Of all the great oppositional U.S. journalists, I.F. Stone was surely the most influential. His weekly newsletter exposed government corruption and collusion, and mixed humour and politics to devastating effect. This slickly-shot documentary uses Stone’s legacy as a starting point to profile a number of contemporary independent journalists, and the issues that matter most to them; stories of humanist importance that are usually drowned out by the misinformation megaphone of corporate media, where economic imperatives Trump the societal. Although highly America-centric, and somewhat academically basic, it remains an important documentation of journalists and media who provide a counterbalance to power. A welcome tribute, not to the impossible folly of “free” journalism, but to a higher purpose: ethical journalism.

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Cape Town
V&A
Mon 5, 8.30pm
Labia
Fri 2, 6.45pm
Johannesburg
Bioscope
Mon 5, 8.30pm
Sun 11, 5pm
Director(s):
Fred Peabody
Country:
Canada
Year:
2016
Duration:
93 minutes
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