalism and they want more and more even if it corrupts the system. I'm sure there are good Chinese somewhere but they are not from China. China controls Tibet, they want to control everyone. Eventually they want to control Japan and Korea. I think so. I wish China can be managed by western Chinese, not these barbaric morons. China Chinese are really dangerous... You know what i would do if i was GOD.

Actually seismic activity caused the schools to collapse. Corruption is more a concept than an actual physical force.

But I noticed something uncanny about your rhetoric. If you replace the works "Earthquake" with "Hurricane", "China" with "America", and "Tibet" with "Iraq", you have the kind of comments that were often in users posts back in 2005 (Minus a few sentences). ^^

No dispute about your feeling towards US. At least there is a higher order of respect for humanity in the US, unlike China.

The school could of hold ground if it was build per standard. According to the news, rebars are not even tied together to reinforce strength. So therefore it collapse killing hundreds of children.

I guess you understand the CHINA Chinese culture quite well. Not sure how you can even compare the US and China society.