by John Pilger (editor) - £12.99 Vintage (2005)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780099437451 | ISBN 10: 0099437457
Over the past few decades 'investigative journalism' has come to mean the kind of brave reporting that exposes injustice, wrongdoing, and above all, the abuse of power. John Pilger selects the articles included in this anthology, paying his own professional tribute to some of the men & women he most admires. Here are the famous muckrakers (Seymour Hersh on the My Lai massacre; Paul Foot on the Lockerbie cover-up), as well as the courageous eyewitnesses (Wilfred Burchett, the first Westerner to enter Hiroshima following the atomic bombing; Israeli journalist Amira Hass, reporting from the Gaza Strip). Here too are the great mavericks (the German undercover reporter Gunter Wallraff; Jessica Mitford on 'The American Way of Death'). The book ranges from across many of the critical events, scandals & struggles of the past fifty years, from the scenes described by Martha Gellhorn at the liberation of Dachau in 1945, to the bloodshed caused by the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It bears witness to the epic injustices committed against the peoples of Vietnam, East Timor & Palestine. Johnn Pilger sets each piece in its context, often offering personal insights into the writer, and introduces the collection with a passionate essay arguing that the kind of journalism he celebrates here is being subverted by the very forces that ought to be its enemy.
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