According to a statement by the organisers of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, John Pilger, Australian journalist and documentary maker based in London, has confirmed his participation as featured guest in the main Festival program.
Pilger has twice won Britain’s Journalist of the Year Award and his devastating and internationally renowned documentaries have polarised media and public opinion for decades. In 2009, he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in recognition of his courage as a foreign and war correspondent in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard.
Said UWRF International Program Director Jeni Caffin “John Pilger is a fearless and impassioned journalist who has fiercely criticised Australia’s treatment of its First Peoples and who has steadily turned his gaze to British and American foreign policy. He is simply impossible to ignore and we at the UWRF are proud to announce that he is finally able to fit the Festival into his relentless schedule.”
Pilger’s name is the first to be trumpeted from the list of 130 Indonesian and international guests to confirm their participation and will inevitably attract widespread media comment. While his role call of documentaries is too extensive to list here, his seminal works include Year Zero: the Silent Death Of Cambodia, Death of a Nation; the Timor Conspiracy, Inside Burma: Land of Fear and Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror.
Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror.
A feature of John Pilger’s UWRF involvement will be a screening of his 2010 documentary The War You Don’t See, which challenges the media for the role they played in the Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine conflicts. Said Pilger “the theme of power, media and propaganda has real resonance these days.” He has agreed to conduct a no holds barred Q&A immediately following the screening.