Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pakistan and Egypt jump on the censorship bandwagon along with North Korea

Pakistan and Egypt jump on the censorship bandwagon along with North Korea

On the heels of North Korea’s fury about “The Interview,” other countries are now attempting to influence American film and television productions. On Dec. 27, 2014, Pakistani diplomats told the New York Post that the fourth season of Showtime’s hit show “Homeland” portrays their country as a “grimy hellhole.” Disgruntled officials complained directly to the show’s producers, to no avail. Now they’ve decided to go to the press. “Maligning a country that has been a close partner and ally of the US … is a disservice not only to the security interests of the US but also to the people of the US,” said Pakistan Embassy spokesman Nadeem Hotiana.

The diplomats were displeased with the lack of greenery in the depiction of the nation’s capital. The show’s Islamabad-based scenes were actually filmed in Cape Town, South Africa. Pakistani officials were also appalled at the portrayal of their homeland as a perpetual war zone, with constant shootouts and bombings. Pakistani diplomats were also peeved with the way their language was being used, featuring uncommon accents. Their biggest complaint by far was the representation of Pakistan as a terrorist-friendly nation by insinuating that the country’s intelligence agency is complicit in protecting the terrorists at the expense of innocent Pakistani civilians.