The government has banned the distribution of the latest edition of the internationally acclaimed Time magazine over some of its content.
The Sri Lanka customs department said that 4000 copies of the July edition of magazine had been seized at the Colombo port.
Customs department spokesman Leslie Gamini said that the magazines had been seized as the cover had content which could harm the sentiments of Buddhists in Sri Lanka.
“Under local laws if there is any publication imported with content which can hurt the sentiments or create tensions among Sri Lankans then such publications can be blocked from being circulated in the market,” he said.
The cover of the July edition of the Time magazine carries a picture of a Myanmar monk with the words ‘The face of Buddhist terror’.
Buddhist monks in Myanmar have been accused attacking Rohingya Muslims in which several people have been reportedly killed.
Sri Lanka and Myanmar have strong diplomatic ties especially since both countries are Buddhist nations.
In February this year the Sri Lankan navy rescued 32 Myanmar nationals who were stranded at sea after escaping violence targeting the Muslims.
Those rescued had claimed that nearly 100 others were also with them but had gone missing and were believed to have drowned. (Colombo Gazette)