|Fight goes on against Gasland censorship|
|Written by Phelim McAleer|
|Tuesday, 07 June 2011 20:18|
Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, has, for the second time, had his lawyers close down our short film which is critical of his work.
As you probably know by now, the film shows Fox admitting he withheld important evidence that would contradict one of the main claims of Gasland, his award-winning documentary.
We had posted the short film on YouTube, but Fox took legal action and had it pulled down. We attempted to get around the ban by posting it on rival website Vimeo, but once again Fox called in the lawyers and the film was yanked.
It seems Fox will not stop closing down any criticism of his unethical journalism. The legal moves came just as both videos were going viral and were being spread through social media.
To recap - Fox is the director of Gasland, a documentary which claims gas drilling, known as fracking, is polluting water. In particular, Fox claims the drilling has polluted drinking water so badly that families are now able to light the water coming from their faucets.
These water lighting incidents are one of the most dramatic scenes in Gasland. However, in a recent Q&A, Fox admitted, under close questioning from Phelim, that he was aware of but withheld evidence that would contradict these dramatic scenes.
Fox admitted that he knew there were problems with naturally occurring gas in the water decades before fracking started in those areas. However, he said, he had not included such evidence because it "was not relevant".
It was this admisson that was starting to prove particularly damaging to Fox's credibility and is behind his attempts to remove the video report from the Internet.
To try and thwart Fox's attempts at censorship, we have created a new website fightgaslandcensorship.com to host the video. This means Fox can't use his lawyers to force the website owners to take the film down - just as he has done with YouTube and Vimeo. We will keep it up and we urge people to embed and spread the link to the video to everyone who believes in honesty and freedom of the press.
Fox said our video breached his copyright by using a short clip of Gasland footage of the burning water.
This is nonsense.
The footage is used under the "fair use" law which was set up to protect legitimate criticism. The reality is that Fox does not like criticism and is using lawyers to stifle dissent.
We urge everyone to send the video to as many people as possible in order to beat those who want to censor honest criticism of unethical journalism.
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