21st September 2015. Sky is set to broadcast Going Clear despite censorship pressure from the Scientology organisation
|30th August 2015
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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a 2015 USA documentary by Alex Gibney.
Starring Lawrence Wright, Mike Rinder and Marty Rathbun.
A devastating two hour documentary based on Lawrence
Wright's book of the same name. Scientology is laid bare by a film that skilfully knits together archive footage, testimonials from former high ranking officials and public, and dramatic reconstructions.
Sky Atlantic is to show a
documentary on Scientology, despite legal pressure from the 'church'.
Alex Gibney's Going Clear traces the origins of the organisation and profiles former members, including Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis. It has alleged abusive
practices at Scientology's US headquarters, which members have denounced as one-sided, bigoted propaganda .
The film premiered to wide acclaim in the US in March and was watched by 5.5 million viewers on HBO. It also garnered seven Emmy
The Church of Scientology has previously threatened to use the UK's libel laws to challenge any false or defamatory content if it is broadcast in the UK.
Although an initial screening, in April, was postponed, Sky has
now confirmed it will be shown, without edits on 21 September. A spokesman for Sky told The Guardian:
Both Sky, and the producers of the film, have sought legal advice at every stage of the process and are confident
the film complies with legal requirements in the territories in which we are screening the film.
|29th April 2015
The film Scientologists donít want you to see
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Sky cancels Scientology documentary over fears of libel claims via Northern ireland
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Plans to broadcast HBO's Church of Scientology exposť, Going Clear , have been shelved by Sky Atlantic in a virtual repeat of events two years ago, when UK publishers abandoned publication of the book on which the new TV documentary is based.
Sky originally indicated that the Alex Gibney-directed film, which alleges abusive practices at the 'religion''s US headquarters, would be transmitted in the UK earlier this month in step with its American release.
However, the Observer has
learned that because Northern Ireland is not subject to the 2013 Defamation Act, the broadcaster could be exposed to libel claims from David Miscavige, the leader of the church, or others. This appears to have caused the company to postpone transmission,
if not to cancel it entirely.
Sky is unable to differentiate its signal between regions, rendering the same programme potentially exposed to pre-reform libel laws in Northern Ireland, but shielded in Britain where, among free-speech safeguards and
reforms designed to limit frivolous claims or libel tourism , people or organisations must now show serious harm to reputation.
Scientology leaders said in a statement:
The Church of Scientology
will be entitled to seek the protection of both UK and Irish libel laws in the event that any false or defamatory content in this film is broadcast within these jurisdictions.
Google told to censor search suggestions when they are complained about
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A German federal court has told Google to censor the auto-complete results that its search engine suggests.
The court said Google must ensure terms generated by auto-complete are not contrary to the wishes of those that complain.
case was started by an unnamed German businessman who found that Google.de linked him with scientology and fraud . Google must now remove certain word combinations when told about them, said the court.
A person's privacy would be
violated if the associations conjured up by auto-complete were claimed to be untrue, the federal court said in a statement about the ruling. However, it added, this did not mean that Google had to sanitise its entire index. The operator is, as a basic
principle, only responsible when it gets notice of the unlawful violation of personal rights.
The ruling on auto-complete overturns two earlier decisions by lower German courts.
Because of Britain's anti freedom of speech libel rules
|16th January 2013
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Just the title of Lawrence Wright's Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief tells you more than many books on the subject. Going Clear is a veritable book of revelations on L Ron Hubbard's sci-fi religion, exhaustively
detailing its history, its methods and the depth of its weirdness.
Or so we're told. While Going Clear goes on sale in the US and the rest of Europe this week, you can't buy it in Britain. Not because it threatens national security, or features
royal breasts, but because of our uniquely obliging libel laws.
Unlike in other countries, under English and Welsh law the burden of proof in defamation cases rests exclusively on the defendant, which means that if someone sues you, it's up to you
to prove that it's true. If that someone is, say, a pharmaceutical company, or a church that believes in space people, then you're in for a long, expensive time in court, even if you win (legal costs here are up to 140 times higher than international
norms). Hence Transworld's decision not to publish. The legal advice was that Going Clear's content was not robust enough for the UK market, they say.
Filmmaker speaks of Scientology pressure against a film partly about L Ron Hubbard
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Scientologists in Hollywood tried to derail a movie inspired by the religion's founder, its studio claims. The Master was partly based on L Ron Hubbard, who founded Scientology in the 1950s.
Unnamed Scientologists applied lots of
pressure to stop The Master being made and have it changed once filming began, studio head Harvey Weinstein said
We've had pressure and we've resisted pressure. Originally people said to me 'don't make it'. Lots of
And then, as we were making it, we had pressure to change it. Paul's not doing that and I didn't think he chose me [to work with] because I was going to acquiesce either.
The movie tells the story of
a cult leader known as The Master, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and a troubled World War II veteran, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who is drawn into his world. It won awards for acting and directing after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival and is
seen as an early contender for The Oscars.
Asked about the reaction from Scientologists in Hollywood, Weinstein said:
I'm not going to get into names, but they feel strongly that they think it's a religion and
as such they think the subject matter shouldn't be explored.
The Church of Scientology has denied trying to block the film.
Scientologists attempt to ban German TV film
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Scientology Outrage Over a Critical Film from time.com
Germany's state broadcaster is locked in a row with the Church of Scientology which wants to block an upcoming feature film that depicts the organisation as totalitarian and unethical.
Bis Nichts Mehr Bleibt , or Until Nothing Remains
, dramatises the account of a German family torn apart by its associations with Scientology. A young married couple joins the organisation but as the wife gets sucked ever more deeply into the group, her husband, who has donated much of his money to
it, decides to leave. In the process he loses contact with his young daughter who, like his wife, is being educated by Scientology instructors.
Scientology leaders have accused Germany's primary public TV network, ARD, of creating in top secret a
piece of propaganda that sets out to undermine the group, and have demanded to see it before it is broadcast.
According to the makers of Until Nothing Remains , the Ä2.5m (£2.3 m) drama, which is due to air in a prime-time slot at the
end of March, is based on the true story of Heiner von Rönns, who left Scientology and suffered the subsequent break-up of his family.
Scientology officials have said the film is false and intolerant. Jürg Stettler, a spokesman for
Scientology in Germany said: The truth is precisely the opposite of that which the ARD is showing. The organisation is investigating legal means to prevent the programme from being broadcast. Stettler said the organisation was planning its own
film to spread our own side of the story .
Scientology calls for Australian laws to censor their critics
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Scientology has called upon the Australian Government to censor the internet and media locally in direct response to protests from Anonymous.
In a long, rambling submission made to the Australian Human Rights Commission made earlier this year,
the 'Church' attacks Anonymous calling them, among other things, a hate group of cyberterrorists that is engaged in a malicious campaign of hate that is an anathema to democracy.
The submission states:
In Australia Anonymous have mounted a sustained campaign of misinformation against the Church. As we are a minority religion with the vast majority of the population unaware of our true beliefs and humanitarian programs, their
campaign has no justifiable purpose and violates the Church of Scientology's and parishioners rights to human dignity and religious freedom under the Constitution.
Scientology wants the Internet and media in Australia censored
to prevent any negative stories being told about the church, and more, including:
- Banning the use of domain name registration anonymity tools such as WhoisGuard by sites who talk about the church
- The introduction of criminal sanctions for vilification of religion, including jail time for serious religious
- The prohibition of concealing ones identity with a mask by people engaged in campaigns of harassment and vilification against religions (which they specifically mean Guy Fawkes masks.)
The statement gets worse:
It is recommended that a law be enacted to prevent the dissemination of antireligious propaganda in the media, which is based on unfounded hearsay and either known or reasonably known
to be untruthful. Such dissemination shall be the subject of a civil penalty provision in favour of the defamed Church, and/or its individual parishioners if they are individually named or otherwise identified.
Scientologists set their lawyers on the Daily Mail
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article from glosslip.com
See also WhyWeProtest.net.
Glosslip insiders have revealed that the Daily Mail’s story on Jett Travolta, titled Did John Travolta’s weird faith seal son Jett’s fate? was pulled from their website after threats from the Church of Scientology.
nothing new in the world of Scientology. Almost a year ago, gossip site Gawker was threatened with legal action from the highly litigious religion after posting a for Scientologist’s eyes only video featuring Tom Cruise discussing his
strange religion. Gawker, citing fair use laws, refused to pull the video, and have been reaping a traffic bonanza since.
With the barrage of stories following the tragic death of 16-year old Jett Travolta, one has to wonder how much overtime the
lawyers have been putting in trying to keep the media from looking too closely at their dangerous history of medical mishaps based on the groups anti-psychiatry beliefs.
Anti-Scientology book unlisted by UK Amazon
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Amazon UK has barred the sale of a new Scientology exposé penned by a former member of the church's elite paramilitary group.
The British incarnation of the world's most popular etailer is no longer offering The Complex: An
Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology , by John Duignan, who spent 22 years inside the top secret organization.
In a recent post to an anti-Scientology discussion forum, an Anonymous Brit says that after pre-ordering
the book, he received an email from Amazon announcing it had been removed from sale for legal reasons.
The book is also no longer available at Waterstone's and is out of stock at US Amazon
The US listing describes the book like
For the first time ever, a former high-ranking member of the Church of Scientology is lifting the lid on life inside the world s fastest growing cult. The Complex reveals the true story behind the religion
that has ensnared a Who's Who list of celebrities such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and convinced thousands of ordinary people to join up.
Duignan describes how two years ago he staged a dramatic escape from the elite paramilitary group at
the core of the Church, the Sea Organisation, and how he narrowly evaded pursuit by Scientologists from the Office of Special Affairs. He looks back on the 22 years he served in the Church's secret army and describes the hours of sleep deprivation,
brain-washing and intense auditing or religious counselling he endured, as he was moulded into a soldier of Scientology.
He talks about the money-making-machine at the heart of the Church, the Scientology goal to Clear the Planet and Get Ethics
In, the training programmes, the Rehabilitation Project Force and the punishments meted out to anyone who transgresses, including children. We follow his journey through the Church and the painful investigation that leads to his eventual realisation that
there is something very wrong at Scientology's core.
The Complex was published by the Dublin, Ireland-based Merlin Publishing.