The festival committee says it faced a firestorm of abuse after announcing Vaxxed would be included in the October event, and last night issued a statement because some members felt “personally and professionally threatened’’.
“This is unacceptable,’’ the statement read. “It is with the utmost regret therefore that CLIFF is compelled, for clear reasons of personal and public safety, to withdraw the screening from the CLIFF 2016 programme,” the statement said.
Vaxxed explores allegations of a cover-up by the US Centre for Disease Control and a link between the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine and autism.
The decision to include the film in the festival drew widespread criticism, including calls from Australia’s peak health association for it to be pulled from the program.
Public Health Association of Australia chief executive Michael Moore said the decision showed a lack of understanding of the impact the film could have on parents. Read more here.