IMF to Filmmaker: No Criticism of Russia Allowed

Documentarian backs out of conference after hosts attempt to censor him

Phelim McAleer/AP

Phelim McAleer/AP

CJ Ciaramella
The Washington Free Beacon
3/19/2013

The director of a documentary on fracking has withdrawn from a conference hosted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Oxford University after organizers refused to screen a clip from his film that was critical of Russia.

Phelim McAleer, the co-director of FrackNation, was scheduled to screen clips from his film at a conference on international commodity prices being held Wednesday and Thursday at IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C.

However, organizers informed McAleer that one of the clips concerning Russia’s manipulation of Eastern Europe’s gas supply would not be shown. McAleer withdrew from the conference as a result and told the Washington Free Beacon that IMF’s decision is “an attack on journalism and an attack on free speech.”

“It’s actually unbelievable that a conference by IMF and Oxford would want to censor one of their speakers to protect one of the wealthiest countries in the world,” McAleer said. “Do people really want to go to a conference where opinions on powerful people are censored?”…

 

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