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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 9.45 am Paris time.

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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.

STORY 1: SYRIA

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

STORY 2:
CANADA/USA


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.

 STORY 3: MEXICO


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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