The Listening Post

Politics and polemics: What the coup in Niger tells us

A coup in Niger with Russia crouching on the sidelines and the airwaves. Plus the Indian journalist blowing the whistle on the state of the country’s media.

A military takeover in Niger as the Kremlin and Russian mercenaries lurk on the sidelines and the airwaves. But would Russia be any less exploitative than Niger’s old colonial masters?

Alexis Akwagyiram – Managing editor, Semafor Africa
Mathieu Oliver – Journalist, Jeune Afrique
Aanu Adeoye – West Africa correspondent, Financial Times
Delina Goxho – Security analyst

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