The government of North Korea wants the Nigerian movie regulatory agencies to ban the American movie “The Interview” from the Nigerian market.
North Korea has cautioned Nigeria over the illegal distribution of a provocative film. The North Korean Mission made the formal complaint to the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) over the American movie title “The Interview”.
North Korea claimed that the movie is not only provocative but also targeted at inciting the assassination of the North Korean Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un.
The movie in question (The Interview), which was directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, had generated controversy across the world for depicting the assassination of the North Korean leader.
The North Korean Ambassador in Nigeria, Jong Choi, called on the National Film and Video Censors Board to label the movie illegal and curb its distribution in Nigeria.
In reaction, Mrs. Bala Patricia, the Director General of the National Film and Video Censors Board said that the board had carried out diligent investigation on the matter. She claimed that the movie has never been considered for distribution in Nigeria and that its illegal sale was carried out within underground markets.
The rules and regulations guiding distribution and exhibition of movies in Nigeria frown at any content capable of causing a breach of public order or subjecting any individual or nation to ridicule.
The agency has already swung into action against the illegal distribution of the said movie.
The monitoring and enforcement operatives of the board are under clear directives to track and bring those involved to face the full weight of the law.
Mrs. Bala Patricia also called for partnership between the two countries to build capacity of Nigerian movie industry in the production of children-friendly animation.