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CAIR-LA Wins Judgment Against Theater that Canceled Screening

(ANAHEIM, CA, 10/27/08) – The Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) announced today that it won a judgment against Starplex Cinemas, which cancelled a contract with the Muslim civil rights group after caving in to right-wing pressure three days before a scheduled screening of the documentary “USA vs. Al-Arian” in April of this year.

Right-wing groups demanded that the theater not screen the documentary, which highlights the injustices faced by former Florida professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian.

CAIR-LA took the theater to court after efforts to work out a resolution failed because of a lack of cooperation from the company. As a last resort, CAIR-LA brought its breach of contract case against Starplex Operating, L.P. to court.

SEE: Calif. Theater Cancels Al-Arian Doc After Pressure from ‘Anti-Muslim Bigots’

“This case was a classic example of how a few narrow-minded people can harm the right to freedom of speech that we all cherish,” said CAIR-LA staff attorney Ameena Qazi.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Munira Syeda, 714-776-1847, 714-851-4851; E-mail:


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