SC clears way of screening Rana Plaza movie

New Age Online

rana_plazaThe Appellate Division on Sunday stayed the high court ban on screening of Rana Plaza, a movie on April 24, 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in which killed 1,129 people, mostly female apparel workers and left 2,000 others maimed.
A four member bench led by chief justice SK Sinha passed the order hearing an appeal filed by the movies’ producer Shamima Akhter.
After the stay, attorney general Mahbubey Alam said no there is no bar to release the movie in theatres.
On August 24, a bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam banned screening of the movie for six months and also banned posting of the any part of the movie, which was scheduled to be released in September in Bangladesh, on internet or any social media.
The court had passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Garment Workers Employee’s League’s president Sirazul Islam Rony challenging the legality of the production. He felt the movie would tarnish the country’s image abroad because of its portrayal of the apparel industry. The petitioner also felt the movie would fuel commotion among garment workers that might lead to deterioration of law and order.
The petitioner’s counsel Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh had said the movies was scheduled to be screened at a time when Bangladesh was deprived from generalised systems of preferences in the US and the content of the movie might make it lengthier.

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