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The war online: Abuse and harassment, and what journalists are doing about it

WAN-IFRA: Journalists are increasingly the target of insults or threats from individuals or groups online, which can have physical impacts and should no longer be seen as separate from the offline world. The goal of the harassment? Censorship. And women bear the brunt of the abuse, which is usually gendered and sexualised.

Is the media less free than before? (French)

France Culture: 460 journalists, 500 personalities readers of the World, Télérama, the International Courier and Life, committed last week to defend the independence of their newspaper. Return to the philosophical sources of this democratic principle.

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Political disinformation is rampant online. How can voters cope?

CBC News: The federal election is officially underway, and that means more Canadians will be moving online to discuss, debate and prepare for the vote. But they’ll be stepping into an environment that’s been embroiled in the campaign for months, with messaging that ranges from disinformation to good old-fashioned politicking.

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CAMEROON: Cameroonian journalist held [for] three years must be evacuated RSF says

RSF: The former director-general of state-owned Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV), Vamoulké has been held for more than three years on charges of economic crimes that prosecutors have not yet been able to prove to the special criminal court that is trying him.

CAMEROON: Press Freedom: The Union of Journalists calls for a boycott of the convening of the national Council of Communication (French

Cameroon Info: Several journalists have recently been summoned to the National Communication Council (CNC). Reacting to theses summonses, the secretary general of the National Union of Journalists of Cameroon (SNJC), invited its members to boycott the body of regulation of the media.

DRC: Obstacles to the freedom of the press: the Olpa calls the Prime Minister (French)

Adiac Congo: The Observatory for the Freedom of the Press in Africa (Olpa) protested, in a letter to the Prime Minister on September 13, against the increasing number of acts threatening the freedom of the media and journalists in Ituri and North and South Kivu. 

ERITREA:  Eritrea Tops Watchlist of World’s Most-Censored Countries

IPS: Eritrea has the world’s highest levels of censorship and the most active government in jailing reporters and stifling newspapers, radio and television, a study by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) watchdog says.

GAMBIA & SIERRA LEONE: Sierra Leone Repeal Sedition And Libel Laws GPU Calls On Gambia To Follow Suit

Foroyaa: The Gambia Press Union (GPU) welcomes the scrapping of repressive media and freedom of expression rights laws in Sierra Leone, and calls on The Gambia to follow suit.

LIBYA: Libya’s Journalists Caught in Crossfire

VOA: In a country splintered by conflict and propaganda wars, Libya’s journalists are caught in the crossfire between battlefronts and partisan employers, exposing them to risks on the ground.

MALAWI: Media Stakeholders Urge Malawi Govt To Introduce TV Institute To Boost Industry

Broadcast Media Africa: Malawi’s Government has been urged to roll out a television institute in order to boost the film and TV industry in Malawi.

MOROCCO: Morocco vs. press freedom: Taoufik Bouachrine’s lawyer boycotts unfair trial (French)

Morocco Mail: The Casablanca Court of Appeal refuses to put an end to the arbitrary detention of journalist Taoufik Bouachrine despite the opinion of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (GTDA) calling in January The Moroccan authorities to release the journalist immediately and to

MOROCCO: Protest held outside trial of Moroccan journalist accused of illegal abortion 

The Guardian: Hajar Raissouni says charges are fabricated and motivated by her work, which is critical of government.

MOZAMBIQUE: Renamo Bans Journalists in Barue

Via All Africa: Mozambique’s main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, on Thursday banned journalists, from both the public and the private media, from its election campaign in the Honde administrative post, in Barue district, in the central province of Manica.

MOZAMBIQUE & SOUTH AFRICA: Digital Migration: Mozambique achieves in two years, South Africa fails in ten (Editorial – Listen)

Daily Maverick: If you want to cut through the meandos, ask an engineer. The Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture heard on 12 September how what should have been a simple migration process to Digital Terrestrial Television was hobbled by greed, ignorance, political interference and corporate sleight of hand.

NAMIBIA: NBC to lay off 150 staff, as it ponders liquidation

The Namibian: Workers at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation are in a state of panic following the announcement of the retrenchment of 156 workers, starting yesterday. 

SOMALIA: FESOJ Condemns Crackdown Against Journalists In Somaliland

Radio Dalsan: The Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ)  condemned the new waves of media suppression in Somaliland

SOUTH AFRICA: ‘I’m not an angel, I’m a human being’ – former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng at #StateCaptureInquiry (Watch)

News 24: The judicial commission of inquiry into state capture has wrapped up the testimony from former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, related to the public broadcaster.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC bosses to be grilled by MPs

IOL: The SABC’s top bosses will appear before the national legislature on Tuesday as the cash crunch continues to cripple the public broadcaster.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC dealing with disciplinary cases including fraud, salary increases

SABC News: The SABC says it is currently dealing with 186 disciplinary cases related to fraud, mismanagement, sexual harassment, editorial interference and irregular appointments and salary increases.

TANZANIA: Arrested Tanzanian journalist tells court his health is declining

Al Jazeera: The health of a Tanzanian journalist, allegedly arrested for political reasons as part of a continued crackdown on freedom of expression in the country, has been deteriorating behind bars, he and his lawyer said during a court appearance.

TUNISIA: The “fact checking” against misinformation (French

L’economiste: The fake news or “disinformation” is controversial nowadays, especially during this election period. That is why the Union de la Presse Francophone (UPF), section Tunisia, organized a round table under the theme: “Fake News, Political Propaganda, sensational journalism: what journalism for an election period” 

REGIONAL: Nigeria’s Security Forces Go on Rampage, As Guinea’s Media Stand up to Oppression

MFWA: A series of press freedom and freedom of assembly rights violations in Nigeria were the dark spots of the month of August 2019 which also saw the media in Guinea taking a firm action to denounce harassment by state actors.

BANGLADESH: Internet Blackout on Rohingya Refugees

HRW: Shutdown Hinders Emergency Response, Risk Lives. 

CHINA: China Releases Award-Winning Photographer Who Documented Nation’s Dark Side

VOA: For decades, Chinese independent photojournalist Lu Guang documented China’s dark side, covering the discomfiting economic, social and environmental issues long steamrollered by China’s race to become a world power.

CHINA & HONG KONG: TikTok’s Beijing roots fuel censorship suspicion as it builds a huge U.S. audience

The Washington Post: Hong Kong unrest features prominently on most social media, but not on TikTok. 

HONG KONG: Hong Kong protesters and journalists attacked during bloody night in North Point

HKFP: Hong Kong protesters and journalists were attacked in the North Point area on Sunday night after a mass demonstration on Hong Kong Island turned ugly.

HONG KONG: Understanding the crisis by the freedom of its press (French

L’oeil Maisondes Journalistes: The protests that have been going on for three months in Hong Kong could herald a turning point for the future of the press.

INDIA: 118 new community radio stations to be set up: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

India Today: As many as 118 new community radio stations are in the process of being set up in various parts of the country.

INDIA: Doordarshan to soon be available all over the world

Via Deccan Herald: Doordarshan India will soon be available all over the world, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on September 16, asserting that credibility is the national broadcaster’s unique selling proposition.

INDIA: What the Last Month Has Looked Like for the Media in Kashmir

The Wire: In their heart of hearts, every journalist fears that this process of silencing Kashmiri voices may be irreversible.

INDONESIA & NEW ZEALAND: Michael Andrew: On the NZ media’s coverage of West Papua 

Asia Pacific Report: Apart from state broadcasters TNVZ and RNZ Pacific and a solitary article by the Otago Daily Times, barely a word has been published online about West Papua.

INDONESIA & VANUATU: Vanuatu Daily Post: Indonesia online propaganda undermining West Papua

Asia Pacific Report: In the wake of a Vanuatu Daily Post investigation into what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to spread fake news targeted at the government of Vanuatu and other supporters of West Papuan independence movement, a BBC investigative journalist has found clear evidence of a concerted campaign to pollute discussions relating to West Papua.

JAPAN: NHK to broadcast 8K terrestrially 

Advanced Television: Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, which is now transmitting 12 hours a day of 8K content on its satellite BS service, is working hard to make that content available to viewers at home.

MALAYSIA: Media should be free to report the truth, says Malaysia’s communications minister

CNA: Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said on Thursday (Sep 12) that it is important to have media that are free to report the truth, “even if it may be in the form of criticism of the government”.

MALAYSIA: Pakatan Harapan government accused of violating freedom of expression

Via IFEX: Civil society groups expressed alarm at the continued use of the Sedition Act under the Pakatan Harapan government.

PHILIPPINES: Duterte signs law making July 25 ‘National Campus Press Freedom Day’

Rappler: President Rodrigo Duterte signs the law as his government fends off accusations of intimidating student publications outspoken about recent killings.

SINGAPORE: New ways to fund quality journalism needed: ST editor

The Straits Times: Media around the world are building new sources of revenue to keep newsrooms going

SOUTH KOREA: Netflix disrupts South Korean media ecosystem

Advanced Television: Netflix entered South Korea in January 2016 with few established partnerships and minimal local content. The streaming giant has since devoted significant investment to creating award-winning local original content that has disrupted the South Korean media ecosystem, reports Kagan. 

TAIWAN: Global workshop on disinformation opens in Taipei

Taipei Times: Officials from the US, Japan and Sweden yesterday joined their Taiwanese counterparts for a workshop in Taipei on tackling disinformation, with some noting its rampant spread in Taiwan in the run-up to the presidential and legislative elections in January.

TAJIKISTAN: Independent Tajik News Agency Facing ‘Apparently Targeted Disruption’

RFE/RL: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Tajik authorities to investigate the “apparently targeted disruption” of the embattled independent news agency Asia-Plus’s websites and to help ensure they are accessible.

UZBEKISTAN: Despite reforms, journalists’ work remains difficult in Uzbekistan (French)

Novastan: Nearly three years after the arrival of a new power in Uzbekistan, freedom of the press is gradually progressing in the most populous country in Central Asia. However, the challenges remain numerous.

GENERAL: So-called media abundance still leaves blind spots with our neighbours

The Interpreter: Even in the age of 24/7 news, governments are good at keeping the cameras away from persecuted communities.

AUSTRALIA: ABC chair Ita Buttrose says AFP raids on media organisations damaged Australia’s reputation

ABC News: ABC chair Ita Buttrose has warned the “privilege of democracy” has been taken for granted in Australia in light of police raids on media organisations.

AUSTRALIA: How insights from Australia’s diverse communities are reshaping the ABC’s world news coverage (Watch)

ABC News: While the ABC has a bureau and correspondent Bill Birtles (soon to be joined by leading investigative journalist Sarah Ferguson) on the ground in Beijing, back in Australia a team of specialist digital storytellers and bilingual journalists is offering innovative, in-depth coverage of the China story.

AUSTRALIA: Labor rejects journalist exemption from national security laws

The Sunday Morning Herald: Labor frontbencher Mark Dreyfus has rejected a proposal to give journalists an exemption to national security laws in order to safeguard press freedom, saying it could have unintended consequences.

NEW ZEALAND: 75% of Kiwis now pay for at least one streaming service

SCOOP Parliament: Whether it’s Netflix, Neon, Lightbox or TVNZ On Demand – streaming TV, films and sports is becoming mainstream and Kiwis young and old are changing their viewing habits.

NEW ZEALAND: Time to bring back RNZ’s te reo Māori news? (Listen)

RNZ: The mainstream media is embracing te reo Māori like never before but for fluent te reo Māori speakers things have gone backwards on RNZ since Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori first launched in 1975.

SAMOA: Plans for new Samoa Government TV draw criticism

PINA: The decision was confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Talatalaga Fualau Mata’u, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

ALBANIA: First they came for the morning show: How Albania’s government shut down an entire TV station that dared to criticise it (Watch)

The Independent: Albania shut down one of Europe’s most promising media experiments. Now the government has been ordered to cough up €140m in damages

AUSTRIA: Wrabetz calls for swift implementation of a “digital package” (German

HORIZONT: ORF Director-General Alexander Wrabetz confirmed his demand on the political side on Thursday to quickly create the conditions for the planned ORF player.

BELGIUM: VRT and RTBF bring international media conference PBI to our country (DutchVideo

VRT: 11 September 2019 – VRT and RTBF will welcome the PBI international media conference in Brussels next year. 

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Female journalists in BiH: Struggle against the system and prejudices

Safe Journalists: When, at some point in your life, you decide that journalism will be, not only your profession, but also a lifetime commitment, much more than a job, something you lie down and get up with, together with all the passion and good that journalism brings, you also accept all those menaces and hazards that inevitably follow.

BULGARIA: Bulgarian Journalists Protest Over Freedom of Speech

VOA: Dozens of journalists at the state-run Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) staged a protest Friday in support of media freedom after a colleague known for her coverage of the country’s graft-prone judicial system was briefly suspended from her job.

DENMARK: Danish project aims to plant 1m trees across nation in TV fundraiser

The Guardian: Telethon asking viewers to give £2.4m for forests project to help tackle climate crisis. 

FRANCE: Is the media less free than before? (French – Listen)

France Culture: 460 journalists, 500 personalities readers of the World, Télérama, the International Courier and Life, committed last week to defend the independence of their newspaper. Return to the philosophical sources of this democratic principle.

FRANCE: Le Monde’s editorial independence crisis deepens (Paywall)

The Financial Times: A crisis at Le Monde has deepened after a leading shareholder signalled he was not ready to sign an agreement with journalists to safeguard editorial independence at the influential French newspaper.

FRANCE: Le Monde journalists warn of threat to editorial independence

The Guardian: Readers informed of potential risk after 49% of shares sold without staff being informed. 

FRANCE: “There is a regulatory deficit in the media industry” (French)

La Croix: For Julia Cagé, a specialist in media economics, another economic model must be implemented to ensure the editorial independence.

GEORGIA: Journalists’ resignations at Rustavi 2 TV reveal alarming decline in media freedom

EFJ: Georgian main opposition TV channel Rustavi 2 faced mass resignations after the new management has fired several prominent journalists and producers in early September. 

GERMANY: “A scary result”

Deutschlandfunk: According to a study, public media online news feeds are only used by a few young people. Not even one in five 18 to 24 year-olds in Germany [use these services], according to a study by Reuters Institute…

GERMANY: BR Broadcasting Council wants legal rules (German) `

Der Tagesspiegel: The Broadcasting Council of the Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) wants to reach other legal rules for its composition. 

IRELAND: RTÉ needs to transform itself, says Minister for Communications

RTÉ: The Minister for Communications has said RTÉ needs to “transform itself” to respond to changes in the media landscape.

MALTA: Europe must pressure Malta in Carauana Galizia investigation, son says

IPI: At Vienna press conference, Matthew Caruana Galizia highlighted “pervasive” climate of hate against independent journalists. 

MONTENEGRO: Montenegro Journalist Appeals Against ‘Unjust’ Jailing

Balkan Insight: The conviction of investigative journalist Jovan Martinovic, sentenced to 18 months in prison for alleged drug trafficking and membership of a criminal organisation, has been criticised as an attack on free media.

RUSSIA: Police arrested over 400 protesters demanding punishment for police involved in obscure arrest in Moscow (Finnish

YLE: Among those arrested was a photographer from Yale. The demonstrations were prompted by the arrest of an investigative journalist and the suspicion of drug crime, which is considered staged.

RUSSIA: Russian police raid home of journalist Aleksandr Nikishin

CPJ: Russian authorities should stop harassing journalist Aleksandr Nikishin and allow him to work freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

SPAIN: Candidates for the Presidency of RTVE ask the Joint Commission to speed up the public tender process (Spanish)

Teledetodos: The delay in the resolution of the Contest process for the renewal of the Presidency and the Board of Directors of the CRTVE makes it necessary to urge Parliament to resume the responsibilities constitutionally assigned in article 20 of the Constitution.

SPAIN: Several journalists targeted while reporting demonstrations

EFJ: Journalist Ángela García Romero was reporting for TVE (Televisión Española) the demonstration when a group of hooded people attacked her TV crew, first throwing some objects and water, and then breaking their equipment and preventing her from informing, disturbing her.

SWEDEN: Do not hinder the scrutiny of journalism (Blog)

Swedish Radio: It is important to warn that there are several clouds of concern that may affect and hinder journalism’s so thoroughly scrutinized assignments in the future, writes Cilla Benkö in a debate article.

SWITZERLAND: Press freedom becomes a test case for Swiss foreign policy

SWI: When a prominent Saudi columnist was assassinated last year, Switzerland opted out of a joint condemnation of the killing, leaving journalists and their advocates wondering how serious Bern was in its efforts to lobby for global press freedom.

UK: BBC ready for TV’s ‘second wave of disruption’

BBC News: The TV industry is about to enter “a second wave of disruption” due to new players in the streaming market, according to the BBC chief Tony Hall.

UK: BBC to switch off red button text in 2020

BBC News: The BBC is to switch off the news and sport text services on the TV red button early next year. The decision spells the end of reading headlines, football scores, weather, travel news and more on TV sets, 45 years after the launch of Ceefax.

UK: Government won’t appeal ruling which stopped full probe into Saudi investments in Standard and Independent

Press Gazette: The Government will not appeal a ruling which has stopped it from ordering a full investigation into Saudi investments in the Evening Standard and Independent newsbrands.

UK: Interview with Soumya Sriraman, Britbox (Watch)

IBC: IBC2019: Britbox president Soumya talks to IBCTV about the future of the ITV/BBC JV which is set to launch in the UK.

UK & IRELAND: Here’s why local journalism must find a way to survive

The Guardian: A paper that uncovered historic abuse shows the value of regional reporting

GENERAL: 48 questions about Europe, data and journalism

OBCT: The European Data Journalism Network (EDJNet) launches a survey to understand how data can improve the way journalism reports about Europe.

GENERAL: Media Pluralism has become a priority for the European Commission

EFJ: Together with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) believes that the distribution of European Commission portfolios is a hopeful sign that the European Union can deliver social progress over the next five years. The EFJ particularly welcomes the fact that media pluralism is mentioned as one of the EU Commission’s priorities.

GENERAL: Public broadcasters struggling to attract younger audiences, report says

Yle: The Reuters Institute comparison of eight public broadcasters found that Yle was most trusted by the audience it serves.

GENERAL: Qvest Media provides consulting to European Parliament

Advanced Television: Qvest Media, an architect and ICT Media integrator, will provide the consulting for the European Parliament in the strategic and innovative development of their broadcast and multimedia infrastructures.

ARGENTINA: Is it okay for Public TV to have religious programs? (Spanish)

Pagina 12: The authorities speak of “pluralism” to justify the cycles of various cults. Several specialists debate whether it should not be a secular screen.

BAHAMAS: How social media is helping survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas (Paywall)

The New Yorker: 

BAHAMAS: Reporting on Hurricane Dorian: ‘It was a scene of complete devastation’

The Guardian: New York reporter recalls challenges of covering a disaster as huge as the category 5 storm that ripped through the Bahamas.

BRAZIL: Bolsonaro removes obligation of government agencies to publish public notices in Brazilian print newspapers 

Knights Centre: In yet another action that threatens the financial health of Brazil’s print newspapers, President Jair Bolsonaro issued a provisional measure (MP, for its initials in Portuguese) that relieves government agencies from the obligation to publish bidding and auction notices in print newspapers.

BRAZIL: OAS rapporteur warns of risk of privatization of EBC (Potuguese

FENAJ: The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Edison Lanza, defended the need for governments to maintain a pluralistic communication system, with proper funding from the public system. 

COLOMBIA: Artificial intelligence: the commitment to make the country’s sound memory visible (Spanish)

RTVC: Making memory is a commitment of RTVC – Public Media System, for this reason, for a little over five years a group of interdisciplinary professionals have been working with the objective of potentiating the documents that the Memory Signal Library is currently guarding.

COLOMBIA: Claudia Duque: ‘There’s a strategy of silencing the press in Colombia’ (Q&A)

Deutsche Welle: The Colombian journalist has denounced her country’s press censorship policies. She currently faces a court order that prevents her from speaking out against the people who tortured her psychologically for years.

CUBA: Arrested Cuban journalist Roberto Quinones fights on, despite fear

Deutsche Welle: Just hours before his arrest, the opposition journalist told DW he feared he would soon be behind bars. Independent journalists in Cuba face arbitrary arrest, threats and psychological attacks, Quinones said.

EL SALVADOR: Consortium asks Bukele to respect freedom of expression and of the press (Spanish)

El Mundo: The Consortium for Transparency and the Fight against Corruption called on Monday the President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, to respect freedom of expression and of the press.

MEXICO: AMLO turns on ‘Grito de Independencia’ with public radio and TV (and also with internet) (Spanish)

El CEO: For the first time, all public media will be coordinated by the Public Broadcasting System (SPR) for the transmission of the Grito de Independencia, the first of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. 

MEXICO: Mexican President Lopez Obrador’s rhetoric ’emboldens other civil servants’ to attack press

Deutsche Welle: The continued attacks on the press by the president are inciting others in Mexico to follow suit, the NGO Article 19 has argued. The organization claims that 11 journalists have been murdered since he took office.

MEXICO: The Press Freedom Foundation called on the Democratic Center party to assume the commitment they signed to protect press freedom (Spanish

El CEO: Next year, the public radio and television media of the country will have to deal, again, with insufficient budgets for their operation, since the 2020 Economic Package poses a minimum increase in most cases, while in others, it suggests a relevant contraction with respect to the amounts proposed for 2019.

NICARAGUA: “Journalism in Nicaragua is a risk,” says Violeta Chamorro’s daughter (Spanish

Eldiario: The journalist Cristiana Chamorro, daughter of the Nicaraguan ex-president Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, considered that journalism in Nicaragua, which has been in a socio-political crisis for 17 months and has left hundreds of dead and tens of thousands in exile, has become a high risk profession.

PERU: Congress is one of the main aggressors to freedom of expression (Spanish)

Peru 21: ‘Anti-press’ agenda. In its Annual Report on Freedom of Expression in our country, the Peruvian Press Council warns of a series of actions aimed at gagging journalism precisely at a juncture in the fight against corruption.

PERU: Ojo Público’s reports on sex trafficking inspire traveling theatrical production in Peru

Knights Centre: Between 2017 and 2018, Peruvian site Ojo Público published three investigative reports looking into the experiences of Peruvian girls and adolescents who were sexually exploited by traffickers. Now, those stories have been brought to the stage as the theater documentary ‘Delta.

URUGUAY: Uruguayan public media will disseminate content from the University of the Republic (Spanish)

Salto Grande Extra: Access to information should not only be for students, said the rector of the University of the Republic, Rodrigo Arim, after signing two framework agreements with authorities of the Ministry of Education and Culture that make it possible, among other things, to disseminate information on that State house of studies on Uruguayan National Television (Channel 5) and Radio Uruguay.

REGIONAL: Latin American media outlets participate in global initiative to strengthen coverage of the climate crisis 

Knights Centre: The conference in New York, brought together journalists and media representatives to discuss how to cover “climate change in a 1.5-Degree world.” 

REGIONAL: Q&A: What We Can Learn from Journalists in Latin America

Open Society Foundations: In the face of extreme political pressure, violence, and the basic need to keep paying the bills, Latin American journalists have found new ways to reach their audiences and provide a check on those in power.

IRAN: Personal cost of journalism, political activism in Iran remains high 

Al Monitor: Harsh verdicts issued against journalists and political activists show that the cost of advocacy for reform and civil liberties is still high in Iran despite pledges by moderate President Hassan Rouhani to change the status quo.

ISRAEL: A high-stakes election for Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s press

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TURKEY: Court Orders Release of Five Ex-Journalists

The Wire: Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals has ordered the release of five journalists and a cartoonist. The former employees of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet had been serving sentences of less than five years for “aiding and abetting terror groups without being a member.”

TURKEYErol Önderoğlu, Ahmet Nesin, and Şebnem Korur Fincancı again under trial

OBCT: Less than two months after acquittal in the first instance, two journalists and an activist find themselves accused of “terrorist propaganda”: Erol Önderoğlu, Ahmet Nesin, and Şebnem Korur Fincancı will have to face the appeal trial

TURKEY: Press freedom in Turkey remains in crisis, despite some room for very cautious optimism

RSF: International press freedom groups reported today that press freedom and the rule of law in Turkey remain in crisis despite grounds for very cautious optimism, such as yesterday’s ruling releasing several former Cumhuriyet journalists.

GENERAL: GCHR and ALQST submission to UK media freedom inquiry addresses threats to journalists, rights defenders and online activists across the Middle East

GCHR: In August, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and ALQST made a submission to the United Kingdom Foreign Affairs Committee, in response to a call for written evidence for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and global media freedom inquiry.

CANADA: Canadian academics, scientists fight back against online election disinformation

Global News: A team of Canadian academics and data scientists is now working to prevent Canada from joining the list of countries that have fallen prey to these deliberate attempts at democratic distortion.

CANADA: Political disinformation is rampant online. How can voters cope? (Watch

CBC News: The federal election is officially underway, and that means more Canadians will be moving online to discuss, debate and prepare for the vote. But they’ll be stepping into an environment that’s been embroiled in the campaign for months, with messaging that ranges from disinformation to good old-fashioned politicking.

CANADA: Proximity and Trust – Our Competitive Advantage (Speech)

CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada CEO and President, Catherine Tait’s speech at this year’s PBI in Helsinki focussed on proximity, trust and the need for public media organisations to amplify their efforts in promoting and supporting their values. 

US: American newsrooms should employ more people of color, annual ASNE survey finds

Poynter: Fewer people of color are employed in America’s newsrooms than organizers of a well-known newsroom diversity survey had hoped.

US: PBS Names Linda Simensky Head of Content for PBS KIDS (Press Release)

PBS: PBS today announced that Linda Simensky has been promoted to the new role of Head of PBS KIDS Content. Simensky will lead the development of a multi-platform video content strategy for PBS KIDS, designed to respond to the quickly evolving media environment and meet the needs of current and future viewers.

US: NPR: podcasting revenue bigger than radio in 2020

Podnews: Podcasts will be bigger than radio next year in terms of NPR’s revenue: according to Deborah Cowan, the organisation’s CFO. She’s expecting to earn $55m from podcasting next year. NPR is profitable, and overall revenue grew 10% year-on-year.

US: NPR staffers of color call out news chief on comments on race coverage

Current: A group of NPR staffers of color called comments by NPR news chief Nancy Barnes about race coverage at the network “baffling and insulting” in an email sent to Barnes Thursday.

US: World Channel pursues role as early-stage co-producer of independent films

Current: World Channel is expanding its role as a co-producer of the independent films it presents for public TV broadcasts and on the festival circuit.

Amnesty Media Awards 2020 open for entries (Press release)

Amnesty International: Amnesty International UK is inviting entries for its 28th annual Media Awards, a prestigious set of awards that recognise the vital role journalists play and the serious risks they face in highlighting human rights abuses around the world.

Apple provides more detail on its digital streaming plans

RNZ: Apple’s cut price digital streaming service is aiming to undercut the already flooded streaming market, Corin Dann spoke to tech website journalist Ashley Carman about Apple’s strategy (Listen)

Can a science escape room livestreamed on Twitch help bring viewers to public media?

Nieman Lab: “What made us want to watch this for an hour and a half? Their ability to talk through the puzzles made me not only understand the puzzles but find out the answer and get invested.”

Facebook prevents ads from changing press titles (French)

La Liberte: Facebook wants to prevent advertisers from changing the titles of news articles based on the advertising message they seek to convey, said Monday the US social network. The group is at the center of several public manipulation scandals.

Google adjusts search algorithm to boost original journalism (Paywall)

The Financial Times: Google has adjusted its search algorithms to promote news articles it considers “significant original reporting”, its latest move to support journalism following years of criticism of its role in the industry’s decline.

ILO launches Global Media Competition on Labour Migration (Opportunity)

ILO: The International Labour Organization (ILO) is launching its fifth annual Global Media Competition to recognize exemplary media coverage of labour migration. This year’s themes are ‘fair recruitment’ and ‘the future of labour migration’.

Journalists from Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Malta honoured at RSF’s 2019 Press Freedom Awards

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) awarded its 2019 Press Freedom Prize today (12 September) to Saudi journalist Eman al Nafjan, Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang and Maltese journalist Caroline Muscat, at a ceremony held for the first time in Berlin. 

Just how effective is YouTube’s new fact-checking feature?

Journalism.co.uk: YouTube has been working to combat the spread of misinformation on its platform by trialling a fact-checking feature in India.

Misinformation researcher awarded for article on the roots of fact-checking 

Poynter: Lucas Graves, a misinformation researcher based at the University of Washington—Madison, has won the 2019 Bob Franklin Journal Article Award for his 2018 article “Boundaries Not Drawn: Mapping the institutional roots of the global fact-checking movement.”

Public service media are struggling to reach younger, less educated audiences and risk “decline and ultimately irrelevance” (Research)

Reuters Institute: The audience for public service news is old, educated, and politically diverse. As a result, public service media (PSM) in many countries fall far short of the ambition to provide a near-universal news service, especially online and risk becoming irrelevant to much of the public. 

What would society be without a whistleblower?

Deutschlandfunk: In 2013, Edward Snowden went public with secret documents that revealed mass surveillance by US intelligence agencies. In the Dlf he criticized that it is becoming increasingly difficult for sources of investigative research. His life in exile shows the consequences of the decision.

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