When news happens around the world, FSRN doesn't have to send a reporter. We have reporters who already live in the region. As a result, we often lead the rest in coverage of developing stories.
Such is the case with Mali, where a coalition of African military forces appears poised to move into the sub-Saharan country, now that the French government says a "turning point" has been reached in its operation against Islamist militants there.
Before the story broke in the international press, Free Speech Radio News brought you consistent and clear coverage from Mali throughout 2012 and into the new year as the nation experienced natural disaster, political turmoil, election, coup and rebellion, and as a humanitarian crisis grew for refugees and displaced persons.
FSRN's Amadou Timbiné is in Bamako, Mali
You have heard the story of Mali unfold from reporters Marine Olivesi in Burkina Faso, Alpha Jallow in Senegal, Sam Olukoya in Nigeria, and Amadou Timbiné, who lives in Mali's capital, Bamako.
FSRN's Dorian Merina and Danny Wood have spoken with experts like Dr Robin-Edward Poulton at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of World Studies, Dr. Greg Elder, deputy director of operations for Doctors without Borders and Emira Woods, co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies.
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