Archiv: John Pilger

04.08.2022 - 22:43 [ EarthEmpaths / ]

The Coming War with China | John Pilger

The Coming War on China is John Pilger’s most recent film – his 60th documentary and arguably his most prescient. Completed in the month Donald Trump was elected US President, the film investigates the manufacture of a ‘threat’ and the beckoning of a nuclear confrontation.

04.08.2022 - 22:39 [ ]

The Coming War on China


From award winning journalist John Pilger, reveals what the news doesn’t – that the world’s greatest military power, the United States, and the world’s second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, may well be on the road to war.

18.06.2022 - 12:42 [ John Pilger / ]

What a coward Anthony Albanese is. Julian #Assange’s approved extradition has stirred not a peep from the new PM of Julian’s homeland, where Labor’s doe-eyed believe ‚Albo‘ is different in Washington-sucking Canberra. No, he’s not. The killing of #Assange is our final surrender.

10.12.2021 - 16:38 [ John Pilger / Twitter ]

The High Court has ruled that Julian #Assange can be extradited to the US. „How can it be fair, how can it be right, how can it be possible, to extradite Julian to the very country which plotted to kill him?“ said Stella Moris. Mark this day as fascism casts off its disguises.

11.04.2021 - 21:26 [ John Pilger / Twitter ]

It is almost two years since police dragged Julian #Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy. Never forget this shaming image – a warning to all truth-telling publishers and journalists if the US wins its appeal to extradite Julian. Stand up, speak up. Now.

7. April 2021

29.01.2021 - 03:57 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

“The Coming War On China”  –  Watch John Pilger’s Powerfully Relevant Documentary

(March 23 2020)

“The aim of this film is to break a silence: the United States and China may well be on the road to war, and nuclear war is no longer unthinkable,” Pilger says in his 2016 documentary The Coming War on China, which you can watch free on Youtube here or on Vimeo here.

“In a few years China has become the world’s second-biggest economic power,” Pilger’s introduction continues. “The United States is the world’s biggest military power, with bases and missiles and ships covering every continent and every ocean. China is a threat to this dominance, says Washington. But who is the threat? This film is about shifting power, and great danger.”

15.11.2020 - 22:53 [ Consortium News ]

WATCH: CN’s 25th Anniversary Show With Oliver Stone, John Pilger, Nat Parry, Diane Duston, Spencer Oliver, Gareth Porter, Ray McGovern and Peter Kuznick

Watch our 25th Anniversary live celebration on Sunday beginning at 3 pm EST with guests Oliver Stone, Diane Duston, John Pilger, Nat Parry, Ray McGovern, Spencer Oliver and Gareth Porter right here.  Watch it live here with your hosts Elizabeth Vos and Joe Lauria:

18.10.2020 - 00:34 [ ]

Eyewitness to the Agony of Julian Assange


Q: Having watched Julian Assange’s trial firsthand, can you describe the prevailing atmosphere in the court?

The prevailing atmosphere has been shocking. I say that without hesitation; I have sat in many courts and seldom known such a corruption of due process; this is due revenge. Putting aside the ritual associated with ‘British justice’, at times it has been evocative of a Stalinist show trial. One difference is that in the show trials, the defendant stood in the court proper. In the Assange trial, the defendant was caged behind thick glass, and had to crawl on his knees to a slit in the glass, overseen by his guard, to make contact with his lawyers. His message, whispered barely audibly through face masks, was then passed by post-it the length of the court to where his barristers were arguing the case against his extradition to an American hellhole.

Consider this daily routine of Julian Assange, an Australian on trial for truth-telling journalism…

18.10.2020 - 00:01 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Prozess gegen Julian Assange: Der Racheakt

Die Stimmung war erschütternd. Das sage ich, ohne zu zögern; ich habe bereits in vielen Gerichtssälen gesessen und selten so ein unfaires Verfahren erlebt; das hier ist schlicht ein Racheakt. Wenn man einmal von den Ritualen absieht, welche mit der „britischen Justiz“ verbunden sind, hat es einen bisweilen an einen stalinistischen Schauprozess erinnert.

Ein Unterschied dazu war, dass der Angeklagte in den Schauprozessen im Gerichtssaal stand. Im Assange-Prozess war er hinter dickes Glas gesperrt und musste, unter Aufsicht seines Wächters, auf Knien zu einem Schlitz im Glaskasten krabbeln, um Kontakt zu seinen Anwälten aufzunehmen. Seine Nachricht, die er kaum hörbar durch eine Maske flüsterte, wurde dann mittels kleiner Post-it-Zettelchen quer durch den ganzen Gerichtssaal getragen, dorthin, wo seine Anwälte ihn gegen die Auslieferung in ein amerikanisches Drecksloch verteidigten.

Führen Sie sich einmal folgende tägliche Routine von Julian Assange vor Auge …

25.09.2020 - 23:59 [ CounterPunch ]

The Extradition Trial of Julian Assange: an Interview With John Pilger

I spoke with John Pilger in London on September 12, in response to the case of investigative reporter and Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, a close friend of Pilger’s, who was back in a British court last week. Assange is currently fighting extradition to the US, where he is facing a 175 year jail sentence for alleged espionage.

08.09.2020 - 02:09 [ John Pilger / Global Research ]

The “Stalinist” Trial of Julian Assange

Having reported the long, epic ordeal of Julian Assange, John Pilger gave this address outside the Central Criminal Court in London on September 7 as the WikiLeaks Editor’s extradition hearing entered its final stage.

18.02.2020 - 16:05 [ John Pilger ]


On Saturday, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. People will carry pictures of the Australian publisher and journalist Julian Assange who, on 24 February, faces a court that will decide whether or not he is to be extradited to the United States and a living death.

10.02.2020 - 16:22 [ Consortium News ]

Three Extraordinary Australian Journalists: Burchett, Pilger & Assange

Australia has produced extraordinary journalists across three generations: Wilfred Burchett (deceased in 1983), John Pilger (80 years old but still active) and Julian Assange (48 years old, currently in London’s Belmarsh prison).

Each of these journalists made unique contributions to our understanding of the world. Although Australia is part of the Western world, each of these journalists exposed and criticized Western foreign policy.

30.11.2019 - 20:32 [ Consortium News ]

JOHN PILGER: Visiting Britain’s Political Prisoner

“I think I’m going out of my mind,” Julian Assange told John Pilger at Belmarsh Prison. “No you’re not,” Pilger responded. “Look how you frighten them, how powerful you are.”

24.11.2019 - 23:36 [ John Pilger / Global Research ]

The Lies About Assange Must Stop Now

Newspapers and other media in the United States, Britain and Australia have recently declared a passion for freedom of speech, especially their right to publish freely. They are worried by the “Assange effect”.

23.10.2019 - 02:00 [ John Pilger / Twitter ]

I was in court today to watch magistrate Vanessa Baraitser’s studied contempt for law and justice, as she denied Julian #Assange time to prepare his defence against America’s oafish, cowboy case to extradite him. An enfeebled Julian struggled to expose her. Stand with him please.


23.10.2019 - 01:32 [ WSWS ]

UK judge rejects delay in Assange extradition case

Pilger told demonstrators: “The whole thing is a grotesque absurdity. There is an extradition law between this country and the United States. It states specifically that someone cannot be extradited if the offences are political… It is not a bit of agitprop, it is not an opinion, they are political. All but one charge is based on the 1917 Espionage Act, which was used to jail conscientious objectors during the First World War in the United States.”

Pilger concluded: “The source of this is a rogue state—a state that ignores its own laws and international laws and the laws of this country.”

05.09.2019 - 22:38 [ Youtube ]

LIVE: Roger Waters Performs ‚Wish You Were Here’ in Assange’s Support in London


02.09.2019 - 09:35 [ WSWS ]

Roger Waters holds concert on Monday: Take forward the fight to free Julian Assange!

At 6:00 p.m. in London today, a critical event has been called by bassist, singer and songwriter Roger Waters and journalist John Pilger to demand freedom for WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange. Waters will hold a concert in front of the office of British Home Secretary Priti Patel at 2 Marsham Street, and Pilger will deliver remarks.

Both Waters and Pilger are men of great principle who have fought—Waters as an artist and Pilger as a courageous journalist—to keep alive the struggle to free Assange. This fight, however, must be carried forward through the mobilization of workers and youth internationally to stop the extradition of Assange to the US, ensure his safe return to Australia and secure his freedom.

13.08.2019 - 20:20 [ WSWS ]

John Pilger warnt: „Vergesst Assange nicht, sonst werdet ihr ihn verlieren“

Medientrust wie die New York Times und die Washington Post, aber auch jede große Zeitung in Australien und Deutschland, hatten drei Jahre lang die Lüge verbreitet, dass Assange ein „russischer Agent“ sei. Jetzt unterdrücken sie jegliche Nachricht über das vernichtende Urteil. Diese Reaktion unterstreicht nur ihre Funktion als Sprachrohr der Geheimdienste und der Regierungen, die Assange verfolgen.

17.06.2019 - 10:31 [ John Pilger / Information Clearing House ]

There is a global war on journalism

Julian Assange: Countdown to Freedom, with Randy Credico and today’s guest, award winning filmmaker, John Pilger interviewed by Dennis J Bernstein and Randy Credico on KPFA Flashpoints

02.06.2019 - 00:05 [ ]


The UN Rapporteur on Torture has issued an unprecedented statement on the persecution of the journalist and publisher Julian Assange.

Full UN statement:

01.06.2019 - 23:42 [ WSWS ]

John Pilger warnt: „Heute geht es gegen Julian Assange, morgen vielleicht gegen Sie“

Der investigative Journalist, Fernsehreporter und Filmemacher John Pilger erklärte vor dem Amtsgericht von Westminster gegenüber den Medien: „Das Verbrechen von Julian Assange besteht darin, guten Journalismus gemacht zu haben. Jeder Journalist, der sein Handwerk gewissenhaft und wahrheitsgemäß erledigt, über die Macht recherchiert, die sich über die Menschen erhebt – egal ob es sich dabei um die Regierung oder ihre Interessengruppen handelt, sollte deswegen zutiefst beunruhigt sein. Denn heute geht es gegen Julian Assange, und morgen vielleicht gegen Sie.“

31.05.2019 - 08:56 [ John Pilger / Twitter ]

I was in court today for Julian #Assange’s latest extradition hearing; but Julian himself was absent. He was in the Belmarsh prison hospital. His supporters at the court should now be joined by journalists across the world. My own union, the #NUJ, must be at the hearing in June.

13.04.2019 - 15:09 [ John Pilger ]


The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years.

That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for „democratic“ societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear in the legal ruling of its Working Party on Arbitrary Detention.

11.04.2019 - 13:43 [ John Pilger ‏/ Twitter ]

The action of the British police in literally dragging Julian Assange from the Ecuadorean embassy and the smashing of international law by the Ecuadorean regime in permitting this barbarity are crimes against the most basic natural justice. This is a warning to all journalists.

05.04.2019 - 07:31 [ John Pilger ‏/ Twitter ]

WikiLeaks reports that Julian Assange is on the verge of being expelled from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Please fill the street outside the embassy and protect him, and show solidarity with a courageous man, whose struggle ought to touch us all.

05.03.2019 - 02:30 [ WSWS ]

Sydney rally issues strong demand for the freedom of Julian Assange

In the weeks preceding the rally, prominent independent journalists, artists and defenders of democratic rights issued endorsements of the event. Those who lent their support included filmmaker John Pilger, singer-songwriter Roger Waters, civil rights advocate Professor Stuart Rees, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, Elizabeth Vos, editor-in-chief of Disobedient Media, Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News, filmmaker Curtis Levy, Terry Hicks and Christine Assange, Julian’s mother.

05.03.2019 - 01:59 [ John Pilger ]


Whenever I visit Julian Assange, we meet in a room he knows too well. There is a bare table and pictures of Ecuador on the walls. There is a bookcase where the books never change. The curtains are always drawn and there is no natural light. The air is still and fetid.

This is Room 101.

06.02.2019 - 15:31 [ Rubikon ]

Ein Interview mit John Pilger über das Potenzial des Journalismus – und seinen Missbrauch durch Machtinteressen.

John Pilger: Journalisten können den Menschen helfen, indem sie die Wahrheit erzählen — oder so viel von der Wahrheit, wie sie finden können — und indem sie nicht als Vertreter der Regierung, der Macht, sondern als Vertreter von Menschen handeln. Das ist echter Journalismus. Der Rest ist hohl und falsch.

29.01.2019 - 23:06 [ Portal ]

Kein „Regime Change“ in Caracas!

John Pilger, Noam Chomsky, Phyllis Bennis, Boots Riley, Vijay Prashad und viele weitere Stimmen der kritischen Öffentlichkeit haben sich zusammengeschlossen, um in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung den US-Interventionismus in Venezuela anzuprangern und sich für eine friedliche auf Dialog gründende Lösung der Krise im Land einzusetzen.

Im Folgenden der Wortlaut:

04.01.2019 - 19:48 [ Consortium News ]

Watch the 11th Online Vigil for Julian Assange Live on Friday Night

Guests on past vigils have included Dan Ellsberg, John Pilger, former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, John Kiriakou, Suzie Dawson, Cathy Vogan, Margaret Kimberely, Ann Garrison, Scott Horton, George Smazuely, Ray McGovern and many more. The broadcast will be hosted by CN Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria.

25.12.2018 - 04:50 [ Consortium News ]

VIDEO: Pilger Says Assange Denies Meeting Manafort

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has vehemently denied that he ever met Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, according to journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, who met with Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London last week.

Pilger said Assange told him the story published by The Guardian on Nov. 27 was a “total fabrication.” Pilger told Consortium News in an interview for the Unity4J vigil on Friday that “I personally can confirm that did not happen. He said it was a fabrication. It was not possible. The way internal security works at that embassy, it was not possible.”

18.10.2018 - 17:01 [ John Pilger ]


Although journalism was always a loose extension of establishment power, something has changed in recent years. Dissent tolerated when I joined a national newspaper in Britain in the 1960s has regressed to a metaphoric underground as liberal capitalism moves towards a form of corporate dictatorship. This is a seismic shift, with journalists policing the new „groupthink“, as Parry called it, dispensing its myths and distractions, pursuing its enemies.

19.06.2018 - 19:30 [ Independent Australia ]

John Pilger: Bringing Julian Assange home

Their main weapon would be personal smear. Their shock troops would be enlisted in the media — those who are meant to keep the record straight and tell us the truth.

The irony is that no one told these journalists what to do. I call them „Vichy journalists“ — after the Vichy Government that served and enabled the German occupation of wartime France.

19.06.2018 - 19:24 [ Youtube ]

John Pilger speaks out for Julian Assange

Legendary Australian writer and film-maker, John Pilger, has returned to Australia to seek urgent help, both government and public, for the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Pilger’s public speech at Sydney Town Hall yesterday was informative and painfully moving. Assange, he says, has not only been a victim of persecution from the US and other states, from which he was granted political asylum – or, a place to remain arbitrarily ‚holed-up‘ for 6 years, according to two UN rulings… What troubles Pilger more is the „Vichy journalism“, of which he gives numerous examples, that has served to aggregate lies and smear that would demolish public support for Wikileaks, and deflect us from reading the content of their publications. If we would only read them now, we might be skeptical about journalists describing a war hawk as „the icon of our generation“…

19.06.2018 - 19:19 [ John Pilger ]


This is an abridged version of an address by John Pilger to a rally in Sydney, Australia, to mark Julian Assange’s six years‘ confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

19.06.2018 - 19:12 [ WSWS ]

Die Kundgebung in Sydney zur Verteidigung von Julian Assange: Ein wichtiger Schritt nach vorn

Die Rede von John Pilger stellte all jene Politiker, Zeitungsredakteure, Journalisten, Ex-Liberalen und „Ex-Linken“ bloß, die Julian Assange den Wölfen zum Fraß vorgeworfen haben. Sie war eine starke Verteidigung demokratischer Rechte.

„Ich kenne Julian Assange gut“, begann er. „Ich betrachte ihn als einen engen Freund, eine Person von außerordentlicher Belastbarkeit und Mut. Ich habe einen Tsunami von Lügen und Schmutz über ihn hinwegfegen sehen; endlos, rachsüchtig, heimtückisch; und ich weiß, warum sie ihn mit Dreck bewerfen.“

„Im Jahr 2008 wurde in einem streng geheimen Dokument vom 8. März 2008 ein Plan zur Zerstörung von WikiLeaks und Assange aufgestellt. Die Autoren saßen in der Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch des US-Verteidigungsministeriums. Sie beschrieben detailliert, wie wichtig es sei, das ‚Gefühl des Vertrauens‘, das den Kernpunkt von WikiLeaks ausmacht, zu zerstören.“

„Dies würde erreicht werden, schrieben sie, mit der Androhung von ‚Entblößung‘, ‚Strafverfolgung‘, und einen unerbittlichen Angriff auf den guten Ruf. Ziel war es, WikiLeaks und seinen Herausgeber zum Schweigen zu bringen und zu kriminalisieren. Es war, als ob sie einen Krieg gegen einen einzigen Menschen und das Prinzip der Redefreiheit planten.“