Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and its Triumphs

Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and its Triumphs

John Pilger

Language: English

Pages: 425

ISBN: 0224062883

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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Tell Me No Lies is a celebration of the very best investigative journalism, and includes writing by some of the greatest practitioners of the craft: Seymour Hersh on the My Lai massacre; Paul Foot on the Lockerbie cover-up; Wilfred Burchett, the first Westerner to enter Hiroshima following the atomic bombing; Israeli journalist Amira Hass, reporting from the Gaza Strip in the 1990s; Gunter Wallraff, the great German undercover reporter; Jessica Mitford on 'The American Way of Death'; Martha Gelhorn on the liberation of the death camp at Dachau.

The book - a selection of articles, broadcasts and books extracts that revealed important and disturbing truths - ranges from across many of the critical events, scandals and struggles of the past fifty years. Along the way it bears witness to epic injustices committed against the peoples of Vietnam, Cambodia, East Timor and Palestine.

John Pilger sets each piece of reporting in its context 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. Taken as a whole, the book tells an extraordinary 'secret history' of the modern era. It is also a call to arms to journalists everywhere - before it is too late.

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in Libya, had also been sold in Germany. This undermined the only hard forensic evidence for the claim by the United States and British Governments that the Lockerbie bombers were Libyan. This information came from BBC Radio’s File on Four. Leppard was the obvious Sunday Times journalist to take on the scoop. Assisted throughout by generous sources in the Dumfries and Galloway police, he has written extensively about Lockerbie for four-and-a-half years. His reports and his book on the subject

passed on to consumers. Thus was the ‘dash for gas’ born and the NUM’s grip on electricity generation finally brought to an end. When the Major government’s pit-closure plans ran into an unforeseen wall of popular protest in the autumn of 1992, much public comment focused on the supposed irrationality of the relentless promotion of coal imports and expensive nuclear power and gas. But it was only irrational if judged primarily in terms of cost. Market forces, competition and costs were never the

response to terror and a means to prevent it, that they are in fact the only way to avoid having buses blown up. For many, the Oslo Accords evoke only the horrifying, bloody spectacles that Israel has experienced with such frightening regularity. But what is seen as a remedy by Israelis has become collective punishment in Palestinian eyes. For Gazans, the siege of the Strip serves only to provoke the anger that produced the suicide bombings and perpetuate the circumstances that, to some extent,

whose father’s telephone number is printed below her picture. ‘Blonde hair, brown eyes, wearing a black skirt,’ it says. The occupation powers, the so-called ‘Coalition Provisional Authority’ (CPA), love statistics when they are useful. They can tell you the number of newly re-opened schools, newly appointed doctors and the previous day’s oil production in seconds. The daily slaughter of Iraq’s innocents, needless to say, is not among their figures. So here are a few statistics. On Wednesday of

button in his New York apartment connected to the local police station; his office at Columbia University was once burned down. The first extract I have chosen is from Covering Islam, Edward’s 1981 book on the media portrayal of the Muslim world, which today could not be more timely. He wrote it in response to events in Iran in 1979, in particular the occupation of the US embassy in Tehran by students supporting the Islamic revolution that had swept aside Shah Reza Pahlavi. In demanding the

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