Over the past few decades, 'investigative journalism' has come to mean the kind of brave reporting that exposes injustice, wrongdoing and, above all, the abuse of power. At a time when journalism is under attack perhaps as never before, this celebration of the very best of investigative journalism, and some of the greatest practitioners of the craft, could not be more timely. n selecting for this anthology articles, broadcasts and book extracts that have got behind the fa ade of official silence to reveal important and disturbing truths, John Pilger is paying his own professional tribute to some of the men and women he most admires. Here are the famous muckrakers (Seymour Hersh on the My Lai massacre), as well as the less well known (Wilfred Burchett, the first Westerner to enter Hiroshima in September 1945; Israeli journalist Amira Hass, reporting from the Gaza Strip in the 1990s). Here, too, are the mavericks (the great German undercover reporter G nter Wallraff; Jessica Mitford on 'The American Way of Death'). he book ranges from across many of the critical events, scandals and struggles of the past fifty years, from the scenes witnessed at the liberation of the death camp
John Pilger has been a war correspondent, author and film-maker. He has twice won British journalism's highest award, that of Journalist of the Year. Among a number of other awards, he has been International Reporter of the Year and winner of the UN Association Media Peace Prize. He lives in London.