Scoop: VICE on HBO - Friday, August 18, 2017

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On the episode "Controlling the Narrative", airing FRIDAY, AUG. 18 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT), press freedom around the world has reached its lowest point in more than a decade, with many authoritarian governments imprisoning journalists in a fight to control their countries' narratives. One of the deadliest places to be a journalist is the Philippines, where the new president has openly threatened the media and silenced his critics. Correspondent Gianna Toboni heads to Manila to see the dangerous work of local journalists reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs. Back in the U.S., legendary journalist Carl Bernstein discusses the state of our own media and the importance of a free press in holding the powerful accountable.

"Power to Congo": The war in Congo is the deadliest since World War II, killing more than five million people. But throughout the conflict, a remarkable group of rangers has remained, fighting to protect Congo's gorillas and other wildlife and natural resources. In a stunning turnaround, these rangers are saving endangered species and Congo's bio-diverse forest, and even transforming the local economy, cutting off revenue streams to the various REBEL groups operating there. Correspondent Ben Anderson, who trained and patrolled with the rangers more than ten years ago, returns to see the remarkable progress they're making.

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VICE is executive produced by Bill Maher, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti and Josh Tyrangiel; co-executive producers, Tim Clancy and Jonah Kaplan; consulting producer, Fareed Zakaria.

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