The Current

The Current for Jan. 1, 2021

Amnesty International Canada's Ketty Nivyabandi on how the pandemic exacerbated human rights abuses around the world; the biggest U.S. political stories of 2020; and we check in with Paul Salopek, whose feet-on-the-ground trip around the world has been paused because of the pandemic.
CBC News senior reporter Catherine Cullen guest hosts Friday's edition of The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current with guest host Catherine Cullen:

Amnesty International Canada's new secretary general Ketty Nivyabandi discusses how the pandemic only exacerbated inequalities and human rights abuses around the world.

Loujain Alhathloul, a women's activist who was sentenced by Saudia Arabia's anti-terrorism court to nearly six years in prison, has been targeted and punished for speaking out about human rights abuses in that country, her brother Walid Alhathloul says.

Taiwan-based freelance journalist William Yang discusses the arrest of Zhang Zhan, who posted interviews online of residents of Wuhan, China about the COVID-19 pandemic. He says China's government is trying to control the narrative around its pandemic response, and several journalists have been prosecuted as a result.

In case you didn't hear earlier, there was an election in the U.S. We check in with the CBC's Susan Ormiston, Lyndsay Duncombe and Paul Hunter on the biggest U.S. stories — election or otherwise — of 2020.

Finally, we check in with journalist Paul Salopek about his epic, around-the-world on-foot journey. The pandemic has put a pause on the trip, and he says it's also changed the way he thinks about it. We last spoke to Salopek in April. Today Catherine Cullen reaches him in Myanmar.