Sony say that they have no further plans to release the film "The Interview" about a plot to kill North Korea's leader, including as video on-demand. The company's UK arm has commented that there are currently no plans to show the film in the UK.
In this really a limitation on the freedom of expression? Have Sony set a dangerous precedent by giving in to the hackers ? Given the considerable expense of such a film and the consequences of withdrawing it on its financial backers, perhaps it is also a tactical move by Sony, who may intend to release the film at a later date, taking whatever protective measures they can.
Hollywood stars have reacted with dismay after Sony cancelled the release of The Interview, a comedy film about a plot to kill North Korea's leader. Ben Stiller called the move "a threat to freedom of expression", while Rob Lowe called it a "victory" for hackers who launched a cyber attack on Sony. Hackers issued a warning to cinema-goers who planned to watch the movie. President Obama recommended that "people go to the movies", but stressed that the hack was "very serious". Speaking to US television network ABC, he added: "We'll be vigilant - if we see something that we think is serious and credible, then we'll alert the public."