C4 series returns with Kashmir special

Channel 4’s international current affairs programme Unreported World returns for a seventh series next Thursday with a one-hour special on the conflict in Kashmir.

Reporter Sandra Jordan and producer Rodrigo Vazquez travelled to the region, whose ownership is disputed by India and Pakistan, to examine the lives of its civilian population caught between the Indian Army and pro-Pakistani militants.

According to Channel 4, Unreported World reveals that “while both governments talk of peace, very little has changed on the ground”.

The four-episode series, produced by Mentorn Oxford, also includes a report by Farai Sevenzo and producer Jeremy Jeffs on crime levels in South Africa, “where private security companies are taking the law into their own hands, and where many people think things were better under apartheid”.

The team visits Alexandra township to spend an evening with a private security company that began as a vigilante group set up to protect the local communities and now has about 70,000 paying members.

Juliana Ruhfus and producer Dollan Cannell report from Yemen, where the US-backed Government is fighting “a high stakes battle for Arab hearts and minds” in what is considered a recruiting ground for Al-Qaida.

In a situation that highlights the vulnerability of journalists working in the Middle East, Ruhfus and Cannell were in the Yemeni capital when a group called “the Yemeni branch of AlQaida” threatened to carry out strikes against Western targets in the country, as well as a major strike in the US.

Finally, Zaiba Malik – the journalist held by the Bangladeshi authorities while reporting for the programme last year – and cameraman/director Paul Kittel travel to Guyana to report on the wave of killings “in one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere”.

By Wale Azeez

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