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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 : 2011-10-26

Occupy Wall Street spreads abroad, video shows thugs sparked Egypt clashes, and more...

This show is made up entirely of amateur images. We've seen time and time again how images captured by ordinary citizens then uploaded onto the Web can change history, or at least shift the balance of power. This week, we take a look back at some of those moments.


We begin with the Occupy Wall Street movement. It began in a little park near Wall Street in New York. But it's now spread to cities across the US and in dozens of countries. The demonstrators are very diverse, and so are their demands - so it remains to be seen where the movement will go, and how long it will last. We talked to two of our Observers, in Boston and Dublin, and they say they're going to be camping out at least through the winter.


Next up, a look at some of the images sent in this week by our Observers.

We begin in China with a story that's deeply shocked the nation. A 2 year old girl was hit by a van in a market in her hometown of Foshan. The driver of the van drove off without stopping. But it's what happens next that has the Chinese asking questions... Over the next seven minutes, 18 people pass the little girl's unconscious body and not one stops to check on her. Finally a trash collector pulls her out of the way. The girl, whose name was Yue Yue, has died, and the driver has been arrested. Our Observer Li Moral tells us that would-be good samaritans in China sometimes think twice before intervening because of a recent lawsuit. But even so, internet users are determined to identify and shame the 18 people who left her lying in the road.

Next stop Cairo, Egypt, where clashes that left 25 people dead on October. 9. It happened when security forces cracked down on a demonstration by Coptic Christians. But these pictures, shot by our Observer Mohammad Galal, show there were others involved - men in plain clothes, armed with knives, stones and bottles. They attack the demonstrators crying 'God is great'. Mohammad believes they are 'baltagiya' - thugs-for-hire who used to beat up opponents of the old regime. Hosni Mubarak may be out of the picture, but his bully boys are apparently still in the streets.

We finish today with a tribute to Steve Jobs from a one-year-old girl who has grown up in the age of the iPad and its tactile screen. So when she sees an old-fashioned magazine, she doesn't understand why it doesn't work, why the pictures don't move. Her dad explains that it's because Steve Jobs "has coded a part of her OS" - her operating system.



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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2016-11-19 Togo

Armed militia hunts down migrants on Bulgarian border and an inventor in Togo builds a 3D printer from electronic waste

In this week's show, we investigate the armed nationalist militia stalking the Bulgarian border and 'hunting' groups of desperate migrants. Then to Togo to meet an ingenious...

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2016-11-12 Iran

US rapper takes on sexual harasser, and Iranians use king's anniversary to protest

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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2016-10-29 Haiti

How Haitian migrants are undertaking a Latin American odyssey to reach the US, and meet the Malian techie digitalizing ancestral traditions

We take a look on the new migration route that Haitians are taking to reach the United States: a winding, perilous odyssey that leads them through up to a dozen Latin American...

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2016-10-22 Ghana

The attack of the magpies in Australia and viral videos of the Ghanaian presidential election

This week, our Observers start by telling us the terrifying story of the magpies that are attacking cyclists in Australia. Then, we take a look at the surprising images of the...

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