[act-ma] [6/16] Pilger Film, "The War You Don't See', Banned By Lannan Foundation - showing 6/16 in Cambridge, MA
pfsoto at mynas.com
Mon Jun 13 12:49:00 PDT 2011
reminder: showing this Thursday, 6/16, at UPandOUT film screenings
<http://rule19.org/videos/>, 243 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
*/'The War You Don't See' /*
*Pilger Film Banned By Lannan Foundation
*By John Pilger*
/*/June 10 2011 "/**/Information Clearing House/*
<http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/>*/" /*/-- An open letter to
Noam Chomsky and the general public./
I am writing to you and a number of other friends mostly in the US to
alert you to the extraordinary banning of my film on war and media, 'The
War You Don't See', and the abrupt cancellation of a major event at the
Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe in which David Barsamian and I were to
discuss free speech, US foreign policy and censorship in the media.
Lannan invited me and David over a year ago and welcomed my proposal
that they also host the US premiere of 'The War You Don't See', in which
US and British broadcasters describe the often hidden part played by the
media in the promotion of war, notably in Iraq and Afghanistan. The film
has been widely acclaimed in the UK and Australia; the trailer and
reviews are on my website www.johnpilger.com <http://www.johnpilger.com>
The banning and cancellation, which have shocked David and me, are on
the personal orders of Patrick Lannan, whose wealth funds the Lannan
Foundation as a liberal centre of discussion of politics and the arts.
Some of you will have been there and will know the Lannan Foundation as
a valuable supporter of liberal causes. Indeed, I was invited in 2002 to
present a Lannan award to the broadcaster Amy Goodman.
What is deeply disturbing about the ban is that it happened so suddenly
and inexplicably: 48 hours before David Barsamian and I were both due to
depart for Santa Fe I received a brief email with a 'sorry for the
inconvenience' from a Lannan official who had been telling me just a few
days earlier what a 'great honour' it was to have the US premiere of my
film at Lannan, with myself in attendance.
I urge you to visit the Lannan website www.lannan.org
<http://www.lannan.org> Good people like Michael Ratner, Jeremy Scahill
and Glenn Greenwald are shown as participants in discussion about
freedom of speech. I am there, too, but my name is the only one with a
line through it and the word, 'Cancelled'.
Neither David Barsamian nor I have been given a word of explanation. All
my messages to Lannan have gone unanswered; my calls calls are not
returned; my flights were cancelled summarily. At the urging of the New
Mexican newspaper, Patrick Lannan has issued a one-sentence statement
offering his regrets to the Lannan-supporting 'community' in Santa Fe.
Again, he gives no reason for the ban. I have spoken to the manager of
the Santa Fe cinema where 'The War You Don't See' was to be screened. He
received a late-night call. Again, no reason for the ban was
forthcoming, giving him barely time to cancel advertising in The New
Mexican, which was forced to drop a major feature.
There is a compelling symbol of our extraordinary times in all of this.
A rich and powerful individual and organisation, espousing freedom of
speech, has moved ruthlessly and unaccountably to crush it.
With warm regards
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