John Pilger pays tribute to his friend, the great photo-journalist Philip Jones Griffiths, who has died. “No photographer,” he writes, “produced such finely subversive work, knowing that truth in war is always subversive.”
In an article for the Guardian, John Pilger writes that in Britain,
after more than a decade of the New Labour “project”, once noble terms
such as democracy, reform, even freedom, have been emptied of their true
meaning and replaced by a murdochracy.
John Pilger marks the European release of Michael Moore’s latest
film, Sicko, with an examination of why the documentary film-maker
exerts such influence, with fans and enemies alike. “In societies ruled
by an invisible government of media,” he writes, “no one has broken
through like Moore, who breaks every rule by reporting from the ground
up, instead of from the top down.”
In a speech in Chicago, John Pilger describes how propaganda has
become such a potent force in our lives and, in the words of one of its
founders, represents ‘an invisible government’.