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The Directors Guild of America says it will provide free legal assistance to any director who becomes a target of “government intrusion” in connection with what some in Hollywood see as Washington’s witch hunt against violence in films. DGA President Jack Shea has beencomparing the current anti-violence campaign with anti-communist blacklisting in the 1950s. Meanwhile, FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky, whose agency is embarking on a presidentially ordered study of the entertainment industry’s violence-related marketing practices, says he does not expect the inquiry to result in any legal indictments of entertainment industry execs. Pitofsky says that the joint FTC-Justice Department project “will not be the modern embodiment of thought police.”

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