KUALA LUMPUR: Community Communication Centre (Komas) programme coordinator and activist Lena Hendry was freed today by the Magistrate’s Court over a charge of screening an uncensored movie.
Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris ruled that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against Lena.
“Thus, the accused is acquitted and discharged,” he said.
She was charged on Sep 19, 2013, under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 for screening an uncensored film, “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”, at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Chamber of Commmerce Hall in Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur, at 9pm on July 3, 2013.
Speaking to reporters, Lena expressed her happiness over her acquittal.
“This has been a long journey of two-and-a-half years for me.”
“They (prosecution) should not have charged me in the first place for just screening a film,” she said.
She said prosecution of activists under laws such as the Sedition Act, Communications and Multimedia Act for their work on defending human rights should be stopped.
“Bringing us to court for our work on defending human rights makes us frustrated.
“Let us do our job the way we do it. Things like this should not happen to others,” Lena urged.
Last year, she failed to challenge the constitutionality of the Film Censorship Act.
The Federal Court ruled that a provision under the Act that made it an offence to screen movies before being approved by the censorship board, was constitutional.