John Richard Pilger (born 9 October 1939) is an Australian journalist and documentary maker, based in London. He has twice won Britain's Journalist of the Year Award, and his documentaries have received academy awards in Britain and the US.
Since his early years as a war correspondent in Vietnam, Pilger has been a leading critic of the foreign policy of the West. He is particularly opposed to many aspects of United States foreign policy, which he regards as being driven by a largely imperialist agenda.
Life and career
Pilger was born in Bondi, a suburb of Sydney. He attended Sydney Boys High School, where he started a student newspaper, The Messenger. He began as a copy boy with the Sydney Sun in 1958 and later moved to the city's Daily Telegraph. In the early 1960s he was recruited by the British Daily Mirror. He has been based in London ever since.
On 5 June 1968 he witnessed the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Pilger says "there's no question that there was another gunman".
During the Daily Mirror 's campaigning heyday Pilger became its star reporter, particularly on social issues. He was a war correspondent in Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt, India, Bangladesh and Biafra. Later, TV documentaries and books cemented his reputation.
Propaganda disguised as journalism - Part 1 of 2
In Breaking the Silence: The Television Reporting of John Pilger, his appraisal of the journalist's documentaries, Anthony Hayward wrote, "For more than a generation, he has been an ever stronger voice for those without a voice and a thorn in the side of authority, the Establishment. His work, particularly his television documentaries, has also made him rare in being a journalist who is universally known, a champion of those for whom he fights and the scourge of politicians and others whose actions he expose.
Propaganda disguised as journalism - Part 2 of 2
Why journalism matters - Part 1 of 4
Journalist John Pilger discussed "why journalism matters" with Professor Richard Keeble of the Lincoln School of Journalism, on Monday October 12th, 2009.
A write-up of the talk is available on the website of The Linc, a student newspaper at the University of Lincoln: thelinc.co.uk/2009/10/john-pilger-explains-why-journalism-matters/
Thanks to Sam Doohan for the camerawork, Sam Cox for the photos, and Josh Jackson for exporting the video file.
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Melbourne Writers Festival John Pilger 1 of 4
These days, a one-dimensional political 'culture' ensures that few writers write, or speak out, as they did in the last century. They are talented, yet safe. In the media, the more people watch, the less people know. Beneath the smokescreen of objectivity and impartiality, media establishments too often ventriloquise the official line, falling silent at the sight of unpleasant truths. Renowned independent journalist John Pilger speaks about complicity and compliance and what the rest of us can do.
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The Hidden Power of The Media - Marxism
Made by Platform Films. Documentary based on a lecture given by John Pilger at the Socialist Workers Party summer conference in July 1996.
John Pilger in Conservation - Part 1 of 4
Five students sit down to talk with journalist and filmmaker John Pilger. In preparation for this encounter, the students spent a month reading Pilger's articles and books and watching his documentaries, as well as working with faculty mentors to develop their questions. This event was coordinated through the REEL Film and Speaker Series at Houston Community College's Town & Country Campus.
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Democracy Now! - Empire 1 of 5
The renowned investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger has spent the better part of his life documenting American empire and the resistance it has met. Pilger has made over fifty documentaries and is the author, most recently, of "Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire," which looks at ongoing struggles in Afghanistan, Diego Garcia, India, Palestine, and South Africa. Pilger joins Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now! for the hour to play excerpts of his documentaries and speak of the struggles he has covered.
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Democracy Now - John Pilger on Everything 1 of 4
(DemocracyNow) Award-winning investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker, John Pilger, joins us for a wide-ranging conversation on on Honduras, Iran, Gaza, the media, health care, and Obamas wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Pilger has has written close to a dozen books and made over 50 documentaries on a range of subjects including struggles around the world for a more just and peaceful society and against Western military and economic intervention July 2009.
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Democracy NOW! - Attack on Journalism Part 1 of 2
Rolling Stone published its article on General Stanley McChrystal that eventually led to him being fired by President Obama. Since the article came out, Rolling Stone and the reporter who broke the story, Michael Hastings, have come under attack in the mainstream media for violating the so-called "ground rules" of journalism. But the investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger says Hastings was simply doing what all true journalists need to do. Published with written permission from democracynow.org. http://www.democracynow.org Provided to you under Democracy NOW! creative commons license. Credits for this video belongs to democracynow.org, an independent non-profit user funded news media, recognized and broadcast world wide.
Democracy NOW! - Attack on Journalism Part 2 of 2
Riz Khan - The last US combat forces in Iraq
US combat forces have left Iraq, but who should be held accountable for the invasion and occupation that has left hundreds of thousands dead? Veteran investigative journalist John Pilger joins the show to discuss.
Obama and Empire
Author, journalist, film maker John Pilger speaks at Socialism 2009 www.socialistworker.org; wwwhaymarketbooks.org Filmed by Paul Hubbard at the Womens Building in San Francisco 7-4-09.