Magnotta doc removed from film festival, cable broadcast over publication ban

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The Montreal World Film Festival has cancelled its upcoming screenings of a documentary about suspected murderer Luka Magnotta, as the film potentially violates a publication ban imposed by the judge in the case.

The film was to have been shown tomorrow and Sunday, and was also scheduled to be broadcast by Bell Media—the parent company of CJAD 800—next week.

The French-language Canal D announced yesterday the cable channel would not broadcast the documentary. Earlier today, Discovery Channel communications officer Jodi Cook told CJAD News the channel would also not be broadcasting Luka Magnotta: Sex, Fame and Murder.

Spokesman for the crown prosecutor René Verret says the film itself may not violate the publication ban.

"I cannot conclude this film would violate the publication ban, but we didn't take any chances," he said.

"The trial of Mr. Magnotta will begin very soon, so we didn't want this film to be produce, so we of course asked these [groups] not to put it on screen."

Magnotta's court case is to resume with jury selection September 8.

Magnotta is charged with the murder and dismemberment of a Concordia University student Jun Lin in May 2012.

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