PSM Weekly | 15 – 21 June 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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RTBF supports Ukrainian refugees in Belgium

RTBF has helped expanded its offerings to support Ukrainian refugees arriving in the country since the Russian invasion.


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ABC Chair, Ita Buttrose, calls for press freedom reforms

The ABC Chair, Ita Buttrose, has called for stronger press freedoms in Australia and greater protections for public interest journalism.


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Hong Kong: trust in broadcaster RTHK falls

A new study shows trust in RTHK has dropped over the past two years, while independent media faces sustained pressures and threats.


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PMA condemns Russia’s ban on UK public media journalists

The latest action taken by Russian officials – which includes banning some UK public media workers from reporting from inside Russia – is another blow to…


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PSM Weekly | 8 – 14 June 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Call-out: Journalists in Exile

Does your newsroom have any opportunities – funding, training, fellowship, employment, or other – to offer to journalists in exile?


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Bangladesh: Proposed regulations leave press freedom in peril

There are fears proposed legislation exerting strict controls over online posts would present another threat to press freedom in Bangladesh.


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Radiodays Asia 2022

PMA members are eligible for exclusive discounts on tickets for this year's Radiodays Asia event in Kuala Lumpur.


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Register now for the CBU 53rd Annual General Assembly!

PMA members can now register for the Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s (CBU) AGA! The event will take place 15-17 August in Tobago.


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Focus On: The future of the Czech Republic’s public media

Big changes are coming to public media in the Czech Republic, from significant budget cuts to planned amendments of the public media act.


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PSM Weekly | 1 – 7 June 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Registration open for two-day media literacy workshop for Caribbean journalists

Registration is now open for Caribbean journalists to apply to our two-day virtual workshop on media literacy and disinformation!


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Collaborative media literacy programme takes off in India

BBC Young Reporter India taught more than 8,000 school students about critical thinking, fact-checking and digital safety, to improve media literacy.


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PMA welcomes new Board members from CBC/Radio-Canada and PBS

We warmly welcome Claude Galipeau and Jonathan Barzilay as the newest members of the Public Media Alliance Board.


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BBC announces “digital first” strategy

In a speech to staff, the Director-General said the BBC would realign its services to become digital first, but also warned of future cuts.


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PSM Weekly | 25 – 31 May 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Front lines and online: New podcast explores the dangers facing journalists today

Episode 4 of PMA’s podcast explores the variety of threats facing journalists, how journalists respond, and whether there are any solutions.


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Explainer: What does a Labor government mean for the ABC?

After nine years of coalition rule, a new Labor government could spell a drastically different future for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).


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RTV Slovenija staff strike for independence of public media

Employees of Slovenia’s public broadcaster RTV Slovenija staged a one-hour strike on Monday against management, demanding greater journalistic and editorial…


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34 rights groups demand independent investigation into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

We demand that the government of Israel and all other states fulfil their responsibility to ensure that crimes against journalists are fully investigated and…


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PSM Weekly | 18 – 24 May 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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NOWU: public media paving the way for a ‘greener web’

France Télévisions and WDR have launched NOWU, a joint youth service aimed at engaging younger audiences about climate change and sustainability issues, and…


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SSR SRG’s Director General on Public media and direct democracy

“The fate of democracies will depend on their ability to produce and disseminate quality information,” writes Gilles Marchand, DG of SRG SSR.


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“Funding certainty” for New Zealand public media

The New Zealand government has announced an allocation of $327 million dollars over a three-year period for a new multiplatform public media entity as part of…


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Russia to close CBC/Radio-Canada Moscow bureau

The closure of the public media organisation's Moscow bureau demonstrates further curtailment of independent and free press in Russia.


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“Online is first”: how ERR uses the digital sphere to become a market leader

Erik Roose, the ERR Board Chair, argues how the digital sphere is an opportunity for public media to be innovative industry leaders.


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PSM Weekly | 11 – 17 May 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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PTS Taiwan makes waves at INPUT 2022, announces hosting of INPUT 2023

PTS Taiwan was one of the standouts at the INPUT 2022 conference, as the annual event for global public broadcasters concluded in Barcelona, Spain on 13 May.


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Will South Africa’s long-awaited analogue switch-off still go ahead?

The switch-off’s initial 31 March deadline was already pushed back to June, but new legal action is seeking to delay the move even further.


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New Project: Thwarting disinformation in the Caribbean

Our next project — set to improve the capacity of Caribbean media workers to promote media literacy and thwart disinformation — is here!


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Pakistan: new leadership, renewed promises for media freedom?

As a new government enters power in Pakistan, what might this mean for the future of Pakistan’s oppressed media landscape?


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Shireen Abu Aqla: there must be no impunity for perpetrators

It is critical following Shireen Abu Aqla's death that those responsible are held to account, and journalists are guaranteed greater safety.


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From Cornwall to Cape Cod: Collaborative radio project unites coastal stations across Atlantic

Public radio station CAI and community radio station Source FM have joined forces in an innovative new radio project to produce hour-long programmes of…


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PSM Weekly | 4 – 10 May 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Czech Republic: Independence of public broadcasters must be insulated against future attacks

Joint statement calling on the Czech Government to live up to its promises to strengthen the independence of public broadcasters ahead of its EU presidency.


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New study reveals how audiences undervalue the BBC

A new report provides evidence of how British audiences underestimate the value they get from the UK’s largest public service media organisation and the…


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SBS: Making elections accessible

SBS has arranged partnerships with ABC and commercial news outlets to simulcast election debates in a host of different languages.


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#WPFD2022: Public media leaders speak up for press freedom

The heads of some of the world’s largest public service media organisations highlighted how press freedom cannot be taken for granted.


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#WPFD2022: Threats to independent journalism in democracies around the world

Swedish Radio's Director-General Cilla Benkö gives keynote address at press freedom conference in Washington.


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PSM Weekly | World Press Freedom Day 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Global Call Out: World Press Freedom Day 2022

Journalism is under a digital siege, from state & non-state actors, at a time when independent and critical journalism is most needed.


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World Press Freedom Day 2022: themes from the past 12 months

For World Press Freedom Day 2022, PMA has analysed six press freedom themes which have been prevalent across the past twelve months.


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Myanmar military’s effort to silence independent media

On World Press Freedom Day, a year on from Myanmar's military coup, former BBC Burmese editor, Tin Htar Swe assesses the state of media.


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#WPFD2022: What we’re watching, reading, and listening to

For World Press Freedom Day 2022, we’ve rounded up videos, reports, and podcasts to help you catch up on relevant issues.


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Netflix subscription woes: what can they teach public media?

The idea of introducing Netflix-style subscriptions to finance public media is being flirted with in some countries. But would it work?


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PSM Weekly | 20 – 26 April 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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How election results can impact PSM

Election results in France and Slovenia could have big implications for PSM; as could forthcoming elections.


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Ukraine war: Public media podcasts with unique takes

From an open API to practical info for refugees, pop-up public media podcasts on the Ukraine war are engaging audiences in unique ways.


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All Australians invited to join the ABC’s 90th birthday celebrations

The ABC, turns 90 this year and is inviting all Australians to celebrate the milestone, with community events and special programming.


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PSM Weekly | 13 – 19 April 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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KBS uses “cutting edge technology” in 2022 election coverage

South Korea’s largest and most trusted public broadcaster used technological innovation to push its election coverage to new heights.


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PSM Unpacked: PMA members discuss digital safety for journalists

Participants from PMA’s global membership discussed the challenge of digital harassment against journalists at an exclusive roundtable forum.


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EFE expands mission to tackle fake news in Latin America

Spanish public news agency, EFE, has signed a partnership with Mexican national broadcaster, SPR, to tackle misinformation collaboratively.


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GBC CEO and PMA board member Gerard Teuma retires

Gerard Teuma has been on the PMA Board since 2016, and he was Vice President from 2018 to 2021. He's worked for GBC for 38 years.


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PSM Weekly | 6 – 12 April 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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The future of RRI as public radio in Indonesia

This insight provides an analysis of RRI’s ongoing issues and potential solutions for reforming the organisation and protecting public media.


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“A strong team for a strong ZDF”

ZDF Press Release: Nadine Bilke and Bettina Schausten become new directors.


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Perugia Declaration for Ukraine

The Public Media Alliance signs declaration calling for increased support of independent media and journalists in Ukraine.


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Philippines: Government must relent its attacks against independent, public interest media

In the months leading up to the Philippines general election, there have been increased attempts to silence independent, public interest media.


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Tunisia: public media journalists strike over government interference

The strike comes after Tunisia's leading journalist union described the public broadcaster as a “propaganda trumpet” for the government.


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Channel 4 must not be privatised

Privatising Channel 4 means UK audiences could lose something precious: an independent, self-financed, well-performing and publicly owned broadcaster.


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PSM Weekly | 30 March – 5 April 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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ABCQueer: Australia’s public broadcaster representing marginalised groups

ABCQueer is the Australian public broadcaster's innovative, dedicated channel for representing young LGBTQIA+ Australians.


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Sally-Ann Wilson: “The need for public media has never been greater”

As Sally-Ann Wilson steps down as CEO of the Public Media Alliance, she reflects on two decades of advocating for public media.


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South Africa: High Court postpones digital TV migration after pushback

South Africa’s digital TV switchover has been postponed after a last-minute court ruling extended the deadline from 31 March.


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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national public broadcaster faces closure

PMA joins the EFJ, EBU and SEEMO in calling for an urgent resolution to save the Bosnia-Herzegovina broadcaster and its workers from financial ruin.


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The highlights of our Haiti crisis management project

Our Haitian crisis management project is now concluded. Here are the project's highlights, from training sessions to a new code of conduct.


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Media: Uncovered – “What is the future of public media?”

In the second episode of our podcast, we explore the pressures facing public media organisations worldwide and ask what their future is.


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Rana Ayyub and press freedom in India

The journalist Rana Ayyub, was stopped from flying from Delhi to London where she was to speak on the intimidation Indian journalists face.


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New head of Chile media regulator pushes for more public media

The incoming president of Chile’s media regulator advocated for more public media and greater media pluralism in her first comments since accepting the post.


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PSM Unpacked: Digital Safety

PMA members: Join us for our next virtual roundtable on digital safety for journalists and news media organisations.


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Thai PBS: Above and beyond broadcasting during a pandemic

Covid-19 profoundly changed everyday life for everyone in Thailand. The public broadcaster, Thai PBS, recognised it had a responsibility to step up.


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PSM Weekly | 23 – 29 March 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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RTV Slovenija’s Programming Council accused of restricting union activity

A Slovenian journalists’ union has accused the Council of adopting measures which restrict trade union activity and freedom of expression.


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BBC files UN complaint about online violence towards women journalists

It is the second appeal in two months the BBC World Service has made to the UN regarding fears about the safety journalists face in Iran.


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PSM Weekly | 16 – 22 March 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Public Media Alliance launches new podcast

Media: Uncovered is a brand-new podcast from the Public Media Alliance, which will feature stories from the world of public interest media.


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Czech Television’s services for children on Russia-Ukraine war

Czech Television has launched a new service for children to seek information and ask questions about the Russia-Ukraine war.


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Mali: Suspension of France 24 and RFI must be revoked

France 24 and Radio France Internationale (RFI), were suspended by Mali authorities on Wednesday accused of reporting "false allegations".


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Paul Thompson: media merger a ‘watershed’

The new media merger is a "watershed" moment for New Zealand public media, to be set up for the future, says RNZ CEO Paul Thompson.


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France: Public media scrutinised ahead of election

Ahead of France's presidential election next month, incumbent Emmanuel Macron has promised to remove the TV licence fee. He's not the first.


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Covering the Tongan tsunami from abroad, with no communications

Tongan journalist Agnes Tupou reflects on how they provided reassurance to Tongan people abroad after the volcanic eruption and tsunami.


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Russian journalist fined after on-air protest

Russian journalist, Marina Ovsyannikova, was fined after disrupting state broadcaster Channel One by holding a sign saying “No War”.


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PSM Weekly | 9 – 15 March 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Swedish Radio announces free-to-use daily news podcast in Russian

Starting this week, Swedish Radio will publish a daily news podcast in Russian about the war in Ukraine, available to all European media. 


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US public media $50m funding boost approved

The Public Media Alliances welcomes the increase in federal funding approved by Congress for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


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Dr. Thomas Bellut bids farewell as ZDF Director-General

Thomas Bellut stepped down as ZDF’s Director General on 10 March. Bellut's achievements were praised and celebrated by politicians and colleagues alike.


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Finland: Law amendment imposes restrictions on Yle textual content

The Finnish Parliament has approved an amendment to the Yle Act that imposes restrictions on its online textual content.


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New Zealand to establish new giant public media entity

The New Zealand government has announced details of the new public media entity, which will see the merger of RNZ and TVNZ.


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PSM Weekly | 2 – 8 March 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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HAITI PROJECT UPDATE: #IWD2022 event follows successful workshop

As a prelude to International Women's Day 2022, PMA and its partners organised an event in Haiti on digital safety for female journalists.


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Colombia’s local radio stations working for peace

In Colombia, local radio stations are being established to help communities rebuild after decades of civil war.


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Public media goes silent from Russia

A host of public media organisations have decided to stop broadcasting out of Russia due to safety concerns.


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International public service broadcasters face potential ban in Turkey

Voice of America and Deutsche Welle are facing potential bans in Turkey after they refused to apply for an internet broadcasting licence.


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New Zealand: Announcement of public media merger imminent

The long-awaited decision on the merger between New Zealand's radio and television public media entities is expected any day now.


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Erklärung der Global Task Force zum Angriff auf Rundfunkeinrichtungen in Kiew

Die 'Global Task Force for public media' (GTF) verurteilt den russischen Angriff auf einen Fernsehturm und Sendeanlagen in Kiew, der offensichtlich darauf…


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Global Task Force statement on the attack of broadcasting facilities in Kyiv

The Global Task Force (GTF) for public media condemns the Russian attack at a TV tower and broadcasting facilities in Kyiv, which is seemingly an effort to…


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Millions of Russians turn to BBC News

Figures released by the BBC show millions of Russians are turning to BBC News: their Russian language news website tripled its weekly-average.


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PMA condemns attack on Kyiv TV tower

The Public Media Alliance condemns any targeted attacks by Russia on the broadcasting infrastructure of Ukraine. We again emphasise that journalists in any…


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PSM Weekly | 23 February – 1 March 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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HAITI PROJECT BEGINS: Capacity building of journalist reporting in crisis situations

Our journalist safety and disinformation project for Haitian media professionals begins tomorrow with a virtual workshop for 31 participants! 


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Statement of Support for Ukraine and Ukrainian Journalists

The Public Media Alliance joins over 70 organisations to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, but particularly Ukrainian journalists who now find…


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Africa: PSM regional roundup

2022 is revealing itself to be yet another testing year for independent media in Africa. But some gains have been made for media freedom and innovations.


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Déclaration du GTM sur l’attaque visant des infrastructures de radiodiffusion à Kiev

2 mars 2022 - Le Groupe de travail mondial (GTM) pour les médias publics condamne l’attaque russe contre une tour de télévision et des infrastructures de…


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KBS’ Covid-19 emergency broadcasting helps country’s pandemic response

The Korean Broadcasting System’s (KBS) emergency content has played a crucial role during the pandemic, as have other public media worldwide.


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PBS’ Innovation Centers

A new production initiative by the US’ Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) exemplifies how public media is embracing digital innovation, collaboration, and…


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PSM Weekly | 16 – 22 February 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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The Existential Threat posed by Big Tech Platforms to Caribbean Journalism and Democracy

"This paper is not alarmist. It is not sensational": Jamaica's RJRGLEANER Communication Group on the threat to Caribbean media posed by big tech.


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UK: Channel 4 makes history with Winter Paralympics

It's the first time a broadcaster has featured an all-disabled presenting line-up for a major sporting event, showing public media's value.


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The future of the Media Freedom Coalition

A reset is required to steer the MFC towards greater success in the future and have more of an impact on media freedom worldwide, says new report.


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Congress to vote on $565 million funding for US public media

A crunch vote for crucial US public media funding in Congress is days away, and politicians are being urged to approve the $565 million bill.


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Public media and the fight for young audiences

Reaching younger audiences remains an ongoing challenge. Why does this really matter? And how are public media organisations responding?


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“Free society cannot exist without free media…” A round-up of the third Global Conference for Media Freedom in Estonia.

PMA CEO Sally-Ann Wilson reports from the third conference associated with the Media Freedom Coalition (MFC) in Estonia.


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PSM Weekly | 9 – 15 February 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Five public media audio trends to keep an eye on in 2022

Recent trends – from increased podcast listenership to more diverse audiences – indicate promising developments for public radio broadcasters.


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Trust in public radio – World Radio Day 2022

Join us in celebrating radio as the most trusted, prevalent, and accessible medium around the world.


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Explainer: ABC funding freeze reversed

ABC's funding freeze reversal has been met with both approval and criticism. We unpack the decision, the reactions, and its importance.


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BBC files urgent complaint to UN against Iran’s ongoing harassment of BBC News Persian journalists and their families

The urgent complaint comes as Liliane Landor, Senior Controller of BBC International News and Director of World Service, and Rozita Lotfi, Head of BBC News…


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More must be done to defend journalists and media freedom

The Media Freedom Coalition - Consultative Network calls on the Media Freedom Coalition to take stronger and more concrete actions to defend media freedom and…


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Canada: PMA condemns harassment of journalists

PMA is deeply troubled by reports of growing harassment, intimidation and threats towards journalists in Canada. Journalists must be allowed to report freely,…


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PSM Weekly | 2 – 8 February 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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LRT RADIO’s multilingual radio shows

Over the past year, LRT RADIO has experimented with new ways to provide minority groups with trustworthy and reliable news and information.


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Deutsche Welle Russian office closed down

The closure of Deutsche Welle’s Moscow bureau by the Kremlin is an egregious breach of media freedom, and must be overturned.


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World Radio Day 2022

This year, the theme of World Radio Day is based around trust – a fitting theme which recognises radio’s prevalence in peoples’ lives.


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‘AccessCBC’ – CBC’s new initiative for creators with disabilities

Canada’s public broadcaster recently launched AccessCBC, a new initiative focused on increasing access to CBC for the disabled creator communities.


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Global Conference for Media Freedom 2022

The Public Media Alliance will be in attendance at the third Global Conference on Media Freedom taking place on 9th and 10th February.


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Change for PMA

Sally-Ann Wilson will be stepping down as the CEO of the Public Media Alliance at the end of March 2022.


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Ireland: RTÉ pushing for changes to funding

RTÉ's Director-General says the current licence fee funding model is “utterly broken” and needs to be changed urgently.


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SABC Head of News dismissed

South Africa’s public broadcaster SABC dismissed its Head of News on Friday “with immediate effect”, citing a breakdown in trust.


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PSM Weekly | 26 January – 1 February 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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PMA welcomes acquittal of Jang Group and Geo Editor-in-Chief

Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman's acquittal comes nearly 2 years after he was imprisoned – a victory for media freedom and public interest journalism.


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France: Media concentration inquiry highlights value of public media

The ongoing French media concentration inquiry reaffirms that strong public service broadcasting will continue to remain relevant and needed.


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Funding Democracy: Public Media and Democratic Health in 33 Countries

Funding Democracy: A new report provides evidence of a positive correlation between well-funded public media and healthy democracies.


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The Digital Services Act (DSA): could it impact public media?

The European Parliament passed the DSA last week – a groundbreaking effort to regulate the internet. But could it impact the media?


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“Your VRT”: a new way of engaging with audiences

For three months, a VRT caravan toured Belgium as part of the "Your VRT" survey, finding out what the public thought about the broadcaster.


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PMA thanks Fran Unsworth as she leaves the BBC

Fran Unsworth has been on the Board since 2014 when she was Director of The BBC World Service. She steps down as Head of News this week.


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PSM Weekly | 19 – 25 January 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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2022 Elections and Public Media: Australia

The Australian election is due to take place later this year. But what does this election mean for public media?


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Journalist safety: Advice issued ahead of major global sporting events

While quarantine and “social bubbles” have become the new norm for journalists attending international sporting events, there are growing concerns for their…


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Regional collaboration key to future sustainability of media

Media stakeholders agreed on the importance of enhanced regional collaboration at the launch of PMA's new report and media recovery plan.


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Report: Impact of Covid-19 on media in Southeast Asia

A research report into the key impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the media across Southeast Asia, and a draft Media Recovery Plan.


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Swedish Radio in 2022

2022 will be an intense year. Swedish Radio's CEO Cilla Benkö points out several major efforts that await and the public broadcaster's contribution to the…


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New flyer released to help protect German journalists

A flyer was distributed to security forces and journalists by the DJV on the best way to protect journalists at protests.


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Statement: The future of the BBC licence fee

The Public Media Alliance has serious concerns over the decision to freeze the licence fee which funds The BBC.


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PSM Weekly | 12 – 18 January 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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BBC funding freeze: the importance of a licence fee

BBC's funding freeze and talks of a new funding model raise the question of the continued value, or not, of the licence fee as a funding mechanism.


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Pakistan: Journalists face Contempt of Court charges

Journalists face contempt charges for publishing a report revealing corruption, yet another attempt to suppress independent media.


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‘TAHI’ – RNZ’s new platform dedicated for young people

For many public media organisations, reaching younger audiences is an ongoing challenge. RNZ's new platform 'TAHI' is an innovative response to this…


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Focus On PSM: New PSM system for Mexico City

Mexico City has a new public media system. But what does the new system promise? And do local professionals believe it?


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PSM Weekly | 5 – 11 January 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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100 Years of the BBC

A century since the world’s first public service broadcaster was created, the BBC is going all-out to mark its anniversary.


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Launch event: The Impacts of Covid-19 on Southeast Asian media

Join us for the launch event of our Situation Report and Media Recovery Plan for the Southeast Asian media landscape.


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A reminder of the hostility public media faces

Hostility towards PSM is evident already in 2022: protesters chanting “fake news media” in Germany and the BBC calling in the police.


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RTV Slovenija: Draft transformation bill and new appointments

A small group of RTV Slovenija (RTVS) employees have drafted a bill to modernise and better protect the independence of the public broadcaster.


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Hong Kong: Media freedom concerns persist into 2022

Raids and closures of independent news outlets in Hong Kong signal continued pressures in 2022 on media freedom from National Security Law.


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Poland: President Duda vetoes “Lex-TVN”

PMA welcomes Polish President’s veto of the “Lex-TVN” bill which threatened media pluralism and freedom, but broader concerns remain.


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PSM Weekly | 29 December 2021 – 4 January 2022

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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MOOC: Why does media matter for development?

Register now! Sign up to our free online course in partnership with the University of East Anglia exploring media representations, social media, participatory…


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Public Media in 2021: Year in Review

It has been a tough year for public media. But during testing times, there were displays of resilience and innovation.


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Staff picks: PMA’s stories of the year

It has been a challenging year for public media worldwide – these are the staff picks for the stories that will stick with them most. 


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2021: An overview of PMA’s year

Another year of cancelled conferences. Another year of virtual, on-screen meetings. CEO Sally-Ann Wilson reflects on PMA's 2021.


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Poland: Media freedom groups urge President Duda to veto ‘Lex-TVN’

PMA joins media freedom and journalist organisations in writing letter to Polish president urging him to drop Lex-TVN


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PSM Weekly | 15 – 21 December 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Poland: President must reject new media law

There has been international condemnation of the law which, if Poland President ratifies, would limit media plurality and diversity.


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SAVE THE DATE: Southeast Asia COVID-19 Situation Report and Media Recovery Plan

PMA's COVID-19 Situation Report and Media Recovery Plan for the Southeast Asian media landscape will be launched on Thursday 20th January.


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Best of PSM: Public media step up collaboration

Through various methods, public media organisations are demonstrating the value that comes from collaboration with a range of partners.


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Hong Kong: The dire state of public media

PMA condemns the further constriction of RTHK following High Court rulings and growing evidence of editorial interference.


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PSM Weekly | 8 – 14 December 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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BBC: End harassment of BBC Persian staff

The BBC is calling upon Iran to end the escalating cross-border harassment and threats towards BBC News Persian journalists and staff.


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Digital “preparedness is vital” – ABC’s Social Media Wellbeing Advisor

Journalists often face barrages of online abuse. PMA spoke with ABC's social media wellbeing advisor who assists journalists going through it.


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SABC’s financial and editorial pressures resurface

SABC's financial and editorial pressures have resurfaced in the form of election coverage complaints, disciplinary action against SABC’s editor-in-chief and…


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Maria Ressa: Charges must be dropped

As the journalist gets up to receive her Nobel Peace Prize, she will do so with numerous state-authorised charges against her.


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PSM Weekly | 1 – 7 December 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Kyrgyzstan: Independence of public media being undermined

A law amendment being proposed by the Kyrgyzstan government risks completely eroding the limited independence of the public broadcaster, OTRK.


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France: Inquiry into media concentration begins

The Senate inquiry comes weeks after Reporters Without Borders criticised a French media mogul and called for the revision of legislation on media…


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The importance of ethics when reporting on conflict

"A regional outline of the issues and key challenges” – keynote address by Dhruba Hari Adhikary on how ethics and conflict reporting interact.


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Explainer: RTV SLO programming shake-up criticised

The 2022 programme production plan for Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV SLO) has been met with widespread criticism. We explain the situation.


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PSM Weekly | 24 – 30 November 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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PSM Unpacked: PMA hosts roundtable on commercial funding for public media

In our first PSM Unpacked roundtable, participants discussed common challenges, opportunities and best practices relating to commercial funding.


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ORF: New leadership, a licence fee increase, and independence concerns

A new Director-General will lead ORF from next year. But there are independence concerns surrounding the election process.


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Code of Conduct: “Truly distinct” and “absolutely necessary”

The newly-launched Code of Conduct was heralded as a “truly distinct” piece of work and "absolutely necessary" for public trust in media.


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Letter: Serious concerns over Ofcom Chair recruitment process

Joint letter to the UK's Commissioner for Public Appointments regarding our extreme concern at the opaque, ongoing process to appoint a new Chair of media…


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PSM Weekly | 17 – 23 November 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Code of Conduct: Improving conflict sensitive reporting & journalist safety in South Asia 

Our Code of Conduct to Improve Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Safety of Journalists in South Asia is available now.


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Insight: Why Brazil’s public media must remain public

As Brazil's government looks to sell off the EBC, two staffers write about the fight to keep public media in public hands.


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Under attack ABC sticks up for public media values

ABC sticks to its values in the face of attacks from a Murdoch-dominated media landscape and the federal government.  


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Event: Launch of Code of Conduct for conflict sensitive reporting in South Asia

Join us for the launch of our Code of Conduct to Improve Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Safety of Journalists in South Asia.


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PSM Weekly | 10 – 16 November 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Brazil: Plans to privatise EBC escalate

The National Bank has invited companies to prepare plans for the privatisation of the public media organisation.


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The Future of Radio

The “Digital radio and audio review” commissioned by the UK Government is targeted at setting the industry up for the future.  


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STA needs long-term, viable and sustainable funding

Slovenian authorities must now commit to providing STA with secure funding, with protection from state capture and political interference. 


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Project update: South Asia conflict sensitive reporting project nears completion

Our South Asia conflict reporting and journalist safety project is nearly complete, with a code of conduct set to launch in the coming weeks.


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PSM Weekly | 3 – 9 November 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Media experts address challenges facing Southeast Asian media landscape

Media experts from across Southeast Asia reviewed a draft research report on the impacts of COVID-19 on the SEA region.


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Beyond the licence fee: more PSM considering new funding models

The licence fee has remained a popular funding model for PSM. But it's under threat, and broadcasters are searching for an alternative.


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LRT RADIO: Reducing the COVID confusion

How Lithuania’s public radio helped to reduce confusion about COVID-19 with an original, multilingual approach.


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Hong Kong: Guise of national security interests continues to restrict life and media

A new film censorship bill threatens freedom of expression in Hong Kong. It joins other changes affecting civil society and media in the city.


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PSM Weekly | Impunity must end

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Cilla Benkö: Toxic for society when crime goes unpunished

In nine cases out of ten, around the world, a person who kills a journalist is not punished. Read Cilla Benkö's op-ed calling for an end to impunity for crimes…


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Local Democracy Reporting Service: A model for public broadcasters?

In 2017, the BBC launched the Local Democracy Reporting Service to support the production of public interest journalism by local newsrooms.


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Public media and COP26 coverage

Public media organisations have comprehensive and ambitious plans to cover the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow across all platforms.


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PMA welcomes new Board of Trustees

The Public Media Alliance offers a warm welcome to its new Board of Trustees.


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Channel 4 must remain in public ownership

Read our response to the House of Lords inquiry into the future of UK public broadcaster Channel 4.


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ZDF makes history with English language adaptation

ZDF's adaptation of a bestselling German novel will be, in a first for the broadcaster, produced in English. 


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PSM Weekly | 20 – 26 October 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Malta: PBS labelled ‘state controlled’ amid press freedom concerns

There are growing concerns surrounding the editorial independence, governance and funding of national broadcaster in Malta.


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Greece: Spread of ‘fake news’ legislation continues

While the South Korean government has quashed its plans to introduce a ‘fake news’ law, Greece is looking to impose such regulations.


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Best of PSM: GBC ramps up training

The training of journalists at GBC in Ghana is being heralded as essential as the broadcaster aims to meet its public service mandate.


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MEPs message to Slovenian government must be heeded

MEPs have called for the immediate resumption of financing to the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) and the relenting of pressure on media.


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Public media comes out top in Germany election

A survey held after Germany's 2021 federal election highlights the relevance and public trust placed in public broadcasters.


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PSM Weekly | 13 – 19 October 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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PMA commends ABC’s outgoing News Director for commitment to public media

From general elections and raging wildfires to a global pandemic, Gaven Morris has overseen some of the ABC's most important stories.


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Online protection for journalists long overdue

Facebook’s updated designation of journalists as “involuntary” public figures is a much needed, long overdue, and welcome change; but it does not address all…


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Radiodays Europe 2021: Public media’s latest innovations

How are public media redefining their audio content to stay relevant and reach audiences across multiple platforms?


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Spain: RTVE’s financial woes persist

Rising debt, proposed budget cuts, and a call for more stable funding highlight the continued financial pressures facing RTVE.


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SBS Australia’s language services review underway 

SBS has commenced its regular review of its language services, kicking the process off with a six-week public consultation. 


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PSM Weekly | 6 – 12 October 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Turkey: Mission finds continued pressures on independent media

An international mission to Turkey has revealed sustained threats against independent media and increasing state capture. 


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Nobel Prize to journalists highlights value of public interest media

The PMA congratulates Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and commends the Norwegian Nobel Committee for highlighting the…


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Brazil: Dossier reveals trend of censorship at EBC

A new dossier on censorship at public broadcaster EBC relays the stark outcomes of the dismantling of public media in Brazil.


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PSM Unpacked: A new forum for PMA members

The Public Media Alliance is running a series of thematic roundtable forums, exclusive to PMA members around the world.


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Update: South Korean lawmakers back down on controversial ‘fake news’ bill

The Public Media Alliance welcomes decision to back down on a proposed bill that could have significant repercussions for press freedom in South Korea.


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Media experts discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the Southeast Asian media landscape

Media experts discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on media freedom, journalist safety and media business viability in Southeast Asia.


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Singapore: Foreign interference law poses threat to media plurality

Fears that new law could be used to stop both independent domestic and foreign media from reporting critically on authority.


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STA Director resigns over independence concerns

The Director of the Slovenian News Agency (Sta) has resigned after rejecting a draft funding agreement that he believes undermines the independence of the…


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PSM Weekly | 29 September – 5 October 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Hong Kong: Tightening grip of the National Security Law

New crimes are being prepared under the National Security Law — a move that could further crush dissent and democratic life in Hong Kong.


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Hong Kong: Hong Kong government continues to dismantle public and other independent media

RTHK's new editorial guidelines will limit its independence and undermine key public media values as part of ongoing efforts to silence critical journalism.


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Brussels Declaration: PMA joins public media and international organisations to call for journalist safety and media freedom

Today, public service media companies and international organisations have signed the Brussels Declaration, a statement for journalist safety drafted on the…


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Threats to journalists in Slovenia must stop

The Public Media Alliance condemns threats targeting RTV Slovenija journalist, and the ongoing attempts to intimidate media workers.


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Unterstützung der Brüsseler Erklärung, einer neuen globalen Initiative zum Schutz für Journalistinnen und Journalisten und der Pressefreiheit

Die acht Mitglieder der Global Task Force haben heute ihre formelle Unterstützung für die Brüsseler Erklärung ausgesprochen, einer neuen weltweiten Initiative…


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In support of the Brussels Declaration, a new global initiative to protect journalists and media freedom

All eight members of the Global Task Force for public media express their formal support for the Brussels Declaration, a new global initiative to fight for…


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South Korea: Proposed vote on ‘fake news’ bill postponed

The final vote on a proposed bill that many fear could undermine press freedom in South Korea has been postponed yet again.


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How US public media covered Hurricane Ida

During natural disasters, public media organisations can serve as vital sources of critical and lifesaving information, as demonstrated when Hurricane Ida hit…


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PSM Weekly | 22 – 28 September 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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En soutien à la Déclaration de Bruxelles, une nouvelle initiative mondiale pour protéger les journalistes et la liberté des médias

Aujourd’hui, les huit diffuseurs membres du Groupe de travail mondial pour les médias publics ont exprimé leur appui formel à la Déclaration de Bruxelles, une…


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Canada: PMA deplores online harassment of journalists

PMA joins CBC/Radio-Canada in voicing support for all journalists who are subject to online harassment because of the work they do.


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News of the nation: The transformation of national broadcasting

Read our report for the Judith Neilson Institute on the changing role of national broadcasters and public media in Asia.


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Pakistan: Media representatives “strongly opposed” to proposed media authority

Media workers in Pakistan continue to voice their concerns over a proposed bill that could grant the state greater control over the media.


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PSM Weekly | 15 – 21 September 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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ABC adds to Emergency Broadcasting in readiness for 2021/2022 season

Press Release: ABC has expanded its suite of content to help Australians prepare for emergencies this summer.


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Inaugural event: Improving Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Journalist Safety in South Asia

Join us for the inaugural session of our conflict sensitive reporting and safety of journalists in South Asia workshop.


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PTS Taiwan’s New Frontier: PTS World Taiwan

Press Release In September 2021, Taiwan Public Television Service launched “PTS World Taiwan,” an international YouTube channel offering a variety of…


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Insight: Promising steps to strengthen media freedom in Europe

The European Commission has presented a recommendation to member states on strengthening the safety of journalists, both online and in everyday life. This is a…


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Meet the fellows of our conflict sensitive reporting and safety of journalists in South Asia workshop

Meet the fellows of the upcoming IPDC/PMA/MAN virtual workshop on conflict-sensitive journalism and the safety of journalists.


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PSM Weekly | 8 – 14 September 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Attacks on journalists by members of the public grow

As the pandemic continues, there have been a growing number of attacks on journalists by members of the public — even in their own offices.


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Poland: Senate rejects controversial media ownership bill

Bill criticised as a serious threat to independent news media and media freedom has been rejected by Poland’s Senate. But there are fears the bill could still…


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Swedish Radio’s role during crises and emergencies

Public broadcaster Swedish Radio's public alert systems play a critical role during times of crisis and emergency.


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UK: Ministers reportedly reject licence fee increase

MPs have reportedly rejected the BBC’s pleas to increase the cost of the licence fee in line with inflation, which could result in further cuts to its……


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Fran Unsworth to leave BBC

Fran Unsworth, BBC Director of News and Current Affairs and member of the PMA Board, will leave the BBC at the beginning of next year. 


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Ghana’s public broadcaster must find a ‘permanent’ funding solution

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation needs a more sustainable funding mechanism to deliver on its public service mandate, says Director-General.


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Urgent solution needed as Slovenian Press Agency funding crisis passes 250 days

PMA joins 18 civil society and media organisations to sign joint statement urging end to STA crisis.


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Webinar: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Southeast Asia Media Landscape

Register now for our webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on media freedom, journalist safety and media viability in Southeast Asia.


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G7 must protect and evacuate journalists and media workers in Afghanistan

PMA joins fellow civil society organisations to call on the G7 to protect and evacuate journalists and media workers in Afghanistan


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PSM Weekly | 1 – 7 September 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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ABC achieves record news audience

News audiences are surging to record levels across the ABC’s platforms as Australians seek trustworthy sources to help them navigate pandemic conditions at…


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Six dark months: A timeline of RTHK’s decline

A new partnership with China’s state media has made it abundantly clear that the editorial independence of Hong Kong’s public broadcaster is no more.


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South Africa: PMA responds to SABC bill

Proposed bill demonstrates a missed opportunity for South Africa and should be paused


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Focus On PSM: Second time lucky for public media in Ecuador?

A year after it was dismantled, public media is being considered again in Ecuador. But can the country establish a resilient and independent public media…


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Slovenia: RTV SLO Director of TV fired

In a sign of the continued attacks on independent public media in Slovenia, the Director of TV programmes at RTV SLO has been dismissed.


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South Korea to vote on concerning “fake news” law

South Korea may soon join the growing ranks of countries whose governments are introducing so-called “fake news” laws.


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PSM Weekly | 18 – 24 August 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Afghanistan: International community must work to ensure journalist safety

PMA calls on the international community to work to guarantee the safety of those who remain and to facilitate safe passage urgently for those wanting to…


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PMA welcomes two new Board members

We warmly welcome Cilla Benkö and Odette Campbell as the newest members of the Public Media Alliance Board.


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Swedish Radio joins the Public Media Alliance

We are proud to announce that Swedish Radio have become members of the Public Media Alliance (PMA), the largest global association of public broadcasters, with…


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Media freedom concerns surround South Africa’s public broadcaster

The presence of military personnel at SABC premises causes concern for editorial independence among staff and press freedom groups.


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PSM Weekly | 11 – 17 August 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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New regulator could further restrict media freedom in Pakistan

While PMA welcomes comments that suggest support for media freedom, we are increasingly concerned by the bleak reality in Pakistan as authorities tighten their…


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Turkish government continues to limit independent and foreign-funded media

Limits, fines, attacks, and incoming media legislation demonstrate Turkey's continued crackdown on editorial independence and pluralism.


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Poland: Senate must reject media ownership bill

PMA calls on Poland’s Senate to reject the controversial media ownership bill, which poses a serious threat to media independence and pluralism.


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The group guarding NZ’s media freedom

New Zealand is ranked eighth best nation in the world when it comes to the freedom of journalists to report without fear. So why does it need a Media Freedom…


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PSM and climate change: Covering the crisis

Public media must use their reach, scale and values to lead in covering the ‘defining issue of our time.'


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PSM Weekly | 4 – 10 August 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Update: Funding approved for US public media

The US House of Representatives passed a bill that secures federal funding for public broadcasting in 2024.


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New RTVE board: Four months on

From funding proposals to consultations on its future, the Spanish public broadcaster has undergone significant developments since the election of its new…


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Broadcast fee increase approved for German public media

PMA welcomes the Federal Constitutional Court’s decision to allow a temporary increase of the broadcasting fee that funds Germany’s public broadcasters.


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PSM Weekly | 28 July – 3 August 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Poland: Anti-foreign media amendment inches closer as TVN24’s licence is suspended

With the suspension of TVN24’s licence and a draft media bill to ban non-European media ownership underway, media pluralism in Poland continues to be…


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Hong Kong: Undermining of public media, independent journalism continues

The fallout from the closure of pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily and further restrictions on public broadcaster RTHK have left independent media in Hong Kong…


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Australian public media expand COVID-19 language services

Australian public broadcasters ABC and SBS have expanded their services to make COVID-19 updates available in more languages.


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Editorial independence of Manx Radio must be respected

Editorial independence is fundamental to trusted public media and underpins its role in holding power to account. 


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FRONTLINE: Collaborating on the Pegasus Project

"There are always uncertainties in investigative journalism, but in this case they were worth stepping up to."


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PSM Weekly | 21 – 27 July 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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PMA welcomes $565m funding recommendation for CPB

Approval could lead to a 27% jump in funding for US public media in 2024 compared to current levels.


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PSM Weekly | 14 – 20 July 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Major media networks collaborate to develop talented Pacific journalists

The number and quality of Pacific journalists are expected to rise in a never before seen collaboration between four major media organisations.


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Floods in Europe: PSM in times of emergency

As deadly floods ravage parts of Germany and Belgium, public broadcasters play a significant role in reaching the entire population with critical and…


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PMA condemns attacks on SABC journalists

The Public Media Alliance condemns attacks against SABC journalists and media workers during nationwide protests.


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Independent public media under attack in Slovenia

The Public Media Alliance is seriously disturbed by the evidence of recent challenges to independent and public media in Slovenia.


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PSM Weekly | 7 – 13 July 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Kosovo: Public broadcaster RTK’s board sacked

After months of scrutiny and accusations of corruption, all eight members of the Radio and Television Kosovo (RTK) board have been fired by the Assembly of…


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Public media addresses hate crimes against Asian-Americans

From news coverage and educational materials to documentary series, PBS responds to rise in hate crimes with a range of content to bring Americans together.


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Threats to journalists growing across Europe

The brazen attack on a renowned Dutch journalist took place amid rising threats towards journalists across Europe. But while there has been an increase in…


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Protecting the prominence of public media

As media markets become more crowded and global streaming giants continue to grow rapidly, what steps are being taken to address challenges to the prominence…


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Argentina: New law set to enhance gender equity in public media

A new media law to improve gender parity is expected to build upon existing diversity initiatives at Argentine public broadcaster RTA.


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Brazil: Public media privatisation accelerates as censorship grows

Reports of heightened censorship and persecution persist at EBC, even as the Brazilian broadcaster faces an “accelerated” privatisation.


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Erklärung der Global Task Force zur Unterstützung der öffentlichen Medien Sloweniens

6. Juli 2021 - Die 'Global Task Force for public media' (GTF) ist äußert beunruhigt von den weiteren Beweisen für den anhaltenden und destabilisierenden Druck…


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PSM Weekly | 30 June – 6 July 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Déclaration du Groupe de travail mondial en soutien aux médias publics en Slovénie

6 juillet 2021 - Le Groupe de travail mondial pour les médias publics est vivement préoccupé par les nouvelles preuves de pressions soutenues et…


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Global Task Force statement in support of public media in Slovenia

The Global Task Force for public media is deeply concerned by further evidence of sustained and destabilising pressure on public media in Slovenia.


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New public media entity not just about ‘smashing’ RNZ and TVNZ together

Work on a new public media entity continues at pace, but the head of the governance group says it's not about "smashing" RNZ and TVNZ together.


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Slovenian government eroding media freedom as it takes over EU Presidency

A coalition of press freedom organisations and journalism groups warn in a new report about increasing efforts deployed by the Slovenian government to…


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Projet : Protéger les journalistes en Haïti et lutter contre la désinformation et la mésinformation pendant une pandémie

Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer notre prochain projet de renforcement des capacités des journalistes en Haïti.


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PSM Weekly | 23 – 29 June 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Focus on PSM: Germany

From funding and political pressures to journalist safety, public media in Germany faces an array of challenges. Read our latest update.


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What the public stand to lose if Channel 4 is privatised

The UK’s public media landscape has faced significant turbulence under the current government, but a proposal to privatise Channel 4 could cause irreversible…


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ARD and ZDF are expanding their media libraries into a common streaming network

Press Release: The ARD and ZDF are developing a joint streaming network of their media libraries. In the future, it will allow users to find ZDF content in the…


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Hong Kong: National security law takes its toll

With the deployment of the national security law, the standoff between independent journalism and Hong Kong authorities reaches boiling point.


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PSM Weekly | 16 – 22 June 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Irish Media Commission considers alternative funding for public media

The Future of Media Commission is considering moving away from the licence fee model that funds RTÉ and replace it with alternative funding methods.


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INSIGHT | A year like no other at CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada's 2021 annual public meeting was held on 16 June. In this Insight report, we highlight some of the key takeaways.


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The challenges facing Nordic public media

Nordic countries might score highly in global press freedom rankings but there is no room for complacency when it comes to protecting public media.


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PMA condemns the harassment of BBC journalist at anti-lockdown protest in London

It is critical to democracy that journalists are free to do their jobs without fear of attack and intimidation.


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PROJECT UPDATE | PMA partners with Asia Democracy Network for UNESCO – IPDC project

PMA partners with the Asia Democracy Network on the impacts of COVID-19 on media freedom, media viability and journalists’ safety in Southeast Asia project.


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Registration open for three-day conflict reporting workshop for journalists in South Asia

Registration is now open for our conflict reporting workshop for journalists and media stakeholders from South Asia.


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PSM Weekly | 9 – 15 June 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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PSM regulation: How public media can keep themselves in check

Internal regulatory mechanisms can be found within public media in Germany, the United States, Brazil and Australia. But how do they work — and just how…


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PMA welcomes CBC/Radio-Canada’s sustainability strategy

New five-year plan aims to transform Canadian public broadcaster’s environmental footprint.


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PSM Weekly | 2 – 8 June 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Hong Kong: Crisis for RTHK’s independence

Sweeping changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system signal a slow death for democracy – and independent media.


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Pakistan: Clampdown on media freedom continues

PMA is deeply concerned by the pressure faced by independent and public interest media in Pakistan and condemns escalating threats journalist safety.


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What does diversity and inclusion mean for the ABC?

Effective public media should be accountable to the breadth of society. For the Australian Broadcasting Corporation this means placing diversity, equity, and…


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Insight | New DRM project to help bridge educational gap

New project could extend reach of public broadcasters and their educational role, writes DRM's Ruxandra Obreja. 


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Media Freedom Coalition Statement on the Arrest of Roman Protasevich

Statement: The Media Freedom Coalition issues statement on the arrest of Roman Protasevich by Belarusian authorities.


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PSM Weekly | 26 May – 1 June 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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NBC: Industrial strike ends

After more than a month of industrial action, employees have returned to work following an agreement between the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation and the…


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Slovenia: Pressure builds for public media and press freedom

MFRR launches mission to Slovenia as public service media continues to face significant political and financial pressures.


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Dyson Report | The BBC’s independence must not be undermined because of historic failings

Like many other current and former BBC journalists I am still reeling from the revelations in the Dyson Report about the BBC’s 1995 Panorama interview with…


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PSM Weekly | 19 – 25 May 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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The Dyson Report on the BBC and Martin Bashir’s 1995 interview with Princess Diana

A report published by the BBC from an independent investigation reveals the misconduct of a reporter and the BBC’s lack of transparency surrounding the…


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Focus On ABC: Budget, press freedom and new Board members

From legal battles and funding issues to the press freedom inquiry, explore our latest roundup about the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


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Update: Strike continues at Namibian public broadcaster

NBC employees continue strike over claims of poor working conditions while managers express concerns over the public broadcaster’s “untenable” financial…


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PSM Weekly | 12 – 18 May 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Verbal attack on Croatia’s public broadcaster is the latest in a string of media freedom incidents

Croatia may have joined the Media Freedom Coalition but attempts to intimidate journalists at HRT are among several ongoing media freedom issues.


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Hope for public service media in Malawi

The Public Media Alliance welcomes George Kasakula as the new Director General of MBC and encourages him to implement much needed reforms.


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New talk show effectively transforms RTHK into a mouthpiece of the state

The Public Media Alliance condemns the use of Hong Kong’s public broadcaster as a government mouthpiece as it faces yet another challenge to its diminishing…


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Supporting local news in North America

News deserts have continued to grow, leaving a number of communities without access to local news outlets. But initiatives across North America are aiming to…


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PSM Weekly | 5 May – 11 May 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Public media, education and the digital divide during COVID-19

Public media organisations have stepped up to provide educational resources across the digital divide during the pandemic.   


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The importance of independent media regulators

Media regulation has a role to play in protecting media freedom. But that protection requires a commitment to impartiality, independence, and transparency.


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PSM Weekly | 28 April – 4 May 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Global Call Out: World Press Freedom Day 2021

“Information as a public good” might be the theme for this year’s WPFD, but around the world attacks on independent media mean that access to accurate and…


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Project: The Impact of COVID-19 on Media Freedom, Media Business Viability and the Safety of Journalists in Southeast Asia

Our new project seeks to identify and respond to challenges to media freedom, media viability and journalist safety in Southeast Asia amid the COVID-19…


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PSM Weekly | 21 – 27 April 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Crisis facing independent journalism in Hong Kong escalates

Troubling times ahead for Hong Kong's independent media and public broadcaster as oppression of independent media continues to escalate.


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Namibia: workers at public broadcaster go on strike

Employees at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) go on strike following the breakdown of talks between NBC management and the labour union over a…


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PSM Weekly | 14 – 20 April 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Lifting sanctions on Tanzania’s media: a limited turning point?

New administration takes limited steps to lift sanctions on Tanzanian media, leaving many outlets to continue adhering to oppressive laws and government…


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CPB Announces Distribution Plan for American Rescue Plan Act Funds

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announces distribution plan for the $175 million of emergency stabilisation funds for public media.


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SABC completes retrenchment process and transitions to new structure

SABC concluded its retrenchment process last month and started implementing its new structure.


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PSM Weekly | 7 – 13 April 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Das Tschechische Fernsehen (Česká Televize) in Gefahr

Die ‘Global Task Force for public media’ (GTF) ist tief besorgt über die jüngsten Entwicklungen in Tschechien, die die Unabhängigkeit des Tschechischen…


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The threat facing Czech TV (Česká Televize)

The Global Task Force for public media is gravely concerned by recent developments in the Czech Republic which risk undermining the independence of Czech TV…


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La menace qui pèse sur l’avenir du diffuseur public tchèque (Česká Televize)

Le Groupe de travail mondial pour les médias publics est grandement préoccupé par les récents développements en République tchèque qui risquent de miner…


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PMA condemns attempts to undermine the independence of Czech TV

The Public Media Alliance endorses statements by the Global Task Force for public media, EBU and MFRR against the politicisation of Czech public broadcaster.


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Hong Kong: Stifling of independent and public media continues

There are troubling times ahead for independent media in Hong Kong, with intensifying pressure from mainland China.


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Brazil: Privatisation of public media looms

Privatisation looms for Brazilian broadcaster EBC, which has been transformed into a state mouthpiece in recent years. How did it come to this?


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PSM Weekly | 31 March – 6 April 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Group of experts to develop case for new public media entity in New Zealand

A Governance Group of eight media experts will explore viability of a new public media entity to replace RNZ and TVNZ.


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RTVE: Questions of independence remain despite new board

RTVE has installed a new board after being in limbo for more than three years. But questions remain about the Spanish broadcaster’s independence.


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PSM Weekly | 24 – 30 March 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Vaccine coverage: How – and why – public media should get it right

As countries around the world race to contain COVID-19, how should public media approach vaccine coverage?


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Welcoming New Neighbours: How public media works for refugees and asylum seekers

Watch our special event as part of Refugee Week, exploring how public broadcasters are covering the lives of refugees and asylum seekers as they make new homes…


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RTHK producer on trial amid wider concerns for public broadcaster

An RTHK producer has gone on trial for accessing car ownership details on official databases as part of a report on police misconduct. Her trial is yet another…


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Independence of Czech Television under threat

Changes to the public broadcaster’s supervisory body sparks concern about the future of its independence.


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Media Freedom Symposium and Survey

Join the PMA and AIB in exploring ways to improve and better cover media freedom issues around the world, and contribute to our joint survey.


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PSM Weekly | 17 – 23 March 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Best of PSM: Public media and refugees

Public media must be representative and accessible to all. But how do they work to welcome and help refugees and asylum seekers adapt to their new homes?


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Talking COVID at Radiodays Asia

Register now for this year's virtual Radiodays Asia conference and join us for our session "Talking COVID".


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PSM Weekly | 10 – 16 March 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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House of Representatives passes $175m relief legislation for public media

$175 million in COVID-19 related assistance has been greenlit for the nearly 1,400 public radio and television stations across the US.


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UK Government launches national action plan to protect journalists

The UK Government has published its first national action plan outlining its approach to improving the safety of journalists in the UK.


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PMA partners with Media Action Nepal for “Code of Ethics to Improve Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Safety of Journalists in South Asia” project

Introducing Media Action Nepal as a partner for our upcoming project based in South Asia.


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PSM Weekly | 3 – 9 March 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Celebrating Grace Wyndham Goldie: an early pioneer of public broadcasting

On International Women’s Day it is important to remember pioneering women such as Grace Wyndham Goldie and celebrate some of the women that the fund has…


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International Women’s Day 2021: Public Media Leaders

This International Women's Day, we are highlighting videos, podcasts and blogs that represent the views of female public media leaders.


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Insight | Radio’s Finest Hour

Anders Held, Co-founder of the world's largest radio and audio conference, Radiodays Europe, brings us his insight into what he believes has been "Radio’s…


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PSM Weekly | 24 February – 2 March 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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How are German public broadcasters responding to the rejection of the licence fee increase?

German public broadcasters have had to adjust financial plans and implement cost-cutting measures to make up for the shortfall in funding.


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Hong Kong: Dark month at RTHK suggests a grim future for the public broadcaster

The situation facing public broadcaster and PMA member RTHK in Hong Kong is deteriorating rapidly.


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Pakistan: Geo and Jang Media Group’s office attacked by protesters

Protesters entered the office of Geo News and Jang Media Group on Sunday, vandalising property and attacking staff within the building.


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PSM Weekly | 17 – 23 February 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Poland: Advertising tax poses existential threats to independent media

A proposed tax on advertising revenue that could create long-lasting damage to media independence and pluralism in Poland is to be amended.


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Facebook restricts content from Australian news sites

Facebook has announced that it will restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or even viewing Australian and international news content.


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PSM Weekly | 10 – 16 February 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Erklärung der ‘Global Task Force for Public Media’ zum Verbot von ‚BBC World News‘ in China

Die ‚Global Task Force for Public Media‘ ist zutiefst beunruhigt über die Entscheidung der Regierung der Volksrepublik China, den Empfang von ‚BBC World News‘…


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Statement by the Global Task Force for public media on ban of BBC World News in China

The Global Task Force for public media is deeply concerned by the decision of the government of the People's Republic of China to ban BBC World News from…


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World Radio Day 2021

Evolution. Innovation. Connection: UNESCO could not have chosen more apt themes to celebrate the 10th edition of World Radio Day.


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PMA Statement: China’s ban on BBC broadcasts is cause for deep concern

The Public Media Alliance is deeply concerned by China’s recent actions regarding the BBC and the impact this has on media freedom within the region.


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BBC News announces restructure of its board

The BBC News Board will be restructured to deliver more value for audiences and better reflect the way BBC News will work in future.


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RTHK suspends BBC live relay following mainland ban

Hong Kong's public broadcaster discontinues BBC World Service live relay following Chinese regulator's ban of BBC World News broadcasts.


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Déclaration du Groupe de travail mondial pour les médias publics concernant l’interdiction de diffusion de BBC World News en Chine

Le Groupe de travail mondial pour les médias publics est vivement préoccupé par la décision du gouvernement de la République populaire de Chine d’interdire la…


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Public hearings into CBC/Radio-Canada’s licence renewal process complete

At the forefront of the public broadcaster’s licence proposals are an emphasis on its audio-visual digital services and an “audience-first” regulatory…


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PSM Weekly | 3 – 9 February 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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World Radio Day 2021

Radio continues to play a pivotal role in society wherever you live. We invite all PMA members to tell us about their innovations for this year's World Radio…


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Proposed licence fee amendments for public broadcasters in Japan and South Korea

Contrasting proposals made for the licence fees of two of the largest public broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific.


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UNESCO’S IPDC supports two COVID-related projects in partnership with the Public Media Alliance

Work in favour of public service journalism has won further support from UNESCO’s IPDC with the announcement of two new PMA projects.


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PSM Weekly | 27 January- 2 February 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Project: Improving conflict sensitive reporting and journalist safety in South Asia

Introducing our latest project, “Code of Ethics to Improve Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Safety of Journalists in South Asia”.


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ABC and Australia’s local news crisis

With declining revenues and closures taking its toll on local news services, the ABC is playing its part in maintaining coverage despite its own financial…


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Spain: RTVE management issues remain unresolved amid financial concerns

Three years after Congress approved a reform to allow the election of the president and board members of Corporación de Radio y Televisión Española (RTVE), the…


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Pakistan: Serious concerns for journalist safety and editorial independence

Attacks on journalists and threats to editorial independence continue to endanger media freedom in Pakistan.


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PSM Weekly | 20 – 26 January 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Content for PMA members: Hidden threats in your takeout

We are pleased to once again partner with Orb Media to provide PMA members with high-quality, adaptable content about sustainability issues worldwide.


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Hopes for editorial independence restored as USAGM CEO resigns

Hopes for editorial independence restored as USAGM CEO resigns. This follows serious concerns about politicisation and editorial interference during his…


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SABC employees go on strike as retrenchment process resumes

Labour unions begin strike action and organise a possible blackout as South Africa’s public broadcaster continues to implement its Section 189 process.


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‘Citizens’ ombudsman’ pushes back against the ruin of Brazilian public media

PMA welcomes the creation of Ouvidoria Cidadã as a positive step towards more accountable and independent public media in Brazil.  


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PSM Weekly | 13 – 19 January 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Focus on PSM | Hong Kong

The situation facing independent and public media in Hong Kong went from bad to worse in 2020 with the imposition of a new National Security Law.


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Serious concerns for transparency and journalist safety during Uganda’s general election

Uganda’s general election takes place amid significant threats to independent media.


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Die zunehmende Bedrohung für die Sicherheit von Journalisten und Journalistinnen

In den vergangenen Jahren haben die Bedrohungen und Einschüchterungen von Journalistinnen und Journalisten an Ausmaß und Intensität zugenommen. Besonders für…


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The increasing threats to journalists’ safety

In this commentary article published in the Toronto Star, Catherine Tait, CBC/Radio-Canada President and CEO, writes in her capacity as Chair of the Global…


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PSM Weekly | 6 – 12 January 2021

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Public media in 2021: The cornerstone of sustainable media

Strong and independent public media are more important than ever, as the past year has shown.


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Poland: Media independence and pluralism under threat from state-backed companies

Growth in ownership by state-backed companies reignites concerns that government is tightening its control over the country’s media.


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Licence fee increase for German public broadcasters rejected

Plans to increase the licence fee for German public broadcasters, ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio have been cancelled, despite financial pressures. 


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Public media and diversity: Workplace gender equality

Gender is often at the forefront of discussions about workplace diversity, and public media can play a critical role in inspiring change.


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BBC to ramp up education offer during latest UK lockdown

In the wake of a third national lockdown, the BBC has announced its “biggest education offer in its history”.


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La sécurité des journalistes est en jeu

Ces dernières années, les journalistes font l’objet de manœuvres d’intimidation et de harcèlement en ligne dont le nombre et la gravité ne cessent d’augmenter.…


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PSM Weekly | 30 December – 5 January 2020

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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PSM Weekly | 16 – 22 December 2020

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Why Public Media Matters: WPFC 2020

Catch up with our session ‘Why Public Media Matters’ from this year's virtual World Press Freedom Conference.


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PSM Weekly | 9 – 15 December 2020

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Small Screen, Big Debate: The Future of Public Service Media | PMA’s Initial Response

While the review may propose opportunities for public media to become more financially stable, relevant and reach all audiences, Ofcom must ensure that, first…


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PSM Weekly | 2 – 8 December 2020

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Global Security Bill sparks fears for press freedom in France

French government says it plans to rewrite controversial clause in new Global Security Bill amid serious concerns about its impact on press freedom and the…


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PSM Weekly | 25 November – 1 December 2020

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Focus on PSM: Yle 

From new language services to the challenges of a proposal to limit Finland's public broadcasting Act, catch up with recent news about Finnish public…


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Podcasts and public media: children’s content

In this edition of our podcast series, we explore the growth in public media podcasts for children and their role during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Insight | Impartial media is necessary to avoid parallel realities

Swedish Radio CEO, Cilla Benkö, and Programme Director, Björn Löfdahl, write about the importance of impartial media in light of the polarised debate we have…


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How coronavirus might have changed TV viewing habits for good, and what that means for public service broadcasting

New research reveals how coronavirus is changing viewing habits in the UK and what impact this might have on the country's public broadcasters


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PSM Weekly | 18 – 24 November 2020

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Insight | Yes, the world needs more Canada

Globalization. Nationalism and populism. Disinformation and mistrust of institutions. Online hate. In a noisy, chaotic world brimming with content, your…


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We’re in it together

COVID-19 has been described as an "extinction-level crisis" for some media organisations, with serious implications for media pluralism. But there is hope, as…


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PSM Weekly | 11 – 17 November 2020

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Global Conference for Media Freedom 2020: CSOs call on States for concrete actions

On November 16, the Advisory Network to the Media Freedom Coalition, a group of 17 national, regional and international organisations, delivered a statement at…


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SABC to implement retrenchment process

South Africa’s public broadcaster confirms that it will follow through with restructuring plans that will result in 400 job losses, and asks the public to…


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New Advisory Panel appointed to shape the future of PSB in the UK

PMA has significant concerns about a new panel to "help shape" the future of public service broadcasting in the UK.


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Insight | What CBC’s newsrooms are doing to deliver on pledge to improve diversity, inclusivity

Half a year has passed since killing of George Floyd in U.S. set off global reckoning with anti-Black racism.


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PSM Weekly | 4 – 10 November 2020

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Podcasts and public media: Local news

Public radio has a long history of creating content that meets the changing needs of society while informing, educating, and entertaining listeners. But how is…


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World Press Freedom Conference 2020

Join us at the digital edition of this year’s WPFC conference where we will be hosting a session called Why Public Media Matters.


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Hong Kong: RTHK faces escalating pressures

In the past year, RTHK has been subject to official warnings, tightening restrictions, and “political persecution”. The arrest of a producer earlier this week…


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PSM Weekly | 28 October – 3 November 2020

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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The Netherlands: Concerns for physical safety of NOS journalists

Logos removed from vans and equipment as Dutch public media journalists face increased threats to their physical safety.


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USAGM CEO removes “firewall” protecting editorial independence

CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) announces that he will remove the “firewall” regulation designed to protect the editorial independence of…


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BBC DG Tim Davie joins the Global Task Force for public media

Catherine Tait, Chair of the Global Task Force for public media, is pleased to announce that BBC Director-General Tim Davie is joining the Global Task Force…


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PSM Weekly | 21 – 27 October 2020

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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“Celebrating the Pacific Spirit”

A warm welcome to the Pacific Media Network as it becomes the latest member of the Public Media Alliance.


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Tim Davie, directeur général de la BBC, se joint au Groupe de travail mondial pour les médias publics

27 octobre 2020 - Catherine Tait, présidente du Groupe de travail mondial pour les médias publics, est heureuse d’annoncer que le directeur général de la BBC,…


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Tanzania: Restrictions on independent media compromise democratic process

How are draconian restrictions on independent media and freedom of expression compromising the democratic process ahead of the Tanzanian election?


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New rule could drastically limit the visas of foreign journalists in the US

The Public Media Alliance calls upon the US government not to implement a proposed rule that seeks to limit the time foreign journalists are eligible to remain…


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Editorial: Truth and Power

GEO's Editor-in-Chief, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, remains in jail as the crackdown on press freedom in Pakistan continues.


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Focus on PSM | Argentina

Amid challenges, Radio y Televisión Argentina takes steps to improve diversity and representation.


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PSM Weekly | 14 – 20 October 2020

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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ABC statement on Dan Oakes

It is with huge relief that ABC journalist Dan Oakes will not face any prosecution for his work on investigative reports the Afghan Files. 


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Funding pressures for Swiss public media

The latest on SRG SSR, including its role in society, funding developments and cost-cutting measures since the 2018 "No Billag" referendum.


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Australia: Public media funding and press freedom challenges continue

Australia’s public broadcasters respond to budget allocations amid ongoing funding pressures and broader threats to press freedom.


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PSM Weekly | 7 – 13 October 2020

Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.


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Threats to media pluralism growing globally

Media pluralism is necessary for democracy to function effectively. But clampdowns and suspensions, repressive laws and the expulsion of foreign media have…


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Podcast Day: Special rate for PMA members

Public Media Alliance members can receive discounted tickets to this year's virtual Podcast Day conference.


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CBC/Radio-Canada launches initiatives to support diversity, local journalism

Public media must be responsive. This week, CBC/Radio-Canada responded to public needs and concerns with two initiatives: the HireBIPOC project and the Local…


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The erosion of media freedom in Hungary continues

This time, the country’s last independent radio station faces possible disappearance due to the non-renewal of its licence by the Hungarian Media Council.


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50 years of PBS

The Public Media Alliance wishes PBS a very happy 50th Anniversary.


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Aunty’s Future Is In Your Hands

ABC’s role is more important than ever. Yet it cannot be expected to do more with less, writes Grace McCallum, ahead of the latest federal budget.


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Staying Safe: Tools and resources for reporting on protests

Updated Amid the challenges of reporting protests during a global pandemic, there has been a spike in the number of attacks on journalists and media workers by…


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