The summer of ’94 – for me, all Volkfests, Weißbier, Deutschmarks, and memorable moments on my school exchange trip to Aschaffenburg.
Fast forward 22 years, a different world, a different Germany, my 37-year-old self, and a very different reason for visiting. In principle, I went to Germany to work on my MH17 documentary, having agreed to interview the rather mysterious private investigator Josef Resch.
But, something rather strange happened there, having spoken on the phone, with Resch telling me he knew of myself, and my videos, out of the blue he cancelled with a one-line email.
I already had a plan to interview German journalist, and MH17 expert Billy Six, so before that turned my attention to filming reportage in Munich, about recent events there – it was an interesting time to be in Munich, and I enjoyed filming reportage there, albeit would have of course rather the circumstances were not so tragic –
From Munich, it was up to Berlin, where I head along to film the anti-Merkel demonstration that the German ‘on message’ media and commentators either ignore, or tell you is only for ‘Nazis’, but the truth is actually more complicated, there are indeed some of the far-right there, but there are also lots of normal Germans – I filmed them all –
I then spent a highly interesting, informative couple of days with German journalist Billy Six, who’s spent extensive time both on the site, and researching MH17, tweeting about that here.
In the course of our conversations, I came across concrete evidence Billy had, that German self-declared ‘news agency’ Correctiv had told major lies about MH17. With Billy accompanying me, I decided to go to their offices, in central Berlin, to confront them about this –
That reportage caused a huge fuss in German media, with their press hysterically blasting that we’d ‘stormed’ the offices in a ‘pro-Russian’ attack –
And despite my having stated now countless times that not only have I not worked for RT since mid-2014, but I don’t even like the channel, the inevitable ‘Russia Today journalist‘ was thrown out there, which RT themselves even corrected –
To the question as to why I legged it from the police at the end of the piece. Quite simple, I knew that at the least, even if I’d not done anything wrong, I’d have my footage deleted. And more – I spoke with Billy (pictured) (who received deaths threats subsequent to our visit) and many, while in Germany, and tell you how the system works. Why were Correctiv so keen to call the police, press a ‘trespass’ charge? Standard tactics – you get charged with that, nonsense, but which can be made to stick, it goes to court, which costs hundreds, or even more than a thousand Euros, your costs only.
And they make sure the system isn’t fast either, meantime the police will pay a visit to your home, make sure the neighbours see, that kind of thing. Meanwhile you spend your time not working, rather worrying about your upcoming case, money, etc.
And that’s why there’s almost no alternative media in Germany, there’s a well-honed, teutonic system to keep it that way, which perhaps even includes death threats, just to really get the message across. Keep it to just Goebbels style propaganda in Germany. If you wondered why there’s practically no alternative media in Germany, wonder no more.
Luckily for me, I’m British, and thanks to that 1994 trip to Aschaffenburg, even speak some German. I can’t wait to get back reporting there, on MH17, as well as other topics of interest, of which there are many, and clearly a real need for independent reporting from Germany.
And, on MH17 (on which my work continues), watch this sensational new video from Billy Six, of the questions we wanted to ask Correctiv, and see just how much the German media is lying – so much so, there’s even a word for Germany’s press ‘Lugenpresse‘ (lying press) –