The Palestinian Authority appears to be clamping down on dissent in the West Bank, blocking access to internet news sites and arresting journalists who are suspected of libel against leading Palestinian politicians. The growing censorship has surprised outside observers, many of whom considered Palestinian internet use relatively free compared with neighbouring countries.
FRANCE 24 journalist Roméo Langlois, who went missing Saturday during a military operation against FARC rebels, is being held by the guerrillas, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed on Tuesday.
FRANCE 24 journalist Roméo Langlois is being held prisoner in Colombia, the French foreign minister announced Sunday. The Colombian defence minister added that Langlois was shot in the arm during a gun battle on Saturday before disappearing.
Online blogging site The Huffington Post has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles on the treatment of injured American soldiers. Many question the site’s worthiness to receive journalism’s most prestigious award.
Afghan photographer Massoud Hossaini was among the winners of the Pulitzer Prize awards announced Monday for his depiction of the aftermath of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul in December 2011 that left at least 70 people dead (pictured).
On today’s show, the story of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird’s great sporting rivalry hits Broadway. Next, Chilean co-director Pedro Peirano joins us in the studio to discuss the comic stresses and horrors of family life as seen in his new film, "Old Cats". Finally, a new Paris exhibition tells you to "Open your Ears" to learn about the history of radio.
Douglas Herbert speaks to award-winning war correspondent Janine Di Giovanni. She spent much of the 1990s covering the Balkan wars - as well as other calamities in Rwanda, Liberia, Congo, and Chechnya. In a 2004 chronicle about her Balkan experiences entitled "Madness Visible", she recounted the human cost of the war in vivid terms - from the genocide of Srebrenica to the gang-raping of Muslims in Kosovo.
Douglas Herbert meets Edith Bouvier, the French journalist who appealed for help on YouTube after being injured in a rocket attack on the besieged Syrian city of Homs, and who was later evacuated from Homs by Syrian activists.
This week, Bolivia's president addressed the UN in a bid to overturn a ban on the chewing of coca leaves. Morales said he was not advocating the production of cocaine but rather wanted to protect the country’s cultural and medicinal heritage. In Mexico, being a journalist is a risky business. We meet the reporters learning to treat bullet wounds and deal with death threats. Finally we head to Ohio where we see firsthand the tragic consequences of the US housing meltdown.
Six people were arrested Tuesday as part of an investigation by UK police into media phone hacking. Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World, and her racehorse-owner husband, Charlie, were among those detained.