Secrets and hacks: Reporting Russia’s role in the US election
On The Listening Post this week: While the world awaits President Donald Trump’s inauguration, reporting Russia’s role in the US election has turned political. Plus, the Indian PM’s monthly radio show.
Reporting Russia’s role in the US election
Just over a month since the US elections, media there are seeking closure on the question of Russia’s role in Donald Trump’s victory. But with layers of secrecy between intelligence agencies and politicians, and between journalists and anonymous sources, how are US citizens able to get the full picture?
Talking us through the story are: Marcy Wheeler, Independent journalist; Greg Miller, Washington Post reporter; Ben Norton, journalist and writer; and Kevin Ryan, director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
The Indian prime minister’s radio show
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly “Mann ki Baat”, or “Thoughts from My Heart”, radio broadcast is the first time an Indian prime minister has chosen to speak to the nation on a recurring basis in this way.
Talking us through the story are: Madhuker Upadhyay, consultant, All India Radio; Mark Tully, former New Delhi Bureau chief, BBC India; Shuma Raha, consulting editor, The Hoot; and Kingshuk Nag, Hyderabad resident editor, Times of India.