On Sept 19, 2013, Human Rights Defender Lena Hendry was charged in the Malaysian courts in connection with the screening of a HR documentary at a human rights event. The offence is under the Film Censorship Act 2002 allegedly because the video was not submitted to and approved by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia. No to pre-censorship of films and videos
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Activist’s case to be heard on Nov 7
Posted on 21 October 2013 - 10:09pm Last updated on 22 October 2013 - 09:35am
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 21, 2013): The case of human rights activist, Lena Hendry (pix),
who was charged with screening a film that was not approved by the Film
Censorship Board is set for case management on Nov 7.
Magistrate Ashraf Rezal Abdul Manan set the date today after noting
the objection by Hendry's lawyer, Joshua Tay, on the delayed tendering
of documents to the accused.
Hendry, 28, a staff with the human rights group Pusat Komas, is
claiming trial to screening "No fire zone: The killing fields of Sri
Lanka" at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall at about
9pm on July 3.
The charge is under section 6(1)(b) Film Censorship Act 2002 and is
punishable under section 6(2)(a) of the same Act, which carries a
maximum fine of RM30,000 or a three-year jail sentence or both.
Meanwhile, the international US-based NGO Human Rights Watch has called for the charges to be dropped immediately.
"Malaysia's willingness to block the showing of 'No fire zone: The
killing fields of Sri Lanka" and prosecute Hendry makes it a disturbing
partner for Sri Lanka in whitewashing wartime atrocities," said deputy
Asia director Phil Robertson.
The film is an award-winning documentary about alleged war crimes by
the Sri Lankan government during the final months of the country's civil
war in 2009.
In its release on Sunday, Human Rights Watch noted that on Oct 24,
Malaysia's human rights record will be under scrutiny during its
Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council.