Fearing bad press, Bermuda denies entry of TV crew

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Associated Press

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Bermuda has denied temporary work permits to a film crew working on a documentary about the unsolved slaying of a teenage Canadian tourist in 1996.

Citing "potential reputational risks," Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy said over the weekend that the Canadian production team was denied permits to work in Bermuda after careful consideration.

Montreal-based Cineflix plans a TV documentary about the high-profile case of Rebecca Middleton, a Belleville, Ontario girl who was raped and murdered on her 17th birthday while vacationing in Bermuda.

Two men were charged in the crime, but only one with murder. The charges were later dropped for lack of evidence.

Cineflix spokeswoman Vanessa Marra said in an email late Sunday that the planned documentary will proceed but all interviews will be conducted outside the British territory.

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