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China independent film festival shut by authorities

Published on Aug 23, 2014 3:25 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese independent film festival was closed by authorities on its opening day, organisers said Saturday, the latest sign that free expression is being increasingly targeted in the tightly-controlled country.

Police prevented film industry workers and the audience from attending the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival, organiser Wang Shu told AFP.

"We were forced to close, and it was really bad," said Mr Wang, from the Li Xianting Film Fund, who were behind the event. "It's so sad being born in a country like this."

The festival has regularly been targeted by authorities, who disrupted its opening day last year before organisers continued the event in defiance.

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