A Bangladeshi community radio station is servicing the needs of Rohingya refugees in the coastal city of Cox's Bazaar. Radio Naf employs both Rohingyas and local Bangladeshis to produce content that helps refugees live in the camps. And in those where there is no radio reception, listener clubs play the broadcasts.
Journalists who exposed Malaysian corruption and paid the price have begun reporting freely since the 9 May election that toppled prime minister Najib Razak. While press freedom may be improving in Kuala Lumpur, racial diversity has some way to go in US newsrooms, a report says.
British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was forced to defend his stance on anti-Semitism, a question that also attracted headlines in France and Germany this week. While in Pakistan and Tanzania, there were concerns about censorship and Internet freedom.
Trust in social media has hit a new low, following revelations that data of fifty million Facebook users, ended up in the hands of a UK data analysis company, and may have been used to influence Donald Trump's 2016 election and Brexit. Facebook this week announced new measures to protect users' privacy. The scandal has highlighted the challenge facing tech firms in ensuring personal information is not used for profit.
Spring is recruitment season for journalism schools in France, and each of the country's 14 accredited journalism schools receives hundreds of applicants each year for only a handful of spots. Some schools are rethinking their entrance exams to attract a more diverse group of students, and to diversify the media.
Voters are getting ready for the upcoming elections in Sierra Leone on 7 March, as 16 presidential hopefuls for the country’s top job. Musa Tarawally of the Citizens Democratic party wants to bring back values through education and investment.
African radio journalists are being trained to report on illegal immigration – or irregular migration – in the hope that they can deter the local population from taking the dangerous migration routes towards Europe.
There were many reactions to French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to make a law against fake news, including that it would infringe on free speech and would be difficult to implement. International Media looks into the legalities of such a legislation, and what it would mean for journalists in France.
International media is casting an eye on France this week, and the status of female experts. Worldwide, only about 20 per cent of experts who appear in the media are women. France is right in the average. RFI’s Sarah Elzas looks at a website expertes.eu that is trying to change that number.
The Weinstein effect where men in power are held accountable for their sexual misconduct has had a ripple effect across the world. But has it reached Bollywood, the worlds’s most prolific film industry? Three Indian journalists have examined how India's cinema capital and its media deal with sexual predators in B-Town.
The crisis in Spain around the declaration of independence of Catalonia continues. Madrid has jailed the former members of the regional government, accusing them of sedition. The crisis is political, and is playing out in the media, which has become even more polarised. In this week’s International Media, Sarah Elzas takes a look at the state of Spanish – and Catalan – media.
Is a new era for Native American media in the United States opening up? Three Native American journalists talk about challenging stereotypes and bringing a nuanced voice to indigenous issues. They belong to a generation that believes in making things happen, despite all the odds, and not waiting for mainstream media to catch on.
In our weekly media program, we travel to Jordan where the media watchdog is being muzzled. We also go to Myanmar, where cartoonists and journalists appear to have lost their objectivity and take aim at Rohingya muslims, adding insult to injury to people who the UN and human rights groups say are being persecuted and forcibly evicted from their home lands.
Anti-terrorism laws are sometimes used to muzzle the media. Journalists Denis Nkwebo in Cameroon and Mohanad El Sangary in Egypt detail the challenges they and their colleagues face in trying to navigate deliberately opaque laws and not land in prison.
Three weeks after the murder of outspoken Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh, the press in India fears their industry may be under threat. The high profile editor was shot dead outside her home in the southern city of Bangalore on Tuesday 6 September. Her death has sparked calls for greater protection of female journalists.
Journalists Kelvin Lewis in Sierra Leone and Linus Kaikai in Kenya discuss how best to navigate the murky waters of ethnic politics, especially when reporting on elections. They found out that even though their countries were on opposite sides of the continent, they shared the same concerns over how political blocs play on ethnicity to win votes.
In this week’s International Media, we go to India, where activists, politicians and journalists demanded a full investigation into the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a newspaper editor and outspoken critic of the ruling Hindu nationalist party whose death has sparked an outpouring of anger.
China has said it is going to put a total ban on private computer networks known as VPNs, which allow people to get onto the internet when it's blocked in part by authorities. RFI's Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel has more, in this week's look at media around the world.
A documentary about anti-Semitism was broadcast this week, after initially being cancelled. The film was scrapped by the French-German television station Arte, which said the final version didn't correspond to the original remit.
What role can philanthropy have in journalism? Are donors ready to fund something that has no concrete “result”? Can journalists trust that donors will not ask for anything in return for their support?
International Media looks at the "Attack on the Press 2017", the yearly report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists. But first, here in France, TV presenter Cyril Hanouna's name has been on everyone's lips after an on-air prank in which he humiliated gay men on live television.
When two Spanish journalists set out to cover migration into Europe a few years ago, they travelled huge distances around the edges of the European Union. But the story they brought back was a little different to what they were expecting. Clea Broadhurst has more in this week’s international media.
In this week's International media, RFI goes to Belarus, where dozens of journalists, activists and civilians have been arrested in a crackdown on freedom of expression by authorities. Then, we’ll travel back to France for a look at the media coverage of the upcoming presidential election. Spoiler alert: the general press might be biased in favour of Emmanuel Macron.
Late every Friday night listeners in Kigali call Vestine Dusabe on Flash FM hoping that she will find a solution for their sexual concerns. Calls and text messages come from the rest of Rwanda, too. Between midnight and 2.00am they all tune in to listen to the award-winning Zirara Zubakwa programme.
A handful of highly successful media outlets reporting on the Democratic Republic of Congo operate outside traditional structures. They are closely followed by both the diaspora and the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
French presidential candidate François Fillon sparked an outcry this week when he accused the media of politically assassinating him. The conservative candidate once the presidential favourite is now in bad shape. He's not the only one. Across the globe, several African leaders have all gone off sick. Reporting on bad health though can prove a test for the media.
Is your computer talking to you? If so, fear not. Its likely you are talking to a chatbot. Chatbots are computer programs that talk, but which sound like humans. Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel has been...well talking to one that has been been created by French newspaper Libération.
As Donald Trump's aides promise to provide "alternative facts" to media coverage they do not like, International Media looks at new technology that helps journalists detect fake news online. We'll speak to Joe Galvin, Director of News at Storyful, about the Verify add-on.
The show will also look at a European campaign against discrimination in journalism.
This week's International Media looks at how the media coverage of the US campaign failed to foresee Donald Trump's victory and asks if this should be a wake-up call to change the way journalists report, inform and deliver the news.
The standing of the French media which suffered several shocks this week. International Media takes a look at uproar caused by a kiss on a breast, a strike over ethics and a website monitoring sexual harrassment in parliament.
A week after the suspension of Hungary's biggest opposition newspaper, Nepszabadsag, staff are still in limbo. Over 90 colleagues were locked out of the offices of the 60-year-old title on Saturday 8 October, after it was closed without warning.
In this week's look at the International Media Jan van der Made looks at the yearly Anna Politkovskaya prize that is meant to inspire women in warzones around the world. He asks who was Anna anyway, and who are this years prize winners?
Journalists are increasingly using data to improve their coverage of events and get to the truth. Key examples include the recent US presidential debate which was fact-checked in real time and the growing use of satellite imagery to tell Syria's conflict.
Hillary Clinton's bout with pneumonia triggered a media and social media frenzy this week, that has led to accusations of sexism and bias. In this report, RFI's Christina Okello looks at why all this talk of Hillary's health is deflecting attention away from the real campaign issues of the US elections.
International media headlines this week have again been dominated by the Syrian conflict, with notably a damning report by the Guardian about the role of UN aid in Damascus. In this magazine, RFI's Christina Okello goes behind the scenes to see how the report was put together, its reception, and impact.
The tremors set off by Britain’s vote to leave the EU continue to dominate the headlines. The pound’s historic slide and pressure on the commercial real estate sector received a lot of media attention, sparking calls by outlets like The Guardian for a second referendum. The other big talking points of the week were the findings of the long-awaited Chilcot report into the Iraq war and attacks that marred the end of Ramadan.
The film 'Welcome to Refugeestan' is available online in France and it tells the story of the 17 million refugees in the world. It was made by director Anne Poiret, she talked to Clea Broadhurst about the film.
In this week's edition of International Media, RFI takes a look at a website that reviews articles about Climate change. We’ll speak to a French scientist based in California who created a website, Climate Feedback, where members of the scientific community review the accuracy of stories written by journalists on Climate Change.
Plus, we'll go to London, the press is arguing over the upcoming referendum of a possible British exit from European Union.
From Australia to Japan and Europe, there is a lot to cover in today’s program. For our main topic of the day, we will focus on an agreement between the United States and the European Union on data protection.Tomaso Falchetta of Privacy International will explain why the deal is under heavy criticism.
Finally, a word on worries over freedom of expression in Japan and journalists on trial in Lebanon.
This week, International media takes a look at a Unicef project called Unfairy Tales - a series of animated films that tell the stories of migrant children arriving in Europe. And we go to China where the government's increasing crackdown has made headlines recently.
This week, we'll be talking about a brand new French news outlet called Les Jours, the coverage of the Donald Trump primary campaign in the United States and we'll go to India where press freedom is suffering blows.
The migrant crisis in Europe has continued to dominate headlines, and Greece says there are still thousands of people struck on its border with Macedonia. In this week’s International Media Christina Okello looks at how the story is being reported.
In this week's magazine, we take a closer look at press freedom in Turkey. Some say it has been really hard lately to do their job properly in the country, while others argue that Turkey's record on press freedom is overly-criticised.
This week, we take a look at press freedom in Belarus, the International Federation of Journalists' latest report saying that since 1990, 2 297 journalists and media staff were killed while doing their work and finally, how the media cover the issue of climate change.
RFI’s Clea Broadhurst looks at the Syrian conflict and why it’s so difficult for journalists to report it, how RSF's Media Ownership Monitor project reveals how a few outlets in Colombia are dominating the market and why there's a lack of regulation and Laos' decree to restrict foreign journalists' reporting.
In this week's international media, Rfi's Clea Broadhurst will take a closer look at the new Media law in Poland and how it has affected journalism there already. We'll take you to Asia as well, with the correspondent of the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur who was recently denied a renewal of her visa, prompting her departure from Beijing and to Indonesia where there's still a long way to go for openness for the media.
This week's show looks at the anniversary edition of France's satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo - one year after its Paris office was attacked. Plus the death of the first female journalist in Syria at the hands of the Islamic State. And we speak to the European Broadcasting Union over Poland's contoversial new media law, which critics say compromises the state broadcaster's editorial independence.
When thousands of Muslims hit the streets of central London last Sunday to protest Islamic extremism, the mainstream media barely took notice. This week's show speaks to the organisers of the annual Arbaeen Procession, which was this year used to deliver a political message. Plus a look at the Iranian newspaper editor who was indicted for defying a ban on publishing the name or image of Iran's reformist ex-president Mohammad Khatami.
As life in Brussels returns to normal following a four-day security lockdown, this week's show looks at how residents responded to the terror alert by flooding Twitter with funny pictures of cats. Plus we speak to the team behind a campaign that's taking Britain's The Sun tabloid to task over irresponsible journalism. This, following the furore over a front page splash claiming that 1 in 5 British Muslims is sympathetic to jihadists.
This week's show looks at how social media is helping to unveil the human side of the refugee camp in Calais, northern France, known as "The Jungle". Plus the EU criticises Turkey over ongoing restrictions to press freedom and, in a bid to protect data from US surveillance, Microsoft sets up data centres in Germany.
As we watched events unfold in Paris on Friday, November 13, international media paid tribute, asked questions and tried to offer answers. From the horror of the attacks, to the reactions on social media, we take a look at how the world turned to Paris for an entire week.
This week's show looks at police raids on opposition media outlets in Turkey in the days leading up to parliamentary elections; plus how American cable channel CNBC was slammed over its handling of Wednesday's Republican presidential debate; and we speak to the publishers of a British study linking social media use to mental health issues in children.
This week's show looks at how our posts on social media offer a potential goldmine of information on the state of our health. Plus YouTube taps its vast commercial potential, with the internet giant unveiling a paid version of its video-sharing service.
In this edition of International Media, RFI focuses on the spreading issue of impunity for crimes against journalists worldwide. On 9 and 10 October in Costa Rica, UNESCO organised an international conference of that name, and on the eve of that conference the Committee to Protect Journalists published its annual impunity index. RFI talked to the author of the report, looking at what can be done about the increasing numbers of journalists who are killed in the line of work.
In this week's International Media, RFI takes a look at the rise of ad-blocking applications.
Daniel Knapp from IHS Jane talks about how they impact online advertisement, and ultimately how they could change the way we access news stories online.
This week's programme explores the concept of "open democracy", as France becomes the first European country to open up a proposed law to public debate. Plus, a look at targeted attacks on journalists in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz.
In this week's International Media, RFI focuses on Azerbaijan, where an investigative journalist was sentenced to 7.5 years in jail. The programme will also take a look at Turkey, where two British journalists for Vice News were arrested, and follows activists trying to find a solution to counter online harassment against female journalists.
In Indonesia, the eastern province of Papua has been off-limits to journalists since 1968. It has been the scene of violence between local authorities and separatist movements and both the local and national governments have been trying to hide it from the media, therefore, the international community.
How can reportets protect their sources in the digital age? The internet and smartphones have made it easier for reporters to reach people – listeners and sources alike – but it has also made it easier for intelligence agencies to listen to them. In that context, the early findings of a study, Protecting journalism sources in the digital age, were published last week by the World Editors Forum for Unesco.
In this week's International Media, RFI takes a look at freedom of the press in Turkey
where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan filed a criminal complaint against the editor in chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper Can Dundar over a story saying Turkey had sent arms to rebels in Syria. We aso make a stop in Ireland where two of the biggest media outlets were barred from reporting on a story.
In this week's International Media, RFI takes a look at press freedom in Israel. The territory had the world's highest number of journalists - 17 - killed last year.
Foreign correspondents and local reporters working in the West Bank or in Gaza face threats and abuse on a daily basis.
In this week's International Media, RFI takes a look at the Mapping Media Freedom project that received backing for the European Commission last week. The initiative allow journalists across Europe to report any abuse to freedom of speech. Since the project was launched a year ago, over 760 cases of abuse - including 89 physical attacks - were reported.
In this week's International Media, RFI takes a look at sexism French female journalists face on a daily basis. Last Tuesday, some 40 female French journalists from several major media houses signed a petition denouncing sexism from politicians. In the pages of the daily, the reporters detail sexist behavior in the hallways of power, for example insistent text messages or phone calls seeking late night meetings.
In this week's International Media, RFI takes a look at press freedom in Azerbaijan, which is, according to a list from the Committee to Protect Journalists published this week, the sixth most censored place in the world. Its capital, Baku, will host the first-ever European Games in June. With the Games fast approaching, rights group are becoming more virulent when it comes to denouncing the lack of press freedom in the country.
In this week's International Media, RFI's takes a look at freedom of the press in Iraq. Last week, we learned that the Baghdad bureau chief for news agency Reuters had left the country after he was threatened by militias. For local journalists, the situation is dire too. Since 2013, at least 15 reporters have been killed in the country.
In this week's International Media, RFI takes a look at media freedom in Turkey as a Dutch journalist tried on charges of spreading "terrorist propaganda" for the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was acquitted.
If you have tuned-in to France Inter or France Info radio stations over the past two weeks, you might have heard music. It has been playing on loop on a few of France's most listened Radio station. That's because journalists and technical staff at Radio France - the country's public broadcaster - have been on strike for more than 19 days now.
In this week's International Media, RFI speaks to Dogan Tilic, reporter, lecturer of journalism at the Technical University in Ankara and spokesman for Turkey's Freedom to Journalists Platform, about the woeful lack of press freedom in Turkey.
This week, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo again ran a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed on its cover. In this week's International Media, RFI speaks to Egyptian cartoonist Sherif Arafa about reactions in the Muslim world to this, and the vexed question of freedom of expression.
This week once again saw violent scenes on the streets of Ferguson, Mississippi in the United States following the decision not to press charges against a white police officer who shot a young black man dead. Many of the television networks chose to air President Barack Obama's speech calling for calm on a split screen with footage of the violence on the other side - putting in sharp juxtaposition two faces of black America. Chris Campbell of the University of Southern Mississippi explains how the question of race has been dealt with in the US media since this story broke.
Duncan Campell, former correspondent of the Guardian in the United States discusses a row that had broken out in the UK after the police used a controversial law to identify the sources of two journalists.
Serge Seritsky, Managing Editor of the French audiovisual publication Ecran Total, discusses the beheading of French tourist Hervé Gourdel by an Algerian group affiliated with the armed Islamic State waging a propaganda war against France.
Carlos Lauria, America's Program Coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalist's, discusses the failures of Ecuador's land mark media law passed recently after the leading Hoy newspaper shut down its print edition.