News / Asia

Burma Bans Time Magazine Labeling Monk as 'Face of Terror'

A Buddhist devotee holds an umbrella for controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu (L), who is accused of instigating sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims through his sermons, , near Rangoon, Burma, June 14, 2013.A Buddhist devotee holds an umbrella for controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu (L), who is accused of instigating sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims through his sermons, , near Rangoon, Burma, June 14, 2013.
x
A Buddhist devotee holds an umbrella for controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu (L), who is accused of instigating sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims through his sermons, , near Rangoon, Burma, June 14, 2013.
A Buddhist devotee holds an umbrella for controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu (L), who is accused of instigating sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims through his sermons, , near Rangoon, Burma, June 14, 2013.
VOA News
Burma has banned distribution of a Time Magazine cover story that portrays a fundamentalist Burmese monk as an inciter of terrorism against Muslims.

In a statement late Tuesday, the Burmese government said the ban is aimed at preventing a recurrence of violence between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims.

The magazine cover features a photo of the fundamentalist monk known as Wirathu, with the words "The Face of Buddhist Terror."

Officials said a committee investigating recent Buddhist-Muslim violence made the decision to block the magazine cover and accompanying article. It is not clear whether the rest of Time Magazine's latest issue will be distributed in Burma.

Radical monks, such as Wirathu, have been urging Burmese Buddhists to boycott Muslim-owned businesses and avoid marriages with Muslims. His critics say the boycott appeals have encouraged Buddhist extremists to commit violence against Muslims.

Wirathu insists he is a man of peace. Many Buddhists have objected to the Time Magazine story, saying it distorts the peaceful nature of their faith.

Wirathu was jailed in 2003 for inciting deadly anti-Muslim riots, but was released in 2012 as part of a general amnesty. Some analysts say new freedoms of speech introduced in Burma since the end of military-rule have made it easier for radicals to promote their views.

Deadly confrontations between Burmese Buddhists and Muslims have killed more than 200 people in the past year, most of them Muslims.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

You May Like

EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

Ruling is first time a court has acknowledged suspects were held and tortured at the sites, under US program launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks More

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

Video At AIDS Conference, Prevention Pill Stirs Excitement

Truveda shows promise, spurring debate over access and other approaches More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: ZuMaui
July 18, 2013 10:26 PM
While having a leisurely breakfast with some friends, my girlfriend (who knows I study Buddhism) spoke up about this news. She said "Isn't it terrible that there are Buddhist monks who are Terrorists in Asia?" I had to make a supreme effort to remain calm and so I concentrated on my food. The conversation also pointed fingers at abusive Catholic nuns, and overbearing and over-religious parents (of all faiths). I was speechless with anger. In my silence and refusal to join in the battering of Buddhists or Catholics, the subject eventually wanedl. However, I missed an opportunity to teach what I know as I did not feel strong enough to defend Buddhism. I still don't feel accomplished or studied enough, but this is what I do know. Rather than pointing fingers at "Someone else" who is doing "terrible things" why are we not looking at ourselves? Did my friend realize how uncomfortable I was? Did she stop to consider her own life and what she may have done to others? I think of my own family, how could I be a better, more loving, calmer, less irritated person? How can I make sure my child does not end up angry and resentful at others? How can I be more tolerant of others? I cannot defend Buddhism or any other religion. I can say that we are humans, with natures that do perform moralistically wrong. And a Buddhist monk in terms of being a human is no different than a Catholic Priest or any other person of faith. If it is not happening in our back yard why are we making ourselves and others crazy about it? This doesn't mean that I don't care...I care in a profound way. In such a way that is at times overwhelming to think of. In order to not shut down and become un-responsive I have to act, and the closest thing that I know I can accomplish is with my own actions. Hopefully my actions in terms of peace, tolerance and remaining silent when baited to join in pointing fingers at others will help in some small way.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debatei
X
Shelley Schlender
July 24, 2014 6:43 PM
In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

Scientists at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies say 3-dimensional representations could revolutionize social media. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

AppleAndroid