Punjab Government Bans The Film “Joyland”

Punjab Governement has banned the Cannes winner film “Joyland” just hours after the Federal Government cleared it for release.

Less than 24 hours after the federal government decided to lift the ban, the Punjab government has decided to forbid the screening of Saim Siddiq’s “Joyland,” according to local media.

According to the letter delivered to Sarmad Sultan Khoosat by the Punjab Information and Culture Department on November 17, the “Joyland” team is not permitted to screen their movie within the boundaries of Punjab province until further notice by the Punjabi government.

The government is entitled to request the documentation of any proceedings relating to any film that may be pending before or have been decided by the board at any time, in accordance with the notice and the legislation. Conduct the required inquiry into the situation and issue the necessary orders in regard to it without notifying the party that requested certification of the film or to whom a certificate in respect of the film has been issued to the distributor or exhibitor of the picture.

The government may order that a movie or group of movies for which a certificate has been issued under the Motion Pictures Ordinance or the Censorship of Films Act, 1963, (XVIII of 1963), be regarded as uncertified movies, according to the second section.


Written by Shaheer Ahmed


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