Thursday, May 8, 2014

Film Censorship Act has far reaching effects

April 28, 2014: Komas, the Human Rights popular communications centre handed a memorandum to the human rights commission, Suhakam over what they say is the persecution of Lena Hendry under the country's censorship law. Hendry works with Komas as its programme coordinator. She was charged for screening a documentary on the Sri Lanka civil war called No Fire Zone. Komas is requesting that Suhakam intervene to defend her rights and to check the unfettered powers of the home minister over film censorship. The Film Censorship Act 2002 they say is wide-ranging and covers even home movies. Hendry is the first human rights activist to be charged under the Act. Those who had been previously charged had been illegal VCD peddlers. Representatives from several Rights NGOs, lawyers and filmmakers accompanied Komas.

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