Chinese authorities shut down Beijing Independent Film Festival

August 24, 2014 5:52 PM

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Chinese authorities shut down Beijing Independent Film Festival

August 23, 2014: Chinese security guards stand on duty near a police car at a junction leading to the venue for the Beijing Independent Film Festival. Chinese authorities blocked the annual independent film festival from opening on Saturday, said organizers of an event that has become a rare and influential venue for the showing of films that could be critical of the government. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING – Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening Saturday, seizing documents and films from organizers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already tight ideological controls.

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