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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 : 2012-02-17

Overcrowded Saudi prisons, outrage over Senegal president's third bid for office, 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 today with a story about prisons in Saudi Arabia, from an Observer who's spent time in them. As elsewhere, Saudi prisons are overcrowded. A recent video shows a prison in the port city of Jeddah. The prisoners are virtually wall to wall. Our Observer Hussein is an anti-government activist, who's been arrested for protesting several times, and imprisoned for as long as three months.



Now to Senegal, where the country is gearing up for an election. President Abdoulaye Wade is running for a third term in office, even though the country's constitution in theory limits presidents to two terms. The constitutional court has backed Wade's position, angering many Senegalese, especially students. Our Observer Mandiaye Badji has been talking to them.

We'll have a special team of Observers covering the election at the end of the month. If you want to get involved, send us an email - the address is We'll be putting up a special site:



Now for our weekly roundup of the best images and stories sent in by our Observers.

First stop - Hama, in the north of Syria; where the walls have been covered in blood ... Fortunately, it's fake blood. Red paint has been poured on the walls and streets by the city's residents. It's their way of commemorating the terrible massacre that happened there 30 years ago, on the orders of Hafez al-Assad, the father of the current president. That was back in February 1982. Thousands of people were massacred by troops to end a Sunni uprising. The red paint is there as a reminder of 1982, but also of the current violence, taking place on the orders of the younger Assad, Bashar.

Now to Algeria, which has been suffering from the same cold snap that's gripped Europe. Our Observer Kadr lives in the mountainous Kabylia region, where up to 40 centimetres of snow cut off many villages. In his town, Kadr says, the problem is heating. People use butane gas, and they have to line up for it, in the cold. The same thing goes for food. The region's paralysed... We hope better weather is on the way.

Our last stop is on the Mexican-US border: the Great Wall of Mexico, 700 miles of steel and concrete built under a law signed by George Bush to keep illegal immigrants and drugs out of the US. But there are ways of getting around it - or under it.... Take a look at this video - a simple car jack is enough to raise a section of the fence, to let through a load of what's probably drugs. The best thing about the technique is that you can let the wall close again with no trace so you can come back again on another day.



2017-01-14 Burma

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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