Claiming that the reporting of the Magnitsky Case in the international media is based solely on Mr. Browder's version I am talking from my own experience. As countless journalists I was ready to retell Browder's emotional story about his heroic "lawyer". I was making a film about Magnitsky, produced by Piraya Film, a multi-award winning Norwegian company, and supported by some of the most respectable European film and media organisations, such as Norwegian Film Institute, the Freedom of Expression Foundation, Filmkraft, Finnish Film Foundation and ZDF/ARTE. I believed Browder, partly for political reasons, as my previous work had been highly critical of the Russian government.
Having, however, detected inconsistencies in Mr. Browder's story I decided not to sweep them under the rug. The result of my investigative work, the film entitled "The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes" was at first highly praised by its commissioning editors, at ZDF/ARTE inter alia. The premiere of the film was to be held at the European Parliament in April 2016. Yet, as a result of Browder's intense pressure on the top management of ZDF, and a decision of a group of Green MEPs, the screening was dramatically cancelled, minutes before the planned starting time. The scheduled transmission on ARTE was then annulled as well. It is difficult to consider that anything but censorship.
To be fair to the European media, a few reporters have since conducted their own investigations of the Browder/Magnitsky case, independently of Browder's self-serving input. Der Spiegel
(Germany's oldest online magazine), Finans/Jullands Posten
(major Danish newspapers), have all published highly critical analysis of Browder's Magnitsky narrative.