We see a mixture of news again this week: despite the growing attacks on the media worldwide, there is still some healthy debate going on.There is the continuing debate in India over the success of rural electrification, which both the traditional press and new generation of bloggers have got their teeth into. This has also spilled into Bangladesh where again there is a robust conversation over the role of renewables. Moving to Africa, both national and pan-African press seem to have engaged with the energy access debate in a positive and constructive way. It is also rewarding to see the Dutch government supporting media training in West Africa in the way Smart Villages has done. No news this week from the coal lobby, but as with the tobacco industry, they have some of the “best” brains in public relations on their case, so don’t expect that to last – we’re sure to be bombarded next week with “fossil fuels still have a future” press releases!