BBC Panorama’s John Sweeney to hold a talk at the Ukrainian Institute
BBC Panorama reporter John Sweeney will hold a talk at the Ukrainian Institute on Thursday, November 6, about his film, Putin’s Gamble, which set out the evidence that the Russian army tipped the balance in the war in Ukraine and that the BUK crew who shot down MH17 were from the Russian army.
The title of the talk will be “What about the killings in Ukraine, Mr. Putin?”
During the BBC Panorama programme, which was aired on BBC1 prime time last month, John Sweeney doorstepped Russian President, Vladimir Putin, asking him whether he “regrets the killings in Ukraine”.
Sweeney’s past reports have included the death of former Russian security officer Alexander Litvinenko in London two years ago and China’s continuing restrictions on human rights in the run up to the 2008 Olympic Games.
He has made a radio documentary called Useful Idiots, including those westerners who denied the Holodomor, a brutal artificial man-made famine imposed by Stalin’s regime on Ukraine in 1932-33
His film, Scientology and Me, on the controversial organisation supported by Hollywood believers like John Travolta and Tom Cruise, remains one of the most watched and talked about Panoramas of recent years.
John has won several awards for his work both in print journalism and broadcasting. He received the Paul Foot Award in 2005 for his investigations on the cases of Sally Clark, Angela Cannings and Donna Anthony. He also won a Royal Television Society (RTS) award for his report for BBC One’s Real Story on Angela Cannings and a Sony Gold for his File on 4 radio report on Sally Clark.
He has won prizes from the RTS and Amnesty International for human rights work in Chechnya, Kosovo and Algeria and was named What the Papers Say Journalist of the Year. He won an Emmy Award and RTS prize for programmes about the Massacre at Krusha e Madhe, Kosovo.
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