On The Record Arcola

The cast of On The Record. Photograph: AGPR

Journalists are being killed in unprecedented numbers as they hold murderous and corrupt regimes and individuals to account.

Since 1992, 868 reporters have died as a result of their work, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, including in planned reprisals for what they have written, broadcast or filmed. In just under two thirds of these cases the murderers have been clearly identified but go unpunished.

And in the first six months of this year alone, 22 reporters were killed and many more injured in the uprisings in Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and elsewhere.

On The Record, the new play from human rights theatre company Iceandfire, digs behind these shocking statistics and uses personal testimony to dramatise the remarkable true stories of six campaigning journalists.

In Sri Lanka, brothers Lal and Lasantha Wickrematunge start a newspaper which publishes the stories others will not touch. Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho uncovers a child pornography ring involving politicians and businessmen, and in Moscow, Elena Kostyuchenko investigates mafia collusion with the police.

American photojournalist Zoriah Miller documents the aftermath of a suicide bombing in Iraq in defiance of US censors, whilst Amira Hass, the only Jewish Israeli journalist to have lived and worked in the Occupied Territories, is outspoken in her criticism of the occupation.

On The Record weaves together the stories of these disparate characters, linked by their determination to challenge the official version of the truth with, in some cases, horrifying consequences.

Written by Christine Bacon and Noah Birksted-Breen, On The Record is directed by Michael Longhurst whose recent work includes Stovepipe (Bush/National Theatre) and Remembrance Day (Royal Court).

On The Record
20 July – 13 August 2011
Studio 1
Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin Street
Dalston E8 3DL

Support us

The coronavirus outbreak has meant that the Hackney Citizen has been unable to print a monthly newspaper for the last three months.

The need for quality news and reliable reporting is crucial - however, this is an increasingly challenging time for local journalism.

Our main source of income, print advertising revenue, fell suddenly - and so we are asking you, the readers, for your help.A one-off donation from anyone who can afford it will help our small team get our newspaper back in print and keep the website and social media feeds running through this unprecedented crisis.

Find out how you can donate.

Thanks in advance for your support, and stay safe.