Posts Tagged ‘media’
With the support of the great and the good, Libya is inching ever closer to what we hope will be a democratic future.
On 1 September 2011, leaders from some 60 countries gathered in Paris for a conference on the future of Libya and to deliberate on ways to support Libya’s government-in-waiting – the National Transitional Council (NTC).
The “friends of Libya” meeting hosted by French President, Nicholas Sarkozy and the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, pledged to maintain military pressure of Colonel Gadaffi and to release funds to support the NTC and a transition to democracy in Libya. Speaking at the event, Sarkozy said: “We are all committed to returning to Libya the money of yesterday for the building of tomorrow.”
Much would have surely been discussed at the event, not least, as the Russian media suggests, the scramble for Libya’s oil. But one important issue would have surely been ignored: the ongoing racially-motivated attack on Libya’s black population by the rebel forces. Read the rest of this entry »
A tale brilliantly told, Fixer is a play set in an unnamed town in northern Nigeria, situated close to an oil pipeline, which belongs to an unnamed consortium and travels up from the Delta region in the south and out of the country. In protest or simply for more self-interested reasons, a militant group called The Boys are starting fires along the pipeline and stirring Western media interest in the consortium’s activities.
Both journalists and corporate communication consultants are despatched to the area and need a fixer – someone who can broker a relationship with The Boys. They find Chuks, a man who knows everybody, apparently fears nothing and will do anything to make a buck for his family. Read the rest of this entry »
Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day is a UK institution.
It’s a day like no other when the whole nation gets together to do something funny for money and change countless lives in the process. It all culminates in a night of cracking TV on the BBC with some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment.
While there is a verbal caveat that some of the money raised will also support projects in the UK, the highlights are always the tear-jerking accounts of the nation’s best-loved celebrities’ experiences, casting off their wealth and egos to ‘slum it’ – literally.
Very little is done to paint a balanced picture: one of self-determination, progress and dignity. Read the rest of this entry »
In the 100 years since more than one million women took to the streets, honouring the first International Women’s Day and demanding the right to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination, so much has changed.
And so much hasn’t. Read the rest of this entry »