Going Clear: the film Scientologists don't want you to see - 2015-04-28

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F345.png Going Clear: the film Scientologists don't want you to see April 28, 2015, John Sweeney, The Guardian

Going Clear explores the dark heart of Scientology brilliantly and relentlessly, but it doesn't seem that the film will be broadcast in the UK any time soon. The church stays in business thanks to three critical factors: firstly, it constricts information about itself by generating fear of horrible libel bills and private investigators' probing; secondly, in the United States at least, it has the shield afforded by the word religion; thirdly, its celebrity adherents make it look good – or at least less bad – much of the time.

In its goal of preventing a broadcast of Going Clear in the UK, the church has an unlikely ally in Northern Ireland's libel laws. The 2013 Defamation Act set out a new defence for public-interest journalism on the British mainland: that the plaintiff has to show "serious harm" has been done to it. However, the act has not been made law in Northern Ireland, and Sky Atlantic – which has the UK rights to broadcast the film – cannot cut off the province from its satellite transmissions for this single show.


{{cite news | first = John | last = Sweeney | title = Going Clear: the film Scientologists don't want you to see | url = http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/apr/28/going-clear-the-film-scientologists-dont-want-you-to-see | work = The Guardian | date = April 28, 2015 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}