Feb 22, Colombo: India has banned the release of controversial film on Sri Lanka's war "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka "produced by Britain's Channel 4 Television.
India's Central Board of Film Certification has refused to grant a censor certificate for the documentary claiming that the film cannot be allowed to show in theaters because most of the visuals are of a "disturbing nature and not fit for public exhibition".
In response to the refusal, the director of the film, Callum Macrae has decided to post the documentary on line for in India and Malaysia from Sunday media reports said.
In a telephone interview with Wall Street Journal Macrae has said that India doesn't want the film to be seen for political expediency.
"India is denying access to evidence of war crimes, and participating in a process to prevent the truth from getting out," he charged.
"It is India's moral duty to allow the truth to come out," said Macrae.
Indian authorities last November denied Macrae visa to visit India to screen his documentary in New Delhi. However, Sri Lanka allowed him to visit the island to cover the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Colombo from November 15-17.
Last year Nepal banned the screening of the controversial documentary at the Film South Asia (FSA) festival and Malaysia has also banned showing the film in that country.
Macrae's 93-minute documentary reportedly contains eyewitness accounts and personal testimonies from U.N. workers and Sri Lankan civilians who were in the war zone during the final phase of Sri Lanka's protracted civil war with the Tamil Tiger terrorists.
Sri Lanka has strongly rejected Macrae's documentary on alleged humanitarian law violations saying that the film contained no facts but "concocted lies, half-truths and speculations" put together to embarrass the country.