“Library and Archives Canada” er en institution i omegnen Rigsarkivet, Det Kongelige Bibliotek eller Den Sorte Diamant. Her skulle filmen Iranium have været vist. Men så protesterede iranerne via deres ambassade i Canada og fik forestillingen aflyst. Så protesterede canadierne – har vi ytringsfrihed eller hvad? Nu vil filmen så blive vist alligevel. Først den ene vej og så den anden vej. Her er et lille udvalg af pressedækningen:
Show diplomats the door
Here’s a thought on handling attempts at censorship from foreign governments: Kick them out
By Ezra Levant – January 23, 2011
The Iranian Embassy sent a formal request to Canada’s national Library and Archives last week demanding they cancel the screening of a movie that criticizes Iran’s nuclear program.
And the Library agreed.
It’s a Canadian government institution, owned by the federal government and funded by taxpayers.
And they actually took instructions from a foreign tyrant.
Canada imposes trade sanctions against Iran. We are among the most vocal critics of that country’s dictatorship. A Canadian delegation, led by Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon, even walked out of the United Nations last year rather than listen to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak.
It’s not only a principled stand. It’s personal, too. Remember that Iranian police raped and murdered a Canadian citizen, Zahra Kazemi, as political punishment.
Mere HER i Toronto Sun.
Cancelled screening thrusts film’s ‘important lessons’ into spotlight
By Anthony Furey - January 23, 2011
Hey Iran, you’re not going to be happy with me. I’ve just watched the film Iranium, the one your embassy requested Library and Archives Canada not screen last week.
The story of the screening’s withdrawal has been widely discussed after Ottawa organizer Fred Litwin was told it was cancelled due to protest threats and complaints from the Iranian embassy.
“This is a real innocuous movie,” Litwin states.
And he’s right.
It begins with a history of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, that saw Iran become a theocratic dictatorship encouraging schoolchildren to chant “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” while also seeing its leader insist that Islam “will conquer all the mountains of the world.”
Mere HER i Ottawa Sun.
Andre kilder: Free Thinking Film Festval, Iranium The Movie, Wikipedia,