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presidential election. it's a big story. is the electorate getting the information it needs. 800 million indians live rural lives. the indian media do not consider them news worthy. add reuters encountering difficulties in china. the art of deception and how it can confuse critics. when the presidential debate was held in abuja, a candidate was missing. typically the incumbent chair goes empty, if you are in power a poor debate costs your job. incumbents tend to want to limit exposure. that's not what happened. president goodluck jonathan was there, it's his main rival muhammadu buhari refusing to take part. it went out on a most watched channel. ait, african independent channel. and muhammadu buhari's party accused it of partisanship
being in goodluck jonathan's corner so boycotted the debate. the election was postponed ostensibly to secure the north-east from boko haram and guarantee the voters there. that rational has been subject to debate. they have found they are trying to get around censorship and security and corruption and the dangers in covering the boko haram angle. in the run up to voting day there has been a backlog of visas, one that goodluck jonathan - as far as they are concerned, the fewer journalist there, the better. our starting window this week is abuja, africa's most capitalous country. five voices on the coverage of election, a spokesman for goodluck jonathan's party, his opposite number the communications director for the muhammadu buhari campaign and
the acp. journalists turned author who worked for muhammadu buhari. journalists with a nigerian news outlet based in new york beyond the reach of nigerian authorities, and managing director much ait, the channel the opposition says is siding with the government which is why the incumbent's main rival refused to appear on the presidential debate that the channel broadcast. the accusations against axe it centers around coverage and this documentary in particular, called the real muhammadu buhari it was an hour-long matter that went beyond the track's record. >> and became the first to say as a woman, death by firing squad. ram rod stiff, never sniling. on the future should matter. and nothing about him sticks to the future.
>> we'll take any platform to sell our party. they are not ready to walk into. we saw them as costly. incidently many agree with us. they see our leaders. they did not see that. >> a station like a it made it known they approve jonathan. during the election period they tried to be fair. i'm not defending the opposition party, but they run image documentary. they are not a member of the party. if they don't see anything wrong
that the ruling party members have done. they are not fair. >> we are not with any party. i drive the wheel of this opposition. i do not have a mandate to support any party. don't forget we have a handful of parties. some are not in doubt. if pvp - they probably have more money to throw around. it's a case of - we saw the divide. >> i don't see a clarifying part. the media has given everyone here, have been on most of the media shows and i have not seen hostility. i want to disagree. no it's not
there has been allegations of checkbook journal. >> in nigeria vog not just the people at -- vog not just the people at the top, not just in this campaign. an ever-present mission is bribery. what nigeria's call the culture of the brown envelope. >> let's say i intervene, and you are the senator, and you give me a brown envelope. i probably won't want to make you look bad when the video comes out. some say it's like expressing gratitude. still, it's not ethical. >> some journalists are not corrupt. most media houses sometimes there are those that do the walk every day. those that interview understand this. it's not very difficult to
introduce the journalists. they are not the first to do that. officials are g as good. >> you need to understand the situation of so many of the journalists, and you need to remember that journalism is not a profession that is well paid. >> international news outlets are better funded. many journalists have been denied the visas needed. according to the chief correspondent 20 media outlets in the u.k. have been left on the outside looking in waiting for paperwork to clear. no one has been refused out right. gist the process takes a week and my application wept in two months ago, i'm thinking the nigerian government does not want me there. >> having credentials in order didn't stop two journalists from al jazeera arrested in borneo.
one of the states affected by the boko haram. ahmed idris and ali mustafa were detained for what the nigerian army called loitering. they were placed under house arrest. like all journalists they've been restricted from covering the same insurgency that the government sited in the first place. that is the story, a debate that a central figure boycotts because of a lack of trust in the channel that broadcasts it. cultures of bribery, ethical short maul related to a shortage. money, and a scarcity of outside voicers thanks to a government and bureaucracy to keep them out. what isn't lacking is interest. >> never have nigerians been more interested in having a free and fair election. everybody is friday.
. pass other media stories on the radar, the global news media turned lenses on yemen as it descends into a state of civil war with outside actress, and prior to the accusation a prominent journalist was shot to death. he was killed as he came out of his house on march 18th in sanaa. he made his name for his reporting on the fighting in the northern province of sadr between forces loyal to the old ali abdullah saleh government and fighters that backed the
houthi fighters. he was imprisoned and became a spokesperson for the houthis, who took control of sanaa and most of the country. amnesty international said: the paris based reports without borders addedment. added: the battle over freedom of information online is fought in many corners of the globe. the past week saw two development. on march 20th the turkish government passed a law giving the government the right to not violate. there's no court order. failure to comply could result in a hefty fine.
a similar bill was overturned by the constitution at court. the president has to sign the new bill into law. recep tayyip erdogan called twitter a scourge. the indian supreme court struck down as unconstitutional an ambiguous section. law. in 2012 that section. law was used in the arrest of two schoolgirls over a facebook posting that one put up on politics in mumbai. the second hit a like button. a judge rescinded the charms and it has been revinded called vague. a few prominent indians wan all of the act struck out. the "new york times" may be blocked in china, but it is working on other ways to reach chinese audiences, it announced plans to launch a magazine in
hong kong and mccaw. by may 1st it will be available in hotels airport loun js and news stands. 20% of pages devoted to local content. it will make inroads face challenges. in march 19th raiters was inactionable. chinese authorities don't usually provide explanations as to why it is blocked. they think it is something to do with the coverism of the national people's congress. it joins: they are on a list of sites blocked in mainland china for indian news outlets they are the big four topics finding ways to sell newspapers. politics big business celebrities, which means bollywood, and an indian obsession with critic.
a mix that features about the growth of indian media, and pushed the stories of two-thirds of the population to the margin. india has a population of 1.2 billion, and 800 million live and work in rural areas. despite that those outlets had one full-time editor. the hindu restructured last year. according to him in the villages you don't look for stories, they kick you in the face. the problem is almost no one walking the beat. now the curious case of the indian media's blindspot. >> we have breaking news coming in. >> it's an opportunity... >> not in the market... >> it's what the capital...
>> our focus is on metropolitan india, mumbai delhi, backa lor. there's no coverage of rural media. in the indian media, the rural affairs editor exists just once. i was it. >> this is a phenomena around the worm. the voice of the -- world. the voice of the nation is the voice of middle class. >> why do you need it? the correct answer is because you can. >> it's almost as if we think viewers are not interested in rural media. our news has little space for rural india. >> reporter: to under how little news coverage rural india gets it helps to brake down the outlet. we asked for three main stream papers to be broken down. the results of a study showed
across the six papers the percentage of stories relating to rural india was zero. except for 1.37% in hindu in 2014. on tv an analysis of the programming on six channels reveal that the rural news didn't paying it past 7%. it was as low as 0 by 19%. that's a fifth of 1% of coverage for 70% of the population. a lack of coverage is not because of a lack of news. in the past decade a story has taken a turn for the worst. >> we had a crisis in which 300,000 farmers committed suicide since 1995. in the epicentre of the suicide
it's a region. in the state in werch india, in which mumbai is the capital. >> in mumbai the great event of the year was the fashion week. >> day four... >> a whole bunch of editors... >> one hour away from this horrendous matter in mumbai city, the fashion week drew 500 accredited journalists who sat for a week. now, i made a count how many journalists from outside the affected region of suicides were covering the suicide and had spent a week this that place.
i counted six including myself and my collaborator. >> reporter: there is a segment of ippia's meet -- india's media that gets across some news from the bored walks, cat walks and centers. the papers publishing in language other are than english. we have this report. it's the largest selling paper across the state. they have reported extensively for the paper. racket earring and large scale displacements of villages of people cleared for industrial projects. it is the exception to the rule. this man has a theory on why papers like his are able to afterward for space for rural reporting. >> translation: it is a fact larger papers have little space
for rural news. my own paper has a different approach, publishing a number of stories from the rural areas. the reason for this is because the reporters, the management - we have roots in the villages. when we go home ke see the stories un -- we see the stories unfold around and yous report them. >> it used to be a lot better that all comfortable talk that the indian language newspapers will do a better job. that is very threatened. it stands very threatened because the same guy owns the newspapers, whether in english or hindi or bengaly. it's a giant assembly line sausage factory. you have english sausages or you have hindi sausages. you have sausages.
in india the media market is crowded and competitive. prioritiors are looking for -- prioritiors are looking for slick products, and in the case of some media - influence. there are significant matters. coverage of rural areas is near the bottom. when this person signed up as rural affairs, it brought an end to the only such position. the paper has not seen fit to replace him and did not see fit to comment to our request. it says something about the priorities and the 800 million indians whose stories are untold. >> the business model of television is struggling to plough back investments into the business. i would like invest. in a full-time agriculture editor, and a greater investment
in the north-east. and reporting india not just through the eyes but report india from every corner. . >> translation: the rural beat is different to covering politics or business. a lot is done on foot. you walk between villages and interview people not used to explaining issues. sometimes the travel takes a few days and another couple of days to piece toot the situations. -- piece together the situations. it takes more time and efforts. >> less investment is taking place in news gathering. they are looking for a soft option a place a kilometre from the office. india's rural poor doesn't factor into the equation of india as a super-power or indeed india's image of itself
as the largest democracy. the rural poor are seen as a problem, and it's a huge mistake to view that many of the country's citizens as something that actually impedes the country's progress. if you want an insight into stories with rural india there's a few worth clicking on to. keith runs a website, the people's archive of rural india, the site covers the lifestyles languages, professions and arts of rural india. it is funded through donations, much work done by volunteers. cj net is a service based on phone technologies allowing rural communities to record their own stories and access stories from their area.
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