A Graham Newsletter (#35) Misinformation, Disinformation, and how to fight all that.

Recent weeks have seen many developments, including the blocking of my YouTube channel, for 2 weeks, for a video from Donbass, from 2014, of which I’ve written about here – https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/09/07/fighting-censorship-and-the-future-of-my-18-videos/

The actions of YouTube have forced me to remove all 18+ video material – from the war in Donbass, from my YouTube channel – I’ve written about that here, and will be posting the material here.

In removing this material, I removed an archive of over 100 videos, much of it documenting Ukrainian war crimes in Donbass. Millions of views, new views every day. Of course, people need to know this, to see this. I’ll be using this site, the Truth Speaker, where there’s no censor at all, to present these videos in the correct format. This video, result of Ukrainian shelling of Lugansk, August 2014 –

And here, information about, and context of this video – 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/09/09/18-donbass-war-when-ukrainian-shelling-hit-lugansk-august-2014/

Not able to use YouTube, which holds an effective monopoly for videos, means we need to try that bit harder to get the word, the truth, out. Please, share, repost, like, do what you can – we need to be together in this goal, of more people knowing the truth! 

This was the video which started the problems with YouTube, with them removing this, then content featured in the video (already on YouTube for years)

I’ve now taken the necessary steps to bring my account in line with ‘YouTube Community Standards’, but the problem is that the ‘standards’ have changed – a video that was approved by them in 2014, and on the site for years, is now a ‘violation’. That video, my first to pass 2 million views, and rising all the time, one which had a real impact in showing people the realities of war in Donbass

Of course, it can be hard, emotionally, for me to remember these thing. I’ve written about that here. 

Censorship is just one of the issues facing journalists. There are the dangers inherent with the profession, for which some journalists have made the ultimate sacrifice. Here, I’ve written about US journalist Christopher Allen, killed while covering conflict in Sudan –

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/09/07/christopher-allen-kia-a-journalist-is-a-journalist/

And Kim Wall, recently killed while reporting on a homemade submarine, off Denmark. 

May they both rest in peace, and be remembered for their work. 

I’ve written about them both here, and about the role of a journalist, to go to where there is either the least information, or the most misinformation – https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/09/14/the-role-of-a-journalist-to-go-to-where-there-is-the-most-disinformation-or-no-information/

The world has several current key epicentres of mis, and disinformation. North Korea is certainly one of them. I was very pleased to present an exclusive interview, on the Truth Speaker, with the guys who made this indie documentary, The Haircut, well worth a watch:

And the exclusive interview, with Alex and Aleksa – here! 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/09/15/exclusive-interview-with-the-haircut-north-korea-documentary-guys/

As for me, I’ve written here, about moving on from Donbass, but staying with Donbass, when I’ll return there, and more. 

For now, I’m in another of one of the world’s disinformation capitals, Crimea!!

That began with, a simple, but effective, tackling of the constant rhetoric from Ukraine that the beaches in Crimea are ’empty’, ‘everything is bad’ etc... How better to do that, than to let Ukrainians in Crimea themselves, speak for themselves –

Full interviews here! 

And look out for much more reportage to come! Fighting information, and disinformation, on the beaches and on! 

18+ The Donbass War Video with 2+ Million Views, Removed by YouTube

YouTube recently removed this video from my channel. This video, approved by their own ‘Community Guidelines’ in October 2014, now, almost 3 years later, with over 2 million views rising all the time – a video which had let people from all over the world see the reality of the Ukraine war, now ‘in violation’ of those ‘Community Guidelines’.

This, the result of Ukrainian forces shelling of the city of Donetsk, Donbass, October 2014 – 

I appealed about this to YouTube, but they rejected that. It’s a real shame when a site which should be a window to events in the world, slams that window shut….

Fighting Censorship, and the Future of my 18+ Videos

I’ve written recently about the action YouTube have taken against me, for a Donbass video from 2014, showing the effects of war, and Ukrainian shelling of civilian areas:

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/09/06/youtube-and-my-18-2-week-technical-break/

For the next 12 days of my ban from YouTube, there will be more articles here on the Truth Speaker. And, once I’m back uploading video reportage to my YouTube channel, things will be a bit different.

– There will be no further 18+ content on my YouTube channel.

Such 18+ content as there is, I’ll put here on the Truth Speaker, in the correct context as to when it was, and what it was.

On the Truth Speaker, my own site, I’m able to bring you reportage with no censor. And to make sure that it still reaches the audience it needs to, I’ll flag it up with a link on YouTube.

And of course, there’s always your help in liking, sharing, retweeting and more. Together, we’ll beat censorship, and get the truth out!

YouTube and my 18+ 2-Week ‘Technical Break’

Sorry to say I won’t be able to bring you any video reportage for the next 2 weeks. YouTube have penalised me twice in two weeks – for old videos from the Donbass war.

The videos were indeed 18+ but that’s war, sadly, and they’d been on my channel for a long time, marked as 18+. So, why now?
 
Well, I don’t know, but if I get one more strike against my channel, YouTube will terminate my account, deleting the near 5000 videos there. And, it’s YouTube, they do that.
 
I’ve also got a 2 week ban from posting video material. Of course, I could post it elsewhere, but it never has the same impact, good reportage gets lost. Better to focus all attention, energy, on doing even better reportage after the return!
 
I’ve now removed all 18+ material from my YouTube account, so there should be no further problems after this 2-week period, the first of its kind in near 4 years.
 
As for the 18+ videos, I’ve saved them all, and will think what best to do with them.

A Graham Newsletter (#21) Jubilees, Embassy, Murder, and More…

Firstly, with the jubilees – this site recently passed half a million hits, while on YouTube, it was my first video to pass 2 million views.

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/02/22/the-truth-speaker-hits-500000-hits/

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/02/21/my-first-video-to-pass-2-million-views-but-18/

I’d like to thank you for your support, in all my work! And for those wishing to support my work – fully independent, crowdfunded, all details are here: 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/02/21/graham-phillips-how-to-support-my-work/

doctor-lizaIt’s been a very busy time recently, I completed a 2-hour-film about the late, amazing Doctor Liza, which am now working on English subtitles for. And a trip to what transpired to be an LSE pro-Maidan propaganda event inspired me to start a series of videos aimed at being short bursts of reality about situations often at the centre of lies, as with Euromaidan, Donbass, Crimea (see below), and more. The first, on Euromaidan: 

Also, I’d like to have these videos in as many languages as possible, and it would be great if you could be involved in that, click here.

As for Crimea, I’m happy to say that work is well underway on my film, made with your support via crowdfunding ‘A Brit in Crimea (on his holidays).’

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And, referring to the ‘Embassy’ and ‘Murder’ of the title, here’s my new article about what exactly the Ukrainian Embassy do in the UK.

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/02/24/what-do-the-ukrainian-embassy-actually-do-in-the-uk/

Going back a little by the way, and there’s been so much on it’s been hard to keep up at times. This was my article giving the definitive answer as to whether there are Russian tanks in Donbass – 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/02/11/are-there-russian-tanks-in-ukraine-the-definitive-answer/

And here, about Ukraine seizing my mobile phone records

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/02/17/ukraine-seize-my-mobile-phone-records/

That story was also covered here by the Courier, with pro-Ukraine trolls predictably jumping on the comments section.

So it’s been a very busy time, and there’s a lot more to come! As ever, my enormous thanks for your being with me, making it all possible!

All about my Medals, by Graham Phillips

I see a fair bit written that I got awarded a medal connected to Russia, supposedly meaning I’m an ‘FSB agent’ and that kind of thing.

Screenshot (58)It’s actually all just the ever mono-directional diatribe of those ‘pro-Ukrainians’ who’d love nothing more than to discredit my work on the purported basis that I have some sort of connection with Russia.

Well, I’d like to answer, and add to that. I have actually been awarded 4 medals for my journalism, and got them mounted today, to display at home, because of course I’m honoured that people have appreciated my work enough to bestow these symbols of recognition.

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So, from left, actually the above ‘FSB medal‘ in question, was my first, awarded Graham Phillips medalon March 1st 2015, in the town of Chekhov, by Moscow by a (non-state) group for Russian border guards. It was given to me by Pavel Hlyupin, former border guard, and a man I’d known for several months because of his humanitarian work in Donbass, presented in a local council room there, in a small ceremony.

The medal is conferred for ‘real assistance to Novorossiya‘ and reflects gratitude for my work there. Actually, at the time, I’d just left Donbass (Novorossiya the term used by some to mean that, and wider area), having been on the frontline covering the takeover of Debaltsevo – see here –

It was given as a gesture of appreciation, recognition of my, what had been a near 7-month uninterrupted stint of work in Donbass, starting back in the Lugansk blockade in August of 2014 – see here –

There’s no state significance to it, no official connection to any Russian organ. And I’m pretty sure that if Russia’s FSB give out medals of the sort this has been made out to be, they do so in Moscow, not a small town 70km south.

Anyway, it was a nice gesture, and I was pleased to accept it!

Graham LPR MedalFast forward to December 21st, and I was awarded the medal of ‘Merit’, 2nd order, by head of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitsky. This one was a particular honour for me, as I’d been the only western journalist in Lugansk for almost a month in summer of 2014 as the city was under siege by Ukrainian forces, without water, electricity, phone signal, little food, under constant shelling. 

On February 5th, in St Petersburg, I was given the Dmitry Karbyshev medal of military journalism (pictured), this coming at the time when I’d left Donbass, after another Graham Phillips medal Russialong spell there, and was in St Petersburg working on my film ‘Aramis’.

March 24th, back in Lugansk, I was given another award for my Lugansk work ‘from the grateful people of Lugansk’, from the International Community Fund ‘Commandarm‘.

So, there we go! Now, there’s no question that my awards orientate from a Russian, Lugansk Republic direction. However, it’s been these states which have recognised my work – the western media haven’t wanted to show my documentation of Ukrainian shelling, and more, so the western world mostly isn’t aware of my 4000+ video reports.

But none of them have any connection whatsoever to the Russian state. In any case, you can hardly choose who gives you awards. I don’t go ‘chasing medals’, but of course, it’s gratifying when someone values your work, and nice to have a tangible symbol of that. My policy is – accept the medal, be proud of it, but never let it affect, or have any bearing on my work.

Anyway, I’m happy to have them mounted, and set the medal record straight here.

A Graham Newsletter (#4) Brexit Reportage – Almost There!

Hello!

In the next newsletter, I’ll be sending you full stats and figures from what has been quite an amazing reportage trip, covering over 8000km, from Dundee to Graham Phillips LatviaDenmark, Latvia to London. Over 30 videos so far, approaching 750,000 hits, a major story in western press, not to mention a lot of coverage in the Russian, and Latvian media.

The purpose of beginning in Europe was to go out and show you some, perhaps new, things about the EU, then, come back and show the UK. As I was always completely open about, I supported a ‘Leave’ vote, but put that to one side to bring you completely objective reportage, as you can see from this latest, full report from Dundee, all sides represented –

And there have, of course, been videos right up to date – you can find them all here on my channel.

This Brexit reportage project hasn’t always easy. My car smashed into in Lille, France, things stolen, was a blow, and some other challenges along the way. But, I always knew that come what may, the project would be completed. The support people vested in my via crowdfunding – and this project was completely crowdfunded, the only source of income for it was crowdfunding – has been an immense source of inspiration.

To me, crowdfunding is not just money, finance, far from it – it’s the messages of support you write, it’s the engagement, interaction with you. It’s the knowing that this is being done for a reason, because someone believes in this project, wants it to exist, brings it to life. It’s the trust vested in me by those who are involved, that of all the things in the world you would choose to spend your money on my reportage. That’s a constant drive for me, to ensure that your decision to support me is vindicated.

Graham Phillips filmingOf course, I always want my journalism to be free for everyone to view, I don’t like paywalls, or barriers. So, it’s not like I say to those who take part ‘you get first view‘ or so on. But, of course, I look to offer the most interesting rewards possible, and next week, when the project finishes, attention will turn to fulfilling pledges to all those who participated, have made it possible.

But … there’s lots to come before we bring this Brexit project to a close over the weekend! More special reportage, more video snapshots, a wrap-up video! And then, of course, attention will turn to the next project. And what will that be? It’ll be announced first here in a newsletter, and there’ll be another crowdfunding project to make that happen!

So, in the next newsletter, we’ll do a statistical wrap of this project, giving you all the facts, figures, trivia. And, we go on from there. Thank you for reading this newsletter, if you want to be first to get it, with an extra letter, drop an email to me at – gwplondon@gmail.com or write to me on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GrahamWPUK

Best for now, Graham