In recent times, I’ve seen myself featured more in Western media. This is important, as with key projects coming up – my film Aramis in English, a documentary on MH17, more from Donbass, I want to be reaching the western world as much as possible.
Of course, they’re not kind about me, (standard line – Daily Beast – ‘British blogger, Graham Philips, known for his strong pro-Kremlin agenda‘), nor would they, or could they, be kind about journalist who went against the pre-set western narrative.
But I believe my message will get over the walls erected, and reach the western world. Here’s why –
- In a world becoming ever more cynical of media – some 50% of Europeans do not trust mainstream media – people are getting better at reading through the lines. It’s fairly obvious if I’m being described as having a ‘strong pro-Kremlin agenda’, with no supporting material to back that up, it’s bogus.
- There’s a limit to what can be written about me by other journalists, and it comes down to my record – the first western journalist to cover all the breaking stories in Donbass in the last 2 years, countless times on the frontline, wounded while reporting. Where were they?
- I have a clean past. No criminal record, I’ve not done anything which could come out, and undermine my work. The worst that can be said, that I went to Ukraine as a ‘sex tourist‘ in 2010? Firstly, of course it’s completely untrue. Secondly, is that it? (As for the ‘FSB agent’ stuff, it only warrants a laugh).
- I have a clean present. No ties with any person, any organisations which could be used against me. The ‘worst’ which is said? That I’m a member of UKIP – at the last election in the UK, I entirely supported the party which represented a clear goal for the UK – exit from the EU. That now seems likely to happen, in the June ‘Brexit’ referendum.
As with everything, I was completely open about that, and make no secret of my political views in my own country, the UK – I don’t support our being in the EU. Outside of the UK, it’s not my country, I’m completely objective.
- I’m not going to do anything which could compromise the integrity of my work. Not get mixed up in anything, caught up in anything. I don’t give my name to, or get involved in projects, not interested in making money via commercial projects, adverts etc.
- I’m a hard worker, put my soul into everything I do, will give my full commitment to my work to make sure projects are realised, then do everything to promote them, so they reach their audience.
- You give me feedback, I listen to it, take it on board. I’m always looking to improve my work, use new technologies etc, take things to the next level.
- I do believe, that in the end, the truth gets through. All my work is dedicated to reporting the truth, things, exactly as they are. Sometimes it needs to be forced through, but it has the power to break through the walls of propaganda.
- You are with me, we’ll do it together. All my work is crowdfunded, it means you are with me, and you help get the work through – via sharing, reposting, retweeting, the works – it’s a team effort.
- Ultimately, I believe people want the truth. Anyone can be passive, be fed propaganda, digest it. Many people in the west have fallen under the influence of powerful media outlets with pre-determined narrative. They’ll do whatever it takes to stop anything which doesn’t fit their agenda from getting through. But, most people do want the truth, and because of that, we’ll get it through to them.