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A show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from our Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris. Saturday at 10.15 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2011-05-18

This week: Syrian opposition videos, 'SlutWalks' in the US and the patron saint of Mexican drug dealers

This week, our Observers explain how Syrian opposition activists help foreign journalists authenticate amateur videos of the anti-government uprising; they participate in feminist 'SlutWalks' and explain why Mexican drug traffickers have a patron saint of their own.

Presentation: Derek Thompson. Editorial team: Julien Pain, Lorena Galliot, Ségolène Malterre, Sarra Grira, Peggy Bruguière.


We begin today with the unrest in Syria... Behind the headlines about towns like Banias and Deraa, there's an information war going on.  The Syrian government says it's waging a campaign against criminals and terrorists. The opposition says pro-government forces are firing on unarmed civilians. We journalists don't know, because the government doesn't let us go there. The best source we have for images is the Internet. But when we find a video on YouTube it's hard for us to verify it... was it really shot when and where it says it was? The people who shoot the videos are trying to make that easier.

Observer: Omar al Hafsi (pseudonym) in Damascus, Syria


Now for more protests… a different country, a different cause. This time they take place in Candada and the United States, to denounce violence against women.

Observer: Molly Black, in Boston.


We finish today with the patron saint...of drug traffickers. Around the turn of the last century, Mexican police captured a bandit named Jesus Malverde. They executed him, but a century later he's still revered in his home state of Sinaloa - by the drug gangs who took up where he left off.

Observer: Gabriel Regino, in Mexico City




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Burmese policemen abuse Rohingya in a video, and a Malian is deported from France in handcuffs

A video emerged of Rohingya attacked by Burmese policemen, a Malian was handcuffed on a plane and deported from France, and a controversial new song hit the airwaves in Saudi...

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2016-12-31 Afghanistan

The Best Of 2016 at The Observers

For our last show of 2016, we look back at our favourite Observers from the year. A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers...

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2016-12-27 Burkina Faso

Round-up of migrants in Algeria, and militias in Burkina Faso replace police in crackdown on crime

Random, mass arrests of migrants have been taking place in Algeria; militias in Burkina Faso are replacing the role of police and imposing their own form of justice; and male...

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2016-12-10 Botswana

Painting eyes on cows' behinds and the group of young women fighting harassment in Mexico

A biologist has a funny idea for stopping lions from attacking herds of cows in Botswana, a group of young women walk through the streets of Mexico City armed with a GoPro to...

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2016-11-26 Greece

A racist attack in South Africa is exploited by political parties, and migrants describe the appalling conditions of camps in Greece

A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris.

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