Themes and Key Words:
International Politics, Journalism, Human Rights, Investigation
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White Pine Pictures
Fred Peabody
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All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Legacy of I.F. Stone is a theatrical documentary created by a team of Emmy Award-winning filmmakers, who subscribed to I. F. Stone’s newsletter in their teens.

I.F. Stone’s Weekly inspired us then, and compels us now to tell the story of a new wave of independent, investigative, adversarial journalists following in Stone’s footsteps.

We hope this film will inspire the next generation of independent journalists, many of whom are now in college, to carry on I.F. Stone’s legacy of speaking truth to power.

This film will change the way you look at the mainstream media or “MSM”. Giant media conglomerates are increasingly reluctant to investigate or criticize government policies – particularly on defense, security and intelligence issues.

They are ceding responsibility for holding governments and corporations accountable to the independent journalists and filmmakers who risk their careers, their freedom and their lives in war zones – to expose the truth.

With government deception rampant, and intrusion of state surveillance into private life never more egregious, independent voices like Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Amy Goodman are crucially important. All three are inspired by the iconoclastic rebel journalist named I. F. Stone, whose fearless, independent reporting from 1953 to 1971 filled a tiny 4-page newsletter which he wrote, published, and carried to the mailbox every week.

Stone is little known today, but All Governments Lie will reveal the profound influence he’s had on contemporary independent journalists like Greenwald, Scahill, Goodman and others.


Fred Peabody is an Emmy-winning journalist and filmmaker whose credits include seven years as a producer-director on the acclaimed CBC investigative program “the fifth estate”. In 2003 he was Supervising Producer on “Perfect Illusions”, a PBS documentary about eating disorders in young women. His film on the childhood exploitation of the Dionne quintuplets was nominated for an Emmy in 1998, and he won an Emmy in 1989 for a film about wild horses rescued from starvation and abuse.


2016 Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
World Premiere

2016 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017 Docpoint Helsinki, Finland

2017 Docpoint Tallin, Estonia

2017 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece

2017 CPH Dox, Copenhagen, Denmark

2017 Docville, Louvain, Belgium

2017 One World Festival, Bucharest, Romania

2017 Festival International du Grand Reportage d’Actualité, France

2017 Human Rights Watch, London, U.K.

2017 Planete Doc Review, Warsaw, Poland


“The documentary, from first-time feature director Fred Peabody and veteran producer Peter Raymont, is a compelling study of contemporary investigative journalism and a case for its centrality to a functioning democratic society.”
Daniel Glassman, POV Magazine

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