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Myanmar bans Time's 'face of Buddhist terror' issue
Publication Date : 27-06-2013
Myanmar's Emergency Period Central Committee has banned the distribution of Time magazine July 1, 2013 issue that featured a cover story, "The Face of Buddhist Terror" on the ground that it could undermine Buddhism in the country and create more conflict.
The announcement said Time magazine dubbed Myanmar Buddhist monk U Warithu "the face of Buddhist terror" and that could create misunderstand or underestimate Buddhism. It could also jeopardise interfaith trust-building, the announcement said.
According to the ban, the article in the July 1 issue Volume 182 No.1 is prohibited from being produced, sold or and distributed in original copy or photocopy in Myanmar to prevent further racial and religious conflicts.
The committee was established by President Thein Sein himself on March 30 this year in order to contain the country's ongoing riots and conflicts.
The committee is also tasked with ensuring cooperation between government security organisations and exposing those trying to incite riots and taking action against them in accord with the law.
Home Affairs Minister Lieutenant General Ko Ko acts as committee chairman and Deputy Minister and Myanmar Police Force Chief Brigadier General Kyaw Kyaw Tun as secretary.