Sri Lanka bans film it says insults gov't forces

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A government spokesman says Sri Lanka has banned a film about the island nation's ethnic conflict, saying it insults the government and its security forces.

Lakshman Hulugalla, the director general of the government's Media Centre for National Security, says the film "Flying Fish" was banned in Sri Lanka because the film's creators used images of the Sri Lankan military uniform without permission from the Ministry of Defense.

On Monday he told reporters that legal action will be taken against those involved in making the film. He calls it "an illegal film which insults the security forces and the government of Sri Lanka."

The film was directed by a Sri Lankan filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara and had its world premiere in 2011.

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