Monday, 1 July 2013 00:11
Sri Lanka Customs has held a consignment of copies of the 1 July issue of the Time magazine at Colombo International Airport at Katunayake.
Customs spokesman Lesley Gamini said that a report has been submitted to the Director General of Customs regarding the hold. He said that the batch of magazines would be released to the owner only after the Director General grants permission. Political sources say that the Sri Lankan Government is likely to ban the latest edition of the Time magazine for its cover story on rising Buddhist militancy although the story is focused on Myanmar. The cover story on the 1 July issue of Time Magazine entitled “The face of Buddhist terror” features Myanmar’s extremist monk Wirathu, who has taken the title “the Burmese bin Laden and leads the 969 Buddhist Nationalist movement against the Muslims.
The Sri Lankan government has become concerned over rising Buddhist extremism in the country.