The Listening Post

The Beirut blast probe: A tale of distrust and disinformation

Why has Lebanese discourse on the investigation into the Beirut blast become so polarised? And the Russian law branding journalists as foreign agents.

Accountability for the blast that destroyed Beirut’s port proves elusive in Lebanon and journalists are not helping.

Lara Bitar – Editor-in-Chief, The Public Source
Alia Ibrahim – Co-founder and CEO, Daraj
Jad Shahrour – Journalist and writer; Communications Officer, Samir Kassir Foundation

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Obituaries of former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell have been too kind.

‘Foreign agents’ and ‘undesirables’: Kremlin’s media labels

Authorities in Russia have been systematically clamping down on journalism with the help of so-called “patriotic” activists.

Vitaly Borodin  – Federal Security & Anti-Corruption Project
Roman Badanin – Founder & Former Editor-in-Chief, Proekt; John S. Knight Senior International Fellow, Stanford University
Lilia Yapparova – Special Correspondent, Meduza