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John Pilger grew up in Sydney, Australia. He has been a war correspondent, author and documentary film-maker. He is one of only two to win British journalism's highest award twice, for his work all over the world. On 1 November, he was awarded Britain's highest honor for documentary film-making by the Grierson Trustees, in memory of the documentary pioneer John Grierson.
He has been International reporter of the Year and a recipient of the United Nations Association Peace Prize and Gold Medal. In 2003, he received the prestigious Sophie Prize for "thirty years of exposing deception and improving human rights." In 2009, he was awarded Australia's international human rights award, the Sydney Peace Prize, "for his courage as a film-maker and journalist in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard "."
For his documentary films, he has won an American television academy award, an Emmy, and the Richard Dimbleby Award for a lifetime's work in factual broadcasting, awarded by BAFTA. His first film, The Quiet Mutiny, made in 1970 for Granada's World in Action, revealed the rebellion within the US Army in Vietnam that led to the American withdrawal. His 1979 documentary, the epic Cambodia Year Zero is credited with alerting the world to the horrors of the Pol Pot regime. Year Zero is ranked by the BFI as among the ten most important documentaries of the 20th century. His Death of a Nation, about East Timor, had a similar impact in 1994. He has made 58 documentary films.
He is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Heroes and A Secret Country, The New Rulers of the World and Hidden Agendas. He is the editor of an anthology, Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and its Triumphs. His latest book is Freedom Next Time.
"John Pilger unearths, with steely attention to facts, the filthy truth and tells it as it is" -- Harold Pinter.
"John Pilger's work has been a beacon of light in often dark times. The realities he has brought to light have been a revelation, over and over again, and his courage and insight a constant inspiration." -- Noam Chomsky[
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 30, 2020 Britain's Covid Suffering is a Crime Against Humanity
A rational person would question why Britain has fared so badly in the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a rich country with the sixth largest economy in the world, a proud history of public health and a National Health Service (NHS) arising from the ashes of World War II. This forms the central pillar of the welfare state, providing universal, comprehensive care to all citizens irrespective of ability to pay.
SHARE Friday, April 10, 2020 Freedom From Fear
T.J. Coles interviews the world-renowned journalist and filmmaker, John Pilger, about the coronavirus crisis in the context of propaganda, imperialism, and human rights.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Julian Assange Must be Freed, Not Betrayed
On Saturday, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. People will carry pictures of the Australian publisher and journalist Julian Assange who, on 24 February, faces a court that will decide whether or not he is to be extradited to the United States and a living death.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 29, 2019 Visiting Britain's political prisoner
Julian's intellect, resilience and wicked sense of humor all unknown to the low life who defame him are, I believe, protecting him. He is wounded badly, but he is not going out of his mind.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 24, 2019 The Lies About Assange Must Stop Now
Newspapers and other media in the United States, Britain and Australia have recently declared a passion for freedom of speech, especially their right to publish freely. They are worried by the "Assange effect."
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 26, 2019 Did This Happen in the Home of the Magna Carta?
In a special comment written for Consortium News, John Pilger, legendary filmmaker, journalist and friend of Assange, describes the troubling scene inside a London courtroom this week where the WikiLeaks publisher appeared in his U.S. extradition case.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 6, 2019 The Dirty War on the British National Health Service
...the NHS, the last bastion of a truly people's institution without which so many of us would stumble and fall and perhaps not survive...it's a warning...our National Health Service is being undermined and sold off: piece by precious piece...
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 31, 2019 "Wish You Were Here" for Julian Assange
On Monday, 2 September, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd will perform his classic 'Wish You were Here' outside the Home Office (interior ministry) on Marsham Street in the heart of London. I will be be speaking. Join us at 6pm in solidarity with Britain's political prisoner.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 21, 2019 West's news dominated by Hong Kong while Yellow Vests largely ignored
On this season finale special episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and film-maker John Pilger on a round-up of all the latest issues. John describes the current state of global affairs as in a state of world war, warning that the 'coming war on China' he warned about"
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 7, 2019 New Fears for Julian Assange
Legendary journalist John Pilger has been to see Assange in Belmarsh Prison in London and his report is not encouraging.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 12, 2019 The Assange arrest is a warning from history
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 3, 2019 The prisoner says no to Big Brother
The persecution of Julian Assange is the conquest of us all: of our independence, our self respect, our intellect, our compassion, our politics, our culture. So stop scrolling. Organize. Occupy. Insist. Persist. Make a noise. Take direct action. Be brave and stay brave. Defy the thought police.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, February 22, 2019 The war on Venezuela is built on lies
Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies. A fire sale of Venezuela's utilities and mineral wealth will surely follow, along with the theft of the country's oil, as outlined by John Bolton.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 7, 2018 The hidden history of the women who rose up
Where are those of us prepared to "utter unlawful oaths" and stand up to the authoritarians and charlatans in government, who glorify war and invent foreign enemies and criminalize dissent and who abuse and mistreat vulnerable refugees to these shores and disgracefully call them "illegals."
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 17, 2018 Bringing Julian Assange home
Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Justice and freedom for Julian Assange mean free speech for us all
Assange is denied basic communications; he is refused access to the phone and internet and visitors are forbidden. In forging a new, deferential relationship with the United States, President Lenin Moreno and the Ecuadorean government clearly aim to make life so difficult for Julian that he is silenced completely or he is forced to leave the embassy, into the waiting arms of the police.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 31, 2018 The Isolation Of Julian Assange Must Stop
If it was ever clear that the case of Julian Assange was never just a legal case, but a struggle for the protection of basic human rights, it is now. If there is no freedom of speech for Julian Assange, there is no freedom of speech for any of us -- regardless of the disparate opinions we hold.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 11, 2017 Why the documentary must not be allowed to die
Early British film-makers believed that the documentary should speak from below, not from above: it should be the medium of people, not authority. In other words, it was the blood, sweat and tears of ordinary people that gave us the documentary. In survey after survey, when people are asked what they would like more of on television, they say documentaries.