The State We're In, 28 April 2012. A Swedish filmmaker on facing down a multinational corporation which wanted to silence him, a Libyan journalist who was tortured for telling the truth, and two Ghanaian women who have a lot of fun talking about sex on their blog. The 3rd of May is World Press Freedom Day 2012.
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Fredrik Gertten was about to show a film about exploited banana workers at the LA Film Festival when he got a letter from Dole Fruit.
They were threatening him with a lawsuit. Then came the scare tactics, PR spin, and nearly two years of legal wrangling as they tried to snuff out his film.
Fredrik tells host Jonathan Groubert how he stuck to his guns despite the legal and financial pressures, and what happened once he got his day in court.
More: Big Boys Gone Bananas*
The picture that changed my life - listen in new player
When Libyan blogger and journalist 'Mohamed' posted a picture about Gaddafi’s troops coming into Benghazi on his Facebook page in 2011, he just wanted to show the world what was going on in Libya. But it got him in big trouble. 'Mohamed' tells Jonathan what happened after he posted that picture.
'Mohamed' returns to his family after enduring repeated beatings and sexual assaults in prison. A few months after his release, he started to feel sick. He explains to Jonathan why he can never tell his story to his family, his followers.
Ghana girl talk - listen in new player
Malaka Grant and Nana Darkoa are both Ghanaian, and neither was told much about sex while growing up.
So they started their own blog: Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women.
And they’re having great time breaking taboos and helping other African women.