Church of Scientology targets film critics over new documentary - 2015-02-04
Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney's new film, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, received a standing ovation when it debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Before the premiere, the Church of Scientology took out full-page adverts in the New York Times, accusing Gibney of publishing false information, motivated by religious bigotry. A Twitter account called "Freedom Media Ethics", set up on January 16, has sent over 100 tweets condemning the film in the eight days since the premiere.
Now, media outlets who have published reviews of the film have become the targets of the Church's campaign. Outlets including the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed UK received an email from Karin Pouw, Director of Public Affairs for Church of Scientology International, reading: