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count game against egypt, al athlete who finished run his up in the african champions league. we haven't just come here to process where we've come here to win games or can city been here 10 times now? so, you know, we know what it takes to be here and there's my pressure on us at all. you know, we have to, when we have to play while we end up like a football tournament, hosts, morocco will be hoping for the same sort of atmosphere that was created by the national team. the world cup in council. there runs the semi finals with the best ever performance by an african team at football, the biggest events. everyone in the world became a moroccan. when we saw the performances of the national team, you made the heart of all football verse, beat the heart again of all those love football and all over the world. because these clubs who are participating that we'll comp offense all over the world. while these hearts will be beating strongly, the club will camp is held over 11 days with south american champions from and go
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and full time when it's rail madrid, joining the semi final stage and the richardson al jazeera. ah, this is out there. these huge help stories. once a month, 2 years, melacy coo and me, emma taking place outside the embassy on time call. human rights organizations say nearly 3000 people have been killed by the military. power. legit is planning to hold elections in august last week and announced a new election law which is raise the questions about the fairness of the process. k chang has more their mandate for emergency rule has actually run out to day. we think they're going to try and extend those emergency powers. but under the 2008 constitution that they wrote, they shouldn't really be allowed to. that said they do have no control over the
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could complete control over the legislator to protest. but they want a thin veneer of legitimacy over their rule, and i think they are very keen for those elections to be seen to be taken place, particularly in the in region around us. so they can get back a certain amount of legitimacy section and stay. antony blinkin says the u. s. a poses anything that puts an israeli palestinian t state solution further out of reach is just concluded. his trip to the region after meeting the palestinian precedent. my mood abass on tuesday, the family of tyro nichols who was killed at the hands of u. s. police have gathered at the historic mason temple in memphis on the eve of his funeral. and we're joined by community on religious leaders or calling for police reform. us justice department says for more men have been charged with criminal offenses in connection with the assassination of the haitian president juvenile moisture in 2021. they have been transferred to american custody after
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being detained in haiti. the american act, alec baldwin, spin, charged with 2 counts of involuntary manslaughter, and the death of a cinematographer and assess of his film. rust helene hutchins died after gun pointed at her by bolden was fired during filming the listing post up next being comfortable in one's own skin is a birthright. or at least it should be a black filmmaker raised by white parents in east berlin. in the 19 sixty's embark on a stunning journey of self discovery. a touching tale of family identity, lifelong secrecy, and reconciliation. becoming black, a witness documentary on out jazeera ban, the bdc documentaries, the dig into neurons. remedies passed in a way indian reporters cannot. the russian oligarchy, who owns a mercenary army,
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and enlists sports overseas to keep the true contain, plus the working class versus the mass me, late baylof that your level of journalism is descended so far that you can't think of any other question. the union leader who's exposing biased british journals kilometer gives berlin eureka listening, published where we dig into the coverage and analyze how news gets reported. we begin with a, b, b, c series about no render remoting, the indian governments decision to ban the documentaries and the fallout. the 1st installment of the series takes viewers back 20 years to 2002 and communal riding in the state of google. right. in which, more than a 1000 people, the vast majority of the muslim, were killed the film features or british government investigation which concluded that mowdy who was in charge of gujarat at the time as its chief minister was
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directly responsible for those murders. that the riots which police stood by and let happen bore the hallmarks of ethnic cleansing. india supreme court later cleared modi of wrong doing. and since his election as prime minister in 2014 journalists have treated this story as a red line, not to be crossed, the government's decision to ban the b b. c documentary, which extends to social media, has become its own story. it is also drawn global attention to modi's record in office and the subsequent decline of media freedom in the world's largest democracy . in this digital world where brevity is king and short, punchy, new stories are designed for shrinking attention spans the bbc's series india. the multi question speaks to the impact that long form investigative journalism can still have not in the morning or body. a doctor like this with all much episode,
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one of the series focuses on 2002 and the communal violence between hindus and muslims, which shook the western state of good. you're right, but initial got action for broken. like if you do, i would have both trading links to the foreclosure. maybe the documentary gerard was led after time by the rent remote who 12 years later was elected. india's prime minister haven't tried and mostly succeed in putting allegations of complicity in the riots behind him. until now, moody has spent a lot of time refurbishing his image on the international stage. this was a man who was once banned from entering the u. s. and the case, he's now renewed his image as someone who is on the world stage and welcomed and looked up to. and this documentary brings back in very stark domes, what they have worked very hard to suppress and bury the supreme court has essentially dismissed all cases against prime minister moody in the context of the
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good jobs. right? so even domestic audiences don't talk about it very often. so why is the b b c bringing this up? what could be the motivation? that's the reaction from the indian government. we think this is a propaganda piece designed to push a particular discredited narrative. ah, the bias, the lack of objectives div franky are continuing colonial mindset is politically visible. every possible litigation that had been leveled against the prime minister and how his government handled good rods. eyes had been repeated ad nauseum. and the truth is that the nothing has really hurt the beard, the prime minister, the loss of so many, in fact, the good dr. science and the weight has been handled, has been the reason why the be debate keeps returning to power. the good your rock riots were set off on a train. there was set on fire and 59 hindus were killed. members of the muslim
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minority were blamed, revenge was quickened. coming. for 3 days, muslims were target. nearly a 1000 of them were killed. journalists from various news outlets, not just the b. b. c reported that police mostly stood by and let it happen. it was assumed they were following orders from on high, just how high has always been the question. the b b c documentary revealed that because 3 of the muslims killed were british citizens. the u. k. government conducted its own investigation into what happened the report sent as a diplomatic cable and marked restricted has never been published before. investigators concluded that no render mowdy was directly responsible for the program, which they said met the definition of ethnic cleansing. will condon d n memorable oh model. that me man don't learning the more
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needed id. when preview clips of the film started circulating on social media, modi's b, j, p. government act preemptively banning the b b. c. series and forbidding the sharing of it online in this day and age. ah, it is like a fools and just try and stop the circulation of something like a documentary. i don't think the desire to control the terms of the debate has led to the bad, which in my view is indicting how to productive not just because bad, never work, but it was so it isn't quite damaging for india as international image. as it multicultural, liberal democracy, if you look at the print media, it has been rather critical of the way the government has resided to clamp down on the documentary, but the television media, trash, the bbc, and every which way that babysit our is our, me, tan spewing land grid of lies,
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fraud, and select therapy, and every now and then the me pan says combust and the beauty of men is on permissive. you and the b, b, c, because it is not just west done, but also british part of the empire. ah, you know what colonial mindset is that, um, i find it disappointing as an indian and a young indian who do seo ordered colonial rule look still by under dublin. this can be, is it a disproportionate response? of course it is, but when things are banned, when you block access to certain things, public curiosity rises. so indians are relying on pirates sites, surreptitiously sharing links. when students in new delhi set up or screaming at their university, the authorities cut off the electricity. we contacted multiple government officials as well as pro b j. p. voices in the media, requesting interviews. none of them agree. a b, b. c series also explores the approach prime minister mowdy has taken with the
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indian news me. starting with what he said about that in 2002. do you think this anything that you should have done differently? yes. one video that i was on buddy beek, and that was how to handle the video. since becoming prime minister in 2014 modi has made up for last time, his b. j. p. government has been heavy handed with the indian media and voices of dissent. most of the countries, hundreds of news channels do not need policing. many echo modi's brand of hindu nationalism, usually at the expense of muslims print and online journalists who are more balanced, have a tougher, routinely facing harassment, intimidation, and sometimes legal charges and jail terms. reporters are mindful of the red lines, and many news outlets have grown dependent on government ad revenues for survival.
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under modi's prime minister ship, india has fallen to 150th out of the 180 countries on the reporters without borders, world press freedom index. according to the n g o, there are talk crises that have better freedom of the press than no render modi's, india, which calls itself the world's largest democracy is what he is not held a single best conference. since he has been by minister, but he doesn't know geisha sit down with chosen with gentlemen, that's more about his personality rather than about politics. um and then you had the. ringback story of the indian media, it says and immediate have undergone a tremendous shift in the last of 10 years or so. ah, where will that a good debate on the media seems very one sided. the indian media depends very heavily on government advertising. you pick up a newspaper and in the capital and a fuss full pages will be government ads. either the prime minister or
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a state chief minister, beaming down at you from what should be the front page. and this obviously puts pressure on editorial positions. the government has used all kinds of methods, including enforcement director drains, including intimidation of critics activists, academics, including imprisonment of journalists. this is across the board method and it resulted in a kind of video climate in which they don't have to do all that much before people will back down themselves. but when they don't back down, they, the government does not shy away from coming down very hard. and the government is making legal changes to allow for moral effect through one of the laws. it's using to force social media companies to take down links to the b b. c series. the information technology rules that the changes will borrow those platforms from
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hosting any information. the authorities identify as false. the editors guild of india, which presumably doesn't have a colonial mindset, says the amended law will stifle legitimate criticism and the ability of the press to hold governments to account. and that was how to handle the video. 2 decades ago, no range ramadi provided a strong hint of what his approach to the indian media would be. and now he has all those news channels, helping him and the b. j. p. divide the country pitting hindus against muslims. indians have seen this before in 2002, but not on a national scale with so many more media outlets involved. leadership is em all. this is what they do. this is their way of winning elections. is to pull arises the country all along religious lines, the whole minister i'm it shaw,
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said in an election rally and who gerad law still that those who had thought a lesson in 2002 will never do it again or wants to that effect. i gotta be in my wor, parked the car door, get quarterly yacht, bad, bad, bad. the bobby. so big nodded. that is an admission of what happened in 2002, that there was a deliberate intent to teach a lesson to muslims. and it works electricity for the b j b, because many uh, many people who want to see this happen when rally behind it. ah, to the united kingdom now were 2 investigations have pulled back the curtain on libel, lawyers in london. and how they have helped one of vladimir putin's key allies to go after his critics including journalists in the british courts. torak nava has been following the story. you've guinea pro, goshen runs,
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a mercenary group called wagner. that's fighting alongside russian forces in ukraine. and wherever wagner forces go allegations of war, crimes follow. in november, last year, when a video surfaced, appearing to show a wagner deserted in ukraine, being killed with a sledge hammer provision called it excellent directorial work. that's watchable in one fitting, until quite recently, the oligarch denied any links to wagner, m back in 2020, when investigative organizations like belin cats began to reveal those length provision faced international sanctions. as a consequence, according to investigations by open democracy and the financial times, that's when proposing hired a london firm discreet law to pursue a libel case against spelling cast director elliot higgins. discreet law was licensed approved by the u. k. government to do that work. the libel case was
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dropped off to russia, invaded ukraine provision eventually admitted he was the man behind wagner and belin cast journalism, was proven accurate. which raises serious questions. why was a sanctioned warlord given the u. k. government's approval to abuse the court system and a legal attack on a john this. what higgins called an act of revenge by provision one m. p, proposed his own piece of legislation this week aimed at the slaps culture in london. what he called a form of legal gangster rhythm. thanks dark. staying with the united kingdom now, which is in a state of political disarray, haven't gone through 3 prime ministers in the past 6 months and counting with citizens dealing with a cost of living crunch. that has fueled a wave of work stoppages. that is put trade unions and the news media is treatment of them into the spotlight. as successive strikes have hit rail networks,
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influential right wing newspapers, including those owned by rupert murdoch, have cited with the pay masters, the government vilifying the union for travel disruptions. then came a series of hostile interviews with the union leader nick lynch. but lynch has turned the tables, putting journalists on the defensive over their habitual anti union approach. combative exchanges have gone viral, boosting public support for striking workers, and exposing the kind of journalistic animosity that has undermined the case working classes for decades. the listening post daniel touring now on the coverage of labor issues in the british news media. more than $100000.00 roll male postal workers have gone on strike in a dispute over pay. when i'm president moment politics for the 1st time in 40 years. we're having a significant inflation worker that the country's largest container shipping port
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felix to have joined the list of those on strike price. the rides bus, something like $1012.13 a year. viruses have been taking action red month, escalating now with a vote or out action. and with been for 15 years old, repeated squeezes on people's wages. the biggest train strike 3 decade in this moment, trade units. huge central significance at the forefront of stripes sweeping across britain is the rail, maritime, and transport. the r and t. in june, its members will count for the sick time. it has many months of pay a job for $3.00 days, much of the country's metro and rail network was at a standstill. and in the news coverage, d r and t was feeling the heat for about you is you are the face of the stress, the disruption that they get to face. but when the union leader miss lynch hit the
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tv studios tables began. lynch is someone who is prepared to take on the media in a way that we don't often see how ever much the journalists try to attack it. he can stand up to it all you or are you not a marxist? because if you are a marxist then your into revolution and into bringing down capitalism, richard, you to come up with of us, your multiple choice. sometimes his technique is very much to question the question or, you know, just actually, i'm just declaring child offering. it's very rare for a trade union leader to be able to stand up to media pressure the way it key being to use ago with a trading leader is a trading leader would turn up in the studio and would basically be bullied by
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a t. v presenter, you see the margin lies road trade unions in many areas of life, your dinosaur well in the day that was around for them while you watch me clinch do a tv. a few tv presenter might have one or 2 facts. a mic lynch knows the book on, on, on his own dispute. but interestingly, what he's doing, talking directly past the interviewer to the public because people can't take it anymore. we've got people who are doing full time jobs, who are having to take state benefits and use food banks. that is a national disgrace. he's making clear. steve has got something to do with. everyone sat at home watching the scent v news a sort of message that really has struck a chord because because of inflation, there are a lot of frightened people in this country and they see at last, here's a union leader who can stand up for them in the media and they like it. by the time
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the rail strike was ending and mc lynch was done sparring with the media. something highly unusual had happened. public opinion at swan behind the orange team. but it wasn't enough to force the government and the rail companies. it owns to offer a deal. industrial disputes take time and in the past, hostile news coverage has helped the brakes dries, much larger than the warranties. grieving a critical wake for the miners strike. would it flare up into an all out war between the unions on the government, or would it fizzle out in the 1980s, the conservative prime minister, margaret thatcher, privatized british industries, and took on trade unions that stood in her way. the co mind as union led by author scogel was among the largest and most militant of when they went on strike. thatcher made an example of in the year long nation wide dispute that followed. the
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media would play a pivotal role starting with thatcher's allies in the press. the treaties were operation in the 1980s against to patch off of an unsympathetic press. and that's putting it mildly, the interests of the owners of the newspapers was themselves to limit the power of the trans unions before the 1980s. the, the print in years decided whether or not the newspapers came eyes. and the proprietors resented that. the miners strike was defined by battles outside coal was which when strike is trying to shut down production and the police police officers committed the worst of the violence sometimes unprovoked. but it was the violence of scoggins strike is that dominated the headline, producing a powerful media narrative of the mine is as an angry mob and struggle as a public enemy. what was so exceptional about the minus strike was that we had a government that understood how to use the media. if you can use
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the newspapers to set up the agenda. this will also be reflected in what appears on radio and television. after 2 hours, the police were tired of being pushed and pelted with health tickets, knew what to expect. they've been warned at paternity. and these were the stripes who were threatening law and order. these were the strikers who with a marxist who wanted to bring down the government of the day, there was no doubt that skunk was demonized to a degree that no other union leader has in my life time to set expense cargo office . scott, which is own, was the enemy to hell with an industry that can't pay high wages. he cost himself and in a very aggressive role, and that enabled the press to make him out of some sort of devil incarnate. he was there to try to take the country done. i look back as a broadcaster, i was with the b, b, c. and i really realized that although inadvertent,
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i'd become almost a cheerleader for such a because i was following her agenda. she was determined to get half the mind, the backup work, and then she could declare victory, which she did. and it was done on the back of the news media. britain's trade union still live in the shadow cost by the fence. then by some of the strict santi strike losing euro a membership is declined by heart peak in the late seventy's. the journalist who used to cover the industrial correspondence of all but vanished to reply is by business reporters. mom will generalists like the present as mich lynch's face. you're often better, it generates heat for ratings and clicks than they are shedding light. so it makes me laugh honestly that you have the food as your profile because that's a man who really haven't gone the world. well, it makes me laugh at your level of journalism is descended so far that you can't
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think of any other question robin. i think i'm here with a picket line for the latest rail strike in central london. it's the warranty 7 strikes so far this year. and i come here to ask, make lynch how he sees the british media today compared to the days of office ga. gov. well, back in those days we had the, the freshmen in the newspaper media, and we had a couple of channels, bbc united, cbs. but what we've got now is it is a flourishing of outlet says lots of different digital channels, but also the social media channel. and it allows trade unionists to have more of a say whether it gets across illinois is another way because the written media is still a very important aspect in this country. and you now have a lot more public support for your course. but you did at the time of the last, right. you secretly want to thank those tv presents as well as b to turn i think what happened to those journalists? they weren't with it because that they regurgitate the press release is that they get an a, an editorial line is changed actually,
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and some of those mainstream journalists, i showed a bit more respect, frankly. and i've been a bit more cynical about what they've been told by the government. and so we've seen a bit of a change of attitude, but we still have to work hard to fund our voice. your members, my big lynch is handling the u. k. media has given the countries trade unions boost as they continue that strikes. but like off the skull, gillan minus lynch, the r and t, and the rest of britain unions face a conservative government that is refusing to back down and is now threatening a new anti. you'd crack down the stage look, set for another conflict, one in which the media will again be participants as well as observe. and finally, back to india. for more on the impact, the moody government and its hindu nationalist narrative has had on the countries news media. we'd recommend watching an episode of the listening post that we produced in august of last year. it's a deep dive into the rise of hate speech in the indian media and the toxic impact
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that's having on the multi cultural, multi religious fabric of the country. we're leaving you now with an excerpt from that film, a soundbite about the kinds of things that gets said on indian news channels. the idea of the enemy within. you can find the full episode on our youtube channel or via al jazeera website. was the next time here, the listening post, you have a hindu community that the media doing their very best to try and unite. how do they do that? well firstly, by positioning the sense of an external enemy, right? against whom, then you're all supposed to be united. most importantly, you don't have to look inside and ask what actually unites all of us induced together. so here you have these anchors telling people what they should think whom they should approve of you and whom they should disapproval. and it kind of works
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