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 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.

post 30 September 2014
Hong Kong protests continue - but where are the police?

Hong Kong's police force fired tear gas and pepper spray at demonstrators on Sunday. But officers have now withdrawn from the city centre, in a move that has disconcerted protesters.

post 29 September 2014
Decision time in Hong Kong

Hong Kong descends into chaos as the city's youthful protesters decide how far they want to push a pro-democracy movement in order to shut down the global financial hub.

post 24 September 2014
The threat posed by Indonesians fighting for IS

A new report links the development of the IS support network in Indonesia to the teachings and online "study sessions" organised by the banned British extremist group Al Muhajiroun.

post 22 September 2014
Did this man help secure victory for the #indyref no campaign?

Does the name Jean Chrétien sound familiar? Perhaps it should. It certainly is to the Westminster politicians who sought his advice as they fought to keep Scotland a part of the union.

post 18 September 2014
Thai PM says sorry after beach deaths 'bikini' comment

After insensitive comments by Thailand's PM about the deaths of two Britons, the Thai government expresses regret and insists the safety of foreigners is of "highest priority".

post 17 September 2014
Thai beach deaths: British brothers questioned

Two British brothers who left the Thai island of Koh Tao where police are investigating the brutal murders of two British backpackers are stopped by police before boarding a London bound flight.

post 16 September 2014
Thai beach deaths: police focus on Burmese community

Police investigating the deaths of two young Britons, whose bodies were found on a beach on Thailand's Koh Tao island, are focusing their inquiries on the Burmese migrant community.

post 15 September 2014
Two Britons found dead on Thai island beach

A man and a woman have been found dead with head wounds on a beach in Koh Tao.

post 15 September 2014
Canada becomes interesting! Thanks to Scotland's #indyref

As a rule, the UK does not take much notice of Canada - so it comes as a pleasant surprise that for once, thanks to the Scottish referendum, recent Canadian history is now being discussed.

post 07 September 2014
Meet the Grannies of China who won't stop dancing

Life has never been so good for retirees in China. They have time, money and no shortage of people to socialize with and the number one activity is dancing.

post 06 September 2014
Has Imran Khan lost Pakistan's latest political match?

Imran Khan and Tahir ul-Qadri want a "popular coup" against Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif. But their experiment in democracy has encountered several basic glitches.

post 31 August 2014
Pakistan election crisis - is history repeating itself?

Pakistan seems to lurch from one political crisis to another and perhaps inevitably, it has got another full-blown emergency on its hands.