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Banned in siam

We look at the hot issue of censorship and its inconsistencies

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Fah Tam Pan Din Soong, or Boundary, is the first film in Thailand to be banned, unbanned and then censored a bit. 

Last Tuesday, a censorship panel attached to the Ministry of Culture deemed the documentary, which involves a crackdown on the 2010 red-shirt rally and the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, a threat to national security and bilateral relations and, thus, banned it. Then, the next day, the film's director was contacted by the censors to inform him that the initial ban was a "technical mistake".

According to censor office director Pradit Posew, only the main committee can issue a ban and the first panel who banned the film was only the sub-committee of the National Film and Video Board and they acted beyond their power. The main committee had no problem with it so they lifted the ban but gave it an 18-plus rating. However, the director agreed to their request to mute two seconds of ambient soundtrack which they deemed to be problematic. The film is just another example of things that must endure scrutiny in Thailand and this won't be the last time something gets banned or censored here.

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