tv Weekend News Al Jazeera August 30, 2015 1:00am-1:31am EDT
scandal. plus, ten years after hurricane katrina devastated new orleans, the city remembers its dead. >> the sentencing of three journalists in egypt has been condemned worldwide. al jazeera called the verdict a deliberate attack on press freedom. >> reporter: hope, then heart break in an egyptian courtroom as two journalists return to prison a retrial was supposed to give mohamed, mohamed fahmi and peter a second opportunity to clear their names. instead, justice was denied yet again. >> i don't know how i'm going to survive this without him.
he did nothing. >> reporter: the judge said he wanted to make clear to the people of egypt that these men were not journalists and doctored videos for air. then he sentenced them for more prison time. three years. they already spent more than a year behind bars. one has been deported to australia. >> it's outrageous. it's devastating for me. i know, my heart is with them. >> journalists inside the courtroom described a tense and angry atmosphere after the verdict. from the beginning the case has been called a sham. president obama has joined journalists across the world condemning it. >> they were arrested on false
charges. they were convicted without a shred of evidence. at no point during the long, drawn-out retrial did any of the unfounded allegations stand up to scrutiny. >> the canadian government is demanding fahmi's deportation. it's time for the president to pardon the men. >> it's dangerous, that judges will allow people to become part of political oppression and propaganda. >> al jazeera correspondent called it a gross injustice. >> peter has finished his press conference in the center of sydney. a big crowd of journalists. peter joins me now.
there is still a lot of interest in this. that's a positive sign. >> it's a positive sign as much as we need to make sure we keep public attention and awareness about our case and this gross injustice. remember, i'm convinced that one of the main reasons why i'm here today, one of the reasons why i was deported was because we had so much public support. so many people were aware of the injustice in our original trial and made it impossible for the egyptian government to continue to hold me there. we need to make sure that that noise doesn't die away. the media attention we have been getting is absolutely vital, we need to keep it going. >> where does the campaign go from here? >> there is a legal aspect to this. we are looking at possible options for an appeal. we are going to be looking to president to issue a pardon. he said he would pardon us if we
were ever convicted. and the whole's world attention has been focused on this particular trial to see how egypt is committed to rule of law, due process, freedom of the press. we are seeing a gross miscarriage of justice, a gross injustice in these convictions. the president now has an opportunity to correct that and make it clear that egypt does respect those principles. we are going to be looking to diplomatic and political support. i have spoken to the australian prime minister. she's personally involved. she said she will use every diplomatic means available to her to try and get this conviction overturned. we'll be speaking to other people in the white house and within the british government and the european union, everyone we can, in fact, to remind egypt that the world really does care about this case and what it stands for. we'll be looking to continue very powerful social media
campaign. >> peter, thank you very much. peter's chief concern is for his two colleagues, our two colleagues, still in prison back in cairo. >> in a statement u.n. secretary general deeply regressed the decision to uphold the sentencing of al jazeera journalists and recalls earlier appeals for the cases to protect freedom of expression. the prime minister of canada has condemned the sentencing. steven harper said continue continuecanadacontinues to callo facilitate his return home. four people have appear in a hungarian court over the deaths of 71 refugees found in an abandoned truck. the court has detained them to allow for an investigation.
meanwhile, the flow of refugees has continued with hundreds of people crossing from serbia. >> reporter: families walking in the mid day heat. most have run out of water. they still have the will to carry on. they are so exhausted that some don't even realize that the white posts mark the border between serbia and hungary. a break in the fence is their trans-into the european union. it's hard to take in the fact that these people have walked more than 15 kilometers in this searing heat. another stage in this long journey and even though now they are crossing into the european union, the problems aren't over. these people, unlike hundreds of others, haven't tried to run away from the police. they are rounded up and taking to registration camps. women and children get priority.
the bus leaves behind people who are frustrated and unsure of what happens next. this man is from damascus in syria. he made two attempts to cross from turkey to greece by sea. on the first he was arrested and detained. on the second he was rescued by the coast guard. >> this wasn't. this road that we have up from the greek border to here, it's the most disgusting experience i had in my life. >> reporter: in the town, buses full of refugees and migrants are arriving at a railway station. they are grateful for food and water provided by a volunteer group, but confused about what's going on. >> they don't have enough information. before they crossing the border, they don't have enough information. if they cross the border, if
they step to the european union, what will happen. what is their rights. >> reporter: these refugees don't know their rights. like everyone else, this young woman gets a travel paper. but within hungary only. she fears she will be taken to a camp and detained. she looks for a taxi to take her to the capital. she's traveling with her 13-year-old brother. it appears they want to prepare the way for the rest of their family. >> give my father to germany. >> reporter: for your parents, you want to get your father. >> yes, and my mother. >> reporter: it's highly likely they will end up crossing the border using people smugglers. as they leave, more arrive. so it goes on 24 hours a day. three children are treated for dehydration after being
rescued from a van crammed with refugees. it was carrying 26 syrians, bangladeshees and afghans. people have gathered seeking the prime minister's resignation. they accuse him of corruption and mismanaging the country. >> reporter: tired and hungry, they prepare for another day of protests. they traveled almost seven hours to be here, sleeping on this concrete pavement overnight to show their support for a massive anticorruption rally. >> we want everybody to have equal opportunity, everybody have equal share of the country, and everybody treats everybody equally. that is what we want. >> reporter: concerned about a police crackdown, they carried
masks to fend off tear gas. thousands of demonstrators have taken over the center of malaysia's capital, calling for the resignation of the prime minister and a more transparent bureaucracy. >> there are people from all walks of life, some professional, many are students. but there is one thing they have in common. they are fed up with the government that they believe is chronically corrupt. >> reporter: el he's alleged to have taken almost $700 million from the state's investment fund. he denies any wrongdoing, but many here believe it's time for him to go. >> we are calling on the parliament that if you see there is something wrong that he is doing, they should pass a vote of no confidence. >> the prime minister remains defiant.
authorities have labeled this rally illegal and blocked websites related to it. >> it would be wise for the current government not to ignore this sentiment, but really to take heed of them and not shut them out, not drown these voices. >> reporter: analysts believe this movement is unlikely to topple the government or force the prime minister's resignation. the protesters have vowed to carry on their campaign. thousands of people are protesting in lebanon's capital against the government which they say is corrupt and ineffective. there's been growing anger over lack of basic services including rubbish collection. garbage has been piling up on the streets for weeks. demonstrators have given the government 72 hours to clean up
the mess or face more protests. >> reporter: by all accounts the turnout of saturday's protest is significant here in central beirut. thousands of people have come out to demonstrate against what they say is an antipolitical establishment that they are fed up with. they are against the system which they say has failed them. the only flags you find here are the lebanese flags. something makes this protest unique, let's ask people why they are here, what are their demands. can you tell me why you are protesting? >> i'm protesting because i believe in democrat circumstance i believe in freedom of speech, i believe in something new, innovation, a new government. >> thank you. that's one view. it is a pro democratic angle, that's why some people have taken to the streets. let's ask another young lady. what is it that's going to make
you say you have achieved something? >> we want our basic rights. no garbage on the streets, job opportunities so we can come back home and live with our parents. security so we can feel safe in our country. >> reporter: there is a wide range of why people come to the streets. many triggered by the garbage crisis. but the problems, reporting on the story, are much deeper. they are a lot of them linked to the sectarian makeup of lebanon's political system. >> the important thing here is that the fact that all of these people came on their own volition. they weren't sent by parties. they came because they want to challenge the nature of the power structure and they came with specific demands that they want to implement and that are realistic. the combination makes this historic. >> reporter: as we have been seeing in the past few days and
weeks, it is a new unique type of movement that's building here in lebanon. it is one based on basic demands like water and electricity, but one that's aiming to achieve greater things, the top of which is changing the political system. whether or not they can do that is something they haven't answered. however, the coming weeks will be exciting in one of the world's most significant countries. lots more still to come. >> reporter: i'm in mexico with the largest number have disappeared. we'll meet families trying to find their loved ones. plus the philippine crew ministry is going through a renaissance. more after this.
>> welcome back. top stories on al jazeera. sentencing of three al jazeera journalists in egypt has been condemned worldwide. they were given three year jail terms on charges of helping the muslim brotherhood. tens of thousands of protesters have gather in the malaysian capital for a second day seeking the prime minister's resignation. they are accuse him of corruption and mismanaging the economy. four people have appeared in the court over the deaths of 71 refugees in a truck.
many of those who successfully cross the mediterranean make it on shore to greece. it's become a gateway to the european union. but with the number of arrivals growing, athens has struggled to find the resources and right policies to deal with the influx. >> these afghan children are having a little of their childhood restored to them. this is set up for games. they have food and 24 hour medical care. but much has been taken from them in years of poverty and exile. he was born in exile because his family feared for their lives. >> in afghanistan there was some people like taliban, they kill the people.
that was with iran. they were very cold. i'm going to go to a place that acts like us, like a human. >> reporter: more than 170,000 refugees have poured into greece, all looking for a better life. this facility is an improvement on the tent city. local residents feared a threat to public health and safety. some 500 afghans who were in camp are gone, initially to the new facility, but ultimately out of greece and northward into the balkans. the policy of detention centers built by the previous conservative government, under that policy, undocumented migrants were detained
indefinitely. that left greece exposed under european law. they shut down the camp and released its inmate. but the closure is controversial. it is the same across europe, a struggle to combine law and order with humanity. the government has chartered this vessel to bring them from its eastern island close to turkey. these syrians, afghans and iraqis felt euphoria, sending pictures home of their safe arrival. >> my family has lost more than ten men, women and children because of the islamic state. there is nothing to eat. it is expensive and only for the rich. >> reporter: some families are unsure of where to go. some get on buses, others head to the athens metro. this is a respite from which they seek only a little comfort and a little humanity.
memorial services have been taking place across the city of new orleans. katrina devastated the city and killed almost 2,000 people. >> reporter: at memorial services, they gathered to remember those lost to the storm. a decade ago, the city lay submerged. for many, the memories are too powerful and the losses too great. the struggles of the past ten years weren't in vein. >> i want to take a minute to do the best i can to make sure that the people of new orleans know that the world has not forgotten us and continues to hold us up as a model for the country and are here with us to remember us this week. we want to commemorate the lives lost which we are doing today.
we want to say thank you to the world that came to our aid in our darkest hour. >> reporter: in other parts of the city, people danced to the rebirth. the new system provides protection from future storms. and in the lower 9th ward, one of the worst hit neighborhoods, there was a celebration. less than half the residents of this neighborhood returned to their homes. but those that are here are determined to restore their community. if there is one thing to take away from the struggle of the past ten years, it's this. resilience. you can't kill the spirit of the city despite the challenges it still faces. the city has made a steady recovery. many residents remain optimistic about the future. >> katrina made us stronger.
just like before, we came back bigger and better. >> reporter: what happened here could never be forgotten. there is now a determination to push forward and make things better, no matter how long it takes. venezuela has sent more troops to the border with colombia. venezuela's president blamed them. the struggle between mexican authorities and the country's powerful drug cartel has seen innocent civilians caught in the cross fire. the highest number that have disappeared is over 5,000.
>> reporter: eleven days ago he rushed out of the house to see her brother-in-law bundled into a state police car with the license plate blacked out. >> translator: the government is meant to protect us. but they do this instead. how is it possible that they could kidnap an innocent person? >> reporter: she loved to sketch. now he's one of more than 5,000 people abducted, more than anywhere else in mexico. not just the cartels, but the armed forces snatch people here. >> translator: maybe the kidnappings have gone down as the authorities have fought them. but the police have filled the gap by kidnapping more people. they try to get information. >> reporter: he has taken on the
case in only human rights center left working in the state. even his small office was surrounded by marines last year. with activists and local media silent, government forces in the cartel's fight over a state that's a major transit point for drug smugglers as well as a route for migrants heading to the u.s. border. carlos found refuge in a shelter. he was let go. but many more have not been so lucky. >> translator: just living here makes me scared. every week the gangs hang around waiting to see if you come out. >> reporter: many vanish, their bodies never found. this is the first protest outside the local government offices. mexican authorities have never shown much interest in searching for the country's 26,000 disappeared. civil organizations estimate
that 99% of the cases go unresolved. they are getting used to what thousands have faced up to. searching for her missing relative without official help. a congressional committee in guatemala recommended that the president be prosecuted. they say he led a massive corruption scheme. parliament has to decide if the immunity should be taken away. protesters have been gathering outside demanding his resignation. the u.n. investigators say officials received millions of dollars to help business people avoid import duties. the film industry in the philippines is undergoing a revival. some of the best known actors are lining up to start in low budget productions. we have more on what's driving the boom.
>> reporter: these first time filmmakers are creating a small film on a very tight budget. but it features one of the country's more popular young actresses. this could be the next run-away smash, a feat unheard of just a few years ago. >> now it's easier, the technology is there. even with simple telephone camera we can tell a story. two, people have recognized it. >> digital technology and social media have led to what industry watchers call the democratization of cinema. it's revitalized the local film industry and put viewers tired of big studio formula films back in cinema seats. more films are being produced than big studio features. it's been ten years since the
independent film festival. it started out as a small art project is now one of the most awaited cultural events in the philippines. more and more top celebrities are taking pay cuts just to get involved in the projects. the big studios are taking a deeper interest. >> we would like to believe that if this trend continues, it will reshape the way mainstream also looks at products. >> reporter: last november an independent film that nearly wasn't completed broke records earning as much as 2 million u.s. dollars in less than two weeks. but it's not about money for many filmmakers. >> we as filmmakers are gist story tellers. we want to get our story out. >> reporter: some of those stories will break the box office and they are calling it a successful mix of main street
abilities and independent film making. a quick reminder, you can keep up to date with all the news on our website, all the latest, the address www.aljazeera.com. that's www.aljazeera.com. >> these bricks did not the collapse in the storm. these bricks did not collapses in the flood? >> no. no. the narrative that these were katrinaed is false. >> i said click, click. i said, okay. i am getting in the truck. >> what was going through your mind when they said, hey, everybody: we are going to utah?