Sunday, August 01, 2004

Kuwait bans Fahrenheit 9/11 - Film -

Kuwait bans Fahrenheit 9/11 - Film - "Kuwait, a major US ally in the Gulf, has banned Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 because it deems the movie insulting to the Saudi Arabian royal family and critical of America's invasion of Iraq, an official said.
'We have a law that prohibits insulting friendly nations, and ties between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are special,' Abdul-Aziz Bou Dastour, cinema and production supervisor at the information ministry, said.
Dastour said the film 'insulted the Saudi royal family by saying they had common interests with the Bush family and that those interests contradicted with the interests of the American people'.
The ministry made the decision to bar Fahrenheit 9/11 in mid-July after the state-owned Kuwait National Cinema Co. asked for the licence to show the movie. The company monopolises cinemas in Kuwait, but all movies must first be sanctioned by government censors.

The film is already playing elsewhere in the Middle East, including the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon."

Associated Press


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