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and sweden planned to submit applications to join nato on wednesday, the nordic states are set to abandon their long held neutral saturday following russia's invasion of ukraine. turkeys threatened to block their membership bed because it says they support the p k. k, which it considers a terrorist school us present. joe biden has met the families of those killed in a mass shooting in the city of buffalo. 10 african americans were killed in the racially motivated attack in new york state on saturday. biden is expected to call on congress to take tougher action on gun ownership. people in sri lanka have been queueing for hours for petrol after the government warned it's running out of fuel . the government is short on foreign currency that it needs to import petrol. diesel and gas me now fernandez has more from colombo behind mid this fits of sation that i am in front of in the heart of colombo is one that usually has stalks no matter what happened. however, this ticker tape right across it where he close can't go, but just on the,
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on the side of me out of vision, there are cues on either side of the road that stretch for kilometers. and these are people waiting. they have heard, obviously, that there isn't fuel that the fuel has finished at the sheds, but they still want to try their luck. a french president emanuel micron is pushing for a rapid investigation into the killing of veteran al jazeera germany. surely nab watley sharin was shot dead by israeli forces in the occupied west bank on wednesday, she was a us citizen until us congressman want the f b i to investigate her death. and north korea's leader has accused officials of an immature response to risk of 19 outbreak. came young own says there inadequate strategies for dealing with a crisis is making the situation worse. and those are the headlines next on al jazeera, it's the listening post. stay with this new hebron boys
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breathe and fly pigeons. but in this occupied palestinian city boys are also closely watched place really forces at times shot on and often arrested. a delicately told tale fumed over 5 years of a coming of age in a place where even a child's imagination is heavily restrictive. the skies above hebron, a witness documentary on a j 0 good community in the whole world. israel be held to account for killing an al jazeera germany. as the tide turned in sri lanka, media outlets or change and go to on the roger placid. and russian mercenaries and misinformation messing with policies in african
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american burden. europe, the listening post where we put the global media under the microscope. our starting point this week is the killing of al jazeera correspondence, sharina abu ackley by israeli forces, which this network has called an assassination. i did for the free me, you know what? i do actually was a central part of al jazeera as palestine. israel coverage for 25 years. highly regarded my colleagues and audiences. her funeral ceremony was attended by thousands. oh. c sharina blacklight was on assignment in the occupied westbank covering israeli raids on a refugee camp in jeanine. she was wearing a helmet and flock jacket, clearly marking her as press when she was shot in the head by a sniper. the israeli prime minister then shared a video insinuating that abu ackley had been killed by a palestinian,
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an argument quickly dismantled by an israeli human rights group. but sell 'em through g o, location technology and the use of facts. but it's all part of a pattern that we've seen before. palestinian killed and israeli response designed to confuse matters. justice denied accountability avoided diana blue to was a human rights lawyer and former advisor to the p alo, the palestine liberation organization. miss beauty, thanks for joining us. here at the listening post today, can you please start by telling us who serene abu ackley was? we know her title, palestine correspondent for al jazeera arabic, but who was she really, to arabic, language audiences. yes, she and was a formidable journalist, a journalist that every journalist looked up to, should he and gave us a window into what?
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it's like to live as a palestinian under israeli rule center. seattle, markham. if she knew how to get very deep into into lives, the palestinians, into the story, into the truth. he thought he shall marna memorial behind philip, lena? yeah. hey nadia, con heavy hidden medina. she didn't just report on part on issues of death and she actually reported a lot on life fall moodle had been with her father, casio, darla can also whole but then been spotty leicha on santa within al, into the order for for her to a sarah. the booth. okay. nathan, allah is that our isla, her human interest stories, were some of the nurses that i've ever seen. she was a person who gave us a glimpse into what it's like to be a palestinian from everything from the bitterness and the crimes of living under is really crimes to the sweetness of what palestinian culture and humanity is. all about. these really prime minister enough tale bennett then tweeted out that video
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of a palestinian gunmen saying he was responsible for the killing. why is there this need for bennett to come out so quickly encounter the case that was being made by actual eye witnesses, including his use of a video that had no sourcing behind it? well, for 2 reasons. first is because shitty in as you know, and to the homes of every single palestinian. and i would dare say every arab around the world. and i think that they are afraid of the, of the condemnations that are going to come. but 2nd, shitty and is also a us citizen. and because she is a us citizen, there will likely be calls for investigations. we know how fake those investigations were, will be. but there's a bigger issue, which is that this is part and parcel of these really has gra, as of the israeli spin doctoring that occurs. step one is to always test it out
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on the palestinian death or to blame palestinians or other palestinians for the death, for israel's killing of a palestinian step 2 is always to have a faith call for an investigation. we've already seen that happen. and then step 3, if it even gets to that will be an oops, sorry, but statement on the part of some israeli official stuff. one right now. so it's, it's not fooled by this anymore and i really hope that nobody else is fooled by it either. and that video has since been debunked. the israelis are now saying that they are opening an investigation to determine if i will actually was shot at targeted fine israeli soldier. it's not an if she was. and that's the problem is that when we go down the path of questioning, what we're really doing is we're 2nd guessing eye witnesses who are there?
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we're 2nd guessing the people who risk their lives on a daily basis to cover this issue to cover this story. you know much, i think it's important to put this in its proper context. we're now at the one year anniversary since israel ah, the associated press building think back to a year ago. they blamed palestinians for the for them, bombing the 80 building a year ago. another one of your colleagues, she bought it will go daddy. these really broke her arm as she was covering the protest and shift i. and again, they blamed you burn godaddy for her broken arm. they have the duty and responsibility to protect journalists and they don't because they don't want the
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truth known. they just want to cover up their crimes and shitty refused to do that . and immediately after her killing the associated press was one of the news organizations along with the new york times to report that i actually was killed by quote gunfire. during quote clashes, why is it seemingly so difficult for news organizations like those? to state the obvious i guess that's a question i should be asking them. when you have eye witnesses who are telling you exactly what happened. i don't know why they have to go into these mental gymnastics and do as i call it, word salad to cover up what is plainly and painfully obvious. the objectivity of palestinian journalists is always question. we never question the objectivity of an american journalist or canadian journalist, or let's say right now if there were ukrainian journalists killed in the exact same
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way by russian. we wouldn't be rushing to use the passive boys or colleagues clashes or somehow not laying blame at the foot of the russian government. but this always happens when it comes to palestinians that somehow palestinian journalist and their objectivity is always somehow discounted. even though these are some of the greatest journalists that i've ever seen. and who journalists who risk their lives all the time without so much as support from their international colleagues and counterparts. this killing that image of serene abu accolades, lifeless body, her colleague in such distress the way it captured that moment. so clearly it's everywhere. on social media and as you've seen, it's being posted alongside and likened to another in from this moment, from the year 2000 and the killing of muhammad outdoor of that 12 year old boy in
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johnson. now the israelis initially denied killing him as well. what do you make of the coupling of those images, the comparison of this killing to the door a case? this is so painful for me because i woke up this morning to the news of the chileans killing. and the last thing that i wanted to see was her lifeless body. and i imagined that the last thing that a daughter wanted to see was the image of her sons lifeless by. i think the reason that people are putting them side by side is because in all of these cases, we're always being blamed for our own deaths. and what i think is really important is that in both instances, we have to ask the question, why is the army there?
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why is the israeli army there? in the case of shitty and it was because the army was illegally going into intrusion into the camp. and a so she in is the person who followed along because she wanted the world to see in both cases the army shouldn't have been there. in both cases. we should be now seeing shitty and going on to report other stories, stories of palestinian freedom and love and life. and we should be seeing a doctor who would now be in his thirty's. oh. but instead both lives have been so tragically extinguished by israel. and i worry that she is just simply going to pass with us, remembering her, but no action, nothing done to actually change the reality in which germany operate here. and more importantly, the out the reality in which palestinians live their lives here. diana,
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to thank you so much for speaking with the listening post. thank you. thank you. from the middle east to south asia now and sri lanka, where months of protests have president got our bay rodger parks. us government on the ropes, the hash tag. the demonstrators have rallied around says at all, gotta go home. me not sure, avi is here with more. that hash tag good. now go home the 1st not just to the president, but also to members of his family, many of whom are in government. he's the protest. centurylink, i have been over the countries diet, economical additions, rampant inflation, crippling national debt. and steve mismanagement, did organized on social media, where means cartoons and anti government content. now dominate the discourse. the authorities tried to put a lid on that last month by shutting down all social media platforms. citizens
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would infuriated, and the government caved. lifting the blockages. over the past few weeks, she lumpkins have noticed that some mainstream media outlets which have long been deferential to the roger pucks or family, are re positioning themselves. media media players like the other dead and are and hidden networks whose owners have ties with the large boxes. tried going with the official narrative labeling protesters, looters, and pugs. but they're tempting their tongue. the owner of the i did it in a group, was even publicly questioned about his networks output by a political logger. i, i, i wrote the amount of quizzical news content on that i to fuck says, is notable. given that for more than 2 decades, they have been the most powerfully political players in sri lanka. and they have a track record of silencing journalists brutally at times who dared to investigate
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or criticize them. the president is still in office, but the go to go home movement. the way it's being covered indicates that roger boxes are losing their control of the media and may well lose their grip on power entry lanka. thanks me to. the global media are focusing on russia military efforts in ukraine. we're turning now to it's para military operations in africa. ever heard of the wagner group? it's a private company made up of mercenaries who tend to do the kremlin bidding. wagner is to russia what black water is to the u. s. a shadow we organization. notoriously difficult and sometimes dangerous for journalists to cover. its mercenaries are now all over the globe operating mostly in africa, the playbook there includes moving into a country that is politically divided like molly. taking aside creating a partnership that results in russia, getting access to precious natural resources and advancing its own geopolitical
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interests. and disinformation campaigns are part of the max, listening posts nick moorehead. now on the wagner group, molly and russia, a soft power push in africa. me is a logic and tell about the state of a country by watching citizens approaches. this is tamika, the capital of molly. earlier this year, the hostility towards france is clear and supplies of molly was once a french colony. the abuses of that year. i have not been forgotten. in 2013 french troops teamed up with maryan forces to fight an insurgency in the north. 9 years later, there is little to show for it. in french troops have begun to withdraw. while so many of these protesters carrying russian flags and why are they purchase of richard wagner? the 19th century german music composer, a man who was deeply anti semitic, a favorite of ad off hitler's,
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and his music provided the soundtrack to the nazi movement. the answer is that wagner image has become a symbol from orleans who support a private russian military company called the wagner group, an organization that has no website, no telephone number, no physical address. wagner says secretive that officially it does not exist legal vac. now, the wagner group doesn't carry a regular crash. they misinformation and influence campaigns on line that coincide with what the mercenaries are doing in the field, is much will that down to pass from secrecy around wagner is something that's done on purpose. and it makes it really difficult to be certain how the kremlin is using wagner because it can't be held accountable for actions of a group that it has no official links to the links between wagner and moscow on official. but they are there and they go right to the top. wagner is reportedly owned by your guinea pig gorgeous, an oligarchy,
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known as putin shift and nickname. he picked up off the hosting numerous, dennis for the russian president, regression owns restaurants, a museum. many companies, including one called the internet research agents. folks have been located here in st. petersburg. it is currently sanctioned by both the us and the u. k. providing extensive disinformation campaign. and when you look at the countries where wagner has been deployed, the ukraine, syria, the central african republic, molly, a patton, emerges, wagner. missionaries are deployed under the guise of military advisors to country in political terms. they help the embattled government and inexpensive wagner and possibly russia get access to natural resources. then comes that this information and propaganda that makes the arrangement seem like the country's best course of action. and when you scan social media in molly over the past, yet, it explains at least in part why marlins are waiving russian flags, swap, burning effigy the french president,
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the social media post that research really concentrated on blaming fraud, sporting militant insurgency, northern parts of the country, so essentially calling into question to missy of france, also promoting thought as a reliable security partner. because i thought, so what wagner did is they funded anti french rhetoric and pro russian campaigns while deploying the mercenaries to control certain areas. sometimes it is expected to gain access to molly's gold co. my use it, but i, you longer, pasco, a lot of laundry. the argument of an invisible russian hand in social media is an invention of the french. it won't accept that big faith because the russians only started to take an interest in the region. after the withdrawal of french troops was announced by french president, a monday wilma came under local secret. john is the only maryan journalist who agreed to speak with us. he earnest money act to one of the many marlin news
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outlets that now take a pro russian lie which isn't hard to do given the soft power push coming from muska russian state back news outlets r t and sputnik have both created french language channels that focus on francophone africa and tend to cost russia in a very favorable light lamp. locating local authorities, does that, would you possibly amandola? just allow me imagine keith is, scott said usa, we are just increase. they reach 18. sputnik have made their content freely available to african use organizations and as many as 4000 across the continent have taken them up on that offer. just take a look. this is molly jets, a popular news aggregator. look where much of the content is coming from. sputnik news. sputnik news. sputnik news, gerard caused the collaboration a win win because news organizations like his lack of resources to produce this kind of journalism. newsome pucca problem. we can cover all local news properly let alone international news. this vacuum was ordered viewed by french media along. so,
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auditing, france on sputnik of allowed us to diversify our sources. channels like read your france international on france. 20 focus do focus on local stories. but they give communist dissident voices that and that is perceived by my dns as interference. alchemy, nationals rushing, state and media outlets like our team have a very mission to cover issues that are marginalized by the so called mainstream media. and this really resonates with african countries, including in francophone, africa, where they have been complains about the way that africa is portrayed in the waste and media that it's all ebola and civil war. whereas russian media to file sharing positive stories about africa by focusing disproportionately on positive news. parkins neglect more concerning stories since coming into power in last year's q.
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molly's new military duties, backed by the wagner mercenaries have become increasingly authoritarian. dissenting voices have been thrown in jail. the media climate is now so hostile that numerous journalists have abandoned the profession inside. as for international media, both french state backed out its france, 24 and radio france international. had their licenses suspended earlier this year after they reported on allegations of atrocities being committed against civilians in law, by maryan troops and russian mercenaries. the play with wagner. since wagner is arrival, they have been growing that conversations of the pieces against civilians by the army. and wagner mercenaries, and then you lose out this, that report nice stories of band. so there is clearly a desire to prevent any discussion about of insensitivity and the abuse is carried out by the exact same lama. it also sends a very clear message to the remaining local journalists and also
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a foreign media outlets at operating money that certain topics are off limits. the concern there is that for regular citizens, it's going to become more difficult to access information that doesn't fit within the accepted narrative. private military companies like wagner has become a key component of the cremeans irregular warfare strategy. in 2015 russian private military companies were active in 4 countries. now they are in 27. and most of those deployments have been to africa with unstable government, looking for protection, colonial legacies that can be exploited and under resource news outlets vulnerable to manipulation, africa is an ideal theater for russia to advise its interest. russia is courting africa and i think the success of the relationship is clearly demonstrated in the reaction of african countries to russia. the recent invasion of ukraine way, many african countries tro strap stain from un vote for me issue many haven't
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called out russia condemned actions at all. they don't get off until the thanks to the defense with from the russians can present themselves as the new godfathers and the local population may be open to it. and then, just like that, the russians take the place of france and gain more and more influence on the continent. so once you know, in 1958, molly gained independence. but when france pulled out, it left behind a news media that operates for the most part in french running paris is always use that to it's advantage. but now must go and it's media apparatus, a speaking the same language in the air. the challenge ahead for molly and genesis and they colleagues across the beach. it is how to ensure that then use oc, that so not used to pedal soft power for foreign interests. let me draw after campbell africa media must unite to form collectives of produce quality. jeanette is impuls everyone's point to sustainable knowledge model that will guarantee
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independence because if we don't do that or will be cannibalized by photo news outlets with big but on the whole is outlets were not defend. the interests of, of money isn't it isn't. and finally, china's most populous city. shanghai is more than a month into its latest lockdown, and no one knows, given bay james strict 0 coven policy, just how long it will last. if social media output is a measure, shanghai is 27000000 inhabitants are frustrated. and many have grown desperate. a video that captures that one that's making the rounds on line despite the best efforts of chinese sensors is called the voice of april. it is a montage of audio clips, official government announcements of its coven policies mixed in with residents, descriptions of life under their strictest lockdown. yet it is
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a compelling piece of work that tells a story. and that ends with a simple get well soon, shanghai will see you next time here the listening post a yard e mail to me about for a. ready a, a, a
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