Kyrgyzstan, Chechnya ban anti-Muslim films
Kyrgyzstan and Chechnya have banned films that portray Muslims and Islam negatively.
On Friday, a court in Kyrgyzstan banned a film about gay Muslims that details gay rights in the Islamic world. The film had been submitted to the One World International Documentary Film Festival under way in the Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek.
The Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security said the movie "presents Islam in bad form using people who have nothing to do with religion in general as examples."
A Bishkek court last week ruled "Innocence of Muslims" to be extremist and banned its screening. A Chechen court banned the same film Thursday, ruling it to be extremist and capable of inflaming ethnic hatred. Murat Tagiyev, minister of national policy, press and information, said the film could cause "destabilization" of the region.
The North Caucasus and Ukraine both reported protests against the film Thursday. Access to YouTube was limited on Thursday.
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