Thursday, April 27, 2017

role of investigative journalists by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

The role of investigative journalism is to challenge the way people see and make sense the world around them, which in turn can lead to much-needed reform.
When done well, it can play an important role in democracy by holding the powerful accountable and by giving a voice to those who may not have a voice.
The job of an investigative journalist often involves swimming against the tide of what is considered popular, by presenting fresh context to pressing issues.
Dramatic new facts, for instance, can shake a corrupt government to its foundations.  Revealing corporate misbehavior can lead to much-needed reforms. Exposing dangerous medicines can save lives.
In an era of great noise, independent media and investigative journalism are more important than ever. 
The media have not been shy in complaining about the economic and political problems they face but they have yet to fully grasp that the current threats provide a wonderful chance to reexamine what news organizations do, and to become better as a result. 
The same technology that is breaking the traditional business model of journalism presents a new set of opportunities.
If the fundamental job of investigative journalism is in finding patterns – patterns of wrongdoing, patterns of bad behavior, mistakes that have been repeated – then it is time for the media to take better advantage of the situation.
- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, USA, 5 April 2017.
For more click here.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

off to sell my film on democracy in France as Britain Brexits!

Off to MIPdoc film festival in Cannes, France to sell my film about democracy just as Britain triggers formal notice to leave the EU following the biggest popular vote in British history!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Friday, October 14, 2016

filming a case against the government's use of the Royal Prerogative

Filming the court case at the Royal Courts of Justice which is challenging the government's use of the Royal Prerogative to trigger Article 50 to leave the European Union. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Brexit- the triumph of democracy

This documentary should be re-titled "Brexit: the triumph of democracy." Instead it's called "Brexit: a very British coup?" The film-makers are raising the question - were people duped by career politicians in to voting Brexit? How elitist. But then the documentary only talks to political leaders. And oddly, no mention of opinion polls on why people voted and the variety of types of voters with their different reasons.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

journalist's harassment notice dropped

Journalist gets prevention of harassment notice issued by police dropped. After two years. The notice was issued after he asked a convicted criminal some questions by sending two emails and doorstepping once. For more click here.

Journalist Gareth Davies. Photograph: Rex

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stop Council spying on families!

Council spy on family for doing normal family stuff. Can't the Council use their money and time to pay for wall insulation instead? For more read here.

Photo: pininterest 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

a new documentary about the Greek democratic tragedy

#ThisIsACoup - a new four part documentary about how the European Union waged war on the democratically elected Greek government. But the question is: why did Greek's governing Syriza Party ignore the people and cave in to the EU's demands?

Tragedy (from the Greek: τραγῳδία, tragōidia[a]

Thursday, January 21, 2016

a documentary on the rise of a nihilistic branch of Islam and over-simplified western ideology

Made last year, the documentary Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis, is a very interesting watch. Click here to view.

Bitter Lake is a very artistically made documentary using archive footage. It's about the rise of Wahhabism, a branch of Sunni Islam. Saudi Arabia, who are supported by the West and the USA, funded Wahhabism schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Due to a variety of factors, these schools helped fuel the rise of nihilistic Islamic ideas and groups such as Al Quaeda and IS. 

The USA wanted to team up with Saudi Arabia to defeat Soviet Communists in Afghanistan but they didn't seem to foresee the rise of Wahhabism and its nihilistic offshoots. Instead Western leaders like Tony Blair were busy constructing over-simplified narratives of good vs evil to explain the problems in the Middle East, and missed developing a deeper, more precise understanding of political and religious developments.

Interestingly, at one point, Curtis says that British the West has a vacuum at the heart of it's ideology. It champions democracy without knowing why. The film doesn't link islamic nihilism with western nihilism though, or address the fact that alot of ISIS jihadis were born and bred in the West. Bitter Lake Part 2?

Photo: Tessa Mayes