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Briefing : More questions than answers after Sony’s North Korean U-turn

30th December, 2014
Workers remove a poster for The Interview from a billboard in Hollywood last week: the film eventually got a limited release over Christmas Picture: Getty

Last week, Sony Pictures belatedly salvaged a sliver of dignity from one of the most bizarre stories of recent months.

The entertainment industry multinational finally gave the go-ahead for its controversial new movie, The Interview, to be shown in some US cinemas on Christmas Day and beyond, despite the threat of violence from a group of hackers whom US authorities said were affiliated with North Korea.

Breaking abruptly with normal precedent in the film industry,...

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