The Listening Post

India: Smothering critique amid second COVID wave

Pain and anger have swamped India’s social media and the government is trying to suppress negative posts. Plus, Paul Rusesabagina – a Rwandan hero or traitor?

While India’s healthcare system lies in total collapse, the government is leaning on social media companies to protect its own image.


Vineet Kumar – Author and media scholar

Pratik Sinha – Co-founder, Alt News

Pragya Tiwari – Political and cultural commentator

Sangeeta Mahapatra – German Institute for Global and Area Studies

On our radar

Having imprisoned leading opposition figure Alexey Navalny, Russian authorities are now looking to put his entire organisation out of business. Producer Johanna Hoes tells Richard Gizbert why the group is being targeted by the state.

Paul Rusesabagina: The trial of the ‘hero of Hotel Rwanda’

Dissident or “terrorist”? The many-sided story of hotel manager turned Hollywood hero, Paul Rusesabagina.


Michela Wrong – Author, Do Not Disturb

Gatete Nyiringabo Ruhumuliza – Political analyst

Tom Ndahiro – Genocide scholar

Terry George – Director, Hotel Rwanda