WikiLeaks’ Mediastan: The True Fifth Estate

Published on Dissident Voice, by Nozomi Hayase, October 31, 2013.

Mediastan is a documentary film that follows the journey of a small group of WikiLeaks’ associates in their quest for media outlets to publish secret US diplomatic cables. These young journalists travel through Central Asia and interview editors of local media organizations with the goal of offering cables relevant to their country. In their Press Release, WikiLeaks calls the 94 minute raw film “Operation Cablerun…the world’s first truly global media event”. Julian Assange describes the Central Asia region as “the most fascinating geopolitical region in the world… ; on the top, Russia, on the bottom, China; in the middle, a fight for US influence”. As Assange indicates, the really interesting aspect of the movie is how “what started out as a geopolitical road movie transformed into a tale of comparative censorship” … //

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(Nozomi Hayase is a contributing writer to Culture Unplugged and a global citizen blogger at Journaling Between Worlds. She brings out deeper dimensions of socio-cultural events at the intersection between politics and psyche with fiction and reality to share insight on future social evolution. She can be reached here. Read other articles by Nozomi).


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Americans have been lied to: Edward Snowden saw things he thought we, as Americans, should know. He valued the truth and thought you could handle it, on New Statesman, by Alec Baldwin, Oct 31, 2013;

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(The) Saudi suicide, on, by Thierry Meyssan, Oct 28, 2013;

Saudi Arabia: Lies and confusion, on, by Wassim Raad, Oct 28, 2013.

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