John Pilger

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John Pilger
Pilger in August 2011
Born(1939-10-09)9 October 1939
Died30 December 2023(2023-12-30) (aged 84)
London, England
Occupation(s)Journalist, writer, documentary filmmaker
SpouseScarth Flett ​(divorced)​
PartnerYvonne Roberts

John Richard Pilger (/ˈpɪlər/; 9 October 1939 – 30 December 2023) was an Australian journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker.[1]

Pilger was a strong critic of American, Australian, and British foreign policy. He was against imperialist and colonialist agenda.

He first drew international attention for his reports on the Cambodian genocide.[2]

His career as a documentary film maker began with The Quiet Mutiny (1970). Other works include Year Zero (1979), about the aftermath of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, and Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy (1993).

Pilger worked at the Daily Mirror from 1963 to 1986,[3] and wrote a regular column for the New Statesman magazine from 1991 to 2014.

Pilger won Britain's Journalist of the Year Award in 1967 and 1979.[4]

Pilger died in London on 30 December 2023, at the age of 84.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Buckmaster, Luke (12 November 2013). "John Pilger's Utopia: an Australian film for British eyes first". the Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. Maslin, Janet (29 April 1983). "Film: Two Perceptions of the Khmer Rouge". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  3. Biography page, John Pilger's official website
  4. "Press Awards Winners 1970-1979, Society of Editors". Archived from the original on 2017-10-25.
  5. @johnpilger (31 December 2023). "It is with great sadness the family of John Pilger announce he died yesterday 30 December 2023 in London aged 84. His journalism and documentaries were celebrated around the world, but to his family he was simply the most amazing and loved Dad, Grandad and partner. Rest In Peace" (Tweet). Retrieved 31 December 2023 – via Twitter.