Eye-Opening Documentary Produced by WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Unveils Censorship and Collusion Between the Press and Government Authorities
San Francisco, Calif. - Feb. 28, 2014 - Link TV, the national satellite television network and global content provider, today announced the U.S. television and online premiere of MEDIASTAN, a riveting documentary about the 2010 U.S. diplomatic cable leaks. The film premieres on Link TV (via DirecTV 375 and DISH 9410) on Tuesday, March 4 at 11 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT. Viewers can also watch the film online at linktv.org/mediastan.
Directed by Johannes Wahlström and produced by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, MEDIASTAN follows an undercover team of journalists as they drive across the central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and into U.S.-occupied Afghanistan, interviewing editors to find local media outlets to publish secret U.S. diplomatic cables.
Unearthing an international trail of censorship and powerful media collusion, the eye-opening documentary stuns with candid footage of New York Times editor Bill Keller boasting about the paper's daily phone conversations with the U.S. government, his decision to conceal the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance program and wisecracking with publisher Arthur Sulzberger about Pres. Obama and WikiLeaks. The film also uncovers awkward admissions by Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, stating his paper censored U.S. cables about government officials and western oil companies.
A journey from Afghanistan to Manhattan, MEDIASTAN depicts the boundaries of freedom of speech, and boldly ventures into the minds of those who shape our understanding of the world.
Link TV is also launching a new site with the latest news, videos and memes about WikiLeaks, media censorship, government surveillance and more. To dive deeper, visit www.linktv.org/bigbrother. Viewers may also tweet and post about the issues using the hashtag - #realwikileaks.
MEDIASTAN was directed by Johannes Wahlström and produced by Julian Assange with Rebecca O'Brien and Lauren Dark at Sixteen Films. Support for the broadcast and news site of the film is provided by The Bertha Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Additional Airdates (all times are ET)
Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 6 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 at 8 a.m.
Wednesday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 at 9 p.m.
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