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CAIRO---Egypt on Sunday said it banned
Ridley Scott s biblical epic Exodus: Gods &
Kings because the Hollywood blockbuster
distorts Egypt s history and presents a
"racist" image of Jews.
The Culture Ministry explained its decision
for the first time in a statement issued a few
days after the ban was announced. It said the
film put forth a reading of Egypt s history that
is at odds with the story of Moses told by the
world s monotheistic religions. Egypt is a con-
servative country with a Muslim majority and
a sizeable Christian minority.
Censors objected to the "intentional gross
historical fallacies that offend Egypt and its
pharaonic ancient history in yet another
attempt to Judaize Egyptian civilization, which
confirms the international Zionist fingerprints
all over the film," the statement said.
The ministry said the movie inaccurately
depicts ancient Egyptians as "savages" who
kill and hang Jews, arguing that hanging did
not exist in ancient Egypt. It said the film also
presents a "racist" depiction of Jews as a people
who mounted an armed rebellion. The ministry
said religious scriptures present Jews as weak
The statement also objected to the depiction
of God as a child, which also drew criticism
in the West.
The ministry said it had convened two com-
mittees---one of censors and one of archae-
ologists---to review the film. The committee
of archeologists agreed with the decision to
ban the film because it showed "a false and
wrong mental image of Egypt s history," the
Artistic works dealing with religion are often
banned in the Muslim world because religious
scholars argue that the depiction of prophets
is unacceptable. Such works are also often at
odds with the Islamic portrayal of biblical
prophets, which itself often diverges from their
portrayal in Judaism and Christianity. Accord-
ing to Islam, for example, Jesus was not cru-
cified, and the prophet Abraham was ordered
to sacrifice Ishmael, not Isaac.
Noah, another Hollywood biblical epic, was
banned in Egypt and much of the Muslim
world due to its depiction of prophets and
fears it would offend viewers. Perceived insults
to Islam have in the past sparked protests and
Muslim countries have also censored movies
over graphic sex scenes and portrayals of
Biblical epic Exodus banned in Egypt
SEOUL---North Korea blamed its recent Internet
outage on the United States on Saturday and hurled
racially charged insults at President Barack Obama
over the hacking row involving the movie The Inter-
North Korea s powerful National Defence Com-
mission, which is headed by country leader Kim Jong
Un and is the nation s top governing body, said Obama
was behind the release of the comedy that depicts
Kim s assassination. The commission described the
movie as illegal, dishonest and reactionary.
"Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds
like a monkey in a tropical forest," an unidentified
spokesman at the commission s Policy Department
said in a statement carried by the country s official
Korean Central News Agency.
The White House s National Security Council
declined to comment Saturday.
North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling
cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury
over the comedy. Sony Pictures initially called off the
release of the film, citing threats of terror attacks
against US movie theatres. Obama criticised Sony s
decision, and the movie opened this past week.
It wasn t the first time North Korea has used crude
insults against Obama and other top US and South
Korean officials. Earlier this year, North Korea called
US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a
"hideous" lantern jaw and South Korean President
Park Geun-hye a prostitute. In May, the North s
official news agency published a dispatch saying
Obama has the "shape of a monkey."
A State Department spokeswoman at the time
called the North Korean dispatch "offensive and
ridiculous and absurd."
In the latest incident, the North Korean defence
commission also blamed Washington for intermittent
outages of North Korean Web sites this past week.
The outages happened after Obama blamed the Sony
hack on North Korea and promised to respond "in
a place and time and manner that we choose."
The U.S. government has declined to say whether
it was behind the Internet shutdown in North Korea.
According to the North Korean commission s
spokesman, "the US, a big country, started disturbing
the Internet operation of major media of the DPRK,
not knowing shame like children playing tag." DPRK
refers to the North s official name, the Democratic
People s Republic of Korea.
The commission said the movie was the result of
a hostile US policy toward North Korea, and threatened
the US with unspecified consequences.
North Korea and the US remain technically in a
state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended
with an armistice, not a peace treaty. The rivals also
are locked in an international standoff over North
Korea s nuclear and missile programmes and its alleged
human rights abuses.
A United Nations commission accuses North Korea
of a wide array of crimes against humanity, including
murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment and
The US stations about 28,500 troops in South Korea
as deterrence against North Korean aggression. (AP)
North Korea uses racial slur
against Obama over hack
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