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Burundi: coup leaders arrested, civil society calls for new protests

The attempted coup announced on Wednesday by the former Burundian intelligence chief has ended in failure and President Pierre Nkurunziza is back in power. The private media are on their knees and civil society groups earlier urged people to go back to the streets. Nkurunziza is scheduled to address the nation this afternoon.

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The BBC gets Rwanda wrong

Rwanda isn’t simple. Recently, the BBC’s This World documentary series broadcasted what they call Rwanda’s “Untold” Story. The film attempts to rewrite Rwanda’s genocide narrative and calls into question the events leading up to and following those 100 days.

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‘Rwanda: The Untold Story’: questions for the BBC

A deeply flawed BBC documentary on Rwanda’s genocide raises serious questions over the corporation’s ethics and standards.

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South Africa: Will the ANC Lose Any Sleep over Ramphele’s Merger with the DA?

On Tuesday morning, reporters flocked to the Townhouse Hotel in Cape Town expecting to hear that South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), was on the brink of making a pivotal announcement.

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How can we move on from this dark story about “the Congo”?

Dec20

Imagine that a TV director asks you to produce a documentary of European history in 59 minutes. “Impossible,” would probably be your reaction — well, Dan Snow took on this impossible task to show us in about an hour the “history of Congo,” a country as large as Europe. Back in October, BBC4 aired Dan Snow’s 1-hour length History of Congo. The documentary reveals once again how difficult it is to bring a visual narrative about an African region without constantly turning the gaze to Europe.

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Reporting Disasters – the nexus of crisis, NGOs and the media

I’ve become very bored with the endless and usually unwarranted use of the word ‘iconic’ to describe people or events, but I have absolutely no argument whatsoever with Suzanne Frank’s opening sentence: “The BBC coverage of the Ethiopian Famine in 1984-85 was an iconic news event”.  It was.

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