NUJ pays tribute to John Pilger, who has died aged 84

  • 31 Dec 2023

The Australian investigative journalist and film maker was a "giant of journalism".

Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary said:

“John Pilger was a giant of journalism who in his reporting career witnessed momentous historical events such as the assassination of Robert Kennedy and the wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Biafra. He was also a pioneer of television as a vehicle for investigative journalism, producing ground-breaking work across the BBC and ITV. 

“When I was studying to become a journalist, I pored over John’s collections of writing and columns and he was a guiding star for generations of aspirant reporters. A longstanding NUJ member, he was also the most redoubtable supporter of progressive campaigns creating work that was the embodiment of journalism that managed to be simultaneously, fair, balanced, whilst unequivocally on the side of the underdog. The NUJ pays tribute to his contribution to journalism and sends our collective condolences to John’s family and loved ones.”

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