Picture of actor Jim Caviezel in Sound of Freedom

For Fact’s Sake podcast: Does the latest box office hit promote child trafficking conspiracies?

An independent film released in the UK this week has taken the US box office by storm, but has run into controversy.

Sound of Freedom is the story of anti-child trafficking campaigner Tim Ballard, who founded charity Operation Underground Railroad (OUR).

But the credibility of the claims made by Ballard and the organisation he once led have been called into question, and troubling links have been unearthed with conspiracy theories perpetuated by the US far-right.

Vice News journalists Anna Merlan and Tim Marchman have been digging into the facts behind Ballard and OUR for a number of years, and explained to Ali and Paul what is going on.

Elsewhere on the podcast, we explain why Ferret Fact Service fact-checked a video about Patrick Harvie, and Ali’s credibility is tested in an impromptu quiz.

Show notes:

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All the sources used in our checks are publicly available and the FFS fact-checking methodology can be viewed here.

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