February 18, 2008

Channel 4 journalist says more information to be released against MMR reports

Brian Deer, the Channel 4 journalist who produced a documentary criticising the reports which link between MMR vaccines to autism, has said he would release even more information this year against the reports.

Speaking to RaW News, Deer said that there was “a big bunch of stuff” he would “release to the world” against the report published by a medical team led by Dr. Andrew Wakefield more than 10 years ago.

Deer’s previous documentaries have led to Wakefield launching libel action against him, which was subsequently dropped later.
Brian Deer
Deer called Wakefield’s action “the biggest mistake in his life.”

Speaking about the current state of journalism, he feels that competition has restricted the scope of stories which journalists could cover.

He thinks that journalists can no longer cover more general social issues such as poverty and homelessness.

“We are more caring about ourselves, and less caring about others,” says Deer, who thinks that people are no longer looking out for each other as they had in the past.

The journalist also looks fondly back at his days when he was an undergraduate philosophy student, from the time when he was the only student in the whole of what is now the Rootes Residences, to the time when he planned an attack with the student union president against the pro vice chancellor and had his degree award delayed.

He encourages students to get engaged with journalism, saying it is one of the most open industries in the market.

Listen to the interview here:

Or, click here:

http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/%7Ejng/Channel%204%20Men%20Final.mp3

Jon Ng
Political Correspondent

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