From Channel 4 News, an in-depth look at the news stories you need to know about; how the past shapes the present and what might lie ahead for us all.
Gender violence in Pakistan: women fighting back
Pakistan is in the midst of what some are calling a ‘gender violence epidemic.’
Hundreds if not thousands of women are murdered, kidnapped and assaulted each year. And conviction rates are extremely low.
But Pakistani women are demanding action to address the vast scale of violence.
Our reporter Fatima Manji went to the country’s capital Islamabad to meet the female police officers on a mission to transform policing for women.
And a warning this episode contains descriptions of violence, including sexual violence that some may find upsetting.
Produced by: Holly Snelling
Nato goes Nordic: why Finland and Sweden want to join
Finland’s Parliament has overwhelmingly endorsed joining Nato, while Sweden’s ruling party has broken with 200 years of neutrality to follow their Nordic neighbours in jumping on the alliance bandwagon.
The Ukraine War has forced this profound geopolitical moment - but why are the Finns more keen on the move than the Swedes?
In today’s podcast, we travel to Helsinki.
Is CCTV putting innocent people behind bars
In April 2015, a victim was stabbed 13 times in a park in Leicester town centre.
The case was solved with the help of CCTV, but that’s not the end of the story.
The parents of the man convicted for the crime insist this was a case of mistaken identity. They also believe racial bias caused their son’s misidentification on CCTV.
Forensic experts have also raised serious concerns about the quality of CCTV analysis in the criminal justice system as a whole.
In today’s episode we speak to Channel 4 News producer, Zahra Warsame, about how she learnt about the case, how CCTV evidence is used in the criminal justice system and why it could be contributing to innocent people being put behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit.
Producer: Freya Pickford
Northern Ireland: stalemate, borders and centrist politics
For the first time in 101 years, a nationalist party is in the majority in Northern Ireland. Sinn Féin said the country was entering a “new era” as they overtook the DUP.
It’s a seismic moment in Northern Irish history.
Today, our policy correspondent Paul McNamara looks into how we got here - how Brexit and the Northern Ireland protocol has divided unionists, and how yet further stalemate is perhaps why many people are tired of the old nationalist/unionist labels and just want centrist politics that gives them a functioning government.
Producer: Rachel Evans
Does the Ukraine war mean the EU needs an army?
The European Union has had many different names but it’s always had one goal: a united, peaceful Europe.
That has usually meant closer political and economic ties.
But for some it has also meant getting closer on defence and security and for some that in turn has meant the creation, one day, of a united European army.
So has the war in Ukraine shifted the dial towards a European army?
In today’s episode with Elisabeth Braw, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute think tank, talks us through the history as well as the pros and cons of any future united army for the EU.
Sources: EuroNews, France 24, Newsnight, Sky News
Produced by: Joe Lord-Jones
The dirty truth behind Britain’s air pollution problem
Just how polluted is the air we breathe in the UK? Other than the smog we can see it’s sometimes impossible to visualise what some call the ‘invisible killer’.
Channel 4 News was shown new modelling which suggests the majority of UK households are in areas which break the World Health Organization's own guidelines on dangerous air pollution levels.
In today’s episode, we speak to reporter Keme Nzerem who originally broke this story, about the politics of air pollution, why it’s damaging to our health and its links with poverty.
Producer: Freya Pickford