Phil is an investigative journalist and producer. His reporting on British special forces has triggered two government inquiries. He has written freelance pieces for most UK national papers including The Times and the Guardian. He currently works as a news reporter for the Morning Star and contributes to New Internationalist, Private Eye, Vice and other publications. You can contact him with stories or commisions on phil.miller.research[at]gmail.com and on twitter @pmillerinfo. For encrypted email, his PGP public key is here.
He recently produced a short film for New Internationalist about the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on British soldiers – and the consequences for civilians who live near UK military bases overseas.
He worked as a specialist researcher on Callum Macrae’s BAFTA-nominated documentary, The Ballymurphy Precedent/Massacre at Ballymurphy, which was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2018.
Phil co-produced a film about Australia’s refugee policy, Stop the Boats, shot in Sydney, Auckland and Kupang (Indonesia). It premiered at the Nuremberg Human Rights film festival in 2017.
He has also worked as a researcher for Corporate Watch, focusing on private sector involvement in the UK immigration detention and deportation system. His research was featured on Channel 4 News, showing companies saved millions by paying detainees as little as £1 per hour to do essential jobs in detention centres, and secret filming that revealed worsening conditions inside Harmondsworth, Britain’s largest detention centre. He has also covered several inquests into deaths in detention, including the cases of 84-year-old Canadian Alois Dvorzak and US tourist Brian Dalrymple.
Phil has carried out extensive research at the UK National Archives. In 2014, he found newly declassified letters that revealed Margaret Thatcher had sent an SAS officer to advise the Indian Army on raiding the Golden Temple in Amritsar ahead of a massacre of Sikh pilgrims in June 1984. This discovery triggered debates in the British and Indian parliaments, and led Prime Minister David Cameron to order two reviews into the declassification of government documents, by Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood and by former head of the Joint Intelligence Committee Sir Alex Allan.