Directors protest censorship law

30 filmmakers participate in demonstration

Thai filmmakers and artists held banners and staged a quiet protest in front of Parliament House on Wednesday morning, calling for changes in a proposed film law that could give pols the power to ban a film.

Some 30 filmmakers participated in the demonstration. Thailand’s top helmers, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wisit Sasanatieng and Pen-ek Ratanaruang, took turns holding banners that read “No Freedom. No Democracy. No Peace” as news photogs and cameramen hovered around them.

They were joined by a number of independent filmmakers, crew, artists, critics and staff from the Thai Film Foundation.

“We disagree with the right of the state to ban films,” said Weerasethakul. “There already are other laws that cover potential wrongdoings by filmmakers.”

The National Legislative Assembly is due to vote on the matter in mid-December.

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