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S2 E3: War on Truth

War On Truth

Facebook and other social media giants are being manipulated by governments and corporations, weakening democracies.

No country epitomises the consequences of this battle more so than the Philippines.

And no individual personifies the struggle against it more so than Maria Ressa.

Maria is the editor of Rappler, a digital news outlet that flourished under Facebook, and she now says is being crushed by it as the government uses it to shut down its critics.

She runs what she calls the "shark tank", one of the largest independent databases of Facebook accounts and comments that is tracking 15 million accounts propagating disinformation on social media and that are used to control debate globally.

While she lobbies for social media giants to become more accountable abroad, she is facing legal battles at home, with her government trying to jail her, shut her outlet down and silence dissent.

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Sudan Drones

Two young inventors in Sudan pursue tech innovation to combat desertification amidst sanctions, war and destruction.

The Reluctant Vigilante

The leader of a controversial vigilante group fights for legitimacy in a crime-riddled South African community. But at what cost?

  • 2019-11-20T05:00:00-08:00
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When Time Stopped at Sea

It's been a year since Jamal's youngest son vanished without a trace.

Equipped with the skills he gained from Saddam Hussein's secret service, Jamal must reconstruct his son's last known steps taken during the height of the refugee crisis.

The search takes Jamal from Turkey to Greece but key information is shrouded in bureaucracy and ambiguity. And now the clock is ticking with an offer of relocation for the rest of his family to Europe.

Will Jamal's search for his son, Bakeer, get him the answers that can help his family to move forward?

Mind Over Battle

Since the age of 12, Javier Chavez's life in Los Angeles has been filled with gangs, guns and drugs. But after years of close encounters with death, and serving time in prison, he decided to turn his life around.

Today, Javier helps others cope with the challenges of life outside gangs and prison. He's a counselor at Homeboy Industries, an organization that helps over 10,000 former gang members from across Los Angeles each year. 

But as he counsels former gang members, Javier is constantly wrestling with his own demons - his dark past which won't let him go.

India's Female Cops

Hundreds of women's police stations have been set up across India to combat domestic abuse and sexual violence, following the Delhi rape case in December 2012. 

Parmila Dalal is second-in-command at the women's police station in Sonipat, in the northern state of Haryana. Every day she has to deal with the cases the public bring to her. 

Peru Mighty Inca Woman

A single-mother strives to become one of the few women porters on the Inca Trail so as to offer her daughter a safe life away from violence.

  • 2019-12-10T19:00:00-08:00
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War On Truth

Facebook and other social media giants are being manipulated by governments and corporations, weakening democracies.

No country epitomises the consequences of this battle more so than the Philippines.

And no individual personifies the struggle against it more so than Maria Ressa.

Maria is the editor of Rappler, a digital news outlet that flourished under Facebook, and she now says is being crushed by it as the government uses it to shut down its critics.