OBITUARY: John Pilger, a 'maverick' globe-spanning journalist

9 October 1939 – 30 December 2023

  • John Jiggens Independent journalist
Keywords: Australia, documentary, investigative journalism, journalists, John Pilger, Julian Assange, obituaries, United Kingdom


Obituary: The breadth of Australian-born British-domiciled investigative journalist John Pilger’s journalism was staggering. Over five decades, he covered wars and/or social conflicts in Australia (frequently) Burma, Cambodia, Chagos Islands, Chile, China, Czechoslovakia, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Okinawa, South Africa, Timor Leste, Vietnam, the UK and the US etc. He produced powerful documentaries about these issues. He was truly a globe-spanning journalist, and as he described himself a 'maverick' who gave a voice to those who did not have a voice. He died aged 84.


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Author Biography

John Jiggens, Independent journalist

Dr John Jiggens is a citizen journalist. He was the founding editor of The Westender and The Cane Toad Times and currently works in the community newsroom at Bay-FM in Byron Bay.


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Pilger, J. (1977). Palestine is still the issue. [Documentary]. Director: Anthony Stark, Carlton International Media.

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Pilger, J. (1994). Death of a nation: The Timor conspiracy. [Documentary]. Director: David Munro, Central Independent Television.

Pilger, J. (2016). The coming war on China. [Documentary]. Director: John Pilger, Dartmouth Films.

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How to Cite
Jiggens, J. (2024). OBITUARY: John Pilger, a ’maverick’ globe-spanning journalist : 9 October 1939 – 30 December 2023. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 30(1and2), 240-245.