Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and its Triumphs

By John Pilger

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Tell Me No Lies is a party of the superior investigative journalism, and comprises writing via the various maximum practitioners of the craft: Seymour Hersh at the My Lai bloodbath; Paul Foot at the Lockerbie cover-up; Wilfred Burchett, the 1st Westerner to go into Hiroshima following the atomic bombing; Israeli journalist Amira Hass, reporting from the Gaza Strip within the Nineties; Gunter Wallraff, the good German undercover reporter; Jessica Mitford on 'The American means of Death'; Martha Gelhorn at the liberation of the dying camp at Dachau.

The e-book - a variety of articles, publicizes and books extracts that exposed vital and stressful truths - levels from throughout a few of the severe occasions, scandals and struggles of the earlier fifty years. alongside how it bears witness to epic injustices dedicated opposed to the peoples of Vietnam, Cambodia, East Timor and Palestine.

John Pilger units every bit of reporting in its context and introduces the gathering with a passionate essay arguing that the type of journalism he celebrates this is being subverted by means of the very forces that should be its enemy. Taken as an entire, the publication tells a rare 'secret history' of the fashionable period. it's also a decision to fingers to newshounds in all places - sooner than it really is too past due.

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The truth that the Thatcher government’s enthusiastic help for a pressurised-water-reactor (PWR) programme was once normally aimed toward undercutting the NUM was once first published in leaked cupboard mins in the course of her first management. Nigel Lawson, power Secretary within the early Nineteen Eighties and later Chancellor, defined a lot later: ‘The desire for “diversification” of power resources, the argument I used to justify the PWR programme, was once code for freedom from NUM blackmail. ’ Lawson looked Scargill as one of many ‘energy tsars’ of the industrialised international – the opposite being Sheikh Yamani, the Saudi oil minister.

The Conservatives might have been acknowledged to be doing Kinnock’s paintings for him. by means of casting off Scargill from the board, they got rid of not just an enemy of the country yet a big embarrassment for the middle-of-the-road model of Socialism which Kinnock used to be trying to develop. yet that isn't the means the general public observed it, or the way in which Kinnock used to be in a position to take advantage of it. He was once left with . . . a celebration within which major numbers persevered to determine Scargill as he observed himself: the single one among that multitude who dared to face and struggle opposed to the evil of Thatcherism.

And what does it let us know? To so much Australians, the identify Edward Smith corridor will suggest not anything; but this one journalist did greater than any one to plant 3 easy liberties in his kingdom: freedom of the clicking, consultant govt and trial by means of jury. In 1826, he introduced his weekly, eight-page, eight-penny Sydney display screen by way of giving prominence to a letter from a reader who defined the functionality of the journalist as ‘an inveterate opposer [rather] than a staunch parasite of government’. The degree of Hall’s principled audacity might be judged by way of the days.

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