21 October, 2020

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Indian Film-Makers Condemn Denial Of Indian Visa To No Fire Zone Director

A group of film-makers and film collectives have strongly condemned the Indian Government for refusing British Filmmaker Callum Macrae, director of the No Fire Zone a visa into that country.

Callum Macrae

Indian film-makers K.P.Sasi and Satya Sivaraman and Pedestrian Pictures and the VIBGYOR Film Collective said the refusal of an Indian visa to Macrae had prevented the director from attending the premiereof his own documentary No Fire Zone in New Delhi and Mumbai.

“The denial of visa is clearly part of the Indian government’s appeasement of the Sri Lankan regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa, which has been accused of war crimes during the last phases of the civil war in 2009, which resulted in the deaths of over 70,000 civilian,” a statement from the film makers said.

The statement said Macrae’s  globally acclaimed documentary presents hard evidence of these crimes that include rape of Tamil women, torture and murder of journalists and human rights activists. Mr Macrae’s team was nominated for the Noble Prize in recognition of its contribution to human rights.

“In the last few years the Indian External Affairs Ministry has similarly prevented several other filmakers, artists, intellectuals and activists from traveling to India for seminars, exhibitions or public events. By blocking the free flow of ideas, information and artistic works across national borders the government is impinging upon the democratic rights of Indian citizens also,” the statement said.

“We appeal to all freedom loving citizens, groups and organisations to challenge this violation of freedom of expression, a right which is enshrined in the Constitution of India for the protection of Indian democracy,” the statement said.

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    “The denial of visa is clearly part of the Indian government’s appeasement of the Sri Lankan regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa,”

    Does Callum Macrae’s planned itinerary include a visit to Kashmir and other hot spots in North India with his crew zooming its camera filming real time encounters?

    India should be worried.

    Manisekaran,

    Where are you?

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      The so-called democratic states have many skeletons in their cupboards. They don’t want anybody near the cupboards!

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      Most recently Macrae and Sri Lankan diplomat Bandula Jayasekara had a public spat on twitter about the film makers possible attendance at the CHOGM where Mr.Jayasekara pronounced that he will not allow him to come to Sri Lanka .

      Today, Sri Lanka has approved on arrival visa to controversial UK Channel 4 Director, Callum Macrae, despite the fact that he has not been granted a visa to enter India to join a delegation led by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, who will be in New Delhi on 14 November.

      Macrae, who earned the ire of Sri Lankan authorities for his documentary, No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, was expecting to fly to Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), after his visit to India.

      The biggest question, what I cannot understand is why India denies visa to him while Sri Lanka grants it?

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      Yes, India is worried.

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    Callem Macre is another big white liar , time has passed long time ago ,Asian people believe everything white people says correct

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