Time magazine, carrying a cover story comparing the Myanmar Buddhist Monk Wirathu and his organization `Buddhist 969` to the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), has been banned in Sri Lanka, reports say.
The cover story on the July 1st issue of Time Magazine is entitled ‘The Face of Buddhist Terror and features Myanmar’s extremist monk Wirathu, who has been accused of stoking anti-Muslim sentiments with his 969 movement, launched in February, which calls on Buddhists to boycott Muslim shops and businesses.
There have been at least three anti-Muslim riots this year in central and northern Myanmar, leaving thousands homeless.
In June 2012, Buddhist communities in the Rakhine State attacked Rohingya Muslims, leaving 167 people dead and 125,000 people homeless.
The Bodu Bala Sena Group has lobbied the Media Ministry and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to ensure the offending issue never reaches the news stands in Sri Lanka, reports media.
However, President of Myanmar has denied allegations against the monk Wirathu, stating that the monk Ashin Wirathu is making a great effort to secure peace and prosperity in Myanmar.
The Myanmar President condemns the content in Time Magazine, denoting that it is an attempt to endanger the efforts made to develop trust between the two parties.