Burma’s military regime has apparently slapped a ban on the sale of foreign publications that carry coverage of the violent crackdown on the demonstrations by the country’s monks and other protesters.

A Rangoon journalist told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that the city’s main book store, Inn Wa, and other retail outlets no longer sold publications like Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest and the Bangkok English-language press.

“They [the Burmese authorities] banned all overseas magazines, newspapers and journals that published anything related to the recent demonstrations and pictures of Burmese Buddhist monks,” he said.

Another Rangoon journalist said the ban would hit local publications that depended on news gleaned from foreign magazines and newspapers.

Universities are also likely to suffer from the ban because students need foreign publications for their research.

Access to online media run by the Burmese exile media groups has long been banned by the regime. One journalist said anyone found reading The Irrawaddy online faced a 20-year prison sentence.