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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 13. September 24, 1947

Release of Film on Indonesia is Demanded

Release of Film on Indonesia is Demanded

Students will have read a review of the film "Indonesia Calling" in the last Issue of "Salient." They will remember that we called the film topical, an excellent example of the modern documentary, and a film well worth seeing. Those who saw the film in the preview arranged by the Socialist Club, alt agree that it is one which the people of New Zealand should see.

But the film has not yet been released. The Prime Minister has said that, in his opinion, the film may be contrary to the friendly relations existing between New Zealand and the Netherlands, and so is not to be released at present. The Wellington Waterside Workers' Union has protested against this unwarranted withholding of the film, and has received a reply from Mr. Fraser giving the excuse shown above.

Why then does the Prime Minister in effect ban the film on such shaky ground? Is he waiting to see which way the wind will blow in Indonesia; is he, as Labour Prime Minister, opposed to a film made by the Australian Labour Movement; or does he just not believe in freedom of expression on the New Zealand screen? Whatever reason has prompted him to withhold the film, his action is inexcusable.

"Salient" urges that the Prime Minister reconsider his decision in the interests of the free-expression of opinion. We note that the VUCSA Executive along with other progressive bodies has sent a letter of protest to Mr. Fraser urging him to release the film.

"Indonesia Calling" is timely and topical. It must be released.

Affection is a noble quality,
It leads to generosity and jollity.
But it also leads to breach of promise
If you go round lavishing it on red hot momise.