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Alan Johnston, Bob Woodward

Journalists speak about freedom


From Our Own Correspondent


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In From Our Own Correspondent Elizabeth Blunt explains why radio continues to be a powerful force in Africa despite the competition from new media.

The BBC's former correspondent in Beijing, Stephen Jessel, considers whether information is still as tightly controlled in China as it was in the 1980s.

Kevin Connolly, who spent the final years of the Cold War reporting from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, examines how Russians learned to interpret the news despite state censorship.

And Sue Branford reflects on her experiences as a correspondent in South America during the military dictatorships of the 1970s.

'The Interview' with Alan Johnston


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One of the most prominent journalists of 2007 has been BBC reporter Alan Johnston.

He is acclaimed for his reporting from Gaza, but it was his kidnap by Palestinian gunmen earlier this year that unfortunately thrust him into the spotlight.

He has lived to tell the tale. What does he think helped him get through the ordeal?

'The Interview' with Bob Woodward


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Carrie Gracie talks to one of the world's leading journalists - Bob Woodward.

In 1972 he set out with his colleague Carl Bernstein to investigate what would become known as the Watergate scandal, which led to President Richard Nixon's resignation from office.

Since then he has chronicled the presidencies of George Bush Sr, Bill Clinton and, most recently, George W Bush, with extraordinary inside accounts of daily decision-making.

He describes his mission to uncover the truth and why he thinks he failed in the run up to the US-led invasion of Iraq by not questioning sufficiently the evidence of weapons of mass destruction.



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The BBC World Service is celebrating its 75th birthday on 19 December, but in today's rapidly changing media landscape what does the BBC World Service have to do to ensure its future?

What does it have to do in the next 75 years?

The Instant Guide


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A quick guide to BBC World Service.
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