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The Interview






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There are tensions between the USA and North Korea after a cyber-attack on the movie company Sony Pictures. Sony cancelled its movie 'The Interview' after a group called The Guardians of Peace threatened to attack cinemas. The movie is about two journalists who want to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The group said the attacks would be "9/11 style". The group also said it would put more confidential data about Sony online.

Sony cancelled the movie "in the interests of public safety". President Obama said dictators could not censor things in the USA. He said: "Imagine what they start doing once they see a documentary that they don't like or news reports that they don't like." A US senator said it was "an act of war" and "the greatest blow to free speech". A politician said: "America has lost its first cyber-war." A Hollywood actor tweeted: "The hackers won."

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