John Sparks

Asia Correspondent
John Sparks joined Channel 4 News in 1997, and is now the Asia Correspondent.
John Sparks joined Channel 4 News in 1997, and is now the Asia Correspondent.

John started as a producer, before becoming a general reporter. His stories included investigating the July 7th bomber Jamal (Germaine) Lindsey, and securing the first pictures of CIA operated aircraft, suspected of conducting 'extraordinary renditions' via UK airports.

During the recession he moved to the Business Unit, where he explored the role of investment banks during the 'credit crunch'.


post 26 January 2015
'National revolt' in Australia as Prince Philip awarded knighthood

Online, Tony Abbott's decision has been treated with a large dollop of incredulity. It has been likened to an April Fool's Day prank.

article 21 January 2015 World, Israel
Thai workers' rights 'abused on Israeli farms'

Thai farmers in Israel face low pay, hazardous working conditions and excessive working hours, according to a human rights group.

post 20 January 2015
Meet the islanders stranded at sea for four months

When a group of men from Papua New Guinea jumped in a boat and began a trip to a neighbouring island, they thought no further ahead than what they'd be eating for dinner.

post 19 December 2014
Chained in cells: the plight of some of Cambodia's mentally ill

The people of Cambodia have suffered like few others, but according to Father Kevin Conroy there are only 15 beds for psychiatric patients in the entire country.

post 07 December 2014
In the Philippines, super typhoons are 'the new normal'

Locals say climate change is making tropical storms more intense, as mass evacuations ahead of Typhoon Hagupit put most Fiilipinos out of harm's way.

post 06 December 2014
Memories of Haiyan as Philippines braces itself for super typhoon Hagupit

Like most people in the Philippines, we are waiting with some anxiety for the great collision - the moment when super typhoon Hagupit makes landfall on the archipelago's eastern shore.

post 22 November 2014
Escaping China: the perilous journey of the Uighurs

Nearly 300 Uighurs have been found sitting in silence on a mountain in Thailand. Asia correspondent John Sparks investigates and traces the escape route of thousands of Uighurs desperate to flee China

post 21 November 2014
What's a political awakening worth? #OccupyCentral protests near end

As the protest numbers dwindle, it's time to take stock. If the demonstrators decide to pack up their tents, what will they have to show for their efforts?

post 19 November 2014
'Triads' behind spike in Hong Kong protest violence, gang leader claims

A senior member of a one of Hong Kong's notorious gangs tells Channel 4 News triad members receive money to disrupt the protest movement and the police do not try to stop them.

post 19 November 2014
Hong Kong protests at a crossroads as authorities close in

Few people think the territory's leaders - or their Chinese overlords in Beijing - are going to sit down and cut a deal with the protestors, but Hong Kong has changed.

post 18 November 2014
Hong Kong: last stand for the student protesters?

Pro-democracy supporters struck camp in Hong Kong 52 days ago and have built themselves a village. Bailiffs have turned up to help with the government's new "removal strategy".

video 24 October 2014 Thailand

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'Thai police said they'd cut off my son's hands and feet'

The father of one of the Burmese suspects accused of murdering British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand says the pair were tortured into confessing to the crime.

post 17 October 2014
Hong Kong protests: ready for talk, nothing to talk about

We saw both two sides of Hong Kong's intractable political crisis through the steely eyes of the protagonists yesterday afternoon.

post 14 October 2014
Hong Kong: barricades fall but expectations raised

They tried to force them out with tear gas. They tried to scare them out with talk of 'dire consequences'. Now Hong Kong's police have quietly moved in to strip away barricades.

post 06 October 2014
The powerful art behind Hong Kong's protests

The main protest site in Hong Kong occupies a large inner-city motorway as well as side streets, bridges and squares and it has been turned into an extraordinary, open-air art gallery.

post 05 October 2014
Big stakes in Hong Kong - are these the final hours?

Will demonstrators return to work or stay out to prolong their protest? As China stiffens its tone, Hong Kong's chief executive mulls a momentous decision.

article 04 October 2014 World, China
Protesters clashing
Arrests in Hong Kong as rival protesters clash

Thousands of rival protesters face off in Hong Kong resulting in 19 arrests, prompting fears that the unrest could take a violent turn.

post 03 October 2014
Hong Kong clashes break out after counter-protest

I am standing next to a hundred or so student protestors who look very young and very scared. Just 15 metres or so away are hundreds of angry people shaking their fists and screaming at them.

post 01 October 2014
Pro-democracy protesters gather in Hong Kong on 'National Day'

The underlining concern here is that a rapid escalation of the protests may provoke the authorities - and in particular the Chinese government - into using force against the demonstrators.