Sky Italia pulls 'Shooting Silvio'

Two scheduled screenings canceled

ROME -- In the wake of the controversy surrounding Sky Italia's screening of the indie film "Shooting Silvio," about a young man fascinated with the idea of murdering Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the broadcaster announced Thursday it will pull the final two scheduled screenings of the film.

Bernardo Carboni's "Silvio" first screened on one of the News Corp. broadcaster's film channels Monday evening, with a reprise screening Wednesday afternoon. The decision to screen the film sparked complaints from Berlusconi's allies.

Sky Italia said it stood by the decision to screen the film at first, but on Thursday it announced it would cancel the final two scheduled screenings, which had been set for Monday and 25, respectively.