Friday, January 11, 2013

Burmese sex education magazine deemed ‘near pornography’

Friday, 11 January 2013 14:33 Mizzima News

Ko Oo Swe, the editor of Burma's first sex education magazine, “Hnyo”, pictured during an interview at his house in Rangoon on November 28. With its photos of scantily clad women and advice on bedroom secrets, Burma's first sex education magazine has proven a step too far for the country's censors who have banned it from publication. (AFP PHOTO)

Burma’s first “sex education” magazine has proven a bit too steamy for Burma’s notoriously draconian censors who have banned its publication after only one issue.

Hnyo, meaning “enchantment”, was ordered to stop publishing because it was deemed to have ventured beyond its remit as a “fashion” magazine, its editor Ko Oo Swe told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The closure of Hnyo is the most profound act of censorship since the abolition of pre-publication censorship by the Burmese government in August.

Information Minister Aung Kyi is quoted by Burma’s state-run The New Light of Myanmar as saying that the editors of Hnyo had gone too far by publishing “near pornography”.

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