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THE OBSERVERS

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 : 2012-04-06

Underground newspapers in Syria, naked artists in China, 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.

STORY 1: SYRIA

Every day here on France 24 we give the number of those killed by the repression in Syria. The count is now at about 3,500.

However our Observer, Khaled, explains that in his city of Homs, people will soon die not just from bullet wounds. With the city under siege by the security forces, residents are lacking many basic necessities - and winter is fast approaching


STORY 2: CHINA

Our next Observer took a photo of himself naked – and posted it on the Internet. But he’s not crazy, and he’s not an exhibitionist, either.

He did this to show his support for Ai Wei Wei, an outspoken artist whom the Chinese authorities aren’t big fans of.

Our Observers tells us why he’s baring it all in the name of freedom.

 

STORY 3: WORLD

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

We begin with Richard, a business owner in Chad.

Richard tells us he misses Colonel Gaddafi, because while he may have been a dictator in Libya, he invested a lot of money in Chad. Banks, luxury hotels, banks, large scale farms.. Chadians have the former Libyan leader to thank for all these projects - and many more were still in the works when he died. Richard tells us that now, construction is at a standstill. He’s hoping the new Libyan government will quickly resume its economic cooperation with Chad.

Next up, Syria, with Kareem, the editor in chief of a newspaper called Hurriyat, or "Freedoms" in Arabic.

It looks like a regular newspaper - it’s local and international news, opinion, cartoons - but it’s delivered in a very unusual manner…That’s because it’s an underground newspaper, written by activists fighting against Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. It’s distributed door to door. The activists drop off the paper, ring the doorbell, and quickly run away to avoid being seen.

Our Observer says he has no doubt that if these young Syrians get arrested distributing their newspapers, they’ll get killed.

Now on to Saudi Arabia, with our Observer Mohammad Alsaeedi.

Mohammed tells us that in his country, there’s a very dangerous new job – operating speed radars. Saudis like to drive fast, and some are very angry that speed radars have forced them to slow down.

So what do they do? They tamper with the speed radars themselves, of course, but some also attack those who operate them. This car you see belonged to a speed radar controller. A man shot it using a rifle, and it burst into flames.

This case of road rage had tragic consequences: the driver died in the fire.

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