CNN's Hong Kong bureau to lead WTO coverage

MUMBAI: News broadcaster CNN has announced that Hong Kong will serve as the centre of the network's in-depth, international coverage of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting from 13-18 December 2005. The Asian production hub is dedicating extensive resources and staff to cover the duration of the conference that has proved such a flashpoint in the past for anti globalisation protests.

CNN's on the ground presence includes senior Asia correspondent Mike Chinoy and correspondents Eunice Yoon and Mallika Kapur who are to report live across CNN International programming from sites including the roof of the Hong Kong Convention Centre and the surrounding streets where up to 20,000 protestors are expected to congregate.

Further coverage highlights include packages on the wider implications of the WTO decisions around the world, including individual reports from Jim Boulden and Alphonso van Marsh on how farmers in France and Mali respectively may be affected.

In addition, Mike Chinoy will analyse Hong Kong's security preparations, Eunice Yoon asks whether global trade can ever be truly fair while Seoul correspondent Sohn Jie-Ae hears from Korean farmers protesting against rice imports.

Reports air from today 7 December 2005 in shows like CNN Today and World News Asia which are both produced in Hong Kong.

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