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KBS uses “cutting edge technology” in 2022 election coverage

From the world’s first metaverse counting broadcast, to Extended Reality (XR) and artificial intelligence, South Korea’s largest and most trusted public broadcaster used technological innovation to push its election coverage to new heights. It also ranked highest for 2022 election TV ratings.

In one of the world’s most connected countries, licence fee-funded Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) demonstrated its value to the public yet again during South Korea’s 20th presidential election held on 9 March. The broadcaster covered the democratic process using “cutting edge technology” and providing viewers with immersive, high-quality broadcasts.

Highlights included enabling voters to virtually “visit” the ballot-counting broadcasting studio via the metaverse – a virtual reality space – using telecommunications company SK Telecom’s metaverse platform ‘Ifland’. Through the ‘Ifland’ app and the YouTube KBS news channel, voters could watch the vote counting broadcasts with other users virtually. This was the first ever attempt to use the metaverse in an election count. It was not KBS’ first foray into the metaverse. 50 days before the presidential election took place, KBS opened the ‘Let’s Be Together KBS’ world on the metaverse platform ‘ZEPETO’.

KBS’ technological innovations were even more important as they provided advanced and immersive democratic engagement, while the country reportedly experienced its worst wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Newsletters for crisis reporting: How to start and succeed

IJNet: Newsletters are a popular way for media outlets to disseminate their content, engage audiences and expand monetization efforts. Launching and running a newsletter, however, is no walk in the park — especially in times of crisis. 

In a recent ICFJ Global Crisis Reporting Forum event, ICFJ community manager Paul Adepoju spoke with award-winning Nigerian investigative journalist David Hundeyin about his newsletter,  West Africa Weekly, which he started while in exile. Hundeyin fled Nigeria after government officials in the country threatened him over an investigative article he wrote about outlining the mistreatment of employees at UBA and Dangote Group.

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Translating the French election

The Media Show, BBC: The government’s plan to privatise Channel 4 has now been revealed. But who is lining up to buy the broadcaster and what could a change in ownership mean for viewers? Also in the programme, the French newspaper Le Monde is hoping to capitalise on interest in the elections by launching a English language edition. But is there a market for it?

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CAMEROON: Death of journalist Vincent de Paul Atangana, editor-in-chief of CRTV Radio (French)

Cameroon Info: The news of his disappearance was made official this Tuesday, April 12, 2022 by Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) on its various social networks.

CÔTE D’IVOIRE: Fight against disinformation: EU funds Ivorian digital media (French)

African Manager: The European Union (EU) intends to disburse 655 million CFA francs in particular to the Network of online press professionals in Côte d’Ivoire (REPPRELCI) to fight against false information which can “destabilize institutions and destroy the confidence of citizens “.

GHANA: ECG takes on GBC over GH¢15.4 million debt

Citi Newsroom: The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), is back in the news again over unpaid utility bills to the tune of GH¢15, 420,246.

GHANA: Restructuring the state broadcaster: Maiden Board meeting held with NMC and Information Minister (Watch)


KENYA: How a small team of journalists report on one of the biggest refugee camps on earth

Reuters Institute: News site ‘Kanere’ holds UN agencies and NGOs to account with its reporting on the Kakuma refugee camp in northwest Kenya. 

MALAWI: Malawi Police Accused of Hacking Website of Investigative Media Group

VOA: The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Malawi (MISA-Malawi), a watchdog group, has accused the Malawi Police Service of hacking a website for the Platform for Investigative Journalism.

NAMIBIA: Namibian Broadcasting Corporation to soon premier four brand new TV shows (Watch)

NBC: The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation will soon premier four brand new TV shows. Good morning Namibia earlier spoke to NBC’s Director General Stanley Similo on how these shows tie in with the mandate of the broadcaster.

NIGERIA: Nigerian newspaper publisher alleges threat to life

Premium Times: The publisher of a newspaper, Taraba Truth and Fact Newspaper, Oloye Samuel, Sunday, alleged that his life is being threatened for his critical reporting of politicians in the state.

NIGERIA: “We Appeal To Govt. To Subsidise Set-Top Box Distribution To Stimulate Nationwide Digital TV Access”  – Edward Amana, Chairman, DigiTeam (Watch) 

BMA: Under the #IndustryLeadersSpeak series, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) recently spoke with Engr. Edward Amana, the Chairman of DigiTeam Nigeria.

SOMALIA: Fifteen journalists detained for covering prison fight in Somaliland

CPJ: Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should unconditionally release without charge 13 journalists detained since April 13 and should not pursue any charges against two others who were detained and later released, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

SOUTH AFRICA: Free-to-air broadcasters want bigger slice of the advertising pie as pay-TV cashes in

News 24: Pay-TV enjoys the lion’s share of the broadcast advertising revenue and free-to-air operators want a review of the system to to secure their sustainability and what they believe is an equitable share of airtime sales income.

SUDAN: Sacked Sudan TV director ignored al-Burhan news: adviser

Sudan Tribune: Al-Buran’s media adviser on Monday censured the dismissed director of Sudan Radio and TV Corporation, saying he ignored the news of the head of the Sovereignty Council and abandoned its mission as an official media tasked with publishing the news of state institutions and leaders.

TANZANIA: Make patriotism, national interests top agenda, Majaliwa tells media

IPP Media: PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has urged the media in the country to continue informing the public by prioritising patriotism and issues of national interests. 

TUNISIA: Tunisia Frees Journalist Held Over Social Media Posts

EWN: A Tunisian journalist detained after criticising the interior ministry on social media was released on Friday, her lawyer told AFP.

REGIONAL: Africa Union Of Broadcasters Stays With “No Change” Approach To Preserving The Sub-700 MHz Band Spectrum For Broadcasters

BMA: The Africa Union of Broadcasters (AUB) recently held a workshop on “The Future of Spectrum for Broadcasting” in Dakar, Senegal. 

REGIONAL: Facebook ‘lacks willpower’ to tackle misinformation in Africa

The Guardian: Facebook has been accused of failing to invest sufficiently to combat misinformation as it pursues rapid growth in Africa, where the Covid pandemic has highlighted the outsize role played by social media in online discourse.

REGIONAL: West Africa records over 100% increase in FOE violations in last quarter of 2021

MFWA: Despite the fact that the recent military takeovers are yet to negatively impact the press freedom landscape as feared, West Africa recorded more than a 100% increase in freedom of expression (FOE) violations during the last quarter of 2021.

AFGHANISTAN: Media Watchdogs, UN Call on Taliban to Stop Arbitrary Detention of Journalists in Afghanistan

VOA News: Local media watchdogs in Afghanistan and the United Nations have called on the Taliban to stop the arbitrary detention of local journalists in Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN: Two radio stations closed amid financial crunch

The Print: Renowned radio stations of Afghanistan, Radio Paktia Ghag and Radio Maimana, were shut for an indefinite period of time due to a financial crunch.

AFGHANISTAN: Will Afghanistan’s Media Survive Under the Taliban?

Bloomberg: A conversation with Afghan-Australian entrepreneur Saad Mohseni on launching the country’s first independent broadcaster 20 years ago — and why keeping it in business is more vital than ever. 

CHINA & RUSSIA: War in Ukraine: Beware of China’s amplification of Russian propaganda, RSF says

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces the Chinese state media’s amplification of Russian disinformation about the invasion of Ukraine and calls on the public to inform themselves through fact-based reports by trustable independent media sources only.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Media Mogul Takes Security Case to UN

VOA: Lawyers for Hong Kong billionaire media mogul and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai are asking the United Nations to investigate the criminal charges pending against him, arguing that the allegations are nothing but “legal harassment” and amount to the “weaponization of the law.”

INDIA: ‘Critical Media Outlets Pressured’: What US Govt Report Says About Press Freedom in India

The Wire: In its recent report on the state of human rights in India, the US state department has identified several cases where the freedom of the press was violated – noting that there were instances when the government “pressured or harassed media outlets” that were critical of it.

INDIA: ‘Radio Aksh’: India Gets Its First Exclusive Radio Channel For Visually-Impaired People In Nagpur

The Logical Indian: The exclusive internet radio channel will present and engage content suitable for such people and also created by them.

INDIA: ‘Mic in hand, I find my voice’: the female reporters from India’s villages

The Guardian: Women signing up to a groundbreaking digital journalism school follow a four-week course on their mobile phones. 

MALDIVES: Reforms Fall Short in Curbing Threats to Free Speech

Human Rights Watch: The Maldives authorities have not credibly addressed threats to free expression and other rights by religious extremist groups, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

NEPAL: 74 incidents of press freedom violation in 2078 BS

The Himalayan Times: The Federation of Nepali Journalists today said 2078 BS had been one of the most challenging years for working journalists and their families due to the unprecedented public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic despite being less severe compared to the last year.

PAKISTAN: ​​PFUJ hopeful about relief after PM’s inaugural speech in NA

The News: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has urged Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to act positively to fulfill his commitment made in his inaugural speech in the National Assembly to resolve problems, being faced by the journalists’ fraternity.

PHILIPPINES: Philippine journalists continue to face harassment — US State Department report

Philstar: Threats and harassment against journalists in the Philippines continue as President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades against the media send a chilling effect, according to a report by the US Department of State.

SOUTH KOREA: KBS maintains first place in all categories of reliability survey in the first quarter of 2022 (Press release – Korean)

KBS: KBS maintained the first place in the media reliability survey in the first quarter of 2022 in all four categories , including broadcasting company reliability and news reliability (hereinafter, based on the first -ranked response). 

SRI LANKA: Journalists rise during Sri Lanka’s protest wave

IFJ: Amid a state of political uncertainty and ongoing protests across Sri Lanka, the role of journalists has become even more crucial, writes Ruki Fernando.

REGIONAL: Stop pressuring journalists in Central Asia over Ukraine war coverage, RSF says

RSF: To avoid offending their Russian neighbour, the authorities in the five Central Asian republics are pressuring their media to provide “neutral” coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or ignore it altogether. 

AUSTRALIA: Innovative broadcaster broke new ground at SBS and ABC

The Sydney Morning Herald: As an inspiring and visionary leader at both the ABC and SBS, Andy Lloyd James made an immense and enduring contribution to public broadcasting in Australia.

AUSTRALIA: John Lyons appointed ABC Global Affairs Editor (Press release)

ABC: John Lyons, one of Australia’s leading journalists and most experienced foreign correspondents, has been appointed ABC NEWS Global Affairs Editor. 

AUSTRALIA: Mick Gatto defamation appeal against ABC fails

The Guardian: The underworld veteran Mick Gatto has failed again in a defamation case against the ABC over an article he says accused him of threatening to kill the gangland lawyer Nicola Gobbo.

AUSTRALIA: SBS launches first Auslan video podcast Our Deaf Ways to celebrate Auslan Day 2022

SBS: To celebrate Auslan Day 2022, SBS has today launched its first ever Auslan video podcast series – Our Deaf Ways – celebrating and exploring everyday life as a Deaf person.

AUSTRALIA: There is ‘no one News Corp view’ on election, head of company’s Australian arm tells staff

The Guardian: Rupert Murdoch’s Australian lieutenant has told News Corp journalists there is “no one News Corp view” about the election and that individual editors are free to decide which party to endorse.

NEW ZEALAND: Gavin Ellis: Show us the full horror of war in Ukraine (Opinion) 

Asia Pacific Report: It is time to stop protecting the New Zealand public from these grim realities of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand’s godfather of journalism pens his biggest yarn (9 April)

The Spinoff: Jim Tucker wrote thousands of stories and trained hundreds of journalists. Now, he’s turning his attention to himself.

NEW ZEALAND: Print and paper problems for publishers (Listen)

RNZ: ‘Not worth the paper it’s printed on’ is a common jibe at sub-standard journalism – but paper’s worth a lot these days and one of our biggest printing plants has closed citing shortages offshore.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA & AUSTRALIA: ABC Conducts Pre-Election Media Training

Loop PNG: In preparing reporters and journalists to cover the 2022 National General Elections, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation International Development (ABCID) this week facilitated a pre-election media training. 

ALBANIA & GERMANY: Albanian ‘ministry of propaganda’ not same as German model

Euractiv: The Director of Albania’s controversial Media and Information Agency (MIA), Endri Fuga, claimed that the institution is based on the German model, but EURACTIV Germany confirmed there are differences between the two, including the overarching context of media freedom in both countries.

AUSTRIA: ORF adds radio and streaming service to HbbTV portal

Broadband TV News: Austrian public broadcaster ORF has expanded its HbbTV portal ORF Smart with new services.

BELGIUM: Ruth Degraeve, Head of the Digital Portfolio Strategy, VRT speaking in the Best Audio App session (Event)


ESTONIA: Three candidates through to public broadcaster ERR’s board chair vote

ERR: Three people are through to the ballot on the next board chair of public broadcaster ERR from nine applicants, including current incumbent Erik Roose.

FINLAND: Spike in interest in Yle’s Russian-language news; HS offers articles in Russian

Yle: Finland’s largest daily begins publishing articles in Russian, while Yle’s long-running Russian news attracts more viewers – and haters. 

FRANCE: Marine Le Pen puts pressure on France 2 to choose the journalists who question her (French)

Le Monde: The public channel wanted to impose Anne-Sophie Lapix for the debate between the two rounds, but came up against the hostility of the RN candidate in the presidential election.

FRANCE & RUSSIA: RSF restores access to Radio France Internationale website in Russia

RSF: Using its Operation Collateral Freedom mirror site technology, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) was able to restore the Russian public’s access to the Radio France Internationale website within hours of its being blocked today at the behest of Rozkomnadzor, the Russian media and telecommunications regulator.

GEORGIA: Parliament Confirms Two for Public TV Board

Civil: Parliament has confirmed two candidates for six-year tenure at the Georgian Public Broadcaster’s board of trustees, the ruling Georgian Dream party’s pick Vasil Maglaperidze and the Public Defender’s nominee Lasha Tugushi.

GERMANY: Deutschlandradio Plans Launch of More DAB+ Transmitters

Radio World: Short-range FM transmitters at six locations will go dark at the end of June as the German public-service broadcaster brings more DAB+ transmitters online.

GERMANY: Markus Schäfer new head of ZDF Studios

Broadband TV News: Dr Markus Schäfer will assume the role of President and CEO of ZDF Studios, formerly ZDF Enterprises, on July 1, 2022.

GERMANY: ZDFkultur launches Instagram channel on art (Press release – 11 April – Germany)

ZDF: The format is designed for a younger audience between 25 and 34 years of age and is intended to encourage them to engage with and exchange ideas about classics of painting, graphics or photography in an entertaining way – all questions on the subject of art are allowed and encouraged…

GERMANY & UKRAINE: Germany pledges €1 million for media workers affected by war in Ukraine

Euractiv: The German government has pledged €1 million to support Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian exiled media and journalists who have become refugees due to Russia’s war in Ukraine. EURACTIV Germany reports.

GREECE: Greek authorities are pretending independent journalists don’t exist

IPI: Among the many challenges faced by independent journalists in Greece, the failure — or, at times, refusal — of authorities to provide information is arguably one of the most disquieting.

HUNGARY: Independent journalism needed more than ever after Orbán victory

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) and its global network of leading journalists, editors and media executives today expressed steadfast support and solidarity with independent journalists and media outlets in Hungary, who continue to produce important public interest journalism in an increasingly resistive media landscape.

IRELAND: Irish broadcaster sued for defamation

Euractiv: EU lawmakers Clare Daly and Mick Wallace on Monday filed separate defamation lawsuits against Irish national broadcaster RTÉ.

LITHUANIA: LRT RADIO – international evaluation for Russian-language content on the topic of war in Ukraine (Press release – Lithuanian) 

LRT: LRT RADIO’s short website in Russian “Trust, but check” (in Russian “Доверяй, но проверяй”) … won a cash prize in a competition launched by the Content Fund in Brussels, which promotes independent Russian-language content.

NETHERLANDS: Dutch national broadcaster inks cooperation deal with regional broadcasters (Paywall)

Telecompaper: Dutch public broadcaster NOS and the country’s regional broadcasters plan to cooperate more closely…

NETHERLANDS: RSF joins MFRR’s recommendations to improve the safety of journalists amidst rising threats

RSF: Within the framework of its February 2022’s fact-finding mission to which RSF took part, MFRR confirmed the Netherlands’ pioneering role in providing a safe and enabling environment for the practice of journalism. 

ROMANIA: Romanian authorities should launch fresh investigation into harassment of journalist Emilia Șercan

IFEX: Șercan’s harassment began in January after she revealed that Prime Minister Ciucă had plagiarised his doctoral dissertation. Since then, she has received threats and her private photographs have been stolen and published online.

RUSSIA: Eutelsat Removes Western TV Channels from Broadcasting in the Russian Federation

FOM: Eutelsat SA, the French satellite provider hosting nearly 7,000 televisions channels, has allowed two Russian pay-TV platforms, Trikolor and NTV-Plus (Gazprom-Media Holding), to stop the broadcasting of eight Western TV channels in the Russian Federation.

RUSSIA: Four journalists sentenced to forced labor 

IFJ: The Dorogomilovsky District Court in Moscow sentenced on 12 April four journalists from student magazine, DOXA, to two years of forced labour. 

RUSSIA: Over 150 Journalists Have Left Russia Since Start of Ukraine Invasion (Watch)

VOA: More than 150 Russian journalists have left the country since its invasion of Ukraine. More are working with international organizations safeguarding the rights of journalists.

SLOVENIA: Majority of parties in favour of depoliticising public broadcaster, split on STA financing (Paywall) 

STA: The influence of politics on the media has been a major concern in recent years. The majority of parties quizzed by the STA spoke in favour of depoliticising appointments to the governing bodies of the public broadcaster, albeit to varying degrees and in different ways. 

SPAIN: The EFE staff reproaches the management for not executing the planned salary increase (Spanish) 

PR Noticias: The last general state budgets give the green light to an increase in public salaries of 2%.

SPAIN & JAPAN: Mediacrest to Adapt NHK’s Chiko’s Challenge for RTVE in Spain

Todo TV News: The Spanish producer will develop 60 episodes of NHK’s entertainment format, which will air on TVE as Mapi.

SWEDEN: “The Corona pandemic shed light on the public administration’s slippery soap – Sweden’s 21 regions.” (Blog – Swedish)

SVT: Assignment review and SVT’s local newsrooms have for several weeks examined Sweden’s regions and been able to show great differences in how care works.

UK: Disability On Screen: Then Barbara Met Alan

BBC Media Centre: BBC Disability Ambassador Cerrie Burnell and Then Barbara Met Alan stars Ruth Madeley and Arthur Hughes discuss disability representation on-screen.

UK: ‘It felt like the beginning of rock’n’roll’: how the chaotic early days of Channel 4 transformed British TV

The Guardian: From swearing at 8pm to groundbreaking formats, Katie Puckrik, Phil Redmond, Leslie Ash, Paul Coia and others recall the glory days of the channel.

UKRAINE: Andriy Taranov, Board Member, Ukrainian Public Broadcaster Company ‘Suspilne Movlennya’ (Event)

Radiodays Europe: Ukrainian Public Broadcaster Company, Board Member, Andriy Taranov, speaks to the audience at Radiodays Europe 2022.

UKRAINE: The three solidarity centers for journalists are open

IFJ: Solidarity centers just launched by the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU), with the support of the International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ-EFJ), and the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU), will help journalists to continue their work during the war in Ukraine. 

REGIONAL: RSF and partners launch the JX Fund, a European fund for journalism in exile

RSF: Reporters without Borders (RSF) together with the Rudolf Augstein Foundation and the Schöpflin Foundation launch the JX Fund for journalism in exile, which is intended to help media workers quickly and flexibly, to enable them to continue their work immediately after they have fled war and crisis zones. 

REGIONAL: UNESCO Enables Training On Fact-Checking And Digital Skills Of Media In South East Europe

India Education Diary: “Fact-checking is an integral part of journalism, the importance of which proved crucial in recent years thanks to the efforts of specialized organizations promoting it as a public service to help readers make informed decisions and as a tool for active citizens to hold public officials and media accountable and counter disinformation and propaganda.” 

ARGENTINA: Leonardo Flores, artistic manager of Public TV, resigned (Spanish)

Infobae: This Friday the resignation of Leonardo Flores, artistic manager of Public TV, was announced. 

ARGENTINA: Llorente and Lufrano spoke about censorship in public media during the Falklands War (Spanish)

Télam: The president of Télam and her counterpart from Radio y Televisión Argentina (RTA) participated in the cycle of talks “Malvinas unites us” where they analyzed the censorship imposed by the civic-military dictatorship on the media they lead, but also spoke about the role of the private.

BRAZIL: After aggressions, journalists from the DF remain hospitalized and stable (Portuguese) 

EBC: Two journalists from Brasília, victims of aggression, on different occasions, underwent surgical procedures and are stable in the hospital.

BRAZIL: Police arrest suspects in stabbing journalist in Brasilia (Portuguese) 

Agência Brasil: The Civil Police of the Federal District (PCDF) arrested, on the night of this Friday (15), the two suspects of stabbing journalist Gabriel Luiz, from TV Globo, in Brasília. 

CHILE: Andrea Fresard, new president of the TVN board: “It is key to listen to the workers” (Spanish)

24 Horas: The Minister Secretary General of the Government, Camila Vallejo, met in La Moneda with the new president of the board of Chilean National Television, Andrea Fresard Lemmermann.

CHILE: Chile wants telecommunications infrastructure to be a public good (Spanish) 

Tele Semana: The Chilean government advances in profound redefinitions of its life in democracy, among which is the creation of a new regulatory framework; a reconsideration that does not exclude the telecommunications sector. 

COLOMBIA: Court endorses amnesty law for community media (Spanish) 

El Nuevo Siglo: Unanimously, the Full Chamber of the Constitutional Court endorsed Law 2066 of 2020, which establishes a series of conditions to alleviate the debts registered by the concessionaires of the community broadcasting and television service in Colombia.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: ​​Considerations of Judge Alejandro Vargas on the Ombudsman

Acento: As a result of the attacks suffered by the Ombudsman, Pablo Ulloa , together with journalists from several media outlets when visiting the Vehicle Retention Center … the judge of the Constitutional Court, José Alejandro Vargas, reviewed the powers that the Constitution confers on the figure of the ombudsman.

MEXICO: Journalism, public opinion and freedom of information (Opinion – Spanish) 

El Financiero: People exercise their freedom to inform themselves and express what they think, because the States recognize these rights and because there are technologies that make freedom of expression possible.

MEXICO: Media against impunity in Mexico (Spanish)

Diario de Yucatàn: Investigate, expand and make public the files of each of the journalists murdered in Mexico since the mid-1980s – more than 200 cases and 8 this 2022 – is the main objective of the new civil association MX Media Alliance.

MEXICO: NTR expands from Zacatecas to all of Mexico with the purchase of ABC Radio

El Economista: The media group NTR acquired, through its subsidiary Radio Cañón, the entire radio and television division of ABC Radio, thereby becoming a new player in broadcasting with a national reach and a potential audience of up to fifty million. 

PERU: Covid and anemia, works recognized in the I Prize for Journalism in Health of Peru (Spanish)

EFE Salud: Last week the first edition of the Peruvian Health Journalism Awards were presented in Lima, awards promoted by Roche in this Latin American country, in collaboration with the EFE Agency. 

PERU: “The government intends to use political power to sanction the media for their editorial line” (Spanish)

El Comercio: The expert lawyer in information freedoms stated that “recourse to criminal law is contrary to freedom of expression in a democracy,” referring to President Castillo’s letter to “Panorama.”

REGIONAL: Redacción Regional launches to cover common threads of corruption and authoritarianism across Central America

Nieman Lab: In El Salvador, President Nayib Bukele hijacked the political party, Nuevas Ideas, which was formed by members of the Salvadoran diaspora to help him get elected. 

REGIONAL: The Other Americans: In Latin America, Being a Journalist Can Get You Killed

The Progressive Magazine: More than a week after the government of El Salvador declared a thirty-day state of emergency to fight “a war against gangs,” the country took another dire step in attacking the rights of the press. 

SAUDI ARABIA: MBC Group collaborates with Saudi Arabia’s Radio and Television Corporation

Broadcast Pro ME: The agreement to include additional content on Shahid and live broadcast of the corporation’s channels.

SYRIA: Journalists flee northwest Syria as intimidation ramps up

Al-Monitor: Dozens of journalists have fled northwest Syria, some paying fortunes to reach Europe, to escape the Syrian opposition factions and Hayat Tahrir-al-Sham.

TURKEY: BBC Turkey Strike: Snowball Effect Hails New Victories (Op-ed)

Free Turkey Journalists: Executive with the Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS) writes about the reason behind the success of BBC Turkish employees’ strike.

YEMEN: YJS reports 20 media violations in the first quarter of 2022

IFJ: The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) has documented 20 violations of press freedom in the country between 1 January and 31 March 2022, ranging from arbitrary detentions to physical assaults and threats. 

CANADA: Bringing People Together in a Polarized World (Speech)

CBC/Radio-Canada: On April 13, 2022, Catherine Tait, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada and Chair of the Global Task Force for public media, addressed the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, discussing polarization and its impacts on democracy, and the strategies the public broadcaster is using to combat this threat.  

CANADA: Canadian kids prefer watching content on bigger screens (Paywall)

Media in Canada: Cell phone use among children is quite high, but TV sets are still the most popular way to watch SVOD content like Netflix or Disney+.


CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada and its production partners were recognized with 52 Canadian Screen Awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television over six days during Canadian Screen Week, including the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards show on CBC and CBC Gem, following 295 nominations earlier this year. 

CANADA: Even as war in Ukraine rages, we must continue to cover climate and our changing planet

CBC/Radio-Canada: As the Russian invasion of Ukraine ends its eighth week promising more bloodshed, destruction and instability, it can be difficult to focus on other stories.

CANADA: I’m a radio journalist who is passionate about sound. Now I’m losing my hearing (Opinion)

CBC: As Jennifer Chrumka’s hearing worsens, it’s changing the way she connects with the world, she writes.

US: How regional centers, NSF funds are helping to diversity PBS Digital Studios content (Paywall)


US: HPR President Honored with National Award for Public Radio Leadership

Hawaii Public Radio: Hawai‘i Public Radio president and general manager José A. Fajardo has been honored with a national award for leadership within the industry.

US: Jazz Media Lab stations test new strategies for cultivating younger audiences (Paywall)

Current: The three-year grant program backs five stations as they build digital platforms, sponsor intergenerational music collaborations and rethink the definition of jazz.

US: NEH backs public media projects, independent productions in the humanities (Paywall)

Current: Two public media stations and 13 independent projects received nearly $4.3 million supporting films, podcasts and archival preservation.

US: NoncomMUSIC Alliance Announces Speaker Lineup & Agenda for Public Radio Music Summit

NPR: NoncomMUSIC Alliance Announces Speaker Lineup and Agenda for Second Annual Public Radio Music Summit.

US: NPR touts diversity milestones following high-profile departures

Axios: More than half of NPR’s leadership team (53%) is comprised of non-white executives, up from 9% in 2019, NPR CEO John Lansing tells Axios.

US: Station leaders from coastal regions call for increased investments in shoring up broadcast infrastructure (Paywall)

Current: Public broadcasters who have weathered hurricanes, floods and power outages cite growing risks of damage and disruption due to climate change.

US: Who is the ‘public’ in public media? And how far has public radio come from its initial promise? (Listen)

KUOW: Public Radio was meant to serve as an amplifier and archive for everyone in the American public. But does it live up to its initial promises?

How Audiences in Authoritarian Countries Can Bypass Censorship (Watch)

VOA: Russia is clamping down on news and the internet. Overseas media organizations and activists are finding new ways in.

How Vox Media’s growth explains what happens when digital media companies combine

Poynter: Digitally-focused media companies are consolidating brands. What benefits will be reaped from those actions remain to be seen.

Let’s make journalism work for those not born into an elite class

CJR: WHEN BOBBI DEMPSEY was finding her footing in her career as a freelance journalist, in 2000, she could feel a stark distance between herself and her editors.

Newsletters for crisis reporting: How to start and succeed

IJNet: Newsletters are a popular way for media outlets to disseminate their content, engage audiences and expand monetization efforts. 

Press freedom is essential to climate solutions

CJR: JOURNALISM CONTINUES TO BE a dangerous profession around the world—and not just in war zones such as Ukraine. 

Reporting that hits home: Covering science for local audiences

Nieman Lab: When Sabrina Moreno joined the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia as a general assignment reporter, she wasn’t planning to write about health or science. 

Snapchat partners with 40+ newsrooms on new automated product

Axios: Snapchat is rolling out a new product that aims to make it easier for news publishers to upload their content in real time as stories break, Axios has learned.

What the media needs to get right in the next pandemic

Vox: Journalists struggled to accurately convey scientific uncertainty on Covid-19.

What’s next for Elon Musk and Twitter?

Poynter: Is the world’s richest man truly interested in acquiring and, in his mind, improving the social media giant? Or is he bored and trolling us?

Writing tools for non-native English speaking journalists

IJNet: There are many good reasons for journalists around the world to work and report in English, even if it’s not their mother tongue. 

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