Link TV Presents U.S. Television & Online Premiere of WikiLeaks Exposé 'MEDIASTAN' on March 4
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.
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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