Sophie McNeill: We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know

Sophie McNeill We Can't Say We Didn't KnowFor more than 15 years, award-winning investigative journalist and former correspondent, Sophie McNeill, has reported on some of the most war-ravaged and oppressive places on earth, including Syria, Gaza, Yemen, West Bank, Iraq and China.

In We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know, Sophie tells the human stories of devastation and hope behind the headlines – of children, families and refugees, of Saudi women seeking asylum, struggling doctors, imprisoned Uyghurs and Hong Kong protesters.

These innocent civilians bear the brunt of the lawlessness of the current age of impunity, where war crimes go unpunished and human rights are abused. Many risk everything they know to stand up for what they believe in and to be on the right side of history, no matter how daunting or impossible it might appear, and their courage is extraordinary and inspiring.

Sophie also examines what happens when evidence and facts become subjective and debatable, and how and why disinformation, impunity and hypocrisy now reign supreme. We can’t say we didn’t know – the question now is, what are you going to do about it?

Sophie McNeill is an investigative reporter for Four Corners. A former foreign correspondent based in the Middle East for the ABC, she’s worked across the region, including in countries such as Afghanistan, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Turkey and Gaza.

Sophie has twice been awarded Australian Young TV Journalist of the Year and in 2010 won a Walkley award for her investigation into the killing of five children in Afghanistan by Australian Special Forces soldiers. Sophie was nominated for a Walkley in 2015 for her coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis.

Sophie previously worked as a reporter for ABC’s Foreign Correspondent and SBS’s Dateline program and is a former host of triple j’s news and current affairs program Hack. We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know is her first book.


We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know is published by HarperCollins Publishers and available from all leading book sellers including Dymocks.

Image: We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know – courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers

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