SC bars displaying foreign films during festivals
09:36 PM, May 30, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:44 PM, May 30, 2018

SC bars displaying foreign films during festivals

The Supreme Court today ruled that the foreign films cannot be imported, distributed and displayed at the country’s cinema halls during the Eid-ul-fitr, Eid-ul-Azha, puja and Pahela Baishakh.

The apex court, however, said that joint-venture production films can be displayed in the cinema hall during these festivals.

A three-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hissain, passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Iftekhar Uddin Nowshad, president of Bangladesh Film Exhibitors Association, against a High Court order.

Nowshad’s lawyer Advocate AM Aminuddin told The Daily Star that the foreign films can be exhibited at the country’s cinema halls other times than Eid-ul-fitr, Eid-ul-Azha, puja and Pahela Baishakh occasions.

Following a writ petition, the HC has earlier prohibited import, distribution and display of foreign and joint production films in Bangladesh, he said.

Nowshad recently filed a petition with the SC challenging the HC order.   

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