John Pilger says Guardian column was axed in 'purge' of journalists 'saying what the paper no longer says'

The documentary filmmaker and war correspondent John Pilger has said his  Guardian column was axed in a “purge” by the daily newspaper.

Pilger’s last article for The Guardian website, a piece on the treatment of Australian aboriginals, appeared in April 2015.

He has continued to produce documentaries for ITV, including his most recent film, The Coming War on China.

Speaking about his departure from The Guardian with US radio show Flashpoints, Pilger said: “I navigated my way through the mainstream. All my films are still shown on the ITV network in Britain, a commercial network.

“But my written journalism is no longer welcome – probably it’s last home was The Guardian, which three years ago got rid of people like me and others in pretty much a purge of those who were saying what The Guardian no longer says anymore.”

Pilger has also written for the New Statesman magazine and The Independent. His last piece for the New Statesman was published in 2014.

Pilger’s comments follow the departures of three other columnists at the paper including Deborah Orr, Giles Fraser, and prominent Jeremy Corybn supporter Paul Mason.

The cuts came as The Guardian moved from its berliner to tabloid format in an effort to improve its finances.

The Guardian declined to comment on Pilger’s claim.

Picture: Reuters/Neil Hall

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9 thoughts on “John Pilger says Guardian column was axed in 'purge' of journalists 'saying what the paper no longer says'”

  1. I pulled the plug yesterday. It amuses me that the Guardian is still considered a bastion of the Left; it is nothing of the kind, I only wish it was in this sea of single ownership of Right wing media. It is pseudo Left.

    A so called factual piece earlier this year; a local story, was so distorted that I should have bailed then. The most cursory of checks would have exposed some of the glossy marketing statements of the central figure as – at the very best; misleading.
    Why do that when the focus is simply to produce something as heartwarming and altruistic, irrespective of whether it was true?

    I got two posts deleted yesterday. One I realised might well deserve it; but the other?
    The flip side of moderation is censorship. No, you can’t say just what you want, but on today’s Guardian, you are restricted to saying what THEY want.
    Last straw.

    Better off now by my original 10 quid a month! Every cloud!

  2. I stopped reading the Guardian when they censored my innovative comments about tobacco prohibition and islamic refugees. About 3 years ago. The intolerance of dissent is one way to poison freedom. The Guardian has an undisclosed agenda of conformism which corresponds with Labour Party ideological blindness regarding the endlessly cruel and profitable ‘war on drugs’.

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