Jason McLure

Managing Editor/Host, Global Journalist

Jason McLure is the managing editor and host of Global Journalist. A New Hampshire native, he previously worked as a domestic correspondent for Reuters and as an Africa correspondent for Bloomberg News and Newsweek. His work has also appeared in The Economist, Legal Times, the Center for Public Integrity and the New York Times.

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With more than 30 million people spread across Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, they are a minority everywhere they live.

Now Kurdish groups are battling both the Islamic State  and forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad as well as Turkey, a key U.S. ally. 

On this edition of Global Journalist: a deeper look at the role of the Kurds in the swirling conflicts of the Middle East.

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In a special edition of Global Journalist, al-Jazeera's top executive Mostefa Souag addresses controversies that have shadowed the award-winning news network as it tries to grow its U.S. presence. Souag responds to questions about the network's independence from the Qatari government, perceptions of anti-Semitic and anti-American bias and its famous interviews with Osama bin Laden.

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As a co-host of NPR's flagship "All Things Considered," Audie Cornish's voice is heard by 12 million people everyday. On a special edition of Global Journalist, she takes us behind the scenes of one of the most influential radio shows in the U.S. and talks about the future of public radio.

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Greece's last two bailouts failed to rescue the country. This week, European leaders approved a new $95 billion package for the debt-stricken country. For Greeks, it means more tax hikes and cuts to pensions and other public spending–an option they soundly rejected in a nonbinding referendum in July. Still some argue that this bailout is different than the previous two – and that it may set the country on the path to recovery.

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For more than 20 months, the world watched as the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany hammered out a deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program. On this edition of Global Journalist, we take a look at the lessons learned in the global effort to halt the spread of nuclear weapons.

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Eritrea is sometimes described as "the North Korea of Africa." And it's a deserved title.

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You see them on the battlefields patrolling the front lines and risking their lives.

But they are not soldiers, at least not in the traditional sense. They’re war correspondents. These brave men and women travel to the most dangerous parts of the globe, all for the story.

For many journalists, covering one war is enough. But there’s a small group of reporters and photographers who have made it their career to jump from one war to another.

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We're covering two issues on this edition of Global Journalist.

First, Jason McLure interviews Saw Yan Naing (@yannaingsaw), a journalist from Myanmar. He's in the United States as part of the Alfred Friendly Fellowship Program, which creates partnerships between American media outlets and journalists from around the world.

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Venezuela is a country that should, by all accounts, be doing quite well. It’s one of the top oil-producing countries in the world.

But the South American nation also has one of the highest murder rates in the world, a government whose officials are accused of selling drugs, and millions living below the poverty line. Not only that, the country's economy is crumbling, and the government is notorious for clamping down on journalists who challenge it on these issues.

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You see the label on coffee, chocolate, t-shirts and even gold, “Fair Trade.” The extra dollars you pay for the products are meant to guarantee they’re produced ethically and sustainably. And that the farmers and workers who produced them are justly compensated. What began as a humble effort by a few churches and activists a half a century ago to help people in the developing world has grown into a multibillion dollar industry. But the movement has attracted critics, who say the label today is mostly marketing that benefits companies in Europe and the U.S.

Egypt in Crisis?

Jul 3, 2015
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It's been two years since the Egyptian military ousted democratically-elected president Mohammed Morsi, replacing him with Army Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Al-Sisi has promised stability but his time as president has been anything but peaceful. Violence still rages throughout parts of the country, and reporters are being thrown in jail simply for doing their job. On this edition of Global Journalist, we look at how the country has arrived at this point, and where it's going in the future.

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Journalists and bloggers in Bangladesh are finding themselves increasingly under fire. Last year, a group that calls itself “Defenders of Islam” published a “hit list” of more than 80 writers.

Then in the first six months of 2015, three of those named were hacked to death in separate knife attacks. The latest was in May, when four masked men attacked blogger Ananta Bijoy Das with machetes while he was heading to work.

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Every year, a handful of journalists from around the world are selected to be Alfred Friendly Fellows. These journalists are partnered with American news outlets in the hopes that they can learn and help spread U.S. news ideals, namely fair and accurate reporting.

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It's a startling number: according to Mexico's National Citizen Femicide Observatory, six women are killed every day in the country. Despite that alarming statistic, only 24 percent of those deaths are investigated, and only 1.6 percent of those cases lead to an arrest and sentencing from 2012 to 2013. On this episode of Global Journalist, we look at what's being called an "epidemic of violence."

Our guests this week:

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This summer, the United States Supreme Court will make a decision on whether to legalize same-sex marriage. But some countries in Latin America have already done that, with Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay being three that have made gay marriage legal. In this edition of Global Journalist, we look at gay rights in the region, and how some countries are actually going backwards in terms of gay rights.

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They come from impoverished and war-torn countries like Sudan or Syria, in hopes of a better life. But for some migrants, their journey ends in death on the Mediterranean. On this edition of Global Journalist, we look at why these people are making the trek in the first place, and if there are any solutions to the growing problem.

This week's guests:

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In the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprisingly wide election victory, Global Journalist examines whether Israel's politics have fundamentally shifted to the right on everything from security to the possibility of a Palestinian state.

Our guests this week:

A New Cuba?

May 7, 2015
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After more than 50 years of hostility and frozen ties with the United States, Cuba is preparing to open up to the world. In this edition of Global Journalist, we look at what it’s like reporting in the Communist country, and what the restoration of diplomatic relations means for Cuba's economy and people.

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Covering Syria

Apr 23, 2015
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  The four-year long civil war in Syria has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions to flee. But coverage of the conflict has waned, as other news stories have taken center stage. Global Journalist looks at how journalists are covering the war, and how it's affecting people on the ground.

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Ethiopia's parliamentary elections are set to be held May 24th, but there is little doubt the ruling party will win an overwhelming majority amidst a crackdown on independent media and political dissidents. This week on Global Journalist, we look at why and how the restrictions on the media in Africa's second-most populous country began, and speak with a journalist who spent more than a year in prison for reporting.

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North Korea has long been a forbidden land for journalists, human rights advocates, and pretty much anyone who publicly disagrees with the regime’s philosophies and practices. But there have been more and more cracks in the facade, and people are beginning to share their stories with the rest of the world.

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Two years after Pope Francis was selected to lead the Roman Catholic church, Global Journalist's Jason McLure sits down with three Catholic news agency journalists who to examine his popularity and how he interacts with the media.  

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Deported for a Tweet

Mar 27, 2015
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This week on Global Journalist, guest host Joshua Kranzberg takes you around the world for a series of stories on the challenges of journalism in a rapidly changing world.

*Mahir Zeynalov, an Azerbaijani columnist for Turkey's Today's Zaman newspaper, speaks with Global Journalist's Jason McLure about being deported from Turkey for his Twitter use.

Yemen on the Brink

Mar 19, 2015
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The small Arabian peninsula nation of Yemen has gone through a lot of turmoil in the past decade. One president was ousted in 2012 during the Arab Spring, in January a second was overthrown by the Houthis, an Iranian-backed militia. Meanwhile al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, perhaps the terror group's most deadly affiliate, has seized the opportunity to expand its presence in Yemen.

What is the future of this country, and what does it mean for the West if it becomes an Iranian ally or descends into Somalia-style chaos?

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After the recent attacks in Copenhagen and France involving terrorists targeting Jewish people, Global Journalist looks at whether this is indicative of a broad rise in anti-Semitism in the region.

We examine recent incidents in France, the Netherlands and Denmark and discuss the threat from Islamic extremists and far-right and far-left political groups.

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Our focus this week is on China and the restrictions it places on the media inside the country, and how it affects not only journalists but Internet users. From the Great Firewall to denying visas to critical foreign journalists, what is the future of freedom of expression in the world’s most populous country?

Ukraine Divided

Feb 26, 2015
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The advance of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine makes it more apparent than ever that the country is splitting up. With more than 5,000 people dead in the war, is there hope that a ceasefire can end the bloodshed?

Joining us to discuss the battle on the ground and over the airwaves are:

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Many people know Ecuador as the home of calm and picturesque sights, from the Galapagos Islands and lush Amazonian rain forest to soaring Andean peaks.

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We talk to Audie Cornish, recipient of a 2014 Missouri Honor Medal, about her work at NPR and the future of radio.

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The Guardian is a well known and highly respected newspaper that received a 2014 Missouri Honor Medal for services to journalism. We interviewed James Ball, special projects editor at The Guardian, about his newspaper's work and mission. We also spoke to Ball about his connection to Julian Assange and Edward Snowden; he's worked for Wikileaks and with the Guardian team that published the groundbreaking stories about the National Security Agency's mass surveillance program based on leaked documents from Edward Snowden.

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