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“This is not a plot” shakes up Belgium

A documentary arouses a vast questioning in society, even if it means putting the elementary rules of journalism in parentheses.

A documentary arouses a vast questioning in society, even if it means putting the elementary rules of journalism in parentheses.

From our correspondent, Max Helleff (Brussels) – Broadcast on the Vimeo platform, a documentary entitled “This is not a conspiracy” has been making the buzz for several days. It is the work of director Bernard Crutzen and essentially criticizes the way in which the health crisis is treated by the Belgian press. Scientific experts are also pinned down, precisely when the population questions their relevance, if not their probity.

The documentary includes a video showing the very media virologist Marc Van Ranst explaining to a handpicked audience how to make the most of the press in order to convince the population to adhere to the health measures decreed by the government.

The above is only a sample of a demonstration making covid the culmination of a vast manipulation of big pharma. In short, the pharmaceutical industry would seek to sell its vaccines to earn ever more money; the rulers would be helpless accomplices and the media would be singularly lacking in critical thinking… when they are not squarely funded by a certain Bill Gates.

Several scientists have stepped up to the plate to shoot red balls on this film. The microbiologist Emmanuel André said he was surprised to be “propelled by the grand lodge of ‘non-conspirators’ to the rank of general of ‘conspirators'”. “What is said about me is factually false, but the director did not see fit to ask me questions,” he says while pointing to the wave of aggressive emails of which he is today the victim.

Belgian scientists were wrong on several occasions during the health crisis, some of them going so far as to deny the protective nature of the mask at a time when stocks were empty. But this reality is undermined by untruths, unverified information or the many shortcuts concealed in Bernard Crutzen’s film.

Impact in opinion

Written and televised newspapers have logically instructed their collaborators to demonstrate by facts the erroneous or false side of certain statements taken up by the documentary. Anthropologist Jacinthe Mazzocchetti (UCLouvain) denounces the use that has been made of his interventions. As the film is conceived, she says, “it can only feed the conspiratorial groups, help to tip those and those, who on the wire, ask themselves good questions, but risk being answered on the side of the groups. conspirators and / or extremists. “

This risk is all the greater, underlines the psychologist Olivier Klein (ULB), that “This is not a conspiracy” is “much more subtle” than is “Hold up”, this French conspiratorial film diffused in last november. “Here, we are in the permanent insinuation … It’s very effective as a method.”

The comments that abound on social networks speak volumes about the important impact of the documentary on the public. Some Internet users believe that if the director willingly collects the elements that serve his thesis while forgetting to confront them with criticism, he nonetheless encourages reflection. In particular when he vilifies the liberticidal nature of the health measures taken in the name of the emergency by the De Croo government – which, let us remember, has just promised a great parliamentary debate after having suffered the burden of the three orders of lawyers that account Belgium. For these reasons, according to his supporters, “This is not a conspiracy” is not to be thrown in the garbage.


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