[ View the story "Reporting on the world" on Storify] Reporting on the world Award-winning journalist John Pilger takes your questions on The Stream.
The Stream· Mon, Dec 02 2013 09:56:41
has covered a variety of issues in his extensive career, from Vietnam in the 1970s to most recently the state of indigenous people in Australia. He has received numerous awards for his work including an Emmy and BAFTA.
Pilger first covered Australia's indigenous people in his 1985 documentary "The Secret Country: The First Australians Fight Back"
John Pilger - The Secret Country - The First Australians Fight Back justpilger
In an interview with The Irish Times, he
his initial exposure as a child to Aboriginal people:
“Like most Australians, I had no idea of the scale of mistreatment,” he says. “I used to go as a boy to LaPerouse beach on Botany Bay and sit on the sandhills and watch the sad-eyed children dressed in sacking in the Aboriginal reserve. I was told they were ‘dying off’. That was the prevailing wisdom, as if a certain Darwinism was taking its course. It was nonsense, of course.”irishtimes.com
Here, he compares his experience making "The Secret Country"
to this most recent film "Utopia", arguing that the state of Aborigines has not changed.
John Pilger's talks about his forthcoming film UTOPIADartmouth Films
The film "Utopia" reopens John Pilger's study
Australia's growing wealth and prosperity and, what he claims are, numerous organisations' interests in keeping the indigenous population as second class citizens.
Utopia - A film by John Pilger - Official trailerdartmouthfilms
Pilger, in a
article writes about the falsified paedophilia charges against the Aborigines, that led to government raids into black communities. These, according to the article, were simply excuses to control and intimidate native Australians.
In 2007, on the pretext that Aboriginal children were being sexually abused in unthinkable numbers, the government of John Howard suspended the Racial Discrimination Act and sent the army and business managers to take over black communities.johnpilger.com
On Twitter, many spoke out in favour of Pilger's work, praising his coverage of such issues:
Described as 'one of the most extraordinary films about Australia', John Pilger's Utopia screens at GFT tomorrow.
Don't ever forget. Don't ever let it occur again. Diversity. Love. Acceptance. Respect. RT @JoelDTD: Please watch:
However, Pilger has received a lot of criticism for his opposition to Western intervention in the Middle East.
blog "Lexington's Notebook"
to his description of the West as "fascist" after the Arab Spring:
Maybe he hasn't noticed, but what most of the Arab protesters say they want are the very freedoms that they know full well, even if Pilger doesn't, to be available in the West. No doubt he believes they are labouring under some massive mind-control delusion engineered by the CIA.economist.com
Our community asked Pilger questions about his career and his work on indigenous communities:
@AJStream @johnpilger @Utopia_Film why and how did he become a very strong advocate of Indigenous Australians?Fee Moncur
@AJStream What is JP's take on the murder of Ugur Mumcu, Veronica Guerin & Anna Politkovskaya in light of IJ being an occupational hazard?alhaji hamidu chodi
@AJStream @johnpilger How dangerous to indigenous, or realistic, are mass immigration plans by transnational white supremacist groups to NZ?ST McNeil
@AJStream What's @John Pilger's assessment of the Australian govt's range of indigenous initiatives/programmes including “Closing the Gap”alhaji hamidu chodi
criticised Pilger's assessment of the government's treatment of indigenous people:
@AJStream The Aussie govts programs of early childhood schooling, health & safety, econ particip, governance & leadership debunks JP's view.alhaji hamidu chodi
While other community members disagreed:
How many indigenous ppl in the OZ govt? Says a lot “@AJStream: What do you think of #Australia's treatment of its indigenous communities?”Nabeela Zahir
@AJStream Its horrible,-- apartheid in all its ugliness, murder, dehumanization and outright theft. They owe indigenous ppl reparations.Adjua Dubb
@AJStream @johnpilger I agree and its clear to see, the place is under developedDedenyo