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John Pilger - 2020-09-07 - Original post - cached version

Today, at the Old Bailey in London, the extradition hearing of Julian Assange entered its final stage. Having reported the long, epic ordeal of Julian Assange, John Pilger gave this address outside the Old Bailey as the political 'trial of the century' got under way.

John Pilger - 2020-08-12 - Original post - cached version

The Dirty War on the NHS was first broadcast in Britain on the ITV Network on 17 December, 2019. It was shown following the general election that saw Boris Johnson become prime minister - even though the future of the NHS was a major issue in the campaign.The remarkable prescience of the...

John Pilger - 2020-08-03 - Original post - cached version

In a major essay to mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, John Pilger describes reporting from  five 'ground zeros' for nuclear weapons - from Hiroshima to Bikini, Nevada to Polynesia and Australia. He warns that unless we take action now, China is next.

John Pilger - 2020-06-02 - Original post - cached version

A battle to disclose the content of secret letters between the Queen and the Australian Governor-General at the time of a coup against a reformist government in 1975 has been won - almost. But the most revealing story of the overthrow of Gough Whitlam's government lies elsewhere.

John Pilger - 2020-05-25 - Original post - cached version

In this seminal essay, two NHS doctors, Bob Gill and Sarah Gangoli, reveal why the sixth richest country on earth, home to the world's first public health service, is near the top of the league of deaths and suffering from COVID-19. 

John Pilger - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version

Next week Curzon Home Cinema will be streaming John Pilger's film The Dirty War on the NHS, which was first released last December. This re-release could not be more timely. The government is telling us to stay at home and "protect the NHS". John's film spells out the reason why the NHS...

John Pilger - 2020-02-18 - Original post - cached version

On Saturday, 22 February, in London, people will march to the centre of British democracy: Parliament Square. They will set out at the Australian High Commission, which represents Julian Assange's homeland. The silence on Assange and the meaning of his extradition hearing, starting 24...

John Pilger - 2020-02-14 - Original post - cached version

Phillip Adams interviews John Pilger on ABC Radio National on the plight and hope and courage of Julian Assange ahead of his courtroom struggle to prevent extradition to the the United States. CLICK HERE to listen. 

John Pilger - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

In a wide-ranging interview with Dennis Bernstein on Radio KPFA's Flashpoints, John Pilger talks about the wider meaning behind his new film, The Dirty War on the NHS; on America's violent attempt to restore its dominance over Iran; and on the spectral fires that ravage his homeland,...

John Pilger - 2019-12-05 - Original post - cached version

I set out at dawn. Her Majesty's Prison Belmarsh is in the flat hinterland of south east London, a ribbon of walls and wire with no horizon. At what is called the visitors centre, I surrendered my passport, wallet, credit cards, medical cards, money, phone, keys, comb, pen, paper.

John Pilger - 2019-11-24 - Original post - cached version

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".  It is as if the struggle of truth-tellers like Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning...

John Pilger - 2019-11-08 - Original post - cached version

The new John Pilger film, The Dirty War on the NHS, will be released in cinemas in the UK on 1 December and broadcast on the ITV Network on 17 December.The film's launch will straddle an extraordinary period in Britain, especially an election campaign which, for the first time for years...

John Pilger - 2019-10-28 - Original post - cached version

In a special comment written for Consortium News, John Pilger describes the disturbing scene inside a London courtroom last week when the WikiLeaks publisher, Julian Assange, appeared at the start of a landmark extradition case that will define the future of free journalism.

John Pilger - 2019-04-13 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes the meaning of Julian Assange's brutal arrest at the Ecuadorean embassy in London and says it is not only the extraordinary story of one man's struggle but an echo of a past that carries a lesson for us all.

John Pilger - 2019-03-04 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger invokes George Orwell in calling on his compatriots to stand up for the freedom of 'a distinguished Australian', the founder and editor of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and for 'real journalism of a kind now considered exotic'.  Image © George Burchett 2019

John Pilger - 2019-02-25 - Original post - cached version

The International Court of Justice in The Hague has handed down a momentous judgement that says Britain's colonial authority over the Chagos Islands is no longer legal. John Pilger, whose 2004 film, Stealing a Nation, alerted much of the world to the plight of the islanders, tells their story...

John Pilger - 2019-02-21 - Original post - cached version

In this analysis, John Pilger looks back over the Chavez years in Venezuela, including his own travels with Hugo Chavez, and the current US and European campaign to overthrow Nicolas Maduro in a 'coup by media' and to return Latin America to the 19th and 20th centuries.

John Pilger - 2018-12-24 - Original post - cached version

In two separate major interviews - the first published in India's leading news magazine, Frontline, the second broadcast on RT - John Pilger describes the rise of a second cold war and the conversion of much of journalism to unconscious satire - 'beckoning a real, unreported danger'.Read...

John Pilger - 2018-10-19 - Original post - cached version

In a keynote speech at the 'The Power of the Documentary' festival he curated, John Pilger described the 'noise' of the media, its integration into national security aims of western states and its silencing effect across journalism, film-making, the arts. Over ten days, 26 documentaries...

John Pilger - 2018-10-19 - Original post - cached version

On 28 November, John Pilger's film festival, 'The Power of the Documentary' opens in Sydney. A collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, the festival presents 26 landmark documentaries selected by John Pilger, including a...

John Pilger - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

In his foreword to a powerful new book by David Edwards and David Cromwell, the founders and editors of Media Lens, Propaganda Blitz, John Pilger asks what happened to an age of eyewitness reporting and to journalism that relied on evidence.

John Pilger - 2018-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Listen to John Pilger interviewed on KPFA by Dennis Bernstein and Randy Credico. Also, listen to this interview on Sputnik Radio.

John Pilger - 2018-07-06 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes a women's rebellion in which his own 'intractable' forebear took part and which leads us to ask: where is such a spirit of resistance today?

John Pilger - 2018-06-18 - Original post - cached version

A salute to Julian Assange by Rogers Waters at his concert in Berlin on 3 JuneIn this address to mark Julian Assange's six years of confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, John Pilger calls on the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to recognise the urgency of decisive...

John Pilger - 2018-06-04 - Original post - cached version

On 19 June 2018, it will be six years since Julian Assange was forced to take refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. He had been warned that the US planned an extradition warrant for his arrest. His 'crime' was that of a scrupulous editor - WikiLeaks had revealed the war crimes of the US....

John Pilger - 2018-04-06 - Original post - cached version

Amy McQuire tears away the facade on the Commonwealth Games currently under way in Australia, on Queensland's Gold Coast. Australia has a long history of presenting a sunny, sporty picture of itself, complete with Indigenous icons and 'celebrating' native people. There is rarely a hint...

John Pilger - 2018-04-01 - Original post - cached version

In this letter, twenty-seven writers, journalists, film-makers, artists, academics, former intelligence officers and democrats call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech.

John Pilger - 2017-12-11 - Original post - cached version

An edited version of an address John Pilger gave at the British Library on 9 December 2017 as part of a retrospective festival, 'The Power of the Documentary', held to mark the Library's acquisition of Pilger's written archive.

John Pilger - 2017-11-23 - Original post - cached version

Returning to South Africa, John Pilger delivers an inaugural lecture in Cape Town in memory of the anti-apartheid campaigner, Abdulhay Ahmed Saloojee. He asks why the struggle for freedom has yet to be won, why a form of apartheid still rules and why this oppression has become a model...

John Pilger - 2017-11-09 - Original post - cached version

The British Library has acquired John Pilger's entire written archive, with work reaching back to the 1960s, along with hundreds of his interviews.The official announcement can be found on the British Library website.To mark the acquisition of the Pilger archive, 'The Power of the...

John Pilger - 2017-11-06 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger's film, The Coming War on China, proves more relevant with every day of the Trump presidency. There are two special screenings coming up in London...Rio Cinema, Tuesday 28 November, 6pm: Fundraiser screening for Stop the War Coalition. Followed by a Q&A with John Pilger. ...

John Pilger - 2017-10-20 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger describes the obsequious media support for Hillary Clinton's score-settling book about her failed attempt to win the US presidency - title, What Happened - notably by the ABC in Australia. He analyses her attacks of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, whose disclosures of her...

John Pilger - 2017-10-06 - Original post - cached version

As the Tories plot to get rid of Prime Minister Theresa May, John Pilger analyses the alternative Labour Party, specifically its foreign policy, which may not be what it seems.

John Pilger - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Reporting from New York, John Pilger describes the re-writing of the history of the Vietnam War in the 10-part television series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Millions died "in good faith", they say. And so yet more wars are justified - as President Trump tells the world he is prepared...

John Pilger - 2017-08-04 - Original post - cached version

In a new essay, John Pilger recognises Nevil Shute's novel, On the Beach - on which a Hollywood film was based - as a forgotten masterpiece, which conveys an urgent warning of how close we may be to nuclear war in 2017.

John Pilger - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Chris Graham reports on the trial in Perth, Australia of the white man who killed Elijah Doughty, an Aboriginal teenager, and the litany of killings and injustice that preceded it and mark the other Australia behind the sunny mask.

John Pilger - 2017-07-10 - Original post - cached version

Read the abridged version of John Pilger's address to the Palestinian Expo 2017 in London in July 2017.

John Pilger - 2017-06-28 - Original post - cached version

Read John Pilger's remarks in presenting the 15th Martha Gellhorn Prize to the American journalist Robert Parry at a dinner in London on 27 June 2017.

John Pilger - 2017-05-31 - Original post - cached version

In this investigation, John Pilger raises questions about the role of the British 'deep state' in the atrocity that killed 22 in Manchester on 22 May 2017.

John Pilger - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Following the news that Sweden has dropped its case against Julian Assange, John Pilger draws together his investigations into the pursuit and persecution of the founder of WikiLeaks.

John Pilger - 2017-05-08 - Original post - cached version

On May 5, John Pilger was presented with the Order of Timor-Leste by East Timor's Ambassador to Australia, Abel Gutteras, in recognition of his reporting on East Timor under Indonesia's brutal occupation, especially his landmark documentary film, Death of a Nation: the Timor Conspiracy....

John Pilger - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Australia is sleep-walking into a confrontation with China. Wars can happen suddenly in an atmosphere of mistrust and provocation, especially if a minor power, like Australia, abandons its independence for an "alliance" with an unstable superpower.

John Pilger - 2017-03-21 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger has been awarded the International Journalism Prize by the Press Club of Mexico in the XLIV National and International Competition of Journalism, founded in 1951 by Antonio Saenz de Miera. The citation reads, "The exclusive interview with WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange,...

John Pilger - 2017-02-17 - Original post - cached version

I wrote this obituary of my brother Graham for the Sydney Morning Herald.

John Pilger - 2017-01-17 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger argues that the obsession with Donald Trump, as the liberals' ultimate demon, masks an enduring complicity in creating him and his predecessor in the White House.

John Pilger - 2016-11-29 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger says: "I am delighted to be back in the New Internationalist as guest editor. This issue's keynote and supporting articles are the result of two years' work on a documentary film about the shift of the world's economic power east, to China, and the US reaction to this...

John Pilger - 2016-11-19 - Original post - cached version

John Pilger's new film - The Coming War on China - was in UK cinemas throughout December 2016 and will shortly be screened in Australian cinemas and on SBS TV. Find out moreWATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER

John Pilger - 2016-11-05 - Original post - cached version

In this exclusive, revealing and moving filmed interview, Julian Assange discloses the truth behind the investigation of Hillary Clinton, and his own political refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. The interview was filmed on 30 October 2016.Watch the full interview hereRead the...

John Pilger - 2016-10-27 - Original post - cached version

In an address to the Sheffield Festival of Words, in Sheffield, John Pilger describes the 'invisible' and all-powerful role of media propaganda.

John Pilger - 2016-08-23 - Original post - cached version

In describing the exoneration of one of the West's demons, John Pilger argues that a western media campaign to demonise and goad Russia is leading inexorably to war.

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