euronews perspectives: London Olympics

As the British capital geared up to host the Olympics, European TV channels gave their views. Working for euronews I took a look at RAI 2 from Italy, France 2, TVE from Spain and Russian RTR, to see how they’ve been covering the games. Take a look and let me know what you think.


Syria: UN mission says ceasefire is ‘non-existent’

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Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have made a push on a number of fronts in the fight against pro-democracy rebels, activists say.

Amateur footage purports to show Syrian government helicopters being fired upon by rebels in Aleppo. There are also reports of a huge offensive by land and air in the nearby town of Khan Sheikhoun, as well sustained heavy shelling and gunfire in the rebel stronghold of Homs.

In the midst of what is reportedly one of the bloodiest weeks of the Syrian uprising, the head of the UN monitoring mission, Major General Robert Mood said that they must stay, although they admit that the ceasefire they were sent to police is non-existent:

“Now we are in the situation in which we have the contacts and knowledge, but we have no ceasefire.”

The head of the 300-strong UN monitoring mission says it should now be restructured, conducting targeted tasks aimed at supporting political dialogue, which foreign powers say is the only way out of the crisis.

Egypt: Islamist joy as Morsy is elected president

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Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square erupted in joy on hearing that Mohamed Morsy – a man once imprisoned under former dictator Hosni Mubarak – has become the first president of post-revolution Egypt.

Following a long delay for the results of last week’s vote, some had feared the military council – which has ruled the country for the last 16 months – might name ex-general Ahmed Shafik victorious, so Morsy’s dramatic victory came as a relief to them.

The official result was announced, exactly a week after the vote, by Farouk Sultan, Head of the Supreme Election Committee.

“Doctor Mohamed Mohamed Morsi Issa Iyadh has 13, 230,131 votes, representing 51.7 percent, and he is therefore named President of the Arab Republic of Egypt,” he said.

Some in the news conference reacted angrily on hearing the result, but there was joy in Tahrir Square where unrest was feared if the result had gone the other way.

Egypt’s generals recently curbed some of the powers of the presidency, meaning they retain control of the biggest army in the Middle East and Morsy will now have to work closely with them on the planned democratic constitution.

President Morsy has pledged to form an inclusive government to appeal to many Egyptians including the large Christian minority who were anxious over Islamist rule. He has also said that he will respect international treaties, notably that signed with Israel in 1979.

Prosecution calls for Breivik to be found insane

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The prosecution have called for Norwegian killer, Anders Behring Breivik to be considered insane, and committed to a mental institution.

If found sane the right-wing extremist, who killed 77 people in a bomb and gun attack last July, would face a maximum prison sentence of 21 years, although this can be extended if he is still considered a threat to society.

If he is found to be insane he faces indefinite detention in a secure ward at a high security prison.

Two psychiatric evaluations of the 33-year-old have reached contradictory conclusions; one that he is a psychotic paranoid schizophrenic, while a second said he suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder but was not psychotic, and could therefore be held criminally responsible.

If he is found insane Breivik has said he will appeal. He admits the killings but said he should not be found guilty as they were an act of self defence against those who promote Muslim immigration

3-2-1 blog français décollage!

Bonjour tout le monde! Voici mon blog en français… La majorité du contenu du site est en anglais bien sûr, mais j’ai decidé d’ecrire le blog aussi en français.

Récemment j’ai beaucoup travaillé en tant que journaliste sportif, c’est pour cela qu’il y a beaucoup sujets sur ce thème en ce moment. Mais d’ici quelque temps je devrais avoir plus de choses à vous montrer.

Je vais aussi utiliser ce blog pour écrire mes pensées ainsi que ma vie en tant que journaliste à Lyon et à Paris pour ceux qui veulent suivre mes progrès. C’est tout pour aujourd’hui, mais continuez de jeter un oeil sur mon site parce que d’autres choses sont à venir x

Denmark v Germany: How it happened

My Euro 2012 analysis of Germany’s 2 – 1 victory over Denmark. You can watch the video analysis on the euronews website here, or read below.

Germany secured their place in the final eight knocking out Denmark exactly 20 years after their surprise Euro 92 victory. Germany opened the scoring in the 19th minute, the move beginning with a throw-in which reached Müller in the box.

The midfielder then turned and cut the ball inside, where Gomez tried to shoot but missed the ball. However it was deflected and to the horror of the Danish landed straight at the feet of Lukas Podolski in front of goal. With a single strike Germany went up 1 – 0.

The Danes didn’t go down without a fight however, and just five minutes later from a corner, Michael Krohn-Dehli headed an equaliser.

The German’s waited until 10 minutes from full-time before answering this, Mesut Özil ran to the left of the Danish box and slid a cross but Klose who failed to get a foot to it. That didn’t matter however as Lars Bender was there to back him up and he smashed in his first international goal to see Germany safely through.

Shock finale in Group A: How it happened

My analysis of the last two group A games of Euro 2012 on June 16. A truly amazing turn of events. You can watch the video analysis for these games on the euronews website here, or read below.

In the match between Poland and Czech Republic neither side seemed to dominate or be likely to score, the game remaining goalless until 20 minutes from full time. In the 72nd minute the Czech Republic caught Poland on the break and found them extremely exposed at the back. Milan Baros dribbled the ball forward before passing across to Petr Jiracek just outside the box. With a quick turn he hit it past Polish keeper Przemyslaw Tyton, shattering Polish dreams and securing his team’s place in the final eight.

But the huge shock of the competition so far came from the other Group A match. Despite dominating possession, passing more accurately and having the vast majority of attempts on goal Russia simply failed to score. Greece were happy to soak up the pressure and try to catch Russia on the counter attack.

In the end the goal came following a throw-in in first half injury time. Veteran Greek Captain Giorgos Karagounis exploited a hole in the Russian defence sending a thundering strike to the back of the net, knocking out one of the favourites for the competition and sending Greece through.