John Sweeney is a reporter for BBC Panorama who became a YouTube sensation when he lost his temper with a senior member of the Church of Scientology. Before joining the BBC in 2001, Sweeney worked for twelve years at The Observer, where he covered wars and revolutions and unrest in more than sixty countries from Algeria, Bosnia, Chechnya to Zimbabwe. He has helped free seven people falsely convicted of killing their babies – starting with Sally Clark and Angela Canning.
Over the course of his career John has won one Emmy, two Royal Television Society prizes, one Sony Gold award, the What The Papers Say Journalist of The Year Prize, an Amnesty International prize and the Paul Foot Award.
He is the author of eight books: The Church of Fear – Inside The Weird World of Scientology (Silvertail, 2013), Elephant Moon (Silvertail, 2012), Big Daddy – Lukashenka, The Tyrant of Belarus (Silvertail, 2012), Wayne Rooney: Boots of Gold (Biteback, 2012), Purple Homicide (Bloomsbury, 1998), Trading With The Enemy: Britain’s Arming of Iraq (Pan Books, 1993) and The Life and Evil Times of Nicolae Ceausescu (Hutchinson, 1991). His hobby is falling off his bike on the way back from the pub.