A showing of a controversial anti-vaccination documentary featuring discredited physician Dr Andrew Wakefield that was set to take place in a Scottish village has been cancelled.
The original booking was made under the guise of a “health and well-being” event by a group who were looking to screen Vaxxed II: The People’s Truth – the second of two films relying on research from Wakefield. He was struck off the UK medical register in 2010 for offences relating to dishonesty and failing to act in the best interests of vulnerable child patients.
The event was planned for 29 February at the Dunlop Village Hall, near Kilmarnock, but the board who run the venue made their decision after finding out about the real reason for the booking.
Convenor Douglas Bell said the community company decided to look more closely at the original booking after receiving contact from concerned people across the UK.
He said: “We were not aware as a board of directors running the hall on behalf of the community as we do not go through every booking. We’ve tried to keep any personal feelings about Dr Andrew Wakefield or the anti-vaxx campaign out of our reasoning as we didn’t want to be seen to be censoring what’s going on in the hall.
“We had a board meeting on Tuesday night, which was scheduled anyway and this was brought up. Our reason for pulling the plug on it was because, not a threat, but implications in some of the content we had that there could possibly be a demonstration against the film.