Global Journalist

Thursdays 6:30pm-7:00pm

Global Journalist is a half-hour weekly discussion of international news by a panel of journalists from around the world. Hosted by Jason McLure, Global Journalist airs at 6:30 P.M. on KBIA.

Check out the video and more at the Global Journalist website.

The Taliban’s attack on a 14 year old human rights campaigner in Pakistan has drawn condemnation from within the country and throughout the world.

There is nothing unusual about political fights over public school curricula and the content of textbooks. The textbooks can influence how people think about history and social issues, sometimes for decades or more. So, the battles take place around the United States,  and they take place around the world.

Anonymous / AP Images

Hundreds of Iranian men took to the streets of Tehran on Wednesday to demonstrate their anger over Iran’s collapsing currency and deteriorating economic conditions. The chanting protesters marched to a major market area, where riot police had attacked suspected black-market currency traders.

Greg Baker / AP Photo

Kenyans that want to hear the latest international news can listen to the BBC, the Voice of America, or Al-Jazeera. Africans can also tune in China Radio International, which is gaining ground in the crowded market.

William Fernando Martinez / AP Images

Peace talks between Colombia’s government and the country’s most powerful rebel group are scheduled to take place in October at a neutral site: Norway’s capital, Oslo.

AP Photo/Kyodo News

There’s a new twist to an epic territorial dispute between Japan and China.

Anupam Nath / AP Images

India’s northeast state of Assam is suffering through its worst communal violence in more than a decade.

Jonathan Alpeyrie

The trick to a war photographer’s success is being in the right place at the right time -- and, of course, not getting wounded, captured or killed. 

When you think about enemies of free speech in Asia, North Korea comes to mind as the biggest villain. 

South Korea, on the other hand, has a robust democracy and a thriving economy. It’s perhaps the most wired country in the world, with the highest number of broadband connections per capita and an internet penetration approaching 90 percent.

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Blogs and microblogs are the primary sources of independent news in China. 

Alexandre Meneghini / AP Images

A new president is about to take power in Mexico amid a raging drug war. The biggest question facing Enrique Pena Nieto is this: what will the federal government do to curtail the gangland violence?

Global Journalist was joined by four mid-career journalists from four vastly different countries: Kenya, Pakistan, Malaysia and South Africa.

In June, Global Journalist producer and MU graduate student David Cawthon traveled to Seoul where media professionals gave a glimpse of it’s like to report within the shrouded borders of North Korea. He joined Global Journalist to discuss what journalists revealed about one of the world’s most secretive nations.

Amr Nabil / AP Images

Egypt is an ancient civilization with a newborn democracy.  So, after revolutionaries toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak, growing pains were expected. The top generals have been ruling the country for six decades, and they weren’t about to give up power without a fight. 

Mark Baker / AP Images

The most popular website in Malaysia is an enigma – an online newspaper that’s thriving in a country where freedom of the press has always been suffocated.


The month of June was Ukraine’s time to shine.  The former Soviet satellite is co-hosting the European soccer championships. The event is bigger than the Super Bowl, more comparable to the Olympics. 

When do security concerns trump free speech? When should whistleblowers be sent to jail, along with the journalists who report on their leaks?

David Longstreath / AP Images

This week's Global Journalist panelists used vastly different methods to fight a modern version of slavery: the global sex trade.

How do documentary film directors avoid censorship in countries like Egypt and China?

Photo courtesy of the Umuzi Photo Club

In poor areas of South Africa, trainers from a small organization called the Umuzi Photo Club give disposable cameras to high school students and teach them basic photography.

Khalil Hamra / AP Images

Advocacy groups call it the silencing crime:  sexual violence against journalists. 

Burhan Ozbilici / AP Images

Turkey stands at the world’s crossroads, both geographically and culturally. The country straddles the continents of Europe and Asia and is a contentious candidate for European Union membership.

Amr Nabil / AP Images

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. The annual celebration began with a proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. 

Richard Wainwright / AP Images

The dramatically swift democratic reform in Myanmar has been the geopolitical surprise of the past year. The new government -- headed by former military Thein Sein -- freed thousands of political prisoners and signed truces with rebel groups. 

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, had the media’s support when he was elected five years ago, promising a citizen’s revolution that would take advantage of the country’s natural resources to lift people out of poverty.

Photo courtesy of Pete Muller

More than a year has passed since South Sudan voted to secede from Sudan and become an independent country. But after months of escalating tension, the two Sudans are once again on the brink of an all-out war. 

Pakistan is the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist.

When two high-speed trains collided on a bridge in southwestern China, the first report from the scene came from a victim, one minute later.  Her Twitter-style post ended with a dramatic cry for help.

Diplomatic distress over Iran’s nuclear program is reaching a fever pitch.

Documentary filmmakers, like journalists, seek to capture true stories in their work.