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House to summon censor board over movie ban

  /   Fri, December 4 2009   /  11:37 am

JAKARTA: Prolonging the debate over the Film Censor Institute's (LSF) ban on Balibo - the Australian film about the killings of five Western journalists in then East Timor in 1975 - the House of Representatives Commission X on arts and cultural affairs is planning to summon Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik and LSF officials for questioning. Eko Hendro Purnomo, a member of the commission from the National Mandate Party (PAN), said the government had overreacted with its decision to ban the movie. "It's paranoia. There has never been a movie in the history of the world that led to the disintegration of a nation," Eko, a former comedian, said at his office in Jakarta on Thursday. On Wednesday, Kemal Stamboel, chairman of House Commission I on defense and foreign affairs, praised the LSF's ban, saying it had "its own standard to review a movie that bothers our people". ...