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Subject : Viewers’ complaints triggered ban on ‘Maalik’: censor board

On April 27, Maalik was banned indefinitely across the country and the Ministry of Information revoked the censor certificate earlier given to the flick without providing any reason whatsoever for the ban. Earlier to this, the Sindh government had also banned the film within the province but retreated from the decision after a few hours. The next day the ban was challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC) with the petitioner urging the court to lift the ban as there was nothing anti-state in the movie and it only highlighted corruption in the society. The petition also stated that the ban was a violation of the people’s right to entertainment and information. After this the LHC asked the federal government and the censor board to provide explanations and the reason for the ban on the film today, the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) issued a statement saying that the objections to the film were raised by the viewers themselves.

This prompted them to ban the picture for various reasons which includes ‘ethnic stereotyping, glorification of militants, mockery of the democratic voting process, incitement to violence and the portrayal of police and politicians’. The CBFC stated that it received numerous complaints from across the country three days after the film was released. These complaints included phone calls, letters and even personal visits to their office. “Due to the adverse and negative public reaction and the threats to burning down to ashes of cinema houses, the CBFC requested the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to de-certify the film,” read the statement. It stated that the move was not unprecedented and was done in accordance with the law, citing Section 9 of the Motion Picture Ordinance 1979 which allows them to de-certify any film.

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Posted on April, 30 2016 11:07:56 AM


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Asher Azeem challenges 'Maalik' ban in Sindh High Court
Maalik, which had already been playing in cinemas, was declared "uncertified for the whole of Pakistan" by the ministry of information this week.

Previous bans on films have come from provincial censorship boards while the creators are totally clueless as why the federal government has imposed the ban.

In his petition, Asher Azeem has told the court that Maalik does not contain any material which is against the state or nation, although, facts have been brought to surface.

The plaintiff has requested the court to lift ban on the film.

Separately, a petition was filed in the Lahore High Court on Thursday, challenging the ban imposed by the federal government on the film.

The LHC has sought a written reply from the federal government and chairman censor board on May 17.

Earlier on Wednesday, The Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, and National Heritage banned the viewing of film in cinemas across the country, declaring it "uncertified" according to Section 9 of the Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979.

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Posted on April, 30 2016 11:16:39 AM

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Is film per se ban hathana chahiye government ko.

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Posted on May, 02 2016 11:51:06 AM

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