MediaWatch is our take on the stories big and bizarre in newspapers, on news websites, blogs and on social media. We also look at stories about how the media functions and how it’s evolving in today’s society. Presented by James Creedon, tune in at 8.45 pm and 10.22 pm Paris time.
We look at a European Court of Justice ruling being reported in contrasting ways in the press. It concerns the rights of gays persecuted in their own countries to seek asylum in the EU. The case centres on a request by three gay men in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Senegal. Also, a dance video with a difference: a woman about to have a double mastectomy jives to Beyoncé's "Get Me Bodied" in the operating theatre.
We look at the Twitter IPO, from "cronut" donuts, to protests, to a new book that is a company history-cum-crime novel. Wired.com describes "Hatching Twitter" as "the story of how lonely people came together to build a product designed to connect them to each other and the world around them - only to rip each other to shreds in order to control that very thing". We also look at a story buzzing in Paris: two restaurants are accused of putting "les moches"(ugly people) at the back, out of sight.
Brazil's spying revelations have caused some in the American media to point at Dilma Rousseff and say "pot, kettle, black". The Brazilian President was one of the most vocal critics of NSA surveillance. Also, China tops France for English language proficiency. Finally, what do Xi Jinping and Jacques Chirac have in common?!
On the day the bodies of two RFI journalists killed in Mali were repatriated to France, we look at coverage in the French media of the increasing dangers of reporting on conflicts. Also, last month's controversial BBC interview with comedian Russell Brand is still in the news - we take a look at the latest twist in the story. Finally, a blog shows a series of police mugshots from the 1920s.
Radio France Internationale, the sister radio station of France 24, is in mourning after the murder of two of its staff. Veteran journalist Ghislaine Dupont and technician Claude Verlon were highly experienced in the field and knew Mali and many countries in Africa very well. Both were shot dead in Kidal, northern Mali, on Saturday. We take a look at reaction from RFI listeners, their colleagues and the French media in general.