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The Politics of Documentary

As part of the BFI's Ken Loach retrospective in September 2011 that marked his 75th birthday and 50-year career in film and television, the director describes the suppression and censorship many of his television documentaries faced in the 1980s. He explores wider issues of political bias and censorship in the British media with Prof Julian Petley, Chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, and Jo Glanville, editor of Index on Censorship. Loach criticises the timidity of the Independent Broadcasting Authority, while Glanville draws parallels with more recent examples of suppression and censorship, such as the BBC's decision not to broadcast an emergency aid appeal during the Gaza War, fearing it would breach impartiality rules.

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