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Cathy Packe | 15:32 UK time, Friday, 30 July 2010

This week supermodel Naomi Campbell is due to give evidence in the war crimes trial of the former Liberian president Charles Taylor in the Hague, an event which will no doubt attract plenty of media attention.

But the trial, which has so far lasted some three years, is already being widely reported in west Africa, thanks partly to a team of journalists specially trained by the World Service Trust.

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British supermodel Naomi Campbell will give evidence at the warcrimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor about a 'blood diamond' he allegedly gave her. Picture: Getty Images

This week, Rajan talks to one of them, Joseph Cheeseman, and to his mentor, the former BBC Home Affairs correspondent Jon Silverman, who has many years of experience reporting court cases here in the UK as well as a number of high-profile war crimes trials.

Joseph tells Rajan about the anger that the trial has caused among supporters of Charles Taylor and its role in the reconciliation process, and he and Jon discuss the challenges and potential pitfalls of court reporting.

Shhh... it's a World Service podcast

One of our listeners, Sadek in Algeria, got in touch this week to enquire why World Service podcasts often seem very quiet.

He was insistent that the problem doesn't lie with his mp3 player, so we got in touch with Gareth Davis from the Digital Delivery department who make the podcasts available. He agrees that the podcasts are quiet, and he explains why, as you can hear in this week's programme.

Together in Olympic Dreams

Rajan also talks to Matthew Pinsent, the British rower who has won four Olympic gold medals.

He was at the Olympic Stadium here in east London this week, to mark the fact that the London Olympic Games begin in exactly two years' time. 

Rajan talks to him about the World Olympic Dreams project, which will be following the progress of 26 Olympic hopefuls from around the world. 

But the scheme will also mean that those of us who have no hope at all of qualifying for the Olympics can still get tips on how to improve on our own sporting performance through the interactive schemes that are part of the project - as you can hear on Over To You this week. .

Cathy Packe is the Producer, Over To You

Over To You is your chance to have your say about the BBC World Service and its programmes. It airs at 00:40, 03:40 and 12:40 every Sunday (GMT).

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