John Sparks

Asia Correspondent
John Sparks has now left Channel 4 News.
John Sparks has now left Channel 4 News.

John Sparks has now left Channel 4 News.


post 18 June 2015
Aung San Suu Kyi: a painful metamorphosis

For so long Burma's chief dissident, now the leader of a political party, Aung San Suu Kyi strongly denies any complacency against persecution.

post 12 June 2015
Exposed: why naked photos offended many in Malaysia

When travelling abroad it is a good idea not to make the locals mad. A lesson learned, perhaps, by four backpackers who pleaded guilty to committing an "obscene act in a public place" in Malaysia.

post 02 June 2015
China cruise ship disaster: hundreds missing

The ship sank within two minutes and no distress call was issued, although the captain and chief engineer are reported to have survived the incident. They are currently being questioned by police.

post 29 May 2015
Malaysia's human traffickers adapt to survive - and are back in business

Speed boats ferry people to shore from a giant ship hovering off the coast after the ransom is paid - and those who die onboard are simply tipped over the side.

post 21 May 2015
Rohingya will not be saved by the new 'no push-back' policy

As odious as the business of smuggling people across the Andaman Sea is, the traffickers and the "boat people" fleeing Burma and Bangladesh share a common cause.

post 20 May 2015
Nightmare at sea ends for the 'green boat' migrants

The mystery of the 'green boat' was solved this morning when 400-odd occupants of a rickety fishing trawler turned up on the Indonesian coast in the early hours of this morning.

post 12 May 2015
Fears for remote areas of Nepal after more earthquakes

Thousands run out on to the streets of Kathmandu as another deadly earthquake rocks Nepal.

post 05 May 2015
Trafficking death camp in Thailand may be tip of the iceberg

Four days ago a camp was found on the Thai-Malaysia border containing the graves of dozens of would-be migrants - and some believe there may be at least 60 more such camps.

post 01 May 2015
Shocking discovery of Rohingya graves on Thai-Malaysia border

The discovery on the Thai border of around 50 bodies, thought to be members of the marginalised Rohingya community, underlines the brutal nature of the trade in humans.

post 29 April 2015
Indonesia's executions: a weak president acting tough

The execution of eight convicted drug traffickers by Malaysia is a demonstration of the underlying weakness of the country's President.

post 28 April 2015
Indonesia deaf to pleas to spare death row drugs convicts

The pending executions of nine Indonesian and foreign nationals on drug offences have strained the country's relations with the international community and, in particular, Australia.

post 06 April 2015
A 'revolutionary wedding' amidst Burma's student crackdown

Ko Htet and his wife Su Yee Win are lovers in a dangerous time, which happens to be an entirely unexpected feature of their new life as a married couple.

article 17 March 2015 World, Australia
Vanuatu damage
Vanuatu: 'We are going to have to rebuild everything'

The grim warning of Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale in the aftermath of the devastating cyclone which hit the Pacific island last week. John Sparks reports.

post 05 March 2015
Emwazi family 'proves innocence' over Jihadi John claims

The Emwazi family lawyer tells Channel 4 News that his client has absolutely nothing to hide after being accused of "collaborating" with his son Mohammed.

post 04 March 2015
Emwazi family 'need conclusive proof' that their son is Jihadi John

John Sparks comes face-to-face with the man whose son is thought to be Jihadi John, the gruesome executioner for Islamic State.

article 01 March 2015 UK, Kuwait
Mohammed Emwazi relatives 'under watch' in Kuwait

Channel 4 News understands that there are members of the Emwazi family in Kuwait City, including Jasem Emwazi, the father of so-called Jihadi John.

post 23 February 2015
Jailed for satire: Thailand's lese majeste convictions

They are young and well-educated, a pair of committed pro-democracy activists, but their participation in a student play means they will spend the next two and a half years in a Thai prison.

post 19 February 2015
Thailand: where cut-price plastic surgery is booming... and can be fatal

Plastic surgery in Thailand is a booming business - but procedures there carry risks, as was shown by the death of a young British woman in a Bangkok clinic last year.

post 18 February 2015
Why is Burma declaring state of emergency in troubled Kokang region?

Burma's president declares a state of emergency in the Kokang region and imposes a three-month period of martial law, hours after a Red Cross convoy comes under attack.