John Pilger

Australian journalist

John Richard Pilger (/ˈpɪlər/; born 9 October 1939) is an Australian journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker.[1]

John Pilger
John Pilger in August 2011.jpg
Pilger in August 2011
Born (1939-10-09) 9 October 1939 (age 83)
OccupationJournalist, writer, documentary filmmaker
Children2, including Zoe

Pilger is a strong critic of American, Australian, and British foreign policy. He is 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]


  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.