John Richard Pilger (1939 - ) is an Australian journalist based since 1962 in the United Kingdom. He has made over 50 internationally-recognised film documentaries, which challenge the abuse of power in many places, including Vietnam, Cambodia, East Timor, USA, Burma, China, Nicaragua, Mexico, Australia, and by Britain. Pilger worked at Britain’s Daily Mirror from 1963–86, and wrote a regular column for the New Statesman magazine from 1991 to 2014. Pilger has written many books on the same matters, and has twice won Britain's Journalist of the Year Award. The practices of the mainstream media are a regular subject in Pilger's work, and he is a strong advocate for independent, critical journalism. His leadership in his field is bold, principled and articulate.
It's only when journalists understand the role they play in this propaganda, it's only when they realize they can't be both independent, honest journalists and agents of power, that things will begin to change.