'My Scientology Movie' - Louis Theroux documentary may not get Irish release due to blasphemy laws - 2016-09-26

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F356.png 'My Scientology Movie' - Louis Theroux documentary may not get Irish release due to blasphemy laws September 26, 2016, Independent.ie Newsdesk, Irish Independent

Irish audiences hoping to see Louis Theroux's 'My Scientology Movie' could be set for disappointment, according to the owner of an Irish cinema group.

Graham Spurling, who owns independent cinema chain Spurling Group Cinemas has said on his Twitter that the movie will not get an Irish release, suggesting that this is due to Irish blasphemy laws.

Mr Spurling was hoping to run a live Q&A event in October, but Ireland's 2009 Defamation Act forbids "publication or utterance of blasphemous matter" against any religion, with a fine of €25,000 for those who breach it.

He said: "[I] regret that after much trying [that Louis Theroux's My Scientology Movie] will not get an Irish release. Our blasphemy law to blame?"

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{{cite news | author = Independent.ie Newsdesk | title = 'My Scientology Movie' - Louis Theroux documentary may not get Irish release due to blasphemy laws | url = http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/movie-news/my-scientology-movie-louis-theroux-documentary-may-not-get-irish-release-due-to-blasphemy-laws-35080096.html | work = Irish Independent | date = September 26, 2016 | accessdate = October 29, 2017 }}