Morocco has banned cinemas from showing the biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings” just one day before the Hollywood blockbuster was due to be screened, media reports said Thursday.
It was unclear why officials decided to ban the movie which had been given the green light by the state-run Moroccan Cinema Centre (CCM), which implements all rules concerning the industry.
Theatre managers said they received “verbal” instructions from the CCM not to begin screening the movie as planned on Wednesday, according to news website media24.
Others said CCM officials had informed them of the ban in person.
Hassan Belkady, who runs Cinema Rif in Casablanca, told media24 that he had been threatened with the closure of the business if he refused to implement the ban.
“They phoned and threatened they would shut down the theatre if I did not take the film off the schedule,” said Belkady.
The managers of the Renaissance cinema in Rabat said they were told the ban was nationwide, reported TelQuel magazine.
CCM chief Sarim Fassi-Fihri declined to comment on the decision.
Ridley Scott’s historical blockbuster stars Christian Bale as Moses and retells his exodus from Egypt.
Moses is an important figure revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.
Muslims consider Moses a prophet and Islam opposes the depiction of its prophets.
Republican drops out of congressional race after he’s arrested for domestic violence
Connecticut Republican candidate for the Second Congressional District, Thomas Gilmer, has officially dropped out of the race after he was arrested Monday, reported The Day.
Gilmer, who is now out on $5,000 bond, was charged with first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree strangulation of his former girlfriend.
“Now I find myself in a position where I must put my family and our shared Republican values before my own interests," Gilmer wrote. “I cannot in good conscience move forward in this campaign while I am simultaneously forced to clear my name. And clear my name I will.”
GOP senators are ‘getting the heat’ after McConnell punts on COVID relief package: report
President Donald Trump circumvented Congress by signing executive orders that offered a limited extension of enhanced unemployment benefits -- but that may not be enough for some vulnerable incumbent Republicans who are in tough re-election battles.
NBC News reports that "Republican Senate incumbents are getting the heat" after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) decided to punt on negotiating with House Democrats over an economic relief package for Americans who have lost their jobs or are facing evictions during a pandemic that has killed more than 163,000 Americans.
Medical experts denounce ‘irresponsible’ rush to COVID-19 vaccine by Russia
"The collateral damage from release of any vaccine that was less than safe and effective would exacerbate our current problems insurmountably."
International medical experts expressed concern Tuesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his country registered a vaccine for Covid-19—a pronouncement that came before the drug has completed robust clinical trials.
"A vaccine against coronavirus has been registered for the first time in the world this morning," Putin said on state TV.