29th November 2010, 10:32am
Thousands more to see Pilger films as new website goes live
Pilger film The War You Don't See Renowned journalist and film-maker John Pilger has relaunched his website - www.johnpilger.com

For the first time, the majority of his 58 documentaries are available to watch online, starting with his iconic 1970 debut Vietnam: The Quiet Mutiny. The website also contains a comprehensive archive of John Pilger's articles from the New Statesmen, The Guardian and various other publications.

The relaunch coincides with the first John Pilger film for three years, The War You Don't See, which premieres in London at the Barbican on Tuesday 7 December 2010 and begins its cinema run the following week at the Curzon Soho. On Tuesday 14 December, the 90 minute film will air on ITV at 10.35pm.

Pilger, who was born in Australia, was an award-winning reporter at the Daily Mirror for many years. He frequently put his life at risk to file despatches from battle zones and expose corruption. He broke the mould as a foreign correspondent and a front-line war reporter, beginning with the Vietnam conflict in 1967.

He is an impassioned critic of foreign military powers and economic adventures by Western governments, regarding eye-witness as the essence of good journalism.

"It is too easy," he says, "for Western journalists to see humanity in terms of its usefulness to 'our' interests and to follow government agendas that ordain good and bad tyrants, worthy and unworthy victims and present 'our' policies as always benign when the opposite is usually true. It's the journalist's job, first of all, to look in the mirror of his own society."

Noam Chomsky wrote: "John Pilger's work has been a beacon of light in often dark times. The realities he has brought to light have been a revelation, over and over again, and his courage and insight a constant inspiration."

The late Harold Pinter wrote: "John Pilger unearths, with steely attention, the facts, the filthy truth, and tells it as it is."

Pilger was trained as a newspaper journalist at Australian Consolidated Press in Sydney. He became a reporter and feature writer on the Sydney Sunday Telegraph before heading for Europe.

Arriving in London, Pilger freelanced for magazines, then joined Reuters, moving to the Daily Mirror, Britain's biggest selling newspaper, which was then changing to a serious tabloid.

Still in his twenties, he became the youngest recipient of the Journalist of the Year award, becoming the first person to win it twice. Reporting from the United States, he covered the upheavals there in the late 1960s and 1970s. He marched with America's poor from Alabama to Washington, following the assassination of Martin Luther King. He was in the same room when Robert Kennedy was assassinated in June 1968.

He has been a freelance writer leaving the Mirror in 1986. His articles have appeared worldwide in newspapers such as the Guardian, the Independent, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The South China Morning Post, the Mail & Guardian (South Africa), the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (Australia), Aftonbladet (Sweden), Morgenbladet (Norway) and Il Manifesto (Italy).

He returned to write for the Mirror for 18 months during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Since 1991, he has written a fortnightly column for the New Statesman.

In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Sophie Prize for 30 years of exposing injustice and promoting human rights and in 2009 he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize, Australia's international human rights award.

The website (www.johnpilger.com) has been produced by UK agency BrandFour, based in Lincoln, in conjunction with the School of Journalism at the University of Lincoln, which is currently preparing a complete digital archive of John Pilger's work.

John Pilger formally opened the School in 2004 and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University last year.

Head of the Lincoln School of Journalism Professor John Tulloch said "John's work remains a continuing inspiration to young journalists and we are very proud to support this invaluable means of making it available to a worldwide audience."
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