In recent days the metrics on my YouTube channel, followers on Twitter and so, have shown a surge in followers, subscribers, viewers from my own country, the UK.
This has been accompanied by a fair few comments along the lines of ‘who is this guy?’. Well, I haven’t just emerged from a box, a stretch, Goa, or Barry Island. Most of my last 2 years have been spent covering the war in Donbass –
Actually I was the only western correspondent there during the blockade of Lugansk, and spent the most time on the frontlines of conflict in 2014/15. So why have you never heard of me? And, as above, why all the trolls?
Well, I covered the war western media didn’t want you to see, and which infuriated those who wanted to present their version of Ukraine. I covered the relentless shelling by Ukraine of civilian areas in Donbass, and mass civilian fatalities and casualties –
And with that, the trolls who didn’t want this information getting out. They’ll tell you all sorts of things – it’s true I started my career with RT. But in 2013, RT wasn’t the RT we think of today. I’ve not worked with them for 2 years, and believe me, now, like the channel even less than you do.
However, in a western media blackout, Russian media let me tell the story of the Ukraine war back then, which I couldn’t tell elsewhere. Since early 2015, I’ve worked for myself, fund all my projects via crowdfunding.
There have been attempts to link me with all kinds of things, mostly Russia, in order to discredit my work. It’s nonsense, I’ve got no connection whatsoever with Russia.
But, this is what happens in an information war, when people can’t discredit your work directly, and all my work is as it is, uncensored, video reports of things just as they are, they go for the source.
So, there’s a longer biography here, if you’re interested, pleased to meet you in any case! Graham