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Public media is in peril and facing many challenges. Social media platforms are presenting an existential crisis to public service media. Governments are trying to extend their control and influence on the editorial output of the broadcasters. Funding systems for many are up in the air. Journalists are facing threats, attacks and harassment, both online and in-person. But it’s also an exciting time for public service media – digital platforms provide new opportunities to reach audiences, technology means public broadcasters can be innovative in how they provide a public service.

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The battle for Poland’s public media

France24: Poland’s new pro-EU government has taken sweeping steps to reform the country’s public media outlets. It claims the actions are necessary to restore press independence after eight years of populist rule. But the situation may be more complicated. Until a new independent press is created, the government is benefiting from favourable coverage, much like the previous administration. We speak to journalist Daniel Tilles, editor-in-chief of the news website Notes from Poland, as well as professor and author Aleks Szczerbiak from Sussex University.

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Clive Myrie shares emotional toll of broadcasting

BBC: Broadcaster Clive Myrie has shared the emotional impact of his work and prominence as a public figure during an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. “It feels as if the pain of others, the regrets, the longing, the sadness affects me more,” Myrie explained, adding: “I haven’t got used to it, that’s the thing”.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Journalist Tatiana Osango assaulted after interview criticizing DRC president

CPJ: Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should impartially investigate the June 5 assault of broadcast journalist Tatiana Osango and ensure those responsible are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

ETHIOPIA: Women Press Freedom Condemns Coordinated Troll Campaign Against Journalist Ximena Borrazás

Women Press Freedom: Women Press Freedom stands in unwavering solidarity with Ximena Borrazás, a freelance journalist and photographer based in Barcelona, who has faced a torrent of online harassment following her reports on the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia.

KENYA: Why KBC pensioners risk losing Sh1.4 billion savings


MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambicans endorse media’s watchdog role but wary of media freedom

Afrobarometer: On 14 December 2023, influential Mozambican journalist, editor, and political commentator João Fernando Chamusse was killed outside his home in KaTembe, in Maputo province,  apparently with a machete or gardening hoe (Africanews, 2023; UNESCO, 2023). 

NIGERIA: Deepening Nigerian media space with training programmes

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NIGERIA: Ending PayTV Monopoly: A Clarion Call to Mike Adenuga

This Day: Over three decades ago, satellite television arrived the shores of Nigeria. 

NIGERIA: How Local Radio plays a Crucial Role in Peacebuilding in Nigeria

Peace News: In Nigeria, radio serves as the primary source of news and information for the majority of the population, especially those living in rural areas.

NIGERIA: Journalists Harassed, Detained over reports on powerful persons

MWFA: The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) condemns the recent detentions and harassment of journalists in Nigeria, and urges the Nigerian authorities to respect press freedom.

RWANDA: 94.3 Royal FM Kigali Opens Cutting-Edge Broadcasting Studio with Integration of Lawo Virtual Radio Solutions

Lawo: Rwanda, a country in East Africa, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, from the lush green hills and volcanic mountains to the expansive savannas and serene lakes… 

SOUTH AFRICA: Media24 to phase out City Press, Beeld, Daily Sun and Rapport newspapers, say reports

Daily Maverick: Despite at least two articles speculating on the rumoured decision to close down the print versions of City Press, Beeld, Daily Sun and Rapport, Ishmet Davidson, CEO of Media24, neither confirmed nor denied the reports.


SABC: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) are pleased to once again work together in the facilitation of providing training to deserving learners in the ICT, media and broadcasting sphere.

SUDAN: Capturing a ‘Mosaic of Shifting Battle Fronts’ in Sudan

The New York Times: Declan Walsh, the chief Africa correspondent for The Times, reported from a country where few journalists have gained entry amid a civil war.

TUNISIA: 23rd Arab Radio and Television Festival Kicks off in Tunisia

Asharq Al-Awsat: The 23rd edition of the Arab Radio and Television Festival, organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union in cooperation with the Tunisian Radio and Television Corporations, kicked off in the Tunisian capital.

ZIMBABWE: Media diversity cornerstone in corruption fight

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BANGLADESH: Gendered attack, disinformation prevalent in Bangladesh’s social media: Study

The Business Standard: In Global Majority regions, including in Bangladesh, the digital sphere has evolved into a critical arena for political discourse, where gendered attacks are weaponised to harass and target political opponents, journalists and activists, deterring, and even restricting, the political participation of women and gender-diverse communities.

CHINA: Chinese AI social media apps see demand rise in overseas markets amid slow mainland adoption

South China Morning Post: A number of Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) companies are seeing greater demand for their social media applications in overseas markets, as adoption on the mainland has been slower by comparison.

CHINA: Chinese journalist who promoted #MeToo movement sentenced to 5 years in prison

AP: Supporters say a Chinese journalist who promoted women’s rights as part of the country’s nascent #MeToo movement has been sentenced to five years in prison on charges of incitement to subvert state authority, almost three years after she and an activist were detained.

HONG KONG & MACAU: Macau denies entry to Hong Kong journalism lecturer over ‘public security’ concerns

South China Morning Post: Macau has denied entry to a Hong Kong journalism lecturer who was travelling to the casino hub to host a news writing workshop on the grounds that she planned to take part in activities that might “jeopardise public security or public order”.

INDIA: Press Club of India condemns Indian government overreach in media laws

Candid Technology: The Press Club of India has strongly condemned recent legislative measures that threaten press freedom. In a resolution passed on May 28, the club urged the government to retract laws that could potentially censor the media and stifle journalistic investigation.

INDIA & AUSTRALIA: I was doing my job as a journalist in India. Modi’s government didn’t like it

ABC: It was supposed to be an innocuous catch-up with representatives from Narendra Modi’s party, the BJP, to touch base about the ABC’s coverage plans for the Indian election.

INDONESIA: Indonesia Threatens to Shut Down Social Media Platform X Over Adult Content

Devdiscourse: Indonesia is prepared to shut down social media platform X if it does not comply with regulations barring adult content. The communications minister has sent a warning letter to X, pointing to the country’s strict rules against obscene content. X has 24.85 million users in Indonesia.

JAPAN: NHK’s public nature under scrutiny as Japan opens door to online receiving fees (Editorial)

The Mainichi: How should the public media fulfill its role in the digital age? The stance of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK is under scrutiny.

KYRGYZSTAN: Keeping Kyrgyz Journalism Afloat While the Island of Democracy Sinks

The Diplomat: On the chilly morning of January 15, 2024, Mahinur Niyazova, then editor-in-chief of one of Kyrgyzstan’s most popular independent media outlets, 24.kg, was on her way to attend a parliament hearing about proposed new media regulations when she received a call from her editor Anton Lymar. 

MALAYSIA: Social media censorship in Malaysia surges during PM Anwar’s first year in power: Report

Straits Times: Malaysia’s government made the world’s highest number of requests to TikTok to take down content in the second half of 2023, part of a surge in social media censorship that critics say is aimed at silencing political opposition.

MONGOLIA: Hard-hitting journalist ensnared in Mongolia’s press freedom crackdown

Japan Times: Naran Unurtsetseg became one of Mongolia’s most well-known journalists by exposing sexual abuse in a Buddhist boarding school, violence in the military and by taking on some of the country’s most powerful people.

MYANMAR: Myanmar’s embattled military government cracks down on free flow of news by blocking VPNs

AP: Myanmar’s military government has launched a major effort to block free communication on the Internet, shutting off access to virtual private networks, or VPNs, which can be used to circumvent blockages of banned websites and services.

NEPAL: Radio Nepal is committed to making broadcasting inclusive and people-centric: Executive Director KC

Radio Nepal: The Press Council Nepal has interacted with Radio Nepal today regarding the implementation of the journalist code of conduct.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan arrests prominent journalist for third time in a year

VOA: Pakistani authorities arrested journalist and former TV anchor Imran Riaz Khan early Wednesday. Hours later, his legal team was informed the journalist was arrested for fraud.

SOUTH KOREA: The 2024 Round in Korea, to be hosted by KBS, generating overwhelming interest! (Press release)

KBS: The 2024 edition of the ASEAN-Korea Music Festival 2024 ROUND, organized by KBS, will be held on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7, 2024 at KBS Busan Hall in Busan, Korea.

THAILAND: Thai PBS announces the appointment of the 7th Audience and Listeners Council, ready to move forward together in developing public media (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: The Public Broadcasting Organization of Thailand (T.P.S.) or Thai PBS by Assoc. Prof. Jermsak Pinthong, Chairman of the T.P. Policy Committee, signed the announcement to appoint members of the Audience Council and Listen to the 7th generation program according to the provincial area groups in each region, totaling 50 people , with a term of office of 3 years, starting from June 7 onwards. 

THAILAND & TAIWAN: Thai PBS sends “Plaijawak” to present Thai culture. Win the hearts of Taiwanese viewers (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: Public Broadcasting Service of Thailand (TPA) or Thai PBS together with Public Television Service (PTS), Taiwan’s public media. Create cooperation to exchange content between countries To strengthen good relations between Thailand and Taiwan. Through cooperation through public media Exchanging knowledge and experience in media production

VIETNAM: Vietnam arrests prominent journalist over Facebook posts

Thai PBS World: Authorities in Vietnam have arrested a leading independent journalist for “abusing democratic freedoms” to undermine the state by posting articles on Facebook, police announced on Saturday.

AUSTRALIA: Australia’s media industry is no meritocracy. Instead, the shamelessness of mediocre men is rewarded with untold power (Opinion)

ABC: Last week in Sydney, I attended a conference on volunteering and gave a speech. When questions were invited from the audience, a woman (most of the audience was female) raised her hand and was duly delivered the microphone.

AUSTRALIA: China willing to grant access to Australian journalists, PM says (paywall)

Canberra Times: China’s treatment of journalists and minorities hung over Chinese Premier Li Qiang’s official visit on Monday, as Prime Minister Anthony Anthony Albanese sought to “stabilise” relations with Australia’s largest trading partner.

AUSTRALIA: NAIDOC Committee, Culture is Life and ABC Education Launch Official Educational Resources for NAIDOC Week 2024 (Press release)

ABC: ABC Education is proud to announce that it has once again been chosen to partner with the NAIDOC committee to create official NAIDOC week Education Resources for this year’s theme: ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Loud, Blak and Proud.’

AUSTRALIA: Reading, writing and … disinformation: should schoolchildren be taught media literacy like maths?

The Guardian: Less than half of Australian children and teens think they can tell real news stories from fake. So how well are we preparing them for a new media world order?

AUSTRALIA: SBS News named Australia’s most trusted news brand

SBS: University of Canberra’s preeminent annual report on trust in the news ecosystem sees SBS move to number one for all public and commercial media.

NEW ZEALAND: Labour, ACT MPs open to exploring social media ban for children under 16

Newshub: Two MPs from both sides of the political spectrum say they are open to looking into whether New Zealand should increase its social media age limit from 13 to 16 years old. 

NEW ZEALAND: Newshub closure: Māori voices needed ‘to make sure these stories aren’t getting missed’

RNZ: Māori journalists say the impending closure of Newshub’s AM show on 5 July is one less opportunity to cover stories from te ao Māori perspective.

NEW ZEALAND: Proposal to address media industry challenges set for Cabinet this month

NZ Herald: Cabinet is expected to consider proposals to address challenges to the New Zealand media industry this month.

AUSTRIA: Contribution gap, Westenthaler, election: What concerns the ORF Foundation Board (German) 

Der Standard: On Thursday, the ORF board members will be able to say face to face what they think of each other in the highest ORF body – after a letter of protest from 30 board members who accused their Freedom Party colleague Peter Westenthaler of “behavior that is damaging to the company”. 

AUSTRIA & RUSSIA: ORF on the withdrawal of accreditation of ORF Moscow correspondent Maria Knips-Witting (Press release – German) 

ORF: The ORF regrets the decision of the Russian Foreign Ministry, cannot understand it and will take all necessary steps to ensure that ORF audiences continue to receive independent and comprehensive reporting from Russia.

AUSTRIA & RUSSIA: Russia expels Austrian journalist Maria Knips-Witting in retaliatory response 

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces the expulsion of Austrian journalist Maria Knips-Witting from Russia and calls on the country’s authorities to immediately reinstate the journalist’s credentials and cease turning journalists into political pawns.

AZERBAIJAN: Azerbaijan accused of media crackdown before hosting Cop29 

The Guardian: Azerbaijan’s government has been accused of cracking down on media and civil society activism before the country’s hosting of crucial UN climate talks later this year.

BELGIUM: The ABC of VRT with the V of … Virtual productions: Ketnet and VRT Innovation build unique interactive fiction game (Press release – Dutch)

VRT: Crack the safe, that is the name of the brand new interactive fiction game from Ketnet and VRT. 

CZECH REPUBLIC: Why is it important to have stable funding for public media? (Blog – Czech)

Czech TV: When I recently read several insightful comments about how it is premature in the Czech Republic to rehabilitate the financing of public service media, or perhaps about the fact that a successful hockey championship is an obvious example of what public media should not broadcast, I was convinced to write the following lines.

DENMARK: Login, learning and goodies: DR Brugerkontakt helps citizens get on DRTV (Press release – Danish) 

DR: Employees from DR Brugerkontakt are currently traveling around the country to ensure that everyone who wants to log on to DRTV can do so. 

FRANCE: National Rally says it would privatise French public TV if it wins majority 

The Guardian: Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally intends to privatise public television and radio if it wins an absolute majority in the French parliament in snap elections, senior party figures have confirmed.

FRANCE: Radio France fires comedian Guillaume Meurice over Netanyahu joke

France24: French comedian Guillaume Meurice has been fired by Radio France for “serious misconduct”. 

FRANCE: Radio France supports Arcom’s proposals in favor of a gradual transition to DAB+ (Press release – French) 

Radio France: Arcom today published a radio white paper which outlines an ambitious future for the radio medium. In particular, it defines a realistic and progressive strategy to lead the radio medium to make its transition to DAB+.

GERMANY: Broadcasters do not want to “lose important time”: This is how high the broadcasting fee could be from 2025 (German) 

Merkur: The Fee Collection Centre (GEZ) has not existed since 2013. Since then, the broadcasting fee has been collected by the ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Contribution Service. This usually costs households around 220 euros a year. However, the public broadcaster is insisting on an increase for next year.

GERMANY: Conversion to digital program distribution with DAB+ (Press release – German) 

Deutschlandradio: In the future, the Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandfunk Kultur programs will be broadcast mostly digitally at a total of nine locations in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Thuringia. 

GERMANY: ‘Democracy didn’t fall from the sky,’ says Baerbock in Bonn (German)

DW: A panel formed by the German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock, the Filipino-US Nobel-Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa and Ugandan journalist and media entrepreneur Scovia Culton Nakamy at DW’s annual Global Media Forum in the western German city of Bonn, focused on the power of democracy. 

IRELAND: “Some of the things were shocking to me”: Bakhurst reflects on a turbulent year

The Currency: In a wide-ranging interview at the Celtic Media Festival last week, Kevin Bakhurst talked candidly about his first 12 months in charge at RTÉ and the future direction of the broadcaster. 

ITALY: G7 Summit, Rai CEO and DG: “Great test of public service” (Press release – Italian) 

Rai: “The G7 Summit just concluded, of which Rai was the Host Broadcaster”, was another great page of public service, of which we can be proud. 

ITALY: Initiatives aimed at young people continue (Press release – Italian) 

Rai: A company aimed at the future and sensitive to youth issues. The Canon, Artistic Heritage and Institutional Agreements Directorate, in collaboration with the Navy, has announced a new prize competition reserved for young season ticket holders or children of season ticket holders.

ITALY & EU: Von der Leyen buries report slamming Italy as she seeks Meloni’s vote

Politico: Ursula von der Leyen has sought to slow down an official European Union report criticizing Italy for eroding media freedoms, as she seeks Rome’s support for a second term as European Commission president.

NORWAY: New news design throughout NRK (Press release – Norwegian) 

NRK: NRK is currently undergoing a major change in design and profile on all platforms. Tonight, the Dagsrevyen will also have a new look.

SLOVAKIA: RTVS: How public law is formed (Blog – Slovakian) 

RTVS: In connection with the current situation, RTVS decided to bring viewers closer to the importance and work of public media, also through a behind-the-scenes look. On Thursday, June 13, it therefore prepared a special radio and television broadcast with the title “Public law makes sense”.

SLOVENIA: Acting President of the Management Board Natalija Gorščak will propose the appointment of an acting member of the Management Board (Press release – Slovenian) 

RTV SLO: Today, Andrej Trček resigned as a member of the Management Board. Natalija Gorščak, Acting President of the Management Board of RTV Slovenia, will propose to the Council of RTV Slovenia the appointment of acting members of the Management Board.

SPAIN: RTVE, the medium that most increases the trust index for the audience (Press release – Spanish)

RTVE: RTVE continues to increase its trust index among citizens and is among the most reliable audiovisual groups , according to the main report on digital information consumption prepared in the world, the Digital News Report (DNR). 

SPAIN: The RNE staff denounces the “absence of a project” of the radio station in RTVE, “drifting” after years without direction (Spanish)

El Diario: Public radio workers feel “tired and discouraged” and are requesting a long-term project. They also cry out against the outsourcing of content and ask for “careful and sustained programming”

SWEDEN: This is how SVT has improved audibility and developed the service Tydligare tal (Press release – Swedish) 

SVT: Poor audibility in television has long frustrated many viewers. It has been one of the most common complaints to SVT over the years, which led to the idea of ​​being able to individually improve audibility for those who need it. 

UK: Channel 4 Ventures teams with Vinterior in £3 million partnership (Press release)

Channel 4: Channel 4’s consumer investment arm, Channel 4 Ventures, has secured a £3 million investment into Vinterior, Europe’s leading premium, second-hand furniture marketplace.

UK: What do people think of Generative AI? (Blog) 

BBC: Generative AI (or GenAI) burst into the public’s consciousness at the end of 2022 when OpenAI launched ChatGPT. 

REGIONAL: ‘Administrative Silence’: FOI Requests Go Unanswered in Balkans, BIRN Report Says 

Balkan Insight: Public institutions in the six Western Balkan countries routinely refuse to respond to freedom of information requests, and it’s getting worse, a new report from the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network warns.

REGIONAL: EBU adopts common position on generative AI (Press release – French)

France TV: At the initiative of France Télévisions, four committees (News, Technical, Digital and Legal) of the EBU, European Radio and Television Union bringing together 113 organizations in 56 countries, have approved a common position on generative AI by publishing on its site a text presenting the major issues for public service media.

ARGENTINA: Negotiations continue in Argentina to decide fate of public media Telám (Spanish)

La Nación: The agency is not closed. That is the message that many of the Télam workers received today [June 13] through an internal statement issued by one of the unions that brings together the state company, which has been taken over and fenced off for more than four months.

ARGENTINA: What do Argentines think of the use of generative AI in the news?

LatAm Journalism Review: A study on people’s perceptions of the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) in news showed that the most popular platform in Argentina is by far ChatGPT, although very few use it for news. It also showed that Argentines have slightly more confidence than people from other countries that the news media make responsible use of this technology.

BRAZIL: What’s it like living in a news desert? Agência Mural explores absence of local journalism in Brazilian city

LatAm Journalism Review: Almost half (48.7%) of Brazilian municipalities do not have a journalistic outlet serving their population. There are 26.7 million people who have better access to news about São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro –where the so-called “national” media outlets are based– than about the city where they live.

COLOMBIA: Doubt everything, a conversation about public media in Colombia (Spanish)

070 Podcasts: We present this conversation between Dago García, Diana Díaz and Santiago Rivas, about the state of the art of public media, the place of the audience with the entry of streaming platforms and imagined futures of television.

COSTA RICA: Deputies agree on date to vote on report on Sinart investigation (Spanish)

El Observador: The deputies agreed on a date to vote on the reports emanating from the Sinart Commission, one for the majority and two for the minority.

COSTA RICA: Recommendations on Sinart (Editorial – Spanish)

La Nación: The legislative commission created to investigate the National Radio and Television System (Sinart) did an outstanding job. The well-founded conclusions emphasize the need for action by the Public Ministry to clarify the aspects worthy of attention in the courts.

CUBA: Journalist Lázaro Yuri Valle Roca released and forcibly exiled

PEN International: PEN International, PEN Cuba in Exile and Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) welcome the release of Cuban journalist Lázaro Yuri Valle Roca on 5 June 2024. His medical conditions and forced exile to the US remain causes for concern.

DOMINICA: Dr. Damien Dublin appointed as new Chairman of DBS Board of Directors

Dominica News Online: Dr. Damien Dublin has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dominica Broadcasting Corporation (DBS Radio).

ECUADOR: Journalism program goes off the air in Ecuador and they denounce government pressure on the medium (Spanish)

Fundamedios: The program ‘Los irreverentes’ —hosted by journalists Sol Borja, Fabricio Vela and José Luis Cañizares—, which was broadcast on RTU, was cancelled. Fundamedios learned, unofficially, that the cancellation occurred after pressure from the Government in the face of the criticism expressed in the program. 

HAITI: Online media in Haiti: between digital revolution and management challenges (French) 

IJNet: With the rise of the Internet in the 2000s, the number of online media in Haiti increased considerably, from two to more than a hundred in 2024. 

JAMAICA: Gov’t condemns threats against TVJ journalist Giovanni Dennis

Gleaner: The Government says it “strongly condemns” the recent threats made against Television Jamaica (TVJ) journalist Giovanni Dennis over his report on illegal drag racing in Jamaica. 

PARAGUAY: Motorcyclist shoots at house of mother of journalist killed in Paraguay in 2023 (Spanish)

Infobae: A motorcyclist shot at the home of the mother of a Paraguayan journalist murdered in February 2023 in the city of Pedro Juan Caballero, bordering Brazil, without causing any injuries or major damage, police sources reported.

PERU: Peruvian Press Council rejected bills: They point out that Congress seeks to attack freedom of expression (Spanish) 

Infobae: They denounced that they seek to remove the independence of the National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (IRTP) by proposing that its directors be representatives of the powers of the State.

PERU: Quality content and technological modernization of the IRTP mark a milestone in state communication during the last year (Spanish)

TV Peru: The National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (IRTP), which brings together the signals of TVPerú, TVPerú Noticias, TVPerú Internacional, Canal IPe and Radio Nacional, has successfully achieved an ambitious renewal of its production and transmission capacities. 

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Journalist chronicles Caricom’s journey: Sandra Ann Baptiste’s ‘Caribbean Perspectives’ unveiled

Trinidad Guardian: Sandra Ann Baptiste’s career as a journalist and specialist in Caribbean affairs spans over three decades, during which she has chronicled major developments across the region with a particular focus on the regional integration movement, Caricom. 

VENEZUELA: Site blocking and impersonation threaten media in Venezuela, according to IPYS report

LatAm Journalism Review: In Venezuela, digital information freedoms are systematically censored and attacked, according to “Algorithms of Silence,” the 2023 Digital Rights Annual Report from the Press and Society Institute of Venezuela (IPYS Venezuela, for its acronym in Spanish).

VENEZUELA: Venezuelan authorities arrest five political activists in the last 72 hours for “promoting hatred” (Spanish) 

El País: As the day of the presidential elections on July 28 approaches, the situation in Venezuela is tense. Five political activists of the Venezuelan opposition, two of them who also work as journalists, have been detained by the police in the last 72 hours accused of “promoting hatred” in the context of the electoral campaign. 

REGIONAL: Caribbean Journalists Set to Improve Crime Reporting Skills

UNDP: Journalists from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago are set to receive specialized training on trafficking in persons through a collaboration between the Media Institute of the Caribbean (MIC) and CariSECURE 2.0 – a regional project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

GAZA: ‘We are Keen to Keep Listening to People and Let Their Voices Be Heard All Over the World’

Nieman Reports: How the BBC Arabic’s Lifeline Service in Gaza is delivering vital information to displaced citizens and airing first-hand accounts of survivors.

IRAQ: PFAA underscored lack of freedom of journalism in Iraq

Kurdistan24: In a statistic project, the Press Freedom Advocacy Association PFAA in Iraq revealed, in 2023, more than 518 breaching the journalists’ rights occurred in the south and middle of Iraq. 

ISRAEL: The Choice for the New CEO of Israel’s Channel 13 Raises Suspicions of pro-Netanyahu Aims (Editorial – Paywall) 

Haaretz: Journalists working for Channel 13, formerly known as Channel 10, have known for months about attempts to undermine their journalistic work and gag them. 

ISRAEL & QATAR: Court Approves 45-day Extension Orders Banning Al Jazeera From Broadcasting in Israel (Paywall) 

Haaretz: The court approved a request by Israel’s communications minister to extend the order banning the Qatari news network from broadcasting in Israel. 

TURKEY: CPJ welcomes sentencing of 7 involved in 2019 beating of Turkish journalist

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes a Turkish court’s sentencing of seven people involved in the May 10, 2019, attack on columnist and TV commentator Yavuz Selim Demirağ in the capital, Ankara.

CANADA: After years of selling broadcast rights to the highest bidder, sports leagues are rediscovering the importance of growing their audience (Opinion)

The Globe and Mail: There are few institutions in this country that trigger as much dependable outrage as hockey and the CBC. 

CANADA: Canada’s News Publishers Call on CRTC to Make Regulations with Respect to the Online News Act

Business Wire: Multicultural, community, local, and national news publishers and trade associations, representing hundreds of trust titles, have come together to call on the CRTC to make regulations with respect to the Online News Act that will ensure consistency and fairness, maximize newsroom investment, enhance transparency and minimize misrepresentation.

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada celebrates National Indigenous History Month (Press release) 

CBC/Radio-Canada: This month, CBC/Radio-Canada is offering special programming for the National Indigenous History Month. 

CANADA: Why did the CRTC forget that Canadian films exist? (Opinion) 

The Globe and Mail: Even the best laid plans often go awry. And sometimes the half-best-laid plans, too…

US: CPB Awards $936,000 Grant to Fund Alaska Desk Journalism Collaboration (Press release)

CPB:  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded a $936,000 grant to Alaska Public Media to lead the Alaska Desk, a statewide collaboration among public media stations, designed to strengthen and expand their local news services, particularly for rural communities.

US: Growing costs, falling sponsorship fuel wave of layoffs in pubmedia (Paywall) 

Current: Colorado Public Radio CEO Stewart Vanderwilt recalled a lesson from his mother while talking about recent layoffs in public media… 

US: How KQED is enriching its ‘Forum’ archive with generative AI (Paywall) 

Current: Ask Forum harnesses the power of a large language model to offer a more flexible and expandable search experience.

US: La Periodista de Iowa

CJR: At a Spanish-language newspaper in rural Iowa, Lorena López proves that the best counter to online misinformation is human connection.

US: Layoffs in public broadcasting: Addressing the triple threat of declining audiences, podcast glut and underwriting challenges

Editor & Publisher: Hardly a week has passed this year without a layoff announcement from one public broadcaster or another: 20 positions eliminated last September at WNYC, 16 in February at WAMU, 34 in April at WNET, eight at KUOW in May — plus a round of buyouts (potentially followed by layoffs) at KQED and LAist. 

US: Mississippi Opens the Playbook for Dismantling a Free Press (Opinion)

The New York Times: Slow-moving lawsuits intended to drain newsrooms of their limited financial resources and editorial bandwidth. Threats of jail time for journalists who expose political corruption and refuse to give up their sources and turn over their notes. Judges with close ties to the politicians who have attacked reporters and their coverage.

US: PBS CEO Paula Kerger sends email announcing strategic layoffs for future stability

Editor & Publisher: E&P has been given a copy of a recent communication PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger sent to local station general managers on June 11 to inform them about significant organizational changes enacted to maintain fiscal stability and operational efficiency. 

US: The Stanford Internet Observatory is being dismantled

Platformer: House Republicans attacked the lab’s reports on misinformation and election integrity — and now Stanford is pulling the plug

US: ʻUluʻulu joins national project to preserve historic public TV programs 

University of Hawaii: ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi at the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu is part of a nationwide effort to digitize and preserve historic publicly funded radio and television programs across America, including PBS Hawaiʻi.

US: U.S. journalism is turning to an unlikely savior. Will it work?

The New Republic: As major outlets hire conservative British media executives to inject fresh perspectives — and hopefully cash — into a struggling industry, journalists worry it’s a mistake. 

US: WVPB unable to renew grant after apparently violating guidelines (Paywall)

Current: The board chair of the WVPB Foundation said he believes that publicly naming a funder during a meeting cost the station the chance to apply for a three-year grant.

Digital News Report 2024

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: This year’s report reveals new findings about the consumption of online news globally. It is based on a YouGov survey of more than 95,000 people in 47 countries representing half of the world’s population.

From James O’Brien to Joe Rogan: Rise of news influencers and alternative voices

Press Gazette: News influencer trend well-developed in US, but in UK mainstream brands and journalists leave less of a gap.

Many people say they avoid the news. The news doesn’t avoid them.

CJR: In our new election-focused issue, Josh Hersh contends with the problem of news avoidance…

Most news consumers suspicious of AI in journalism, survey shows

Al Jazeera: Most news consumers in the United States and the United Kingdom would be uncomfortable with journalism produced mainly by artificial intelligence (AI), a survey has found.

How YouTube’s recommendations pull you away from news

Nieman Lab: It’s one of the most significant platforms for news consumption globally, with 20% of adults using it regularly for news, according to one international study. 

Social-Media Influencers Aren’t Getting Rich—They’re Barely Getting By

Wall Street Journal: Platforms are paying less for popular posts, brands are pickier about partnerships and a possible TikTok ban looms.

The strange history of white journalists trying to “become” Black

Nieman Lab: “To believe that the richness of Black identity can be understood through a temporary costume trivializes the lifelong trauma of racism. It turns the complexity of Black life into a stunt.”

‘We Had No Place to Save the Stories’

Nieman Reports: Two decades ago, The Associated Press set out to preserve the organization’s history. What it created is an archive that sheds light on the press as a political institution.

Why TikTok star Sophia Smith Galer created an AI tool to help journalists make viral videos

Journalism.co.uk: In this special series that focuses on journalism rather than algorithms, we look at Sophina, the chatbot that turns text into viral video scripts, based on the success of a journalist and content creator with 17 million likes.

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