The row over Vaxxed: From Coverup To Corruption, has led me to consider my experiences of censorship, apart from attempts to wipe out my book, and I thought I would write a little about the subject as a whole this morning. (Story by Celia Farber, republished from http://truthbarrier.com.)
Hands up all those who know that between 1929 and 1952, the UK Anti Vaccination League unsuccessfully lobbied the BBC, to have their voice heard. The BBC stuck doggedly to its medically directed policy of not allowing “crackpots” to have a voice on the British Broadcasting. I’m not saying that anything has changed since 1952, but there is a definite reference for this period.
I started my involvement in campaigning against pharmaceutically directed medical orthodoxy, in 1988 when I began researching the Campaign Against Health Fraud, a stooge pharma group set up by the Wellcome Foundation. This group’s first campaigns were built around – amongst other things– denying that people could be susceptible to food allergy and chemical sensitivity. This group vehemently attacked anyone who suggested that manufactured food stuffs or chemicals could cause sensitivities. They did everything they could to stop anyone speaking or writing on the subject. The group, still in existence, is now headed by Dick Taverne, the founder of the bogus charity Sense About Science. The group’s campaign is obviously responsible for the fact that the UK now has the highest rates of allergy and anaphylactic shock in the developed world.
The first mother campaigner I worked with, whose child suffered from serious allergies and who set up a group to defend her alternative doctor found:
-Two family dogs dead in their garden, one had been poisoned while the other having trapped its two front paws in a garden gate had died of a heart attack. The vet who attended said it was “very odd.”
-Inches away from death when a car drove at her outside her house.
-Evidence that her phone had been tapped over a period of months.
One incident occurred in relation to the alternative doctor that the mother defended, I know that I’m moving away slightly from censorship, but this took me back to my ‘political’ days in the 1970s’ when activists used to pick up the phone and found their last conversation playing back to them – ah those were the days!
When the doctor opened an envelope full of papers from another doctor who had been attacked, she found inside an official post office printed note, instructing the post office worker to make notes on the documents and take photo copies. I always found it difficult to understand whether when this happened the worker had put the instructions in with the papers, to warn the doctor, or by accident.
Although I was privy to all kinds of dirty tricks and censorious dance movements by the Pharmafia, I wasn’t really concerned until I began working on Wakefield’s case.
Over the years, I had worked with Gordon Newman, one of the UK’s best and most politically acerbic dramatists. I did research for his series of Judge John Deed. One episode, Heart of Darkness, based on Wakefield and MMR, having been shown once by the BBC, was banned throughout the world from any more showings. The BBC said it was banned because of one complaint, but it was clearly a put-up job. I wasn’t surprised that the BBC banned this episode, but what did amaze me was the dexterity with which the BBC and the pharmafia unrecorded history with respect to this episode–its banning caused hardly a ripple.
Around this time– 2003–Channel 5 showed the brave and brilliant ‘Hear the Silence,’ a drama documentary written by Timothy Prager. The forces of darkness were unable to ban this production, but after immense pressure, Channel 5 agreed to a panel ‘discussion’ following the showing. The panelists should have been provided with buns to throw. I remember, distinctly the appearance of the ‘scientist’ Vince Marks, a leading figure in HealthWatch, who appeared quite deranged, his face distorted screaming his ‘scientific’ opinions at the camera. It was like feeding time at the zoo.
This piece on Wikipedia gives some idea of the lack of balance with which the film was reviewed.
“Many doctors invited to participate in a discussion about the MMR-autism link after the programme, boycotted it instead, claiming it was misleading. One of these doctors (David Salisbury, director of the British National Immunization Program) justified his decision to do so by saying that if he and his public health colleagues had appeared as the filmmakers had requested, “We felt we’d be giving respectability to a program that was not respectable.” British doctors also wrote an open letter condemning the film, in which they called it “distorted” and “entirely unbalanced.” One of the letter’s signatories, Great Ormond Street Hospital pediatrician David Elliman, also called the film “overly sentimental” and “potentially dangerous.” ”
In response to such criticisms, Stevenson said, “Perhaps it was naive of me to think you could put out a film like that,” and, “I thought it was generating an interesting debate and that it gave a voice to those who needed a voice – parents who were told they didn’t know anything.”
Finally, if we are going to talk seriously about censorship, we have to think always of the one and a half thousand parents of vaccine damaged children, who having worked with their lawyers for a decade, only to have their case pulled from beneath them by the British government. These parents, who have a life time battle are the true ‘disappeared’ of UK. Those who caused these babies, children and now young people to be swept away and never referred to again, should face criminal charges.
–Martin J. Walker
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