Australian writer and documentary maker John Pilger has died after a long and successful career in which he was often praised for his outspoken opinions.
Legendary Australian journalist and documentary maker John Pilger has died, his family has announced.
He was 84 years old.
“It is with great sadness that the family of John Pilger announce his death yesterday, 30 December 2023, in London, aged 84,” in a statement released on behalf of his family on X.
“His journalism and documentaries were celebrated around the world, but to his family he was simply the most amazing and loved dad, grandfather and partner. Rest in peace,” they added.
Based mainly in the United Kingdom from 1962, Pilger was well known as a strong critic of American, Australian and British foreign policy.
He often spoke out against it, arguing that the policies of these countries were often driven by an imperialist and colonialist agenda.
He was also outspoken about Australia’s treatment of indigenous people and first attracted international attention for his reporting on the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s.
He began his iconic documentary film career in 1970 with The Quiet Mutiny, made during one of his visits to Vietnam, and went on to make around 50 more documentaries.
Pilger was perhaps best known for 1979’s Year Zero, which focused on the aftermath of Pol Pot’s regime in Cambodia, and 1993’s Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy.
He also worked for the British print media, including liberal newspapers such as the Daily Mirror and the New Statesman.
Pilger was highly acclaimed in his adopted homeland of the United Kingdom, winning British Journalist of the Year in both 1967 and 1979.
He also won awards, including BAFTA, for his documentaries and was highly praised for his candid discourse on what he considered “deceptive” practices of the mainstream media in the UK and beyond.
Pilger leaves behind his partner, the English journalist Yvonne Roberts, and two children, including the writer Zoe Pilger.