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RFI France


A weekly look at the problems and pleasures facing journalists around the world and the power and responsibilities of news media.






116, Avenue du Président Kennedy Paris, France 1 5640 1212 / 2907


How media and ethnic politics intertwine in Africa

Journalists Kelvin Lewis in Sierra Leone and Linus Kaikai in Kenya discuss how best to navigate the murky waters of ethnic politics, especially when reporting on elections. They found out that even though their countries were on opposite sides of the continent, they shared the same concerns over how political blocs play on ethnicity to win votes. Both Kenya and Sierra Leone are multi-ethnic countries where some politicians do not hesitate to manipulate voters along ethnic lines and fuel...

Duration: 00:10:38

Murder in India, closure in Cambodia

In this week’s International Media, we go to India, where activists, politicians and journalists demanded a full investigation into the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a newspaper editor and outspoken critic of the ruling Hindu nationalist party whose death has sparked an outpouring of anger. Meanwhile in Cambodia one of the country’s last independent newspapers was closed with the disappearance of the Cambodia Daily. The newspaper announced on Sunday it was closing after 24 years after being...

Duration: 00:09:20

China cracks down on internet access by banning VPNs

China has said it is going to put a total ban on private computer networks known as VPNs, which allow people to get onto the internet when it's blocked in part by authorities. RFI's Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel has more, in this week's look at media around the world.

Duration: 00:09:30

Is Arte guilty of censorship?

A documentary about anti-Semitism was broadcast this week, after initially being cancelled. The film was scrapped by the French-German television station Arte, which said the final version didn't correspond to the original remit. Eventually the film was broadcast in Germany and in France. Was Arte guilty of censorship? Or did the film-makers get it wrong? In this week's International Media, RFI's Christina Okello looks at the row.

Duration: 00:10:39

Funding journalism through donations

What role can philanthropy have in journalism? Are donors ready to fund something that has no concrete “result”? Can journalists trust that donors will not ask for anything in return for their support? In this week’s international media, RFI’s Sarah Elzas looks at the world of philanthropic journalism funding, which has been successful in the United States and is starting to take hold in Europe. (Click on the photo to listen)

Duration: 00:09:59

Politician's assault on reporter marks new low for US media

In this week's International Media, we'll see how one reporter got kicked to the ground by a high level politician, and how this incident played into a discussion about American media. We'll also take a look at the boundaries of freedom of expression, and how one comedian saw her career coming to an end, at least for the time being, as a result of one of her statements.

Duration: 00:09:05

Cyril Hanouna's prank distressing LGBT community

International Media looks at the "Attack on the Press 2017", the yearly report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists. But first, here in France, TV presenter Cyril Hanouna's name has been on everyone's lips after an on-air prank in which he humiliated gay men on live television. Hanouna is not new to scandals - bullying disabled people, humiliating routines,inappropraite - are common on Hanouna's Touche pas à mon poste program. His show has been the subject of complaints about...

Duration: 00:09:55

Is media treament of LBGT issues equal and fair?

In this week's International Media, RFI's Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel takes a look at how journalists cover stories about gay and bisexual people.

Duration: 00:09:37

How the international press is reporting the French election

With one week to go to the second round of the French presidential election, Christina Okello reports on how the race is being reported by foreign media.

Duration: 00:10:06

"The Crack" - the field journal of two reporters across Europe

When two Spanish journalists set out to cover migration into Europe a few years ago, they travelled huge distances around the edges of the European Union. But the story they brought back was a little different to what they were expecting. Clea Broadhurst has more in this week’s international media. In 2013, two Spanish reporters - photographer Carlos Spottorno and reporter Guillermo Abril - began reporting on migration into Europe. They travelled from Africa to the Arctic. What they...

Duration: 00:10:31

Is the Macron phenomenon created by the media?

In this week's International media, RFI goes to Belarus, where dozens of journalists, activists and civilians have been arrested in a crackdown on freedom of expression by authorities. Then, we’ll travel back to France for a look at the media coverage of the upcoming presidential election. Spoiler alert: the general press might be biased in favour of Emmanuel Macron.

Duration: 00:10:00

How bloggers in Vietnam slip under the radar

In this week's look at the media around the world, we go to Vietnam, to see how bloggers try and escape state survaillance, and how the internet is bridging the divide between north and south.

Duration: 00:09:52

Rwanda radio tackles relationship counselling and sex education

Late every Friday night listeners in Kigali call Vestine Dusabe on Flash FM hoping that she will find a solution for their sexual concerns. Calls and text messages come from the rest of Rwanda, too. Between midnight and 2.00am they all tune in to listen to the award-winning Zirara Zubakwa programme. Zirara Zubakwa has received the Rwanda Broadcasters Excellence Award every year now since it was launched in 2010. It is a live programme that airs on week days and runs for two hours. Zirara...

Duration: 00:12:41

Meet the DRC journalists reporting on their country from Brussels

In International Media today, RFI's Zeenat Hansrod looks at news outlets reporting on the Democratic Republic of Congo and which operate outside traditional media structures.

Duration: 00:08:53

How public figures react to media stories about health and well-being

French presidential candidate François Fillon sparked an outcry this week when he accused the media of politically assassinating him. Christina Okello now examines the difficulties journalists face reporting on how public figures deal with the media.

Duration: 00:13:47

Are chatbots now talking for the French media?

Is your computer talking to you? If so, fear not. Its likely you are talking to a chatbot. Chatbots are computer programs that talk, but which sound like humans. Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel has been...well talking to one that has been been created by French newspaper Libération.

Duration: 00:09:33

Le Monde newspaper launches anti-fake news platform

How can the media fight the rise of fake news? French newspaper Le Monde might have part of the answer. At the beginning of February Le Monde will launch Decodex, a web platform that will allow readers to check wether a website is reliable or not. The team has also created a Chrome and Firefox extension that will alert readers when they come across false or unverified stories, powered by a database of 600 websites that are considered unreliable. RFI spoke to Samuel Laurent, the head of Les...

Duration: 00:00:40

What can journalists do to counter fake news?

As Donald Trump's aides promise to provide "alternative facts" to media coverage they do not like, International Media looks at new technology that helps journalists detect fake news online. We'll speak to Joe Galvin, Director of News at Storyful, about the Verify add-on. The show will also look at a European campaign against discrimination in journalism.

Duration: 00:10:07

What role did the media play in the conservative primary elections

This week's International Media takes a look at the role of the media in the French primary elections and the second half of the magazine, how video games have become part of the mass media. There's been a lot of talk - and criticism - about how the media covered the American elections. But are the media in France any better? This year in France, for the first time, the main right-wing party Les Républicains is holding a primary, to decide who would be its candidate in next year's...

Duration: 00:10:35

Why did US media fail to see Trump's victory coming?

This week's International Media looks at how the media coverage of the US campaign failed to foresee Donald Trump's victory and asks if this should be a wake-up call to change the way journalists report, inform and deliver the news. During the campaign, Trump was not, to say the least,popular with America's mainstream media. More than 200 newspapers supported Hillary Clinton, while Trump received the backing of fewer than 20. Today journalists are asking themselves what went wrong. Some...

Duration: 00:09:53

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