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Melissa Chemam

Journalist, reporter working for radio, TV, digital media and print magazines. 
Between France, the UK and Africa.
Writer and podcast producer.

Currently with RFI English.

Since 2006, I've worked with France24, AFP, BBC World Service, Deutsche Welle, Reuters, Think Africa Press, TV5, Le Figaro, RFI / RFI English, France Culture (Radio France), Vox Africa, Al Qarra, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, etc. 
I joined the BBC World Service in 2009 to work in the Africa hub in London then became a freelance correspondent in Nairobi in 2010.  

I cover international & humanitarian news, as well as cultural events.

Travel-lover, passionate about Africa, Europe, literature, music, arts, I was born in Paris, and later lived in the Prague, Miami, London and in Africa: in Kenya and CAR, countries where I was a news correspondent.
I've also been reporting in Haiti, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Algeria, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Liberia. 
I travelled further to India, Italy, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Mexico, Austria, Germany, Spain, etc. 

I work mainly from Paris, and travel regularly Bristol, London, Marseille, and Africa.

I cover different issues: migration issues, the refugee crisis, European suburban cultures, interactions between culture and politics, Africa/Europe relations, African politics, environment, healthcare, human rights.
I'm also writing my first book and developing documentary projects, mainly in France, the UK, Central and Eastern Africa, Turkey and nearby.

I'm also the author of "Out Of The Comfort Zone", a book on the story of Massive Attack and Bristol's art and music scene, including relations with other local artists Banksy, Tricky, etc. (2019)

In 2020-21, during the Covid-19 lockdown I co-produced and co-presented a podcast: 

I work both in French and English.


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Paris attacks Saturday November 14, 2015 France is in shock and today begins three days of official mourning. Melissa Chemam is a freelance journalist based in Paris. She gave us an overview of the situation Paris awoke to after a night of atrocity.


CBC - Day 6 special coverage: Paris attacks France is on a high security alert after a multiple shooting at the headquarters for a French satirical newspaper in Paris today. French President Hollande calls it a "terrorist attack." Twelve people are dead, including the editor and cartoonist, and 2 police officers. Freelance Reporter Melissa Chemam joined us from Paris to tell us more.


Bristol European Green Capital 2015 series part 1/ 3 By Melissa Chemam The British city of Bristol has been named the European Green Capital 2015. In the first of a three-part series, RFI reports on the city's green credentials.


Report on Nigerians in the UK: A look on the coming election by Melissa Chemam in Bristol, England, UK Listen here: Nigerian community is wide and vibrant.


Les Matins - Charlie Hebdo : la France face au terrorisme ? (01/09/2015)


Published on 16 May 2014 More than 75 percent of the Central African Republic's working population relies on agriculture, but years of conflict and instability have stifled economic growth, as well as reduced crop and livestock production. FAO has launched a major operation to distribute seeds and tools in the country, where some 1.6 million people are in urgent need of food. The pictures in this slideshow are courtesy of Melissa Chemam and the WFP.


Sudan: Interview with Dr Mariam Alsadig Almahdi Melissa Chemam from Al Qarra TV interviews the Sudanese leader and opposition member of the Umma National Party Dr Mariam Alsadig Almahdi- also an advocate for human rights, democracy and women's rights (24.11.2012)


THE CURRENT | Jan 9, 2015 | 21:41 Media split on publishing Charlie Hebdo Prophet Muhammad cartoons - Jan 9, 2015 An update from reporter Melissa Chemam on the hostage crisis in Paris. Plus, in the aftermath of Wednesday's attack, journalists are divided on whether re-publishing Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in solidarity is essential or offensive.


Interview with Thierry Vircoulon, researcher for the International Crisis Group (2012) DRC: Negotiations open with the M23

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Tipaza, near Algiers, in Algeria, November 2013: Looking for Albert Camus' heritage in North Africa, on the centenary of his birth.

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Women's march from Taksim to Galata, Beyoglu, Istanbul. March 8th, 2015 "We want the streets and the nights", they claimed!

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The U.N. Security Council was sending a delegation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Melissa Chemam spoke to Africa Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch, Annecke Van Wounderberg, for RFI English.


Melissa Chemam on Niger military coup (2009) on the BBC World News.

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