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Naashon Zalk

Auckland, New Zealand
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About Naashon
Naashon Zalk is an award winning producer, director and cinematographer with over 20 years of media experience. He is currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. Naashon has worked in over 40 countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific and South-East Asia for broadcasters (Al Jazeera, TVNZ, ABC, NOS, RTL, ARD, CCTV, Food Network), development and non-profit organisations (UNAIDS, UNDP, World Bank, International IDEA, Fairtrade) and corporates (Vodafone, Siemens, Aon).

Naashon is also a highly experienced photojournalist and has shot for publications such as TIME, Newsweek, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, The Washington Post, New York Times, US Vogue and many others. He is also a highly proficient writer.

He was selected as a 2015 International Emmy Awards documentary category judge.
Afrikaans English
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West Africa’s Opioid Crisis

29 Aug 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
West Africa, particularly Nigeria, is facing a severe opioid crisis, with tramadol abuse causing significant societal and health issues. Despite being legally prescribed for pain relief, tramadol is being consumed in dangerously high doses for non-medical purposes. The drug is illicitly manufactured in India and smuggled into Nigeria, where it is widely accessible and cheap. The crisis is exacerbated by poor governance, corruption, and the exploitation of the poor by criminal networks. Efforts to combat the problem are hindered by widespread corruption and the essential medical use of tramadol for conditions like sickle cell anaemia. The article highlights the need for better education on the drug's negative effects and more effective international policing to target major manufacturers and smugglers.

In this exclusive two-part investigation, People and Power meets a community coming to terms with the horrors of the past and joins forces with a group of forensic investigators and human rights activists attempting to bring an alleged war criminal, Yusuf Abdi Ali, also known as Colonel Tukeh, to account.

People & Power investigates New Zealand's water pollution problem as regional elections gear up.

Investigating a major scandal that exposes the corrupt relationship between business and politics in South Africa.

New Zealand: Polluted Paradise

31 Aug 2017  |  www.aljazeera.com
New Zealand's reputation for pristine natural beauty is under scrutiny as campaign groups like Greenpeace raise alarms about the deteriorating quality and volume of the country's fresh water. Filmmaker Naashon Zalk's investigation highlights the environmental impact of New Zealand's profitable dairy industry and government-backed irrigation projects. Despite the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council withdrawing support for the Ruataniwha dam, the future of such schemes remains uncertain due to continued support from the government and the dairy industry.

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