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Spotlight: Papua New Guinea | Censorship | Free Expression & the Law | Australia

Black screens & text cuts: On the silencing of "The Opposition"

Black screens & text cuts: On the silencing of

"The Opposition", a documentary about the forced displacement of a Papua New Guinea community, was set to have its world premiere in May. But six weeks before its first screening, the filmmakers were told that an injunction was being sought against a large portion of their footage. They would have to replace much of their tape with black screens and text cuts, in order to screen it. But a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia has changed that. Below, IFEX speaks with the filmmakers about how they managed to show the documentary regardless, and how audiences have responded so far.

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