Myanmar bans TIME magazine July 1 issue over "terror monk" cover

Myanmar's government has banned the July 1 issue of TIME magazine, citing security concerns because of the cover story featuring a prominent Buddhist monk accused of fueling religious and communal violence in the country, state media said Wednesday.

The magazine cover story headlined "The Face of Buddhist Terror," "shall not be produced, sold, distributed or obtained," the State of Emergency Management Central Committee said in a statement.

The cover photo shows controversial Myanmar monk U Wirathu who has been in the forefront of anti-Muslim sentiments.

Government officials expressed concern some points made in the article might be "misunderstood," causing further religious tension and jeopardizing a peace process promoted by the government.

The communal attacks, mostly by Buddhists on Muslims, started a year ago in the country's western Rakhine State after a Buddhist girl was allegedly raped and killed by several Muslims. Attacks have since spread to central towns and cities in the Mandalay region and further east to Shan State.

More than 200 people from both sides have since killed and more than 5,000 houses and religious buildings destroyed during clashes, the United Nations has reported.