Journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger dies aged 84
Posted by  badge Boss on Jan 01
RIP (Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

, who gained prominence throughout his career for his journalism and documentaries, has .

The announcement of his death was made by his family, who shared a heartfelt message about their loss on X.

‘It is with great sadness the family of John Pilger announce he died yesterday 30 December 2023 in aged 84,’ the statement read.

‘His journalism and documentaries were celebrated around the world, but to his family he was simply the most amazing and loved Dad, Grandad and partner. Rest In Peace.’

Numerous people immediately shared tributes to him, including politician George Galloway, who wrote: ‘This is extremely sad news and millions around the world will feel they lost somebody special.

‘To his family and to Australia his loss will be felt most keenly of all. A great journalist, a fine man, a tower of strength has fallen.’

Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘RIP John Pilger, a brilliant firebrand journalist and ferocious holder of the powerful to proper account.’

Stella Assange, the wife of Julian Assange, also wrote in tribute: ‘Our dear dear John Pilger has left us. He was one of the greats. A consistent ally of the dispossessed, John dedicated his life to telling their stories and awoke the world to the greatest injustices.

‘He showed great empathy for the weak and was unflinching with the powerful. John was one of Julian’s most vocal champions but they also became the closest of friends. He fought for Julian’s freedom until the end.

“We are all Spartacus if we want to be”, he wrote in his last published piece. This was John, challenging us until the end. Let’s always seek to rise to the challenge. Thank you, dear friend.’

Pink Floyd musician Roger Walters tweeted: ‘John Pilger. I miss you my friend, what a great man you were. We will carry you in our hearts forever, you will always be there to give us strength. Love R.’

Pilger pictured in Sydney, Australia in 2014 (Picture: Don Arnold/Getty Images)

Born in Bondi, New South Wales in 1939, Pilger has been based in the UK since the early 1960s.

He was highly critical of Western foreign policy throughout his career, and was highly critical of the treatment of Indigenous Australians in his home country.

As a foreign correspondent, he reported on conflicts including the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s and the Vietnam War.