To celebrate World Press Freedom Day the United Nations invites you to the screening of THE WAR YOU DON’T SEE on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 6.30 pm.
The documentary is a powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and in Iraq.
Documentary-maker John Pilger has returned to a subject that can’t be revived often enough: the grotesque untruth of "weapons of mass destruction": a cloudy concept, eagerly amplified and lent credibility by credulous and submissive journalists who, after 9/11, lost their nerve en masse. Pilger’s contention is that on Afghanistan, on Iraq and on Israel and the Palestinian territories, the mainstream media simply take the official line.
The film will be followed by a Q & A session with Mort Rosenblum (Reporter, author and educator). Afsané Bassir-Pour, UNRIC Director, will moderate the discussion.
There is no entrance fee, but as places are limited, we kindly ask you to register here. Registration will be closed on Wednesday, 4 May, at 5:30pm. If you do not receive a confirmation of your registration via e-mail, please contact us at [email protected].
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NB: The film and the debate are in English. The film has a runtime of 95 minutes.
Polak Room, Ground Floor
155 Rue de la Loi
More information on World Press Freedom Day 2011:
- UN website
- Message by the UN Secretary-General
- Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
- Joint Message for 2011 from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General
- Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the EU