Meditel was in 1987 among the first who paid attention to the AIDS debate. They made a series of documentaries and news items about the AIDS controversy: 

'The Unheard Voices' (1987). Produced and directed by Jad Adams, executive producer Joan Shenton, and reporter Michael Verney-Elliot. The documentary was aired in November 1987 by Channel 4. The Sunday Telegraph described the programme as "outstanding...well argued". In the programme Prof. Duesberg and others argued that HIV could not be the cause of AIDS and that, as a result of present thinking on AIDS, millions of lives that could be saved will not be saved, and vast research funds are being wasted. The documentary won in 1988 the prestious journalism award from the Royal Television Society in the category international current affairs. 

'The AIDS Catch' (1990) Broadcasted in June 1990 by Channel 4. Produced and directed by Joan Shenton, reporter: Michael Verney-Elliot. The second AIDS documentary questioning HIV as the cause of AIDS. The programme is also questioning whether AIDS is infectious or not, and paid attention to the long-term survivors. Dr. Montagnier introduces cofactors and says in this programme "At first we thought we had the best candidate to be the cause of AIDS...[but now]...I would agree that HIV by itself or some strains of HIV are not sufficient to induce AIDS " Meditel also introduced John Lauritsen, Walter Gilbert, Harry Rubin, Joseph Sonnabend, Gordon Stewart and Robert-Root-Bernstein. The Financial Times wrote: "An outstanding piece of 'sez who?' journalism. It is still encouraging to find that there are still proper television journalists around, working with the disciple, and with minds not wraped by sentimentalism!"

'AZT; Cause for Concern' (1992) Produced and directed by Joan Shenton, reporter: Michael Verney-Elliot. Aired by Channel 4 in February 1992. A programme about the the main drug prescribed to help people with AIDS. Meditel uncovers the disturbing evidence that AZT may in fact be causing more harm than good. With John Lauritsen and Prof. Duesberg, but the programme also introduces John Hamilton, Michael Lange and Robert Hoffman. The programme makers stated that Wellcome's claims for AZT are "false and misleading". 

'AIDS and Africa' (1993) For Channel 4 Dispatches. Aired 12 March 1993. For years now Western scientists have predicted an AIDS catastrophe for the continent. Joan Shenton travelled to Africa East and West to assess what is really happening on the ground. A story of hope for Africa; a report that suggests that Africa may not, after all, be in the grip of a devastating epidemic. 

'Diary of an AIDS Dissident' (1993) Produced and directed by Joan Shenton. A short version of the programme has been aired in Europe by Sky News. PBS broadcasted the programme in the U.S. This filmed diary chronicles events in Berlin (World AIDS Conference), London (AZT on Trial Conference) and New York (Spin magazine, HEAL) which highlight the growing opposition to the current complacency surrounding the establishment view on the cause of AIDS. 

'Search for Solutions' (2000) Joan Shenton interviewed South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki on AIDS. The 25 minutes programme was broadcasted by M-Net all over Africa in April 2000.

Meditel also produced several shorter news items about the AIDS controversy. 'Amsterdam AIDS Conference', about the alternative conference 'AIDS; A Different View', and 'European Dissidents' were both broadcasted by Sky News (1992).

For more information about the AIDS controversy, go to the Rethinking AIDS WebSite



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