'All governments lie', was the ominous slogan of the legendary American investigative journalist I.F. Stone, inspiring a group of stubborn journalists wanting to do in-depth and independent research. Popular and mainstream media, however, refuse to spend money and time to this kind of profound investigative research.
Between 1953 and 1971 the passionate American investigative journalist I.F. Stone published a small, but very well-respected newsletter, called I.F. Stone's Weekly. He emphasized a journalist must have the freedom and ability to work independently. By this statement Stone became an inspiration to many driven journalists and filmmakers. Michael Moore, for example, considers his own work as a continuation of Stone's heritage. But also Glenn Greenwald, who exposed the secrets of Edward Snowden concerning the NSA and privacy issues, as well as John Carlos Frey, who conducted research on the mass graves at the US-Mexico border, refer and appeal to Stone's leading example.
Using visual fragments of the past six decades All Governments Lie narrates the convincing and chilling argument insisting on the crucial and essential work ethics of a journalist and the vital force of strong and motivated investigative journalism. In this film the time-consuming and hard work of an ensemble of journalists is documented, raising pressing questions concerning the value and credibility of what we read and see in everyday media.