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The Current for Show September 8, 2004



It's Wednesday September 8th. The Russian newspaper editor who published pictures of dead children from the Beslan massacre, was forced to resign yesterday. Reports are pressure came from the Kremlin, but fellow journalists also criticize the shots, calling them nothing but "emotional journalism".

Currently, The Kremlin will now retrain Russian news photographers for the next disaster. Instead of shots of weeping mothers---military parades, instead of wounded children---strapping farm girls, wearing babushkas. And if you really must show dead bodies, there's always Lenin's tomb. This is the Current.

Russian Media and Beslan

We started the show with a sampling of "I love you life".... a popular Russian patriotic anthem. The song and others like it were played at mass rallies across Russia yesterday in an effort to unite a country in mourning.

Tens of thousands of people gathered to protest the horrific deaths of more than 350 adults and children at a school in Beslan Friday.

But while many people in Russia aired their grief and resolve for unity at public rallies, others say they're feeling gagged for speaking out.

The editor of Izvestia, one of the country's largest and most well respected newspapers, was forced to resign over the pictures it chose to put on its front and back pages on the weekend.

Some are calling the incident yet another example of the Russian government's ongoing and systematic effort to muzzle the media. Izvestia was also critical of President Vladimir Putin's handling of the hostage situation. Raf Shakirov is the former Izvestia editor in question. We reached him in Moscow.

Russian Media– Alex Lupis

Raf Shakirov's forced resignation is not the only case of alleged intervention by the Russian government, following the Beslan tragedy. Alex Lupis has been tracking media pressure over this story. He is the European program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists -- a human rights organization based in New York.

Russian Media – Alexei Pankin

Not everyone in Russia is worried about media meddling by the Kremlin. In fact, at least one journalist believes his colleagues could use some monitoring. Alexei Pankin is the chief editor of Sreda, a magazine about the Russian and European media. Mr. Pankin joined us from Moscow.

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The Current: Part 2

CO2 and Saskatchewan Oil

It's a bit of a gas for Saskatchewan. In an oil field near Weyburn, researchers found something they consider remarkable. Not only is carbon dioxide a tool for pulling oil out of the ground, now it seems it can be safely stored there. Safely and indefinitely. That's what a 40-million dollar oil industry study says. It's significant because it seems to spell a win-win situation both for business and environmentalists. It makes money for Big Oil....and it cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Well, The Current wanted to find out more about these two findings...so we sent freelancer Gillian Mahoney to Weyburn to check out first of all how CO2 helps with the oil extraction process.

The other piece of the study was the storage of CO2. To talk more about that, we were joined by Mike Monea. He's the executive director of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre, which headed up the study, and he was in Vancouver.

Saskatchewan Environmentalist

Not everyone is as excited about the Weyburn project as Mr. Monea. Roger Peters sits on the board of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. He's a senior policy advisor to the Pembina Institute, an environmental think-tank. Mr. Peters joined us from Saskatoon.

Sex Tourism – Victim Impact

Yesterday on The Current we were talking about an industry known as sex tourism, when people actually plan a vacation…to go to another country to have sex…with children.

According to UNICEF, more than one million children are exploited every year in the sex tourism industry. But Southeast Asia is considered a pedophile's paradise--especially Cambodia, where prosecution is difficult because its judicial system is allegedly prone to bribes. We aired a translated portion of a statement given by a victim of the sex trade at a recovery centre in Cambodia after she escaped captors.

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The Current: Part 3

Sex Tourism - Australia

Yesterday on The Current, we told you about Donald Bakker, the first Canadian to face charges at home for allegedly sexually abusing children abroad. Seven years ago, Canada signed an international agreement with 121 other countries to go after their own citizens suspected of abusing children on foreign soil. But Australia has led the way for ten years. In that time 18 Australians have been prosecuted for these crimes.

Bernadette McMenamin is the Australian National Director of Child Wise, an organization that works to protect and prevent the sexual abuse of children around the world. We reached her in Hobart, Tasmania.

Music Bridge

Montford Haunted
Artist: Ray Montford
Cut: CD7 “Haunted”
CD: “The Early Sessions”
Label: Softail Records
Spine #: ES04CD

Magdalene Islands Documentary

Sometimes being too beautiful is a problem. Take Quebec's Magdalene Islands, which have been called a beach walker’s paradise. Every year, the tourists who arrive to see the red cliffs and the brightly coloured houses, more than triple the population of 13- thousand.

This has some locals wondering just how much more attention this fragile archipelago can bear. Susan Woodfine is a freelance journalist who prepared a documentary on the Magdalene Islands. She was in our studio in Rimouski.

Last Word

Before Bill Clinton underwent heart surgery, there were rumours the former President might get his own talk show. But since reality TV might be too much to bear right now, we thought we'd offer him a sitcom. Think of it as "ER" crossed with "The West Wing", and a little bit of "The O-C" thrown in for good measure. We ended the show with a taste from the pilot episode.

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