Friday, September 24, 2004

Farenheit 9/11 survives censors in El Salvador

This afternoon, La Prensa Gráfica posted a note at 3:30 pm on its website, announcing that "Farenheit 9/11" would, in fact, be permitted to be shown here in El Salvador.

The paper notes that one Carlos Urrutia, of the Dirección de Espectáculos Públicos, Radio y Televisión, was called into to review the film and make sure it was palatable for Salvadoran eyes. LPG said that, according to various people they consulted, this kind of review is very "exceptional" and, according to the law, is designed to protect the mental health of Salvadorans.

Elmer Menjívar, a film critic for LPG said that "in recent years, obvious censorship has been for sexual or religious issues"--never for political ones.

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