The show will go on. Canada's Heritage Minister James Moore has ordered a film about Iran to be screened after all, following its cancelation because of complaints and threats.
Canada's national library canceled Tuesday's planned screening of "Iranium," a documentary critical of Iran's nuclear program and leadership, after receiving what it called threatening phone calls, the Vancouver Sun reported.
Police in Ottawa got involved after a man dropped a plastic bag with two envelopes inside the library building and then ran off. Investigators found white powder in the envelopes, but it turned out to be harmless, the CBC said.
Library spokesperson Pauline Portelance said the decision to cancel the screening was made to protect the staff, the public and the archives themselves.
But Moore's office suggested the cancelation was tantamount to censorship. The minister ordered the library to reschedule the screening as soon as possible.
"The principle of free speech is one of the cornerstones of our democracy," a Moore spokesperson said in a statement.
Portelance said the Iranian embassy had sent a letter to the library over the weekend requesting that the film be canceled. The request was denied.
No future screening date has been set for Canada. "Iranium" will premiere in a number of U.S. cities on Feb. 8.
The film's website says "Iranium" details "the brutal nature of the Iranian regime to its own citizens, and the Iranian people's desire to rejoin the international community."
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