The Listening Post

Iran’s new president: What’s next for the country’s media?

President-elect Ebrahim Raisi’s track record is largely off limits for discussion among Iranians. Plus, the Cuban rappers demanding freedom of expression.

Iran’s new president-elect is heading into the job carrying some baggage from the past that neither he nor the country’s state-friendly news outlets care to talk about.


Mahsa Alimardani – Iran researcher, Article 19; researcher, Oxford Internet Institute

Ghanbar Naderi – Iranian affairs analyst

Pardis Shafafi – Anthropologist and researcher, ERC Off-Site Project

Arash Azizi – Author of Shadow Commander

On our radar

Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Meenakshi Ravi about the targeting of female social media influencers in Egypt as two more women are jailed for their TikTok videos.

The struggle for freedom of expression in post-Castro Cuba

From protests to viral videos, Cuban activists test the limits of dissent as they demand greater cultural freedoms.


Amaury Pacheco – Poet and activist, Movimiento San Isidro

Fernando Ravsberg – Journalist; former correspondent, BBC

Fernando Rojas – Cuban Deputy Minister of Culture

Marta Maria Ramirez – Independent journalist