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Rajan Datar | 16:03 UK time, Friday, 15 July 2011

On this week's Over To You we look into the wider media world and focus on the continuing coverage on the drought in the Horn of Africa.

As the worst drought in 20 years hits the region we look at how and when it became a major news story.

We explore the relationship between aid organisations, such as Oxfam and the DEC, and the media; how do they interact and how does this relationship influence the news?

We discussed this issue with Solomon Mugera, BBC Editor Africa Region.

Some listeners may remember Solomon joined us recently to discuss South Sudan's independence and we couldn't pass up this opportunity to get him back on the show.

Ian Bray, senior press officer for Emergencies and Disasters at Oxfam also joined us to explain a bit more about how aid organisations use the media.

They considered the challenges created by this particular disaster and a more general sense of how charities and news organisations work together.

The Over To You mailbag had plenty of variety this week.

You may remember that Sue Ellis joined us last month to discuss the Reith Lectures with Aung San Suu Kyi.

After the first lecture was aired, the Burmese government banned any political activity including further statements by Ms Suu Kyi's party.

Now we don't know that the statement and the ban are linked, but Sergio Joaquim Dique from Mozambique wrote in expressing his concerns about the implications of for her safety that her participation in the lecture has created.

We put his question to Sue Ellis, Chair of the Reith Lectures and asked how does the BBC assess the risk for participants in programmes.

Michelle Vigar, who hails from Cyprus, isn't happy with how the BBC covered Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Canada, in particular how the BBC chose to discuss Kate Middleton's appearance and role.

And finally Carla Sutherland contacted us in with concerns about the BBC's coverage of the Women's Football World Cup.

We've got good news regarding the BBC's ongoing coverage, and hopefully will assuage Carla's concerns.

That's all we've got space for this week, and as always please keep your comments coming.

Rajan Datar is the presenter of Over To You.

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