Lux Style Awards issues statement after several nominees boycott

Published: April 25, 2019
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In a recent development, after several nominees rejected their nominations or withdrew from the 18th Lux Style Awards to support the victims of sexual harassment, the film jury have finally issued an statement.

The statement stresses that the nominations of all the categories were based on merit, regardless of any ongoing case.

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“Neither the Lux Style Awards nor Unilever Pakistan has ever intruded into the independence of the Jury’s decision. The LSA’s Jury takes pride in this legacy of merit and authenticity, which have stood the test of time,” the statement reads.

“It is also important to emphasise that the decisions of the Film Jury
were based on an assessment of the merits of the cinematic work,” it stated. “We do not consider any other extraneous issues related to the personal characters or actions of people associated with that work.”

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“The Film Jury of the Lux Style Awards appreciates the sensitivity of the subject and recognises the intensity of public sentiment,” the statement further added. “Nevertheless, it is also important to respect that the case is being decided by Pakistan’s judicial system. We have complete faith in the law of the land and believe that justice will prevail.”

Here’s the official statement from the LSA 2019 film jury following many nominees withdrawing from this year’s awards.

Earlier, the likes of Eman Suleman, Meesha Shafi, Rubbab Ali, The Sketches, Generation, Saima Bargfrede and Fatima Nasir dropped their nominations from one of Pakistan’s biggest awards.

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