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Uzbekistan: “Fifty Shades” trilogy and 100 other films banned

12 October 2018
Uzbekistan has blacklisted a further 103 films, including the 'Fifty Shades' trilogy and horror flicks such as It and Leatherface.
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The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has joined the list of hundreds of foreign films blacklisted in Uzbekistan, local news site Kun.uz reported on 5 October 2018.

Lars von Trier’s two-part Nymphomaniac film also made the list, as did Hollywood horror flicks IT and Leatherface. But the bulk of the 103 titles are low-budget horror and thriller movies, such as The Human Centipede series.

Check out the full list here.

The list was sent to telecommunication network operators and providers in a letter from the Inspectorate for Control of Communications, Information and Telecommunications Technologies that ordered the removal of the 103 titles by 10 October 2018.

The inspectorate states that films that have been banned do not meet the requirements of the laws of the republic, have a negative impact on the human psyche, contain frames demonstrating cruelty and violence,” reported Russian-language news agency Ferghana.

Between 2005 and 2010, 744 local and foreign films were banned for import, production and distribution in Uzbekistan. In 2017, a further 225 films were added.

In July 2018, three employees at the privately-owned Sevimli TV were fired after the channel aired an uncut version of comedy I Feel Pretty, which contains a bedroom scene where Amy Schumer kisses and cuddles a man, reported BBC.

Read more about censorship in Uzbekistan here.

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