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Bruno Giussani

European Director, TED


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Which relevant/important events currently unfolding around the world are being ignored by the media? Why are they relevant?

Open a newspaper or watch a newscast, and along with a couple of important news (say, Egypt and Tunisia) and a couple of surprising and insightful stories, you will read or hear a lot of irrelevant stuff. Yet world-changing and life-altering events are happening all the time around the world - just not where the media are focusing their lenses (I'm not suggesting active censorship here - just a structural problem in the way "news" is identified, selected and distributed). What are the events currently unfolding, anywhere in the world, of any kind, that are 1) underreported 2) regionally or globally truly relevant 3) may have a broad impact and 4) people should know about?


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    Feb 20 2011: A good place to start might be the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (http://pulitzercenter.org/), which funds experienced journalists to cover under-reported stories worldwide. Right now they're highlighting a few stories on the situation in Sudan, where a momentous secession process has just taken place peacefully and democratically to form the first new country in Africa in decades, while the war in Darfur is quietly re-igniting (quietly, that is, as far as the rest of the world is concerned). They're also looking at the guerrilla war that's ramping up again in Russia's Caucasus Mountains, Malaysian forest destruction for palm oil production, the brutal war waged by the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, Haiti after the quake, and much more.

    As a former editor for OneWorld.net (full disclosure), I would be remiss if I didn't also mention that OneWorld continues to cover the global human rights and development stories others are ignoring. On the news page today, for example, are stories about Zimbabwe (Robert Mugabe turns 87 this week!), the notorious exploits of the Japanese Whaling Fleet in the South Pacific, and the murder of an indigenous leader in Brazil. More here: http://oneworldgroup.org/headlines

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