As journalists around the world face challenges in the line of duty, this edition of Update-1 examines the state of press freedom in Africa. NPC Broadcast Podcast Committee member Lincoln Smith interviews African journalist Oral Ofori, an award-winning Ghanaian-American digital media producer, blogger, freelance journalist, entrepreneur, and writer, based at the Ghana Embassy in D.C. Ofori, the founder of the U.S.-based communication consultancy The African Dream, highlights his journalism career and discusses which countries in Africa have the highest and lowest levels of press freedom. He also spotlights changes that have occurred over time in both print and broadcast media in Ghana and Africa.
What motivates Russian President Vladimir Putin? In this edition of Update-1, Broadcast Podcast team member Lincoln Smith discusses Putin and the Russian people with David Satter, a former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times and a former special correspondent on Soviet affairs for The Wall Street Journal. They talk about the challenges of reading Putin's mind and whether he's an enemy or a friend to the Russian people. Satter offers his thoughts on why Russia invaded Ukraine and Putin's long-term goals. He also talks about Russia having a history of underestimating enemies, with the Ukraine resistance being no exception. .