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Episode Guide
EPISODE 401
Airdate: January 11, 2005

• Overview
• TV and Web Credits
• Press

>>Transcript

OVERVIEW

Iraq, REPORTING THE WAR
Trying to cover the world's most dangerous place
Nick Hughes visits the chaotic streets of Baghdad for FRONTLINE/World to find out how journalists survive in a war in which they have become targets. He travels with men and women whose quest for the story not only requires body armor as a tool of the trade, but also can lead to sudden death. read more

Sudan, THE QUICK AND THE TERRIBLE
Investigating charges of genocide
FRONTLINE/World reporter Amy Costello travels dangerous back roads into Sudan's war-torn Darfur region to learn about the roots of what many consider to be an ongoing genocide. Costello takes a close-up look at the plight of the Darfuris and examines the consequences of continued civil war. read more

China, SILENCED
A reporter's nightmare
FRONTLINE/World reporter Serene Fang visits a remote Chinese province, Xinjiang, to investigate growing tensions between the government and the Muslim people known as the Uighurs. Her clandestine interview with a Uighur man turns into a reporter's nightmare when Chinese authorities arrest Fang and her source, confiscate her videotape, interrogate her for 24 hours, and take the Uighur man away to an unknown fate. In her story, Fang reveals the name of the man in an effort to bring attention to his plight. read more

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TV AND WEB CREDITS

REPORTING THE WAR

Producer: MARCELA GAVIRIA; Reporter and Camera: NICK HUGHES; Editor: JENNIFER BROOKS; Associate Producer: MARGARITA DRAGON, Assistant Editor: GRACE KLINE; Fixer: RANYA KADRI; Interns: MIRA MEGHDESSIAN, CHRISTINE ATRACH, ELIZABETH CASINELLI; Original Music: ASKOLD BUK AND MIRANDA HENTOFF; Archival Footage: ABC VIDEOSOURCE, APTN, ASHLEY GILBERTSON/AURORA, CNN IMAGESOURCE, CORBIS, GETTY IMAGES, ITN ARCHIVES; Special Thanks: ASHLEY GILBERTSON; Senior Producer: MARTIN SMITH; A RAINmedia production for FRONTLINE/World

THE QUICK AND THE TERRIBLE

Producer: CASSANDRA HERRMAN; Reporter: AMY COSTELLO; Senior Producer KEN DORNSTEIN; Editor: DAVID RITSHER; Camera: CASSANDRA HERRMAN; Music: ASSOCIATED PRODUCTION MUSIC, LLC; Archival Footage: CNN IMAGESOURCE U.S. SENATE PRODUCTION SERVICES; Produced in association with the UC BERKELEY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM

SILENCED

Producers: SERENE FANG, MONICA LAM; Reporter: SERENE FANG; Editor: DAVID RITSHER, MONICA LAM; Camera: MONICA LAM; Produced in association with the UC BERKELEY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM

FOR FRONTLINE/WORLD 401

Production Coordinator/Editor: DAVID RITSHER; Associate Producers: SACHI CUNNINGHAM, EMILIA PABLO, LEE WANG; Web Producer: ANGELA MORGENSTERN; Web Associate Producer: MEGHAN LASLOCKY; Web Editor: SARA MILES; Web Site Design: SUSAN HARRIS, FLUENT STUDIOS; KQED Interactive Director: TIM OLSON; KQED Vice President Interactive and Educational Services: RICHARD WINEFIELD; Outreach: JESSICA SMITH; Promotion: ERIN MARTIN KANE, CHRISTOPHER KELLY; Legal: ERIC BRASS, DAVID MOYCE; Satellite Photos: SPACE IMAGING; Theme Music: SUPREME BEINGS OF LEISURE: Online Editor: MICHAEL H. AMUNDSON; Sound Mix: JIM SULLIVAN; Post Production Supervisor: CHRIS FOURNELLE; Post Production Coordinator: CHETIN CHABUK; Series Design: JOHN MACGIBBON; FRONTLINE Coordinating Producer: ROBIN PARMELEE; FRONTLINE Production Manager: TIM MANGINI; FRONTLINE Series Manager: JIM BRACCIALE; FRONTLINE Series Editor KEN DORNSTEIN; Executive in charge for WGBH/FRONTLINE: SHARON TILLER; Series Editor: STEPHEN TALBOT; Executive Producer DAVID FANNING

WEB SITE 401 (Iraq, Sudan, China)

Senior Web Producer: ANGELA MORGENSTERN; Web Site Design: SUSAN HARRIS, FLUENT STUDIOS; Web Editor: SARA MILES; Copyeditor: JOAN SAUNDERS; Series Editor: STEPHEN TALBOT; Associate Producer: MEGHAN LASLOCKY; Web CONTRIBUTORS: KELLY WHALEN, DAVE JOHNS, MEGHAN LASLOCKY; LEE WANG; Web Promotion and Outreach: JESSICA SMITH; Special Thanks: AMANDA HIRSCH, SAM BAILEY, ELIZABETH BUCHANAN, KEN DORNSTEIN, DAVID RITSHER, SHARON TILLER, SUE ELLEN MCCANN, ROBIN PARMELEE, DAVID MOYCE, CAROL CICERONE, BRIAN UNDERWOOD

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PRESS REACTION

FRONTLINE/World: A Touch of Greatness

PBS Frontline's foreign-affairs offshoot opens its fourth season in three world trouble spots. Two of them - Iraq and the Darfur region of Sudan - are sadly familiar to everyone, but the third probably isn't. It's western China, where the native Uighurs, who are Muslims, are demanding autonomy and, says series editor Stephen Talbot, "China's worried that this is going to be their Chechnya."

--Paul Droesch, TV Guide.com

A Remarkable Job

FRONTLINE/World has done a remarkable job with the Darfur story. On television tonight--and in multimedia on the web. Check out this page in particular, with its powerful and informative summary of who's who. Bravo to reporter Amy Costello, and to all involved with this project.

--Passion of the Present

The Dangers of Reporting from the World's Trouble Spots

You know you're headed into a hot zone when your plane has to spiral down 8,000 feet in 30 seconds to avoid being rocketed. That's in the opening scene of tonight's FRONTLINE/World, a discomforting episode that reminds us of the dangers of reporting from the world's trouble spots....Tonight's FRONTLINE/World travels to three of the world's most dangerous places - Iraq, the Darfur region of Sudan, and Xinjiang province in China. Each is a nasty, nasty place to try to do your job if you report for a living. More than 60 reporters and media workers have been killed in Iraq and only a couple of hundred reporters (down from 2,000) remain to cover the war.

Correspondent Nick Hughes learns just how dangerous reporting in Iraq can be and how just getting back to the airport can be a tense ride dodging car bombs and gunfire...

In Sudan, Amy Costello travels with peacekeepers from the African Union and reports on a war that Secretary of State Colin Powell has termed "genocide." The conflict has killed 70,000 and made 2 million refugees.

And in China, reporter Serene Fang visits the western province of Xinjiang, home to 8 million Sufi Muslims, called Uighurs. China claims Uighur terrorists hope to turn the province into another Chechnya. Fang disguised herself as a tourist to get the story from one reluctant, terrified Uighur.

--Michael Storey, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

 

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