Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Screening of The Cove halted

From P.E.N., Japan
We are seeing the gradual spread of circumstances that are very regrettable from the standpoint of freedom of speech and expression. Some theaters are moving to exercise self-censorship by not showing The Cove, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. From the time of its completion, there have been arguments for and against the content of this film. In preparation for distribution in Japan, the Japanese distributor worked to resolve legal issues that had been pointed out, and then the company announced plans to show the film nationwide.

However, after protests by certain groups, some movie theaters have already decided to cancel planned showings so our members and the public are being robbed of the opportunity to actually see and think about this film. Furthermore, the situation has deteriorated to the extent that showings have even been cancelled by universities, which are supposed to intrinsically be bastions of free expression.

Just about two years ago, movie showings and lectures were being cancelled because of protests similar to those we are seeing today. At that time, the Japan P.E.N. Club responded by issuing a statement and also holding film showings. Read More by Clicking Here.

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