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Burma’s censorship board bans magazine cover with photo of Suu Kyi

New Delhi (Mizzima) – A picture of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the cover of the Rangoon-based Dharma Yeik Buddhist magazine has been banned, according to the editor of the magazine.
The Dharma Yeik Buddhist magazine cover that was banned by the censorship board. Photo: MizzimaIn the photo, Suu Kyi is shown donating a robe to a young Buddhist novice. It was to be used as the cover of the magazine’s July issue. The magazine has substituted a picture of a flower for Suu Kyi’s photo on its front cover.
‘We submitted the manuscript with the cover featuring Suu Kyi’s photo; the censor board told us to use another photo. Suu Kyi’s photo was not allowed’, the editor, Moe Tun, told Mizzima.
Under Burma’s new censorship policy, religious publications still must pass their manuscripts and pictures through the censorship board and also the Directorate of Religious Affairs. The religious magazine carries news, poems, cartoons and articles on Buddhism.
The magazine was launched in 2006, but it was suspended in 2007. It restarted in 2009. It has previously had articles, poems and other material censored.
‘One illustration accompanying a poem was a picture of barbed wire on a banyan leaf. The picture meant that as I grow older, I have faced more difficulties in life. But the censor board told me to remove the picture of the barbed wire’, Moe Tun said.
According to Rangoon-based editors, the censorship board has allowed some Suu Kyi photos and news about Suu Kyi, but her photo on a front cover and photographs larger than 3 x 5 inches may not be allowed.


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