The Malaysian Home Ministry has detained several persons, including a woman who is said to have been a human rights activist with a local NGO for screening the controversial video documentary, No Fire Zone a spurious production targeting Sri Lanka directed by Callum Macrae working for Channel 4 UK.
Lena Hendry of Pusat Koman, the human rights NGO, was charged under Malaysia’s Film Censorship Act, 2002 at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court, for allegedly screening the video, which was not approved by the Censor Board Malaysia.
Malaysian newspapers reported, if found guilty, Lena Hendry can be fined no less than 30 000 Malaysian Ringgit, which will will be circa (SL Rs 1,260,000 ). She can also be imprisoned for three years.
Free Malaysia Today stated that three organizers responsible for screening the film at Kuala Lumpur and and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall were detained by Malaysia’s Home Ministry, Immigration and police.
A former senator in the Malaysian Parliament S Ramakrishnan is said to have revealed to Malaysian media that the screening of the documentary had been planned by Lawyers for Liberty (LFL), an organization in Malaysia.
Earlier this month, when joint organisers Komas, Suaram and the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Civil Right Committee (KLSCH CRC) screened the movie, the Home Ministry officials arrived and stopped its screening, the paper reported. This time, around 30 Home Ministry officials arrived at the scene while the video was in play.