A Graham Newsletter (#26) Brexit Day, London Attacks, Serbia, MH17, Scotland

Today is, of course, Brexit day, in all the UK, and I’ve just come back from Scotland, filming reportage there on the independence referendum, and wrapping up filming on upcoming documentary ‘Brit in Crimea (on his holidays)’.

As you will all be aware, the last week saw a terrorist attack in London, with the loss of four lives, and over 40 injured. In the first instance, I’d like to say a huge thanks to all of those of you who expressed your condolences. I was fairly nearby at the time, and rushed to the scene to film live reportage. Actually I’ll be doing a special, extended report on it over this week.

And it will be my final reportage before leaving London, for the next period of work. I’ve lived in this city for some 16 years, well remember the 2005 terrorist attack here, so of course, this new attack resonates, it’s painful. Yet, I also must compare it with my time as a correspondent in Donbass, and I remember at times days on end with death tolls higher than that of London on March 22nd, and no international outrage, pray for Donbass and on…

In modern times, London has survived the IRA, July 7th and now last Wednesday’s terrorist attacks, but there’s no question that almost all living in London, even the UK, have no idea what people in Donbass have been through. On the recent March for Europe, in London, I asked this man, from twin city of Donetsk, Sheffield, about Donetsk – he believed it to be in Russia –

I covered the March for Europe extensively, all my video reportage from there, here, 35 video interviews in total –

Interesting how many pro-EU marchers believe that the EU has ‘brought peace’, when of course last week marked 18 years since the EU-backed bombing of then-Yugoslavia. I wrote an article about that here, on the Truth Speaker, and thank you for the strong response to that! To make no mention of the EU-instigated war we all know too well about, in Donbass, where Patrick Lancaster reports today, as a woman killed by Ukrainain shelling.

Before returning, which I’ll do via the Netherlands, among other countries, I made this video for the MH17 investigation team: 

As for now, I’m preparing to leave the UK to return to Donbass, via a number of locations en route interesting for reportage. There’s a lot of that coming up, and there will be another newsletter soon.

Meanwhile, all the best, as ever, and forever thanks for your support of my work (for details on how to support, click here).

MH17 – In Defence of Spekkers, Attention, My Reaction, and on…

Graham Phillips

I was pretty strong in criticism of Dutch journalist Michel Spekkers for taking parts from the MH17 site, despite Spekkers being a colleague, and friend. However, as I go to write this, one Jeroen Akkermans has been tweeting, criticising Russia for their reaction, in support of Spekkers, and his colleague, Beck.

Jeroen AkkermansThe same Akkermans (pictured) who is, in no small part, responsible for the situation we have today, which has unfolded into quite the mess, with Dutch police confiscating not only MH17 items from Spekkers and Beck, but also all their equipment, memory cards, phones the whole kit and caboodle.

When Akkermans waltzed off in November 2014 with parts of what was later claimed, by an unofficial investigation, to be a BUK rocket, he walked back to a hero’s reception in the Netherlands, and western media. Hailed across the world as the ‘man who solved MH17’, no one really stopped to ask some key questions

  • Why hadn’t he notified the investigation of his findings, before taking them?
  • When did it become ok for journalists to take it upon themselves to remove parts from crash sites, and submit them to their own investigations?
  • These ‘magic’ ‘BUK’ parts, that Akkermans ‘chanced up’, unseen by the hundreds of investigators, and journalists (including myself) who’d spent extensive time on the site before that?

    michel-spekkersFast forward to January of 2017, and Dutch freelance journalists Michel Spekkers, and Stefan Beck visit Donbass for a week of reportage, which includes Spekkers visiting the MH17 site. There, he removed parts, including likely human remains, put them in a bag, even did a survey on Twitter about what he should do with them (for which he later apologised), and took them back to the Netherlands.

Here, Spekkers explains his actions, in his own words –

When I arrived in the area I found, to my surprise, recognisable fragments of the MH17 at various places. After a somewhat longer consideration I decided to take a spekkers-mh17selection of pieces with me. The majority of the pieces involved aluminum and plastic parts. I wanted to take these things with the purpose of research, to transfer them to the authorities and to make a strong point that there are still things to be found after 2.5 years.

Among the parts I found fragments that reminded me strongly of bone remains. Earlier there where skeletal remains discovered, some were found not to be human but animal. I’m not a forensic investigator, but did not ruled out the skeletal remains could be human. I decided to take one part of the skeletal remains for further investigation in The Netherlands. The consideration for me: if it are human remains there, they do not belong there but need to get returned to The Netherlands.

Following his tweets, Spekkers states he was contacted by the MH17 investigation team, and agreed with them to hand over what he had collected, on a voluntary basis. Yet when they returned to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on January 7th, Dutch authorities met them and took not only the MH17 items, but, against their will understandably, all their equipment, cameras, memory cards and phones.

screenshot-703A sizeable scandal then erupted in the week, commented on by all from the OSCE, to Russia’s FM spokes, Maria Zakharova.  The Dutch journalist union intervented, to assist Spekkers and Becks, with the fate of their materials then deferred to court hearing which took place yesterday. Here is the statement of Stefan Beck on the result of that –

The Judge (Rechter-Commissaris) has decide that Spekkers en Beck should be present at identifying which parts should be relevant to MH17-investigations but gives no guarantees that other material will not be copied. Also, images that were shot at Amsterdam airport showing Michel Spekkers being held, and that can prove our innocence should be deleted by order of the judge.

The Ordination of the judge contains a lot statements we hold untrue. For example, the judge motivates his decision, amongst others, by claiming the investigation team get the cooperation it has asked for. Claiming that the investigation is being conducted in very difficult circumstances. We would like to stress that the area where the MH17 came down is currently rather safe and that earlier statements made by the (Dutch Public Prosecuting Service) OM concerning the danger in the area are nonsense. Also the judges claims that the sources which Spekkers and Beck try to protect are ‘cap drivers and translators.’

In cooperation with our lawyer we have decided to suggest the following compromise:
1. We do not agree with deleting any images made by either of us.
2. We agree on blurring the identity of investigators of the PRIMO. (Investigation into MH17)
3. We agree on sharing the images of the MH17 on the condition that the veto on what ends up at the investigation lies with Michel Spekkers.

Background: Material was previously confiscated in Amsterdam Airport by authorities. After the intervention of the Dutch Journalist Union (NVJ), the authorities were denied use over the material, until a judge (Rechter-Commissaris) would judge otherwise. With today’s Ordination material will be accessible to authorities.

Spekkers – https://twitter.com/spekkers
Beck – https://twitter.com/MES_Beck

My new MH17 video – 

Dutch Journalist Michel Spekkers, and MH17 Confiscation in Netherlands, my Statement

Graham Phillips

michel-spekkersDutch journalist Michel Spekkers (pictured) has just returned to the Netherlands, after a week of working in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Upon his return into Schiphol airport, after having been contacted initially by, as I understand, the MH17 investigation team, after having tweeted about having removed items from the crash site, he was questioned by Dutch police, and all the MH17 items, plus equipment pertaining to his work – camera equipment, cards, even phone, was seized – against his will, naturally.

Michel has written about this on his Twitter account (in Dutch).

As I would with any journalist wanting to come to report the truth from Donbass, I helped Michel, and colleague, Stefan Beck, with advice on accreditation etc, and when they arrived here, we spent the first few days together – in Donetsk, and Lugansk, even seeing in the new year with Michel.

However, I didn’t go with them to the MH17 site, and I’m, to say the least, surprised, at Michel’s actions. It wasn’t something I was aware of until seeing his subsequent posts on Twitter, and reading the articles about this, it having caused a considerable scandal in the Netherlands. Had I been there, I would have been against this, in the strongest terms. I’ve spent some 75 hours on the MH17 site, and never once removed anything. One part, given to me by a homeowner (it had fallen on his home), I did everything to try to submit to the MH17 investigation, they didn’t want it.

I understand that Michel strongly felt, as many of us who have worked on MH17 do, that it is both inexplicable, and unacceptable, for parts, including personal items, to be on the site 2 1/2 years after the tragedy. I understand he wanted to contact the relatives, return such items as he felt were of value, submit what else could be, to DNA investigation.

However, whatever the intentions, I can’t support Michel’s actions here. I can, however, say that I worked with Michel, all around Europe, on my reportage trip in June of 2016 – he was a reliable colleague, a nice guy, we got through a few tough spots together, and I was happy to see him wish to come to report the truth from Donbass.

I believe Michel’s actions were those of a journalist in Donbass for the first time, at the MH17 site for the first time, overawed, wanting to do it all. And to add, Michel is a Dutchman, and this, the worst aviation catastrophe in his nation’s history.

I would also add that fellow Dutch journalist Jeroen Akkermans took multiple items from the crash site in 2014, and was applauded for doing so in his own country. I have written frequently in opposition to this, and my sentiments are the same in the situation of Michel Spekkers, despite our good working relatonship, friendship.

I can’t comment on the actions of the Dutch police, in terms of confiscating Michel’s items, against his will. However, Michel put himself in a position where he faced the police in a compromised position, due to his actions.

And it puts me in the position of, of course, defending a colleague with whom I’ve been through a fair bit with, had some beers with, done some important work with, but being unable to defend his actions in this instance.

I believe that, with an apology from Michel, and acknowledgement this was an error of judgement, this matter can be resolved without any considerable harm being done. There is no question in any way of his having ‘compromised’ the investigation etc, and I hope this will be a lesson Michel will learn from, and move forward.

Thoughts, as ever, with the victims of MH17, and their families, and loved ones.

An Open Letter to Donald Trump, on MH17

Dear Mr. Trump,

Your election has raised hopes that easing of tensions, between U.S. and Russia, and peacemaking in Europe in general is achievable. Settlement of the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine and lifting the sanctions against Russia which is vital for the world community has a realistic chance now. With this in mind, there is also hope for a higher quality investigation into the disputed downing of MH17, as you expressed your doubts in an October 2015 interview, regarding the proof of Russian guilt:

“They say it wasn’t them. It may have been their weapon, but they didn’t use it, they didn’t fire it, they even said the other side fired it to blame them. I mean to be honest with you, you’ll probably never know for sure.“ (MSNBC)

mh17Indeed, we agree with you, we will never be sure, with the kind of investigation we have seen over the past two years. The official investigation of the “Dutch Safety Board“ (DSB) and the “Joint Investigation Team“(JIT) was neither independent nor convincing. This kind of investigation forms a huge burden particularly to the families who lost their loved ones in the downing of MH17. They need to know the truth.
WE ARE ASKING YOU, TO PLEASE PUSH FOR A NEW INVESTIGATION. This could happen within an international framework like the U.N. comprising the following aspects:

(1) A team of international, independent scientists who would be able to exclude veto power for any government. This exclusion of veto is especially important, due to the overwhelming role of one of the involved parties, Ukraine. The main source of information to the DSB and JIT used for their official investigations was SBU, the Ukrainian secret service.
(2) Keeping all scenarios on the table.
(3) Declassifying and releasing “available satellite images” claimed by Secretary of State, John Kerry, on 20th of July 2014; or (if not) disclaiming their existence.
(4) Conducting forensic examination of impact holes (for metal residues) in the MH17 wreckage and reproducing the same pattern of damage by shelling tests (as usually done in crime cases). Completing key information fields, such as body forensics, voice recorder, radar data etc.
(5) Prior construction of, a clear path to an international, objective trial in the U.N. framework with judges from countries which are not connected with the crash.

FURTHERMORE, WE ARE ASKING YOU TO PLEASE INITIATE PEACE TALKS WITH ALL PARTIES CONCERNED (including but not limited to Russia, Ukraine, and the EU) aiming at settling the dispute and establishing a reconstruction plan for Eastern Ukraine including the compensation of the MH17 families.

Thank you so much in advance, for your attention to this matter.
– Independent journalists & experts on MH17 –

* Media spokesman – Mr. Billy Six
e-mail Billy@six-newhagen.de
facebook BILLY SIX
tel. 0049 152 269 27 443

– MARK BARTALMAI, journalist & Ukraine documentaries producer, GERMANY
– DR. THIERRY BAUDET, journalist, publicist & initiator of Dutch referendum on EU/Ukraine association agreement, NETHERLANDS
– BERND BIEDERMANN, missile defense colonel ret., military attaché ret. & book author, GERMANY
– CHRISTOPHER BLACK, international criminal lawyer, CANADA
– NORBERT FLEISCHER, investigative journalist, GERMANY
– PROF. DR. ELMAR GIEMULLA, lawyer of German MH17 victims, GERMANY
– DR. HERMANN HAGENA, airforce general ret. & author of MH17 military study, GERMANY
– PROF. DSC. OTTO-FRIEDRICH HAGENA, physicist, GERMANY
– PETER HAISENKO, journalist, publisher & former “Lufthansa” pilot, GERMANY
– JOHN HELMER, longest-serving foreign correspondent in Russia, UNITED STATES
– FRANK HÖFER, journalist & film producer, GERMANY
– DIETER KLEEMANN, airforce colonel / trainer ret. & book author, GERMANY
– PATRICK LANCASTER, investigative journalist with 100s of hours on MH17 site from day one & U.S. Navy veteran, UNITED STATES
– DR. JAMES O´NEILL, barrister on human rights & geopolitical analyst, AUSTRALIA
– JOOST NIEMÖLLER, journalist & MH17 book author, NETHERLANDS
– GRAHAM PHILLIPS, investigative journalist, UNITED KINGDOM
– PROF. DR. KEES VAN DER PIJL, political scientist, peace activist & author, NETHERLANDS
– HECTOR REBAN, political analyst & blogger on MH17, NETHERLANDS
– NORBERT K. REISBERG, Lt.-Col. ret., airforce pilot ret. & military scientist, GERMANY
DAN SHEPPARD, private MH17 researcher, AUSTRALIA
– JOACHIM SIEGERIST, journalist, publisher & author, GERMANY
– BILLY SIX, investigative journalist & book author, GERMANY
– MAX VAN DER WERFF, blogger & private MH17 investigator, NETHERLANDS
– PROF. KAREL VAN WOLFEREN, journalist, political analyst & book author, NETHERLANDS
– MOHD AZAHAR ZANUDIN, technician, supplier for army/police & blogger on MH17, MALAYSIA

Notes on my Recent Trip to Germany…

The summer of ’94 – for me, all Volkfests, Weißbier, Deutschmarks, and memorable moments on my school exchange trip to Aschaffenburg.

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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

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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 –

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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’ Billy Sixcharge? 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) –

Hallo meine deutschen Freunde! Und wer ist Graham Phillips?

Hallo meine lieben Freunde! Ich sehe das eure liberalen Medien an meinem Besuch in Deutschland sehr interessiert sind, besonders Correctiv in Berlin.

Und warum habe ich mich bevor die Polizei kam entfernt? Es ist ganz klar, dass ich hätte meine Filmaufnahmen löschen müssen, auch wenn von meiner Seite kein Fehler begangen wurden ist. Ich habe gehört das die Deutsche Polizei sehr die Autoritäten unterstützt, und meine Arbeit ist hier, eher Antiautoritär, aber ich betone, ich mache nichts illegales. Also ganz einfach, wenn ich mit der Deutschen Polizei nichts zu tun haben muss, dann meide ich sie. Ihr könnt es einen Brexit nennen!

Natürlich bin ich überrascht, dass in den deutschen Medien war dies ein “Sturm” ein “Pro-russische Attake”. Ich ging einfach in dieses Gebäude, und ich bin British!
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Die deutschen Medien schreiben jetzt schon ganze Artikel über mich ‘Who the fuck is Graham Phillips?’. Ich werde euch jetzt die Wahrheit erzählen. Ich bin ein 37 jähriger, Britischer Journalist. Ich war 2012 wegen der Euro 2012 in Kiew und entschied mich eine Zeit lang dort zu leben und arbeitete als Journalist bei einer Zeitschrift, What’s On.

Doch dann Anfang 2013 änderte sich die Situation dort, die Radikalen und Euromaidanukrainischen neo-Nazis wurden immer mehr. Ich kehrte erstmal nach England zurück und später entschied ich mich nach Odessa zu gehen und dort zu leben. Als der Euromaidan (foto) begann, hatte ich eine andere Sichtweise der Dinge, als die meisten westlichen Korrespondenten, da ich das Land und die Leute schon gut kannte. Es waren sehr viele Nationalisten und Radikale in Kiew auf dem Maidan. Nicht alles – aber sie waren in der Steuerung.

Zu dieser Zeite arbeitete ich als freier Journalist und reiste überall in der Ukraine und der Krim umher, und machte Filmaufnahmen. Ich arbeitet auch etwas für Kanal RT, die mir dann auch ermöglichten Anfang April 2014 im Donbass zu arbeiten.

Mit RT (Russia Today) ist es etwas kompliziert. Ich bin der Meinung, sie machen stellenweise guteArbeit, aber RT haben mich nicht ganz so gut behandelt und mich einfach abgeladen mich in Polen 2014 nach meiner zweiten Ausweisung. Wegen dieses, und nicht nur, tatsächlich, ich hasse RT wirklich aufrichtig, und wir haben mehr als 2 Jahre nicht mehr zusammengearbeitet und auch in Zukunft werde ich dies nicht mehr tun mit RT!

Es ist so interessant, dass deutschen linksgerichtet Medien möchte, dass Sie denken, ich noch für RT arbeite!

Screenshot (304)Eigentlich sich Russia Today korrigiert dies!

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Warum liegen sie? Weil sie so viel Zeit damit verbracht, um RT zu diskreditieren, jetzt hat mich einfach legte zusammen mit RT, und ich bin auch diskreditiert!

Aber – ich habe keine Verbindung zu Russland, in keiner Weise. Ok, ich habe gearbeitet für den Kanal Zvezda für eine Weile – aber sie haben mit meiner Graham Donetsk AirportArbeit nicht stören, und ich hochgeladen sowieso immer alle Videos zu meinem YouTube-Kanal. Aber ich war damit nicht ganz bequem, und ich verlassen sie nach ein paar Monaten. Seitdem arbeiten Anfang 2015, ich habe nur gearbeitet mit Hilfe, unterstützen von Crowdfunding. Ich bin ein völlig unabhängiger, objektiver Journalist.

Und ich werde Sie über meine Arbeit zu sagen, ich bin stolz auf sie! Ich habe mehr als 4000 Videos gemacht, ich der einzige westliche Journalist dort im Jahr 2014 während der Lugansk Blockade war, ich habe mehr als andere Journalisten auf Front gewesen, mehr Zeit in der Donbass warzone, die erste an vielen Orten.

Was sonst? Ich habe keine extremen politischen Ansichten. Ich liebe Großbritannien , den englischen Fußball-Nationalmannschaft. Ich hasse Propaganda. Ich liebe es, Reportage. Also, die Reise nach Correctiv – hier – es war keine Provokation, ich wollte wirklich zu ihnen Fragen zu stellen. Aus diesem Grund. Aber sie weigerte sich, Fragen zu beantworten, hierUnd die Fragen von Billy Six, hier, auch wiegerte.

Nach unserem Besuch, Billy Six erhielt sogar Morddrohungen!

Und hier ist das sensationelle Video Beweis dafür, dass Korrektur gelogen haben!

Mehr hier!

Flatbed-8.BMP(1)Also warum habe ich vor kurzen Deutschland besucht? Ich habe schon lange eine gute Beziehung zu Deutschland, 1994 (foto) habe ich im Rahmen eines Schüleraustausches zumersten mal Deutschland besucht, von daher spreche ich immer noch ein wenig Deutsch, obwohl ich es noch ziemlich verbessern kann. Im Rahmen des Besuches wollte ich Billy Six über MH17 befragen, denn ich arbeite ebenfalls an einer Reportage darüber. Meine Reportagen sind eigentlich keine Provokationen oder Skandale, es läuft meist ziemlich ruhig alles ab.

Ich sehr mag Deutschland und vor allen die Deutschen. Ausserdem ist eine interessante, geschichtsträchtige Zeit momentan für Reportagen in Deutschland, und so könnt ihr sicher sein, ich komme wieder.

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Vielen Dank meinen Freund Daniel Franz, der mir etwas Hilfe gab, dies zu schreiben, mit der deutschen Sprache!

A Graham Newsletter (#6) Netherlands, to Germany, and New Project….

Hello!

Well, it’s been a little while since the last one, and it’s been a very busy time. My Brexit reportage project wrapped up at Billingsgate market, but I continued coverage from the UK, as a group called Class War converged on Boris Johnson’s home in London – which got a bit heated –

After that, it was off to the Netherlands, where work started on my MH17 documentary. You can read all about that week here.

Actually, there have been quite a few posts here on the Truth Speaker – all about Yulia Marushevska, Ukrainian activist-cum-Odessa-port-chief, while in this article, I had a look back to the lost Odessa of 2013. 

I was pleased to get a new Russian visa, and wrote about that here. 

And video reportage also, in the UK, after Euro 2016 and all that, I was keen to see what British people really think of Russia and the Russians –

In the Netherlands, I was interested in what the Dutch make of Brexit, and Nexit –

Another part of this to come soon.

Also, I was pleased, in Amsterdam, to film a tribute to a man I very much admire, Theo van Gogh

Part 2 of that here.

And on from there, this week I’m heading to a Germany in a state of some chaos with 4 terrorist attacks in the last week. I’ll be going to Munich, and Berlin, to find out what the real situation is in Germany. I’m open to your suggestions on what would be interesting reportage – write to me!

In between projects, as we are, all my work is funded by support on the Patreon site, some (modest) earnings from my YouTube channel, and donations to my Paypal – gwplondon@gmail.com

IMG_20160719_202937On Friday, look out for the exclusive announcement of my new summer project. This will be a project to make the most of the season,  something vital, relevant, done within a timeframe, and after that it will be full attention on MH17, which I’ll be returning to Donbass to continue work on.

When over in Donbass, of course, I’ll also be filming other reportage. And, a man who has been doing that consistently since early 2014, Patrick Lancaster, continues to bring you news from Donbass. On a personal level, his wife is due to give birth any minute, and if you’d like to help at that time, difficult enough in any country, Patrick’s runnning a crowdfunder here. 

That’ll do for now, thanks for reading, keep in touch! Graham