The Listening Post

Facebook: Social media platform or news gatekeeper?

A look at the implications behind Facebook's alleged manipulation of its 'trending' news feature.

The Listening Post

Telegram, WhatsApp, Weibo: The future of news

We look at the growing popularity of news messaging applications and the effect on governments and journalism.


Yes, Ahmed Naji is a novelist

Why Egyptian novels are causing heart murmurs, eye tics and blood pressure problems.

by Marcia Lynx Qualey


Silencing dissenting voices in India

NGOs cry foul over alleged government intimidation with Greenpeace license cancellation the latest move.

The Listening Post

Turkish media on tenterhooks

A look at Erdogan's tightening grip on the press; plus, how Canada's oil and gas industry affects the media.


Cancelled play highlights UK counter-extremism debate

Critics cry foul as production exploring youth radicalisation mysteriously pulled after police visit.

Arts & Culture

When we spoke to Leila Alaoui on tackling taboos in art

Before her death, the French-Moroccan artist spoke to Al Jazeera about migration, racism and identity in her work.

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Managing the message: The Yangtze ship disaster

The Listening Post looks at the methods and the limitations of China's media disaster management.

The Listening Post

Beijing's media damage control

How China managed the message after the Yangtze ferry disaster; plus, a look at the face behind the news, the anchorman.

Science & Technology

Yemenis report lack of access to social media sites

Users across country say Twitter has been down since 10GMT, while others say they could not access Facebook and YouTube.


France's almost funny attempt to block the web

France's attempt to block 'jihadist' websites comes under heavy criticism - and some ridicule.

by Hisham Aidi


Censoring 'India's Daughter' is unconscionable

The government's banning overdrive has caused India more embarrassment than the film.

by Saurav Datta



It is the epitome of arrogance to think that secular values are worthy while others are not.

by Faisal Kutty

Science & Technology

Controlling the internet China style

While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.

Business & Economy

Zimbabwe on the big screen

Filmmakers overcome political and financial problems to tell their stories at Harare's 16th international film festival.