Amber Lyon is a three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, filmmaker, photographer, and explorer known for her use of submersion journalism, or becoming part of the story, to find the truth.
In 2011, while reporting for CNN, Lyon examined social media’s critical role in galvanizing revolutions and exposing human rights abuse in Egypt, Tunisia, and Bahrain. Lyon and her crew were detained at gunpoint while reporting in Bahrain for the documentary, but were able to escape with their video unscathed. The resulting work was entitled iRevolution: Online Warriors of the Arab Spring.
During this project, I see Lyon as passionate journalism who becomes outraged with the level of cenorship in mainstream media, specfically CNN. Lyon leaves CNN.
Exit to the wilderness
As I follow Amber Lyon, I am deeply intrigued by this women's bravery to sacrifice everything she worked so hard for; the comfortable paycheck, the production team assigned to her, the large national stage provided by CNN... all for the hope for the "integrity" in journalism? Where will you go? What will you do? Even more interesting is HOW will you survive? This world is huge jungle. You just left the comfort of a giant in hope of something...better...
Let us watch her burn and learn from her experience. I am cheering for you, Amber Lyon! Thanks for being brave.
MAR 2013 : Lyon speech at Harvard regarding censorship laws.
NOV 2013 : Lyon finishes her book on activism :
Peace, Love and Peper Spray
Amber wrote :
"Throughout history -the American Revolution, slavery, labor movement, women’s suffrage, civil rights, Vietnam war, gay rights- protest has been the common denominator for change.
We are at a crucial time where our actions today will determine whether humanity sinks or swims. Every one of us worldwide has an urgent duty to use our platforms and talents to fight corruption and expand consciousness.
Don’t know which issue motivates you? Google NSA PRISM, ag-gag, police militarization, GMO food, war on whistleblowers, Iraq uranium birth defects, building seven, bank bailouts, U.S. police militarization, GE Mark 1 reactors in US, tar sands, Aaron Swartz, James Risen, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, Manuel Diaz, Chelsea Manning, Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown- I guarantee you will have a plethora of material to inspire your protest."
MAY 2014 : Lyon explores for truth in How Psychedelics Saved My Life
Amber wrote :
"These non-addictive substances- MDMA, ayahuasca, ibogaine, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, and many more- are proven to rapidly and effectively help people heal from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, addiction and depression.
Psychedelics saved my life."