Overview of Pilger’s Writing Career
John Pilger started working as a copy boy with the Sydney Sun in 1958. He thereafter took a job at Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, where he was employed as a freelance writer, sports writer and sub-editor.
After a brief period as a freelance correspondent in Italy in 1962, Pilger relocated to London, where he ran the Middle East desk for Reuters until 1963.
From 1963-86, Pilger worked his way up to the position of chief foreign correspondent for London’s Daily Mirror tabloid. From 1969-71 he also worked as an on-camera reporter for Granada Television (which merged in 2004 with ITV, Great Britain’s largest private television network).
From 1986-88, Pilger served as editor-in-chief of the London-based News on Sunday, which he co-founded in ’86.
From 1991-2014, Pilger wrote a regular column for New Statesman magazine.
Over the years, Pilger’s articles have also appeared in British publications like The Guardian and The Independent, and these pieces were usually mirrored on leftist American websites such as ZNet and Pilger’s own JohnPilger.com.
Pilger has also written opinion pieces for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The New York Times, The Age (Melbourne), The Sydney Morning Herald, the Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Aftonbladet (Sweden), and Il Manifesto (Italy).
In addition, Pilger has been a contributor to BBC Television Australia, BBC Radio, BBC World Service, London Broadcasting, ABC Television, ABC Radio Australia, Al Jazeera, and Russia Today.
Moreover, he has been a website contributor to Information Clearing House, TruthOut, ZNet, Common Cause, TruthDig, Online Opinion Australia, Global Research, and Antiwar.com.
More Information on Pilger
* In 2002, Pilger joined Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Howard Zinn, and other leftists in writing Iraq Under Seige: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War. This book blamed the United States — and not Saddam Hussein — for the malnutrition, disease, and increased infant-mortality rates in pre-war Iraq.
* In 2004, Pilger was a visiting professor at Cornell University.
* In May 2007, Pilger was a signatory to a letter in support of Hugo Chávez’s refusal to renew the license of Venezuela’s largest television network, Radio Caracas Televisión — a refusal designed to suppress the Venezuelan people’s freedom of speech.
* From 2008-11, Pilger wrote many articles for Socialist Worker, the official publication of the International Socialist Organization.
* In 2010, Pilger publicly supported Wikileaks founder Julian Assange when the latter was charged with having committed sexual assault against two women while he was visiting Sweden that August. Though the case was initially closed in November 2010, it was re-opened by a special prosecutor in December. Claiming that the case against Assange constituted a “political stunt,” Pilger joined several other high-profile backers in cobbling together £200,000 to cover the defendant’s bail. “There’s no doubt that he is not going to abscond,” Pilger declared at the time. But Assange did in fact breach the conditions of bail by seeking political asylum before he was due to be extradited to Sweden to face charges of sexual assault. Thus Pilger and the others never recovered their bail money.
* Pilger has received numerous awards and accolades for his work over the years, including the George Foster Peabody Award in 1990. To view a list of additional awards which Pilger has won, click here.
* To view a list of all the books Pilger has published over the years, click here.
* To view a list of Pilger’s video documentaries, with links to the videos themselves, click here.