It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and myths that surround it. The British Library has acquired John Pilger’s entire written archive, with work reaching back to the 1960s, along with hundreds of his interviews. To mark the acquisition of the Pilger archive, ‘The Power of australia and china relationship essay Documentary’, the Library has staged a festival of John Pilger’s films and others representing the best of the craft. This was the first time the British Library has honoured a documentarian in this way.
As part of the festival, John Pilger gave this address: ‘Why the documentary must not be allowed to die’. Returning to South Africa, John Pilger delivers an inaugural lecture in Cape Town in memory of the anti-apartheid campaigner, Abdulhay Ahmed Saloojee. He asks why the struggle for freedom has yet to be won, why a form of apartheid still rules and why this oppression has become a model for much of the world in the 21st century. John Pilger’s film, The Coming War on China, proves more relevant with every day of the Trump presidency.
Fundraiser screening for Stop the War Coalition. The Barbican, Friday 8 December, 1. Screening as part of the Global Health Film Festival. Followed by a one-hour conversation with John Pilger. John Pilger describes the obsequious media support for Hillary Clinton’s score-settling book about her failed attempt to win the US presidency – title, What Happened – notably by the ABC in Australia.