Project Special: The Kony Phenomenon

By David Knox on March 8, 2012 / Filed Under Programming 13

Tonight TEN airs a documentary that has become a YouTube sensation.

The film by not-for-profit group Invisible Children aims to raise support for the arrest of Joseph Kony, Ugandan guerrilla group leader, and set a precedent for international justice.

However, there are also emerging questions about Invisible Children’s support of military intervention with news of a photograph of the group’s founders holding guns and posing with members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.

Kony 2012. These words have taken the world by storm in the past 24 hours. Tonight in a Project special, TEN brings viewers the 30 minute You Tube documentary that has spread via social media and been viewed close to 20 million times since it launched 2 days ago.

Charlie Pickering, Carrie Bickmore and The Gruen Transfer’s Todd Sampson will speak to former child soldier David Nyuol and Aaron Lewis, a journalist who has been on the hunt for Joseph Kony.
The documentary will screen as part of our program, commercial free.

The Project team will discuss the history of accused war criminal Joseph Kony and the campaign to bring him to justice through social media. The Project team will talk to Michael Wilkinson, critic of the not for profit organisation, Invisible Children, who fund this remarkable campaign.

8pm tonight on TEN.

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13 Comments »

  1. Jason D. March 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm -

    @Trix

    I’m not too familiar with Human Rights Watch, however, in my experience, organisations like Amnesty International are not politically neutral either.

  2. Robert BA March 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm -

    One Big Scam.

  3. Trix March 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm -

    Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are the best places to go to get the facts. It can be very difficult to ascertain conflicts of interest or pushing of barrows otherwise.

  4. jezza the first original one March 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm -

    Kudos to The Project for moving on this quickly, however I did not watch their show to see if they challenged the Kony 2012 video or highlighted where this so called not for profit org. spend their income. The video itself with its soft emotional music is awful, done by white kids for a largely white audience, and patronising to Africans. The organisation reportdly spend the bulk of their income on air travel and film making….mmmm…not a charity I want to give to….

  5. Jason D. March 9, 2012 at 11:29 am -

    There are all sorts of biases and propaganda involved in these sort of war crime affairs. The story only came about to prominence within a matter of a few hours. More time or at least more angles should be taken to get the whole story to avoid haphazardness in reporting instead of jumping on the social media bandwagon. I think most proponents could not possibly grasp the full story within 24 hours.

  6. Tony Bee March 9, 2012 at 9:52 am -

    I smell a rat …

  7. gromit60 March 9, 2012 at 9:13 am -

    Thanks for the link Rick. It is as I suspected – more than meets the eye.

    I wonder if this will get a run on Media Watch this week?

  8. Craig March 9, 2012 at 7:51 am -

    I agree it was a little one sided and some of the facts were wrong (which they corrected) but anything that can stop things like this happening and men (I use the term lightly) like Joseph Kony having this kind of power then all the better.

    I just wonder if the wider media will pick up on this story now, April 20 should be interesting.

    BTW anyone notice the nice dig at ACA for not running the story years ago?

  9. Peter A March 9, 2012 at 7:03 am -

    I’m sorry RickM but I don’t agree. This is clever programming by ten (For a change). This topic is hot. It’s everywhere; the fact that ten showed this is brilliant. Clearly people want to see it, see what it’s all about. If you put the topic matter aside for a second, the fact ten jumped on this and used the project to show it is cleaver stuff.

  10. Goonies March 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm -

    Agree with Rick & Jezza on this one.

  11. Kenny March 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm -

    Could have been more effective with a day or two publicity. SCTEN didn’t even update their EPG.
    There are also questions around this “not for profit” group’s accounts and how the money received is spent.

  12. jezza the first original one March 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm -

    Seen this and do not buy into its premise at all, semed like a bunch of white neo colonialists trying to prove africans can not govern themselves

  13. RickM March 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm -

    Hello bandwagon, goodbye fact checking!

    reddit.com/r/DAE/comments/qlqzd/am_i_the_only_one_who_is_suspicious_about/

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