Friday 7 March 2014 Eye witness
Yesterday, we posted this picture but decided to censor the nipple to make sure we didn't violate any of Facebook's standards. But as several people commented under the picture, it is a strange paradox that it seems OK to show a photograph of violence against a woman, but not to let people see her chosen means of protest (toplessness.)
Monday 3 March 2014 Eye witness
"When you’re a correspondent in Russia, you get used to long waits and rigorous security checks ahead of official news conferences," writes AFP Moscow correspondent Germain Moyon. "But the scheduled appearance of Viktor Yakunovych took things to a new level."
Monday 24 February 2014 Eye witness
Just a few days ago, it seemed as though Ukraine's political crisis might be edging towards a peaceful resolution. Then everything fell apart.
Max Delany is AFP’s Caucasus correspondent, based in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is in Kiev covering the country's crisis and writes here about a historic week in Ukraine's capital. (AFP Photo/Yuriy Dyachyshyn)
Friday 14 February 2014 Eye witness
AFP Tokyo videojournalist Antoine Bouthier was recently given an assignment: Produce a story on Japan’s booming “Love Hotels” – the popular but rarely filmed establishments where couples can rent a room for just a couple of hours.
Wednesday 12 February 2014 Eye witness
AFP Moscow correspondent Stuart Williams looks back on the months of protest that have transformed Kiev, a city that he loves. (AFP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
Sunday 9 February 2014 Eye witness
Giff Johnson edits the Marshall Islands Journal newspaper and is a regular contributor to AFP. As a longtime resident of the remote Marshall Islands, he's covered many remarkable stories of ocean castaways.
Here's his account of the story behind the latest such tale, that of a fisherman who claims to have survived 13 months on the seas.
Sunday 9 February 2014 Eye witness
Mel Gunasekera became AFP's first full-time woman correspondent in Colombo when she joined in January 2007. She had covered Sri Lanka's Tamil separatist war and its bloody finale in 2009 and was widely respected across the country. On February 2, she was murdered at her Colombo home after confronting a burglar.
Her former colleague, AFP bureau chief Amal Jayasinghe, pays tribute.
Friday 7 February 2014 Eye witness
“My name is Manuel Rubén Abimael Guzman Reynoso.” Spoken in a frail voice, these are the only eight words to leave the mouth of the former leader of the Shining Path guerrilla group, responsible for some of Peru’s darkest moments.
Luis Jaime Cisneros, currently AFP's correspondant in Lima, was a young journalist during the height of the conflict between the Shining Path and the Peruvian security forces. On January 20, he attended a new trial for the man many in Peru blame for the country's darkest hours. (AFP Photo /Hector Mata)
Wednesday 5 February 2014 Eye witness
AFP correspondent Sebastian Smith wraps up his yearlong trip aboard his boat the “Moon River”.
Wednesday 29 January 2014 Eye witness
What do Tokyo, Las Vegas, Hangzhou and Tegucigalpa have in common?
All boast a replica – more or less true to the original – of the Eiffel Tower, Paris's landmark building that has long been a symbol of the city and of France itself. AFP's Roland de Courson looks at some of the more famous -- and more quirky -- faux-Eiffels. (AFP Photo)
Friday 24 January 2014 Eye witness
The Tropicale Amissa Bongo is the biggest cycling race in Africa on the UCI tour, taking place in Gabon and swooping through villages and equatorial rain forest. Patrick Fort, a sports journalists and former director of AFP's Libreville bureau, followed this year's race, which was won for the first time by an African. (AFP Photo / Serge Rogers)
Wednesday 22 January 2014 Eye witness
As AFP correspondent Sebastian Smith nears the end of his yearlong trip aboard his boat the “Moon River”, he arrives in the Gambia - a country essentially consisting of a large river… yet without a single bridge. (Adele Smith photo)
Tuesday 21 January 2014 Eye witness
AFP's Sydney-based journalist Madeleine Coorey delves into Australia's evolving respect for its Aboriginal people, and looks into some of the taboos around reporting from sacred sites. (AFP Photo / Greg Wood)
Tuesday 14 January 2014 Eye witness
"I love Central Africa. I delight in telling foreign soldiers and journalist who have only known the country in chaos that I knew it before. I was naive to have thought that these terrible things could ever happen here," writes AFP correspondent Xavier Bourgois, who recently returned from a three-week assignment to the Central African Republic.
(AFP Photo/Miguel Medina)
Friday 10 January 2014 Eye witness
Determining whether stories about North Korea are true or false means delving into a very wide, grey area where the genuinely surreal mixes confusingly with the patently absurd, writes journalist Jung Ha-Won from AFP's Seoul bureau.
(Photo: AFP / KCNA via KNS)
Monday 6 January 2014 Eye witness
AFP correspondent Sebastian Smith and his family are on a yearlong trip aboard their boat the “Moon River” to investigate the many mysteries of the Sargasso Sea in the Atlantic Ocean. In this, his seventh installment, Smith visits the backwaters of the Casamance river system in Senegal, where a day's catch causes a few unforeseen problems.
(Sebastian Smith photo)
Friday 20 December 2013 Eye witness
A tribute to Iraqi journalist Muhanad Mohammed, who was killed on December 19 during a suicide attack in Baghdad. Written by his friend Ammar Karim of the AFP's Baghdad bureau.
Thursday 19 December 2013 Eye witness
"After 10 years with AFP reporting and editing news in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, I was exhausted by the unrelenting violence, cycles of pessimism and religious hatred," says AFP correspondent Jennie Matthew. Moving to the New York bureau, in other words, was a welcome change. But it was also a culture shock.
Wednesday 18 December 2013 Eye witness
Hamida Ben Salah in November retired from her post as bureau chief in Tunis. This is her farewell text to the agency, for which she worked for 20 years and covered major news including the 2011 Tunisian revolution. She this year won the Akademia prize, Tunisia's recognition of journalistic excellence. (AFP Photo / Fethi Belaid)
Monday 16 December 2013 Eye witness
With kidnappings and targeted killings a tragic reality, it has become almost impossible for journalists to work on their own in Syria. So instead of writing dispatches from the ground, reporters are looking for alternatives. Serene Assir, an AFP correspondent in Beirut, describes how the Internet plays a key role in covering this conflict that is all but off-limits for non-local journalists.