Meet Amber Lyon: Former Reporter Exposes Massive Censorship at CNN
A Lightning War for Liberty
September 5th, 2012
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I saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldnât believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting.
- Amber Lyon
The Amber Lyon story is just the latest in a series of articles that expose the total Joseph Goebbels like censorship rampant in mainstream media today.Â The first one I posted several weeks ago exposed how theÂ NY Times basically just regurgitates whatever government officials tell them, while the other showcased how anÂ NPR reporter covering D.C. had to leaveÂ and do her own thing out of frustration.Â This is precisely why alternative media sites are taking off.Â They provide the only outlets left for genuine journalism.
So back to Amber.Â Back in March 2011, CNN sent a four person team to Bahrain to cover the Arab Spring.Â Once there, the crew was the subject of extreme intimidation amongst other things, but they were able to record some fantastic footage.Â As Glenn Greenwald of the UKâs Guardian writes in his blockbuster article from today:
In the segment, Lyon interviewed activists as they explicitly described their torture at the hands of government forces, while family members recounted their relativesâ abrupt disappearances. She spoke with government officials justifying the imprisonment of activists. And the segment featured harrowing video footage of regime forces shooting unarmed demonstrators, along with the mass arrests of peaceful protesters. In sum, the early 2011 CNN segment on Bahrain presented one of the starkest reports to date of the brutal repression embraced by the US-backed regime.
Despite these accolades, and despite the dangers their own journalists and their sources endured to produce it, CNN International (CNNi) never broadcast the documentary. Even in the face of numerous inquiries and complaints from their own employees inside CNN, it continued to refuse to broadcast the program or even provide any explanation for the decision. To date, this documentary has never aired on CNNi.
Having just returned from Bahrain, Lyon says she âsaw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldnât believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting.â
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