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 don’t think it’s an ideological thing, I think it’s a clickbait thing. A few years ago the Guardian made sweeping redundancies and lots of proper journos got the boot. Weeks later, they were still publishing outrageously stupid comment pieces like, ‘Why the fistbump must never replace the handshake’, and, ‘In defence of the manbag’. It must have been a real slap in the face for the hacks who lost their jobs to see what the Guardian *was* still willing to pay for, whilst it *wasn’t* still willing to pay them to execute proper journalism. But the public are to blame, in no small part, because the sad truth is that they’d rather spend their days arguing below the line about manbags and fistbumps than they would learning anything.

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