The Justice annulled the prohibition under 18 years of controversial documentary “Salafists”, wanted by the Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin, a qualified decision “victory” by the co-author of the film, François Margolin.
“the decision of 27 January 2016 in which the Minister of Culture and Communication (Fleur Pellerin at the time, Ed) has issued an operating visa documentary film + + Salafis canceled”, in as “this operating visa is accompanied by a ban on children under 18,” the Paris administrative court in a ruling Tuesday.
the ban those under 18 years of movie was suspended in February by the administrative court, pending the judgment on the substance.
the department has “taken note” of the decision. But he “recalled that the film classification board issued twice with a strong majority in favor of a notice under 18, due to the absence of comments and the extreme violence of the images.”
Filmed in Mali, Iraq, Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritania, “Salafists”, which aims to show the jihadists “as” according to its authors call on leaders of Al Qaeda the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Salafi religious authorities.
the documentary is interspersed images of jihadist propaganda and videos, without voice or comments, and shows very crudely application of Sharia law in everyday life.
at its release late January, only four rooms had screened the film against the 25 planned before the ban to minors.
“It is clear from the evidence including viewing the film + Salafis + that he has (…) + remarks and extremely violent and intolerant image capable of upsetting the public, ‘ “said the court.
” However, such scenes by their scope and how they are added in the documentary, participating in the reporting of abuses against the population, “he added.
for the court, the film” allows the public, by virtue of its overall design and realism of certain scenes, to reflect and to take the necessary perspective to violence pictures or words that could be presented. “
Consequently, “contrary to what the Minister of Culture and Communication, said documentary can not be regarded as conveying a propaganda inciting religious fundamentalism or even indirectly adolescents identify with movements advocating terrorist action, “he said again.
For the court, the Minister, by banning the film to minors has “tainted his decision with illegality”.
Co-director of the film with the Mauritanian journalist Lemine Ould Salem, the French François Margolin welcomed the decision as a “huge victory for the authors of this film together for the freedoms of expression, creation and information”.
“it comes sanction a totally unjust decision taken in the context of the state of emergency, “adds his company Margo Cinema, producer of” Salafists “, in a statement.
” We hope it will help the film + + Salafis to find the place that is hers and that he should always have:. that an essential film that has generated more than a hundred screenings and discussions around the world, “he said
“the judgment clearly says that the film is in no way likely to cause teenagers (ie between 12 and 18) to jihad and thought + + Salafist. This is a real slap in the government decision at the time, “said François Margolin
07/13/2016 10:10:36 p.m.. – Paris (AFP) – AFP © 2016