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