in the formation of the government eleven political groups have agreed to form an alliance making up the largest bloc in parliament iraq's election was held in may but a manual recount slowed the government formation process parliament will convene on wednesday on monday it'll elect a speaker the process of forming a government will begin. eleven groups include those loyal to a nationalist shia cleric. whose bloc won the most votes in the election prime minister hydrilla buddies bloc is also in the coalition one hundred seventy seven legislators are involved giving them an outright majority their main opponents look set to be. a mere alliance which includes many pro raney and former paramilitary fighters they secured forty eight seats in the election but they can count on seventy two votes through an alliance with former prime minister nuri al maliki the two blocs will control more than two thirds of the three hundred twenty nine seats in iraq's parliament not hashmi is director of middle east studies at the
university of denver he says the stakes are high with the new alliance but iraq has a lot to be positive about. this is a coalition government that is the most inclusive and i would say representative iraqi government since the two thousand and three american invasion it includes both iraqi shia sunni and members of various religious minorities and what's positive about that development is it marks a transition from previous iraqi governments that were very sectarian based most of the key players have a nationalist political agenda that is geared toward developing iraq for all iraqi citizens not catering to the at ethnic or sectarian interest of one particular group so in that sense there's a lot to be optimistic about whether they can address the immense political social economic and environmental challenges that iraqi society is facing remains to be
seen the stakes are are huge you know your rock is a failed state it's. been deeply affected by a sectarian war by the rise of isis which has been you know crushed but not comprehensively i think defeated and some of the you know key challenges. that iraqis are facing are the normal things that developing societies struggle with unemployment corruption the delivering of public services in southern iraq for several months now there have been ongoing protests over the question of access to clean drinking water you know tens of thousands of iraqis have checked themselves into hospitals over water poisoning. and there's been no one that has been able to really you know stand up and address you know these issues the hope is that this new you know iraqi coalition government being much more inclusive and representative will begin to address these challenges but they're all completely
safaga to seventy corruption protesters in the southern city of basra about three. people gather to demand jobs and better public services they say they're not getting a fair share of the wealth generated from oil exports similar protests have been going on since july. a fire is raging at brazil's two hundred two hundred year old national museum in the city of rio de janeiro the historic building was once the country's residence for the portuguese royal family all the floors are alight twenty million items are under threat including human fossils and ancient egyptian artifacts twitter president michel tabor called it a sad day for brazil still ahead here on al-jazeera from nothing to twenty six million how new york scientists revive the city's dwindling oyster population and. i'm sorry for certain one of the last places you might expect to find high level showjumping right here in the gaza strip.
from dusky sunsets over the sprawling savanna. to sunrise atop an asian metropolis. how low we've still got a few showers around the black sea the caspian sea but the much of the middle east hot dry and sunny something out once again baghdad will see temperatures getting up towards the mid forty's of forty three celsius there for kuwait city little cloud there in southern parts of pakistan karate at around thirty one degrees and on the other sort of the region well thirty one celsius also for beirut and for jerusalem lovely sunshine around that eastern side of the mediterranean no change here in the coming days the showers that we have around the black sea even these will diminish somewhat as we go on into choose day and on into wednesday most of the right across the raven peninsula meanwhile the temperatures here in doha to around forty celsius over the next couple of days was just feeding in from the gulf so it will feel
a little humid as we go on through the next that is the early morning mist and fog something to watch out for but it will stay dry and staying off the dry across southern africa we've had some rain around the southern cape the eastern cape that's still making its way through fine and dry for most on shore showers will fade into northern parts of mozambique and also into tanzania joining up with the showers that we have crossed central africa anywhere from the ethiopian hadas through the gulf of guinea and across a good parts of west africa right throughout the week. the weather sponsored by cattle and peace. instantly shifting unicycle be receiving change in america tweet the listening post take sports and questions the wild the double will be of the details the kind that cannot be conveyed in two hundred eighty characters or fewer exposing how the press operates it is their language and their culture and their context and why certain stories take precedence while others are ignored we can
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monday president xi jinping is due to meet and launch of a two day summit in beijing he's been welcoming fifty two leaders including his sudanese counterpart omar bashir and president of south africa's several rum opposer she's trillion dollar belt and road infrastructure plan is set to top the agenda but there are concerns the project is overloading poor countries with debt let's get more this from a tree abroad our correspondent in beijing at the moment africa is incredibly important to china but why. so africa has been important to china now really for about two decades because of course africa is rich in the resources the minerals that china has needed in the past to fuel its economy but in many ways africa has now become an important customer to china africa is becoming increasingly dependent on loans from china to
pay for all the vast chinese infrastructure projects you now see right across the african continent indeed it's hard to think of any country in africa that's not benefiting from chinese investment right now but the problem is so that those loans come with some pretty tough strings attached and what we're seeing according to the international monetary fund is a situation whereby a number of african countries are in fact no longer able to pay off these loans now china says that a lot of these debts are not the result of lending from china it's the result of lending by others but nevertheless there is a growing feeling a growing sense that a number of african countries are becoming simply indebted to china and that they say is not healthy so i think debt is very much going to be on the agenda at this summit also on the summit as you mentioned in your introduction will be the one built one road initiative xi jinping would like africa to be on board with this so far only one country has signed up to it senegal shooting people be hoping after
this summit the more countries will be signing up but i think there is a little bit of hesitation about what that might mean so yes debt will be front and foremost in these discussions diplomatically adrian i mean china wants to have much stronger bonds with countries across the continent it's because it's quite a crucial time for it and for their. yeah absolutely i mean just in the last few months really the last few years rather we've seen a number of countries switch their diplomatic allegiance to beijing away from taiwan only one country in africa now recognizes taiwan and not beijing and that is swaziland which is why swaziland is not present at this summit but at least china can our present a united front in a sense to the world at a time of deepening trade friction with the united states it's able to say look we
have more than fifty countries in africa which poor which form a powerful voting bloc at the united nations who now like the idea who now like the way i'm sorry the china does business well to see what happens throughout today's summit for the moment adrian thank you. people smugglers are taking greater risks to ferry refugees to europe leading to a higher death rate amongst those who take the journey bus according to the un refugee agency it says the voice is more deadly now despite a fall in the overall the birth of crossings and deaths last year we tory the reports these images of three year old alan curds body shocked people around the world it was a reminder of the human cost of the syrian war and the refugee crisis three years on the dangers faced by other refugees trying to get to europe have increased. a report by u.n.h.c.r. shows more than sixteen hundred people have died or gone missing while attempting to reach europe so far this year well the total number of people arriving in europe
has fallen the rate of deaths is risen sharply particularly for those crossing by the mediterranean sea in the central mediterranean one person died or went missing for every eighteen people who crossed to europe in the first half of twenty eighteen compared to one death for every forty two people he crossed in the same period last year during the traffic has become more deadly. traffickers are taking more risk because there is more surveillance exists. cause god's on the air trying to get the coast it does cost them more to keep those people longer in their warehouse and their captivity the drivers of forced migration remain unchanged conflicts in africa and the middle east are forcing people to leave their homes the solution should not just been europe to europe to sort of lead us to be exemplary units response but it's quite clear that it's already too late when the
people are in need we need to work downstream in country first in country of origin on that takes time despite information campaigns the more warnings through social media about the dangers they may face refugees feel they have no choice but to risk their lives crossing the mediterranean victoria gate and be out there or at least eight saudi soldiers have been killed during fighting with yemen's who think rebels that's according to saudi news agencies the kingdom's military says that for the who the attack along its southern border with israel saudi media captured hooty fighters including what they say is a high ranking command. to government protesters have been shot in nicaragua they were wounded by an identified gunman in the capital there's been a flare up. fighting between pro and anti government sides and saturday it followed present down the all takers decision to expel the un human rights mission from the
country activists say three hundred people have been killed in unrest over the past four months. pakistan says the three hundred million dollars of military support to from the us is scrapped the reimbursement it's owed is not aid its foreign minister says the money is to meet pakistan's expenses is supporting the so-called us war on terror. he says that he will bring up the issue with secretary of state. when he arrives in islamabad on wednesday the u.s. accuses pakistan of failing to take action against armed groups and providing them with a safe haven denies the allegations. hundreds of people have been protesting outside the offices of the united nations agency for palestinian refugees in jordan demanding the u.s. reverses the decision to withdraw funding from a drawer the agency run schools hospitals and social services for more than five million palestinian refugees across the middle east two billion of them are living
in jordan. israel's navy has fired warning shots towards boats attempting to breach the naval blockade on gaza the palestinian vessels planned to sail off the gaza strip as part of an international campaign against the sea they were forced back to port by the israeli military. but in spite of the blockade there are still some recreational pursuits that offer an escape from living under siege found one of them. is the fierce heat of the day starts to ebb it's time to get ready last minute grooming final checks on saddles and stirrups. and then out into the arena here in northern gaza given the territories recent history of conflict blockade and economic crisis it's perhaps a surprise to find young people here competing in what around the world is viewed as an elitist sport. ahmed ours ours he is aiming himself to be an elite showjumper taking advantage of the recent opening of gaza's southern crossing with egypt he
traveled to jordan and then germany excelling in two five nation tournaments and i struggled for all of my ambition is to compete internationally in the recent tournaments i won first and second places some competitions allow us to qualify for the world cup but we've missed out on so many because of the siege and the closure of the crossings. this is final training for a gaza wide competition unlike many sports in this conservative society here girls and boys train and compete together the contests a split according to the heights of the jumps not the competitors gender if event. there's no difference we like brothers and sisters and i'm ready to compete in society does ban women from doing a few things that contradict additions but i don't care i'll continue. with the egalitarian ism only goes so far this is an activity reserved for the very few in gaza who can afford it stabling cost about two hundred dollars a month some of the horses imported from israel even europe are worth thousands.
most of gaza's horses are used to heavy labor not sport unemployment stands at forty four percent more than half the population relies on food aid all around the world this is a sport that carries connotations of elite isn't and wealth but here in gaza more than most places the contrast between scenes like this and the realities of daily life for so many is particularly stark. traina med ramsey says working with horses helps children who no matter their relative wealth have had childhoods marred by conflict and siege but he says the costs are becoming harder to sustain. had. has even well our families are now reducing their expenses including on this port many will send their son to get trained but when they reach a certain level with competition and fees and so on then they stop. well a few days later and it's competition time relatives friends nervous parents lined the side of the arena star rider are made is finding his horse covered gold
a bit hot to handle he places third. i did my best and i trained very well and i hope next time to win a better place it's the kind of attitude required of young athletes around the world but perhaps especially of those growing up in gaza harry forsett al-jazeera gaza and of course you follow all of the stories that we're covering by logging on to our website as al-jazeera dot com dot com. your children their arms the whole roman these are all top stories to reuters journalists have been found guilty of illegally obtaining state secrets and sentenced to seven years in prison by a court in me and wallow in choice or who were arrested while investigating the massacre of ten and ranger muslims the case has been seen as a test of me in miles approach to press freedom reuters editor in chief says it's
a sad day for me and mark and a mistake which must be corrected. it's very good so why did we not only for there. for all of us on the lawyers for the press. for your. country it is very disappointing. it is barely ending it is a fantasy and it is bad. for the. country sort of like the logical. rule of law and for freedom of press. a state of emergency has been declared by the u.s. government in libya after five days of fighting in the capital tripoli at least forty people are being killed in the violence and more than one hundred others have been injured several groups are battling for territory near the city's functioning port . the government of national call to. locations to a breakaway faction the united nations is calling on all sides to abide by
a previously agreed cease fire deal. at least eight. being killed during fighting with the evidence who the rebels that's according to the news agencies military says that for the. southern border it is. what they say is a high ranking. after iraq's election political groups have come together to form the largest bloc in parliament that includes groups loyal to shiite cleric. and prime minister. brazil's two hundred year old national museum in the city of rio de janeiro all floors of the building twenty million items are under threat including human fossils and ancient egyptian artifacts on twitter president michel taylor called it a day for brazil those were the headlines and back in half an hour listening post.
i'm still here. and. in the forefront. one of the worst weeks for president trump since he took office. hello i'm richard burton you're at the listening post here are some of the stories we're covering this week inquiring minds prosecutors and the american news media all want to know what does the man in charge of the national enquirer have on donald trump out of amsterdam and into daraa fool the radio station that beams news and information to
citizens left in the dark facebook takes down another twenty accounts in me and maher among them the commander in chief of the armed forces and no one can read the mind of the white house press secretary but we can read her lips i just can't stand the faces of the people that play the question in washington these days is not just where is the mall or investigation into president donald trump going but who is next after seeing both his lawyer michael cohen and a central figure in his business empire alan weisel burke agree to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for immunity trump then learned that david pecker a long time friend and a key media player had done the same that there is the chairman of american media inc am i which owns the national enquirer a supermarket tabloid not known for stellar journalism the enquirer is part of the trump story not just because of the stories it published but because of the ones that didn't the practice is known as catch and kill it works like this if someone
had a potentially damaging story about donald trump for sale the enquirer would buy it and bury it so that that bad news would never see the light of day what about the legal precedent though a newspaper under investigation that prosecutors argue the enquirer is no news outlet it's a political tool our starting point this week is new york city. they're dropping like flies flipping like pancakes. one by one some of donald trump's closest confidants have become witnesses for the possible prosecution of the president and those people are michael cohen who is travis a long time personal attorney and his longtime fixer and you also now have ellen white solberg who was the c.f.o. of the trump organization and was sort of the guy who took care of trump's money
david packer who headed the group that owned the national enquirer and kept a lot of kept secret so you have the guy get rid of his legal troubles the guy who got rid of his money problems and the guy who got rid of his scandals now all cooperating in these investigations and the notion now that david pecker might flip . is a real huge development i don't think you can overstate it because the fact of the matter is i think these two guys know a lot about each other and if one of them starts talking about the other one in this case the publisher talking about the president. there is no end where that will go but it cannot be good for donald trump. the publication the david pecker controls the national enquirer holds a unique c.d. place in the american media landscape founded in one thousand nine hundred twenty six it's a supermarket tabloid and it goes where other papers do not openly paying sources
for stories of the most sensational kind joining the two thousand and sixteen presidential election campaign the enquirer's support for donald trump was flagrant it lauded the count went after his republican rivals with dubious allegations and then did the same with hillary clinton. the enquirer's journalism was not worthy of having an effect on the election's outcome however given its visibility it may well have been the national enquirer is a trashy political tabloid it's not even political but most. its coverage is about celebrity scandals half of which are not true however it does have a prominent place in u.s. culture both for the kind of just pleasure of reading the salacious gossip that it propounds and also because physically in all supermarkets across the nation the national enquirer is found right at the checkout line the cover of the national enquirer is seen by millions and millions of people who are low
information voters who don't even need to buy the magazine and they read the headline and they think at least a lot of them do that is at least credible if not totally or real that's something you literally cannot purchase it was very obvious the national enquirer through donald trump's friendship with david pecker was an arm of the trump campaign in fact they were doing things that the campaign would never dream of trying to get away with. the national enquirer is also where stories go to die when those stories are potentially damaging to donald trump in august of two thousand and sixteen just months before the election the enquirer paid a former playboy model karen mcdougal one hundred and fifty thousand dollars for her story of an affair with trunk the agreement stipulate that mcdougal could not tell her story to anyone else but the enquirer never published it caught the story
then effectively killed it and the paper did the same with the story alleging trumpets fathered a child out of wedlock in the late one nine hundred eighty s. and those are just the catch until stories involving trump and the enquirer that we know about and no one would be shocked if there were. what david pecker does is he buys the rights to those stories but that he never publishes those stories those stories never see the light of day he keeps them in a safe but in return david packard gets other things from other stories other bits of gossip and he trades on that with donald trump if you. you go out and pay a substantial amount of money for a story and then you put that story aside you kill it during the course of a campaign you're effectively making a campaign contribution if we've got a circumstance where information that would be of interest the great mass of people is being pulled out of the process and hidden on behalf of
a particular candidate it's hard not to see that as beneficial to the candidate so they are both responsible for burnishing his reputation as well as for making sure that negative coverage of him did not come to light so the fact that packer is now working for the investigation means that all of the knowledge of those stories and we only know a couple but it's likely that there's more are now going to become known by the investigators into trump and into potential collusion. how worried is donald trump about what kind of stories the enquirer has under lock and key according to the new york times very reported this past week the trump tried to buy those stories from a.m.r. just prior to the two thousand and sixteen election but then an agreement between him and david pecker was never reached and trump isn't the only american concerned by the fact that the enquirer is under investigation and the potential legal precedent this case could set newspapers even ones like the enquirer are
constitutionally protected under the first amendment which guarantees freedom of the press i believe in a very broad interpretation of the first amendment and that even of gossip publication they have a full right to invoke those protections because it is often on the margins that stories that need to be told are first told and so i think we still have to be very conscious of the right of editors and publishers writers to assert freedom of the press protections while this might not be a news flash to everybody but the national enquirer doesn't. do journalism you know there's a big difference between being biased in someone's behalf and doing their dirty work working with their fixer michael cohen to shut people up who might have negative stories about donald trump the claim here is that the national enquirer was affectively making
a campaign contribution to donald trump and that would be a violation of our campaign finance laws. donald trump first rose to prominence decades ago in new york for that he had the city's tabloids to thank his brash persona suited the daily news and the new york post far better than the new york times they could not get enough of. these days the times is among the outlets trump targets they are the fake just testing. and labels the enemy of the american people. now as the prosecutors appear to be closing in the biggest threat posed to the present comes not from the times c.n.n. or the washington post it comes from a tabloid and all the news that the national enquirer did not consider that.
we're looking at other media stories that are on our radar this week with one of our producers will yong will facebook has taken down twenty accounts in me and maher including some belonging to senior government officials who are they well undoubtedly the biggest name among them is the commander in chief of nam azam forces senior general claim others taken down include more military think is and the army controlled neo wanting t.v. channel now this comes after a un report recommending that six military leaders including general men be investigated by the international criminal court in the hague for their part in genocide crimes against humanity and the war crimes against range of muslims now additionally facebook has removed dozens more accounts of the so-called inauthentic behavior which in this case refers to pushing the messages of the myanmar military under the guise of independent news and commentary and this isn't the first time that facebook has had to scramble to salvage its reputation in me and maher over
its role in politics there is no it isn't earlier this year facebook banned a number of ultra nationalist buddhist monks from the side anti muslim hate speech but still just two weeks ago reuters published a report showing that hundreds of posts calling for violence against muslims was still accessible and remember that facebook is basically synonymous with the internet and neon lights that dominant and un investigators say hate speech hosted by the. platform played a determining role in violence that has driven seven hundred thousand rangers across the border into bangladesh facebook for its part has admitted not for the first time that it's been too slow to respond to the problem moving on to the u.k. now the broadcast regulator in britain has ruled that a television channel sky t.v. has broken the rules by airing advertisements that were paid for by the government of saudi arabia what's the story there and it relates to the visit of saudi crown prince mohammed bin someone to the u.k. five months ago now during his three day visit a minute long t.v.
ad for saudi arabia's vision twenty thirty project appeared fifty six times on the british t.v. channels sky one the ad was a polished presentation of a country ushering in big changes in the fields of culture society and the economy and the takeaway message was that partnership with britain brings benefits to both countries but the u.k. broadcast regulator ofcom ruled this week that the adviser lated regulations on paid political advertising stating that it was a quote intended to influence public opinion in the u.k. on matters of public controversy and at the time of been some months visit there were protests and questions in parliament regarding britain's strong support for saudi arabia despite its poor human rights record and the devastating saudi led war in yemen so that's the ruling what about the consequences though will there be lasting repercussions from this decision it would seem not sky says the ad was cleared by the advertising industry screening service clear cost which disagreed
with off comes ruling arguing that the ad was promoting trade with saudi arabia which they said was in line with british foreign policy but saudi arabia and other countries will have to think twice before running similar ads in the future and sky will have to do the same before airing them thanks will. it's been more than fifteen years now since the conflict in darfur in western sudan began but there's no end in sight to the fighting the government continues its attacks on insurgents and the region's non arab and african civilians a campaign that the united nations has called a genocide one that has led to the international criminal court's indictment of sudanese president omar al bashir however with the authorities preventing journalists going in and information coming out darfur has turned into a black hole for news as a result one broadcaster has proven to be critically important radio banga beaming in from amsterdam to remain beyond the reach of government censors the station has become a rare source of independent news for what it says are its more than three million
daily listeners but the broadcasters funding is drying up meaning that the bank that could soon see its doors closed for good listening posts joanna who's now from amsterdam on the role of radio de bangor in a region that has seen its media environment blacked out by design. and home economics. for a family on the run in darfur unsure whether the next village will be any safer than the one that just fled to. radio community difference between life and death. we. lost. new york i don't know what it. will be today i don't want. this small station run like x.
outdoor for thousands of miles away has been trying to keep those back on safe as well as providing listeners with much needed insight into one of the most sealed off regions in the world editor in chief kemal saddam a clue. says the bangor has become much more than just a short wave radio station. it's become the lungs with which sudanese people breathe by reporting on security safety displacement health issues fundamental to the survival of sudanese people for example there was a cholera breakout which the government denied there claiming it was severe diarrhea didn't just create awareness and also offered advice. when the war was raging in darfur we were informing people where the fighting was taking place so they had information on how to get to safety technically debunker
has saved their lives when. other media outlets in sudan or censored the bankers location in amsterdam allows its journalists to report freely the government and its state media markets the darfur crisis is over but the bangor tells a different story a report on the absence of security the poor conditions in the camps the number of victims casualties the number of those displaced the government doesn't want that side of the crisis to come out. here with my little while and now it's a known fact that they've created a total media blackout but millions of darfur we want to know what's happening around them unfortunately none of the mainstream media here will cover the conflict but because radio to bangor operates from outside and those providing the station with information are unknown to the authorities it makes it much safer for them to do that work. that network of citizen journalists
often under cover as well as ordinary civilians i want to bang on to produce its reports via their phones and social media they send information back to the bankers had quarters in one. and shedding light on a region that the government prefers to keep in the dark. gloomy and we receive more than one hundred calls a day and hour to bungle what zob can get up to one thousand messages that it's all preliminary information that our wide network of reporters on the ground in verifies and authenticates only after careful investigation do we publish stories this is what gives bangor its credibility and fame when we report to the people in sudan we support our news with evidence from the ground the more. radio the bungles dependence on civilians as sources of information has been used by president omar al bashir as that ministration to discredit the station. ever
since the bank asked launching two thousand and eight khartoum has gone to great lengths to silence the broadcaster questioning its credibility or even cutting its signal the government body that regulates the media is the national council for press and publications according to its secretary general the bank that is in the business of spreading fake news to our men and women. it's fundamentally important for the credibility of news that all sources must be verified as well as objective void of any personal or ulterior motives much sure maybe most of the mangas news items like such veracity this was most evident in two thousand and fourteen when they spread iranians news reports about the alleged massacre in the area of the. those alleged mass rapes cause widespread hysteria but when proper investigations were conducted by unbiased governmental organizations the information turned out to be false. there was
a mass rape of girls and women over two hundred ordered by the regular army commander nearby. the story itself and the nature of this extraordinarily barbaric act and who ordered it that all came originally from radio to bangor. some of the details had to be corrected but human rights watch a number of months later would confirm everything that radio to bangor was reporting who is to say that a mistake if i may who is the who is the alternative source of information. there is one night nation's an african union joint peacekeeping mission in darfur you know mitt but there have been serious questions about the accuracy and credibility of its reports the operation was set up in two thousand and seven to protect civilians and monitor the situation on the ground but in two thousand and thirteen its former spokesperson i shall bust three blew the whistle saying that
for years you know mitt used every trick to conceal the truth about the liberal government bombings mass killings and forced displacement of unarmed civilians. on the day that he was that the un african union mission is an important source of information in for i don't believe it paints the complete picture because these very same organizations have interests that converged with the death of the sudanese government surely provides us with significant information because journalists can't access the area at all but there is agencies for short of giving us a comprehensive picture of the situation. the un african union mission in darfur is. almost worthless as a reporting source unum had just lied shamelessly claimed that they've been completely successful all their goals have been achieved there was no fighting just
small arms banditry. this was nonsense and they knew it was nonsense but they couldn't afford to say publicly just how great the failure was they won't say anything that khartoum doesn't allow them to say and in that sense without the lifeline of radio to bang the news the lives and livelihoods of people in darfur are at deep deep risk. despite the critically important rule that radio de bunga plays for sudanese audiences the broadcaster now finds its future under threat the station relies on funds from a consortium of e.u. states and n.g.o.s but european governments are now working with the sudanese authorities to fight terrorism and to stem the flow of refugees heading north and that is having serious effects on the station's funding it's drying up which could mean that radio debunkers days are numbered. or are you see the crux of the issue
is the collaboration between the sudanese government and the international community whose priorities have shifted substantially terrorism and immigration seem to be their only priority nowadays and issues like press freedom have taken a backseat if we do have to bangalore to close not only would citizens lose their daily dose of information it would be a great loss to press freedom in sudan. i think without the bangor we lose touch with. what's happening in darfur because there are no journalists because there's no human rights reporting presence we don't have any way of knowing where people are starving where malnutrition is exploding where rape is occurring where farmers are being driven off their land murdered by her malicious cartoon school has always been to make it a black box or make it in an invisible players and they're very very close to success at this point if we lose radio we lose sight of our four.
and finally it was just a matter of time until the people or the person behind the you tube channel d.l.r. gave white house spokesperson sarah huckabee sanders the bad lip reading treatment d.l.r. has been at this for years now the channel racks up huge numbers taking videos from the world of news and entertainment then overdubbing them with completely inappropriate words that somehow seem to match the lip movements to be clear ms huckabee sanders says none of the nasty things that she appears to say to the white house press corps in the following video but you get the feeling reading her body language that she wishes she could well see you next time you're at the listening post. in kank. ok eighty eight are you ready. i just can't stand the faces of the people those
dead questioning as these don't matter greedo the way you talk to be i mean do you need to talk so evil do you need to look like a stuffed baked potato in that walmart shirt because you suck chocolate curls you know how i was part of a gang that made bed quilts sure ok so this one guy. had this horrible breast property so maybe we'll just wrap that up turd. what i really need is a craft table a magic wand and someone to feed me pickles. ok. do you feel you prefer ice sheets or maybe like summer rain or i could feed it to the polar bears are you janet gina said janet gina i'm sorry gina yeah i don't know chachi stink leg fork varicose can i'm crazy about you when can see you know never sounds like
a good day i'm sensitive dangerous i mean not ok to be honest i think most people in the world find you disappointing what you see in this because you. just can't the country is witnessing a dramatic rise in teenage pregnancy. when he's depressed again why so many feel people children are having babies. on al-jazeera. september on al-jazeera the fourth eastern economic forum is to be held in the city of london for stock as russian looks to expand its influence in the asia pacific region on television and online the stream continues to talk into the extraordinary potential of social media to disseminate news the presidents of russia turkey and iran will meet in teheran for another summit seeking an end to the war in syria we'll have extensive coverage people in power continues to examine the use and
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a way that is important to our viewers. everyone has a story worth hearing. to cover those that are often ignored we don't weigh our coverage towards one particular region or continent that's why i joined al-jazeera . international condemnation as to reuters journalists investigating the massacre of rohingya muslims in myanmar get seven years in jail. for example robin you're watching al-jazeera life my headquarters here in doha also coming up all flights are suspended from the libyan capital as armed groups back
all the u.s. backed government control of tripoli. that's an alliance led by a shia cleric with other all souther joins forces with other groups to form a majority bloc in iraq's parliament. and the u.n. says refugees crossing the mediterranean are dying at the highest rate ever with over sixteen hundred deaths this year. welcome to the program to reuters journalists have been found guilty of illegally obtaining state secrets and sentenced to seven years in prison while loner who were arrested while investigating a massacre of ten rohingya muslims now the case had been seen as a test of me in mass approach to press freedom the verdict has been condemned by the united states and the u.k. the united nations has called for them to be released now the reuters news agency says the verdict should be corrected by a mere miles government as
a matter of urgency. what happened today. threatens to undermine the rule of law in the freedom of press that democracy requires. anyone who knows well and shows anyone who has read their work and benefited from it anyone who's followed this trial understands that this you're a professional commitment. to reporting impartially to reporting fairly to establishing facts and sometimes telling hard truths. but they also do that out of a deep belief that that is their. fullest contribution to democracy. and toward securing a better future for the next generation including their own young daughter. the governor of myanmar now has an opportunity and responsibility to do the right thing and free while on a show so. we'll be doing everything will be pursuing every avenue open to us we won't stop working until we have freedom for
a while until. our correspondent when he joins me now live from bangkok in neighboring thailand and wayne delays perspire own words and finally a verdict for nothing more than uncovering a mass murder and documents that were shown in apparently good faith. yes well the entire case really from the prosecution and the police centered around the documents that you mentioned that the pair the reuters pair were in possession of when they were arrested in december last year these documents according to the police and the prosecution lawyers were sensitive they were dangerous if they would find their way into the hands of the wrong people into the hands of terrorists but while alone and say that they were framed that the entire thing was a set up that they were given those documents by the police when they went to meet them to discuss their investigation that they were carrying out into a massacre of rigging by the security forces in rakhine state that they were given
those documents at that meeting by the very same police who then turned around and arrested them so it was a set up according to you. and while alone the two reuters journalists who are now going to jail for seven years so really throughout the course of this trial there was very little if anything in the way of credible evidence that the prosecution presented that could justify such a conviction of course it's no surprise no way but the criticism and called the really high start to begin. yes what we heard there from the reuters boss steve adler there's no doubt that this will continue for some time there was already a lot of criticism in the international community about this case going back to when they were arrested in december last year and as i say no doubt it will continue we've heard very quickly after this verdict it's happened in the last few moments from the u.s. ambassador to scott marcial saying it's deeply troubling for everybody who has
struggled so hard here for media freedom and also from the british ambassador to myanmar that is dan charge he said we are extremely disappointed by this verdict as to say they had already been calls for the case this trial to be ended. all while an inch or so to be freed throughout the course of this trial many many people including the united states government representatives making this call many times over end the united nations it has to be said as well but that clearly fell on deaf ears the only thing we really heard from the government was that this was independent judicial process and that process had to be respected of course wayne where you are it's mid-afternoon europe is just waking up north america in the americas it's still asleep we expect officials diplomats global capitals to start reacting to this verdict of course of criticism and there visibly but what sort of pressure is it going to have on the capital and me and naypyidaw and its
politicians. well i think so it's very much now all eyes and ears on. the state councilor of me and the woman who is really in charge of running the country someone who campaigned for years tirelessly for freedom of speech and me and for democracy for human rights but someone who has remained largely silent when it comes to all of those issues including in this case she has been asked a few times during this trial what she thought of it what she thought of the detention of these two reuters journalists and as a say she really only said that this is a judicial process we have to respect the independence of the courts and me and mine and we have to await the outcome well now we have a verdict these two are going to jail for seven years so now we will see if she does have any criticism of this process but she's been largely silent on the reading your issue as well as we know about other human rights violations going on
in other parts of the country against ethnic minorities as well but the pressure will certainly come on her now and other members of her government to say something publicly to criticize to in fact condemn this verdict against the reuters here look at her for the way in and we'll come back to you through the shore let's cross over to phil robertson he's the deputy director at human rights watch joins me now from bangkok good to speak to you again phil this is been a long running case that you've been following very carefully as have many global capitals what's just your reaction to what you're hearing coming out of young dogs yes phil so robert here in doha can you hear me hopefully would like your reaction to
the news you're getting out of young god i think the delay is a little bit sad. yeah this is really a hammer blow against media freedom it's quite clearly something that the burmese military wanted to see they wanted to have a case like this to intimidate other burm eastern analysts to stay away from issues related to human rights violations by the tatmadaw and. so i think that this is clearly a situation where the tatmadaw has won the day this is a system that has been. very close to the permanent military has done its dirty work in the past and you know we don't really see the kind of independence you share that we would expect in a modern democracy whenever we've talked about the issue of the rigging go we've seen short shrift from the state council and the government not really willing to deal with the issue how much pressure is going to be put on they put on now in the light of not only this is the but what the u.n. have said in recent weeks well i think that the situation is one where the the
rakhine state is so sensitive for burma now because they are facing. accusations of genocide and crimes against humanity committed against the ropes and last year this is all going to the human rights council and just a matter of weeks it's very possible that we will see the creation of a mechanism hold. firm military accountable aung san suu kyi is also being used to looking the other way so you know that you can't pick a more sensitive time and this could be discussing issues related to the story that well known and you were covering which is the killing. by the burmese military one of those i am ironic indeed we're hearing stories you know as we have done over the past twelve months but of course one wonders how they patrol is going to react in the light that i'm son suchi the state council will be heading to new york to the united nations general assembly in september and it's inevitable that world leaders
that to gather that will want to bend her. she's going to be i think on times that she is going to be facing a very difficult time and work she's going to be facing a lot of hard questions and it's worth recalling that last year she canceled it just gripped a new york rather than face questions from various governments around the world she's going to have to step up you know either she's part of the problem or part of the solution and so far looks like you know part of the problem. still you are one of many human rights groups and activists that have been following this case what can you now do in the coming days and weeks is there anything you can do well i think there has to be increased pressure on the burmese government to recognize that they throw in with the burmese military they are joining a sinking ship i mean the civilians have been scared of the military they've been unwilling to cross the military i mean but you know the noose is tightening around
minong line in the other senior commanders you know they are going to ultimately be held accountable in the international court of law and the question is wrong. we seem to have lost a lot about who got the general gist phil robertson there was the deputy director of human rights watch on children speaking to him later in the day. let's move on to our other top story and that's the state of emergency that's been declared by the u.n. backed government in libya after five days of fighting in the capital at least forty one people have been killed in the violence and more than one hundred others injured several armed groups are battling for territory near tripoli's only function at port on the outskirts of the city forces backed by the government of national accord have lost several strategic locations to a breakaway faction about four hundred inmates of a scape from a prison as fighting rages nearby the united nations is calling on all sides to abide by a previously agreed cease fire deal not many of the casualties have been civilians
hit by shelling mahmoud abbas who he'd went to the site of one of those attacks. this is part of the rocket that killed the two little boys since the beginning of the clashes that broke out a week ago. many civilians were killed by ugandan rockets as the ministry of defense says and as the family members tell us here they're ok but it landed here and killed their top songs and you can also see you know there. remains of the explosion here on this wall a. hole. in the. team that broke it was the explosion was very strong that. is part of that watch here was also destroyed by the explosions. it is a state of panic among civilians especially with written.