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Dec 20, 2014 11:50 AM

Roundup: Sony CEO defends 'The Interview' cancellation


President Obama has called SONY Entertainment's cancellation of the film "The Interview" a mistake in an interview with CNN.

The president told CNN "We cannot have a society in which some dictators someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States because if somebody is able to intimidate us out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing once they see a documentary that they don't like or news reports that they don't like. That's not who we are. That's not what America is about."

SONY CEO Michael Lynton defended the decision to cancel the movie in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria by stating in regards to the decision that the president, the press and the public are mistaken.

In an article published on nbcnews.com, Lynton revealed that some of the nations biggest theatre chains, including Regal, Cinemark, Carmike, and Cineplex have refused to show the movie after alleged threats of violence from hackers who have already successfully carried out cyberattacks against SONY.

"The president, the press and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened. We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters," Lynton stated on nbcnews.com.


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