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Joyland’s censor certificate revoked, film banned in Pakistan

'Joyland' is Pakistan's entry for 95th Academy Awards

Joyland’s censor certificate has been revoked, after which the film is now banned in Pakistan!

‘Joyland’ is Pakistan’s entry for the 95th Academy Awards!


Saim Sadiq’s Joyland, which is Pakistan’s submission for best international feature at the Oscars 2023, is facing a major setback just a week ahead of  its release in the country.

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has canceled Joyland’s exhibition license which was issued months ago.

JI Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan shared a copy of ministry’s notification via a tweet.

The notification states that “the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) Islamabad granted the censor certificate on August 17 this year. However, after receiving complaints that the film contains highly objectionable material which do not conform with the social values and moral standards of our society and is clearly repugnant to the norms of ’decency and morality; as laid down in Section 9 of the Motion Picture Ordinance, 1979, the federal government has declared Joyland uncertified.”

Earlier this year Joyland won Cannes ‘Queer Palm’ award

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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