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India: Censor board bans own member’s movie

19 April 2016

The examining committee of India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) denied certification to controversial film ‘Mohalla Assi’ directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi, himself a member of the CBFC, after it “evoked extreme reactions” from some members, reported Mumbai Mirror on 8 April 2016. The film, based on a well-known …

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Indonesia: West Aceh bans outdoor concerts

11 April 2016

The regency of West Aceh has banned all outdoor concerts based on a recommendation from a group of Muslim scholars trained in Shari’a law, reported The Sydney Morning Herald on 7 April 2016. Ulema, the body of scholars, believed that outdoor concerts had “more disadvantages than advantages”, leading West Aceh …

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Pakistan: Punjabi film banned

5 April 2016

Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has banned Indian Punjabi film ‘Ambarsariya’ for “strong references” to the country’s research and analysis wing of its intelligence agency, reported The Express Tribune on 1 April 2016. The film’s distributors appeal to have the full board review the film again was granted, …

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Azerbaijan: Writer detained at airport

31 March 2016

Police detained writer Akram Aylisli for 11 hours at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev Airport, preventing him from traveling to a literary festival in Venice, Italy at which he was scheduled to appear, reported Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty on 30 March 2016. Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Interior reported that Aylisli was …

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Pakistan: Two Bollywood films banned

17 March 2016

In the continued practice of Pakistan banning the release of Indian-made films, ‘Ishq Forever’ and ‘Neerja’ are the two latest films that will not be given screen time in the country, according to multiple sources. Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) determined romantic drama ‘Ishq Forever’ to be “objectionable”, …

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China: New guidelines ban multiple topics from tv

17 March 2016

Chinese censors issued an eight-page document on 31 December 2015 on the production of tv content, forbidding a wide range of topics, including same-sex relationships, CNN reported on 3 March 2016. Though the document was released at the end of 2015, Chinese media only began reporting on the new guidelines …

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Singapore: Two sex toys removed from exhibition

16 March 2016

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in Singapore removed two sex toys from artist Loo Zihan’s art installation entitled ‘Queer Objects: An Archive for the Future’, reported The Straits Times on 16 February 2016. The artist said that originally four items were going to be removed from his 81-object installation, but …

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Indonesia: “Effeminate” men banned from tv

15 March 2016

According to a letter issued by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission on 23 February 2016, male actors have been forbidden from behaving and dressing up as women on local tv, Indonesian news portal Jakarta Globe reported on 24 February 2016. The commission stated that the letter was circulated as a reminder …

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China: Hollywood film banned from release

11 March 2016

The world’s second-largest theatrical market has denied release of Ryan Reynold’s superhero blockbuster ‘Deadpool’ due to its violence, nudity and graphic language, reported The Hollywood Reporter on 17 January 2016. Hollywood Reporter sources told the news site that China’s censorship authorities, who often work with Hollywood studios to produce “cleaned-up” …

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India: Two superhero blockbusters suffer cuts

11 March 2016

Latest Ryan Reynolds vehicle ‘Deadpool’ and upcoming Ben Affleck picture ‘Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ face cuts by India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for nudity, violence and profanity, reported DNA India and Hindustan Times in February and March 2016.      ‘Deadpool’ suffered seven cuts that got …

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