Censorship and Moral Panics

An inconsistent banning

November 8, 2010
By Paul Pritchard
An inconsistent banning

Twitch reports that shortly before it was due to screen at the San Sebastian Horror Festival, A Serbian Film has been banned following a provisional injunction from a Spanish court. What makes this slice of censorship odder than most is that the film has already played in Spain as part of the Sitges Festival....
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I Spit On Your Censor

September 25, 2010
By Paul Pritchard

Demonstrating that its never to late to start banning stuff, the Irish Film Censorship Office (IFCO) has blocked the sale of the re-release of the 1978 film I Spit On Your Grave. Eoghan Burke, of Lace Digital Media Sales in Ireland, said he was disappointed and saddened by the IFCO decision. I thought we...
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Cambodian government bans acclaimed documentary Who Killed Chea Vichea?

June 11, 2010
By Paul Pritchard
Cambodian government bans acclaimed documentary Who Killed Chea Vichea?

Who Killed Chea Vichea? saw its European premiere last month at the Cannes Independent Film Festival and has won accolades from festivals around the world. It was also named one of Amnesty International’s Top Ten Movies That Matter. On Monday, the Cambodian government banned it.
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Crude Bullying

May 19, 2010
By Paul Pritchard
Crude Bullying

Joe Berlinger's award winning documentary, Crude is the story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet. In a worrying twist, the film-makers have recently been served with subpoenas by Chevron demanding that they hand over our 600 hours of out-takes, speculating that somewhere in the footage they might...
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Increasingly intolerant of satire

May 10, 2010
By Paul Pritchard

Silvio Berlusconi has a bit of a history when it comes to trying to slience satirists. In November 2003, satirist, Sabina Guzzanti directed and was featured in the first and only instalment of Raiot, a late-night TV political satire show broadcast on RAI-3. Berlusconi sued and the show was pulled. In 2005, Guzzanti presented...
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Missing the point and demanding a boycott

May 6, 2010
By Paul Pritchard
Missing the point and demanding a boycott

I suppose it was inevitable that some people would completely miss the point of Chris Morris' Four Lions, which goes on general release on Friday. The film, according to Morris, shows "the Dad's Army side to terrorism", as four incompetent jihadists plan an attack on London. The film sets out to highlight the fact...
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The BBCs fear of The Infidel

April 14, 2010
By Paul Pritchard

Last week David Baddiel's comedy, The Infidel opened across the UK. It's a light-hearted film in which a "relaxed" Muslim discovers that he was adopted at birth and that he was born a Jew. Culture clash hijinks ensue as he tries to both learn more about his roots and to impress his son’s...
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Kick-Ass set to cause house prices to fall

March 2, 2010
By Paul Pritchard

Den of Geek notes that the Daily Mail has finally noticed Kick-Ass, the big screen adaptation of Mark Millar's series of comics. Inevitably enough, the Daily Mail has reacted by dribbling on about Jonathan Ross who, of course, has nothing to do with the film whatsoever. But since Jane Goldman, who had the...
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Religious nutters up in arms about yet another film

October 20, 2009
By Paul Pritchard

I've not had as much time recently to keep up with my news feeds but this story, while a little old, is worth mentioning. The president of the Religious Anti-Defamation Observatory, Antonio Alonso Marcos, has sent an open letter to Alejandro Amenábar whinging about Agora, the director's recently released biopic of Hypatia. Bartholemew has more...
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Happy Blasphemy Day!

September 30, 2009
By Paul Pritchard
Happy Blasphemy Day!

Today, September 30th, is International Blasphemy Day, organised by the Center for Inquiry as part of their Campaign for Free Expression: Blasphemy Day International is a campaign seeking to establish September 30th as a day to promote free speech and to stand up in a show of solidarity for the freedom to challenge, criticize,...
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