Cinema chain drops film on South Korean warship sinking
SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean cinema chain under pressure from conservatives on Saturday withdrew a controversial documentary film challenging government findings that a warship sunk in 2010 was torpedoed by the North.
It was the first time in South Korea that the screening of a film has been cancelled under political pressure, Yonhap news agency said.
Megabox, a leading chain of multiplex cinemas, said it had decided to stop screening Project Cheonan, a 75-minute documentary exploring possible causes of the sinking that run counter to the government conclusion that the corvette was torpedoed by North Korea.
Pyongyang flatly denied responsibility for the sinking which claimed the lives of 46 sailors. But South Korea responded by cutting off almost all ties with Pyongyang.