Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Thailand : Fahrenheit 911 too hot for correspondents' club

BANGKOK (dpa) - The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) on Monday cancelled a planned screening of "Farhenheit 911" - Michael Moore's scathing documentary on US President George W. Bush - after receiving an unofficial warning from the US embassy.

The FCCT, in a note distributed to members, said the screening, scheduled for Wednesday, had been cancelled "due to circumstances beyond our control."

A private screening of the same film planned in Hong Kong, organised in a pub by the Democrats Abroad, was also aborted after an anonymous caller warned the group it could face legal problems if it showed a pirated version of the controversial documentary.

FCCT sources said they had received a phone call from US American Chamber of Commerce executive director Judy Benn raising similar objections to their programme.

"All I did was pass on a message from the US embassy and American Chamber of Commerce - which was unofficial from the US embassy, of course - saying that we were concerned whether the Farhenheit 911 movie to be shown on Wednesday was a legitimate copy or not," said Benn.

She noted that intellectual property rights (IPR) violation was an important issue for both the US embassy and AMCHAM.


At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's enough censorship in Thailand today without the biased meddling of the US embassy. Good to see The Nation organising a screening next week. Maybe Judy Benn will send them a 'message' too....?


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