Mediastan is being released on October 11, 2013 to challenge the UK opening of The Fifth Estate, a multi-million dollar Hollywood film about WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, produced by Dreamworks in collaboration with Disney.
In a press release the documentary's producer Julian Assange said:
This is journalism in extremis. This is how it is done. This weekend, instead of wasting your time and money on Hollywood propaganda, why not get all your friends around and spend your time watching MEDIASTAN instead?
Last month, Wikileaks leaked the script of The Fifth Estate, which was followed by a letter from Assange to the film's lead actor calling the film ‘toxic’ and based on a ‘distorted version of the truth.‘
WikiLeaks is an international, online, non-profit organisation which publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources and whistleblowers. Since last year, Julian Assange, has been holed up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, under diplomatic asylum, after the UK dismissed his appeal against a European Arrest Warrant issued so the Swedish police could question Assange in a sexual assault investigation.