While I was in Niamey I had a brief opportunity to meet local journalists. BBC Hausa and Afrique on the World Service are very popular and are broadcast along with English programming locally on FM. Deutsche Welle Radio in Hausa and French was certainly available by shortwave but not a first choice among people I spoke with in Maradi in the country's south.
Radio France International is currently off air on local FM frequencies with correspondent Moussa Kaka still detained in prison. RFI is however available via shortwave. One of the BBC's correspondents spoke to me about the problems getting up to areas around Agadez and reporting both sides of the current conflict with the Tuareg led MNJ that broke out early last year. Gaining government permission to travel north to report is unlikely. The only way would be in secret. A prospect made all the more harder given that normal activities such as tourism around Agadez have ground to a halt.
Niger's government seems unwilling to recognise the conflict with MNJ as a rebellion, rather referring to the group as 'bandits'. (MNJ is armed with anti-tank mines among other munitions and has used them on major roads across the country). With no third party neutral organisation or country involved to broker peace the question is how Niger will go about resolving the conflict? Stepping up military action appears to be government policy at this stage. It's not a typical conflict of designated frontlines and the areas involved are vast.
Without media access it's a conflict that is going largely unreported.
Tuareg Culture and News is one source aggregating available reports and information.