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Πέρσι είχαν χακάρει τη Sony και τις είχαν υποκλέψει χιλιάδες εταιρικά emails και έγγραφα. To Wikileaks τον Απρίλιο τα έκανε διαθέσιμα στο κοινό. Με βάση αυτά γράφτηκε το παρακάτω άρθρο από το Reuters.

To άρθρο αφορά τις ενέργειες που έκανε/κάνει η Sony προκειμένου οι ταινίες της να εγκριθούν για προβολή στην Κίνα. Η Sony ουσιαστικά αυτολογοκρίνεται προκειμένου να προλάβει ενδεχόμενη Κινέζικη απαγόρευση ή προσπαθεί να βρει τρόπους να κάνει ορισμένες ταινίες τις αρεστές στο συγκεκριμένο κοινό. Θα παραθέσω ενδεικτικά κάποια κομμάτια από το άρθρο, όχι απαραίτητα με τη σειρά που είναι γραμμένα.

In the case of “Pixels,” in which the aliens attack Earth in the form of popular video game characters, the Sony emails point to the creation of a single version for all audiences – a China-friendly one. The logic behind Sony’s thinking was explained by Steven O’Dell, president of Sony Pictures Releasing International, in a September 12, 2013 email about “RoboCop.”

“Changing the China elements to another country should be a relatively easy fix,” O’Dell wrote. “There is only downside to leaving the film as it is. Recommendation is to change all versions as if we only change the China version, we set ourselves up for the press to call us out for this when bloggers invariably compare the versions and realize we changed the China setting just to pacify that market.”

“Censorship really hassling us on Robocop…trying to cut out the best and most vital scene where they open up his suit and expose what is left of him as a person,” reads a January 28, 2014 email written by international executive Steven O’Dell. “Hope to get through it with only shortening up the scene a bit. Don’t think we can make a stand on it either way, too much money on the line, cross fingers we don’t have to cut the scene out.”

Αυτή η ταινία απαγορεύτηκε τελικά.

In a December 2013 email, Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures, had speculated that “Captain Phillips” was unlikely to be approved by China’s censors. In the film, the U.S. military rescues the ship’s captain. That plot element, Bruer noted, might make Chinese officials squirm.

“The reality of the situation is that China will probably never clear the film for censorship,” wrote Bruer. “Reasons being the big Military machine of the U.S. saving one U.S. citizen. China would never do the same and in no way would want to promote this idea. Also just the political tone of the film is something that they would not feel comfortable with.”

As China rises, its efforts to contain civil liberties at home are radiating outward. The removal of scenes from “Pixels” thought to be offensive to Beijing shows how global audiences are effectively being subjected to standards set by China, whose government rejects the kinds of freedoms that have allowed Hollywood to flourish.

Ωραίο άρθρο.

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