Legendary journalist John Pilger, an Australian-born crusader for truth, investigative reporting, and human rights, breathed his last on December 30, 2023, in London, leaving an indelible mark on the world of journalism.
Pilger, a stalwart figure in the field, had an illustrious career spanning over five decades, during which he worked for esteemed outlets such as Reuters, the Daily Mirror, and ITV’s World In Action.
His groundbreaking documentaries included “Year Zero: The Silent Death Of Cambodia” (1979) and “Thalidomide: The Ninety-Eight We Forgot” (1974), both of which earned him accolades for their impactful storytelling.
The investigative maestro was not only recognized with the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences award for exposing the Khmer Rouge’s crimes but also secured Bafta’s Richard Dimbleby Award for factual reporting in 1991.
Pilger’s unwavering commitment to truth-telling extended beyond the camera, as he fervently supported WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Kevin Lygo, managing director of media and entertainment at ITV, hailed Pilger as a “giant of campaigning journalism,” emphasizing his dedication to dissenting voices.
The news of Pilger’s passing was shared by his family on social media, expressing their profound loss.
In a heartfelt statement, they revealed, “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.”
Notable figures from various spheres paid tribute to Pilger’s legacy, with former Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters remembering him as a “friend” and a “great man.” WikiLeaks lauded Pilger as a “ferocious speaker of truth to power,” highlighting his tireless advocacy for Assange’s release.
Throughout his career, Pilger fearlessly criticized American and British foreign policy, championed the rights of Indigenous Australians, and navigated controversial views on Russia.
His passing marks the end of an era, leaving behind a legacy of impactful journalism that resonates globally.