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Taiwan’s push against ‘red media’

Al Jazeera: The global media have been all over the Hong Kong story. But not too far away, in Taiwan, people are also out to stop China’s growing influence over their island – especially their news media.

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ALGERIA: In Algeria, a petition to support the journalists of the national radio (French)

RFI: Launched last Thursday, the Facebook page “Initiative for a free press” mobilizes journalists, academics, lawyers, human rights activists and ordinary citizens. This text denounces the suspension of a program of debate by the direction of the channel 3. The signatories of this call criticize the “locking” of the media field.


DRC: Threat to DRC journalists who cover measures to combat Ebola

RSF: More than 2,000 people have been killed by the Ebola virus in the northeast of the DRC but they are not its only victims. Coverage of the measures being taken to combat the epidemic is also taking its toll on the media.


ETHIOPIA: Press freedom under siege again in the new Ethiopia

Deutsche Welle: Ethiopian press freedom gained a much-needed push thanks to reforms by prime minister Abiy Ahmed. But already the push back is occurring.


KENYA: KBC employees issue strike notice

Business Daily: Operations at cash-strapped Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) could grind to a halt come December 7 after its unionisable staff issued a notice to down their tools on grounds that salaries and pensions were not being paid to staff and retirees.


MOROCCO: A Victim Not Only of Unjust Laws, but of ‘Unjust Authorities’

The New York Times: An investigative reporter from a prominent Moroccan family was wrongly accused of having had an abortion. Now she wants to hold officials’ feet to the fire.


NAMIBIA: Geingob claims media sabotage

The Namibian: President Hage Geingob has lashed out at the media, saying they only dwell on bad news. and are desperate to destroy and tarnish the image of the Swapo Party.


NAMIBIA: Namibia Media Trust blasts Tweya

New Era Live: The Namibia Media Trust (NMT) has condemned in the strongest terms the recent remarks by trade minister Tjekero Tweya, in which he labelled journalists as “flies”.


NIGERIA: ‘Climate of fear’: Nigeria intensifies crackdown on journalists

The Guardian: Activists warn muzzling of press under President Buhari could herald return to dark days of military rule. 


NIGERIA: Nigerian security forces fire on journalists, protesters

CPJ: Nigerian authorities should investigate attacks by security forces on journalists at a recent protest in Abuja, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.


SEYCHELLES: Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation To Launch TV App And OTT Services

Broadcast Media Africa: Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation has announced a new TV app and the move into OTT services next year, both of which are expected to boost audience engagement with television content.


SOUTH AFRICA: Sanef calls on Parliament’s ethics committee to hold Mantashe to account for journalist bribe claims

News 24: The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) says it has approached Parliament’s Ethics Committee to hold Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe accountable for his bribery claims. 


SUDAN: “They Were Shouting ‘Kill Them’” Sudan’s Violent Crackdown on Protesters in Khartoum

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ZAMBIA: “Countries Should Learn From Our Mistakes But Not Be Afraid Of Digital Migration”, Say ZNBC Officials

Broadcast Media Africa: African countries considering digital migration should “Learn some of the mistakes that we made in the initial stages and some we are still grappling with, but overall it shouldn’t scare you,” says Cliff Kachingwe Sichone, Vice President of TopStar.


ZIMBABWE: Join hands in fight for internet freedom: Misa

New Day: Media Institute of Southern Africa-Zimbabwe Chapter director Thabani Moyo has called on internet governance stakeholders to move their focus from geographical to continental approaches when fighting the clampdown of online platforms by the State and its apparatus.

AFGHANISTAN: Najwa Alimi talks about being a female journalist in Afghanistan (Watch)

Al Jazeera: A trailblazing journalist at Afghanistan’s first all-female TV station tells Al Jazeera her story.


CAMBODIA: Rainsy isn’t bringing democracy to Cambodia: he’s bringing a reality check

ASEAN Today: In recent years, Cambodia has effectively become a one-party state with ever-tightening restrictions on freedom of assembly and freedom of the press. The space for dialogue and democracy has been gradually constricted under Prime Minister Hun Sen’s nearly 35 years in power. 


HONG KONG: Hong Kong journalism groups condemn alleged police firing of projectile at reporter as officer put on leave

HKFP: Hong Kong journalism groups have condemned an incident where a riot police officer allegedly fired a sponge grenade at a Commercial Radio reporter.


HONG KONG & CHINA: Hong Kong: How Chinese media are reporting the crisis

Deutsche Welle: The months-long unrest in Hong Kong has been escalating over the past few weeks. Mainland China’s state-run media sharply criticize the protesters’ actions and also blame Western media for their “biased” reporting.


INDIA: Foreign Journalists’ Presence in Kashmir Could ‘Incentivise’ Display of Stir, Says Jaishankar

The Wire: External affairs minister S. Jaishankar has told the French publication, Le Monde, that India was not allowing foreign journalists to visit and report on the government’s clampdown on Kashmir because their very presence in the Valley could incentivise some Kashmiris to display their agitation.


INDIA: Journalists Protest as Internet Gag Completes 100 Days in Valley

The Wire: As the government-enforced internet shutdown in Kashmir completed 100 days on Tuesday, Valley-based journalists staged a demonstration against the gag which has severely affected hampered their work.


INDIA: Southern Indian state cracks down on “false” reports

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) strongly condemns an order issued by the government of the state of Andhra Pradesh, in southeastern India, instructing government servants to take aggressive legal action against journalists and media outlets publishing content they regard as “false.”


JAPAN: NHK: Can they start simultaneous online streaming? (Japanese – Paywall)

The Asahi Shimbun: “Evolution of public media”… NHK is raising such a flag and is trying to redefine the “public broadcasting” in the Internet era. The symbol of the trend is “simultaneous online streaming”. In other words, it is an attempt to make TV available online. Although it looks like a business on the current trend, it was halted in the middle of the finalization process.


MALAYSIA: Pos Malaysia plans to establish geocode system 

New Straits Times: Pos Malaysia plans to establish a system using the digital address, or geocoding, in an effort to improve the postal and courier services in the country.


MALAYSIA: Teach social media literacy in schools, says Sabah minister

Free Malaysia Today: A state minister has suggested teaching of social media literacy in classrooms to educate the young to detect falsehoods and half-truths online at an early age.


PAKISTAN: Pakistani media community to set guidelines, protocols for journalists’ safety

GEO TV:  Pakistan’s media fraternity has decided to set up national protocols and guidelines for the safety of the media personnel, the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) announced in a press release issued Thursday, terming it “a milestone for safety of media houses and media practitioners”.


PAKISTAN: PM summons first session of media committee on Monday

GEO TV: Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned on Monday the first session of the media committee to build strategy for presenting the government’s performance in a positive way, sources informed on Saturday.


PHILIPPINES: Amal Clooney: Let autocratic leaders know we support journalists (Watch)

Rappler: When autocrats ‘try to silence journalists, they will hear from all of us,’ Amal Clooney says as she presents the Sergei Magnitsky Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalist to Maria Ressa


THAILAND: TV leads among Thai viewers

Bangkok Post: About half of the population is still likely to watch live TV programmes through traditional TV sets over the next decade, particularly the elderly, according to a survey by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).


REGIONAL: The new era of audio and media consumption

Asia Radio Today: The emergence of music streaming services, podcasts, audiobooks, and other audio offerings over the past decade have seen the audio and media landscape change drastically.

AUSTRALIA: ABC to begin repaying nearly 2,000 underpaid staff next month

ABC Media Watch: Current and former employees of the ABC who were underpaid will begin receiving payments in December, after a review of more than 2,500 staff.


AUSTRALIA: Laws restricting investigative journalism are ‘worse than ever before’

Sydney Morning Herald: The lawyer who is representing the ABC in its legal fight against the raid on its headquarters says that, in 25 years as a media lawyer, he has never seen worse legal conditions in which to do investigative journalism.


AUSTRALIA: Praise for young Pacific journalists and threats to journalism in the region highlighted at Melanesian Media Freedom Forum

Asia Pacific Report:  The second day of the Melanesian Media Freedom Forum began with praise for the work of young Pacific journalists by Professor David Robie and ended with a warning that threats to journalism in the region were increasing.


AUSTRALIA:  Press freedom: Regionals hit back with powerful message

The Daily Telegraph: News Corp Australia’s regional newspapers have joined forces to throw their weight behind the Right to Know campaign with a powerful front page showing a blindfolded family of three.


NEW ZEALAND: Behrouz Boochani may seek asylum in New Zealand and will campaign for PNG detainees’ freedom

ABC: Kurdish journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani says he may seek asylum in New Zealand rather than resettle in the United States as recently agreed.


NEW ZEALAND: NZME confirms it is in discussions to buy Stuff

RNZ: NZME has confirmed it is in discussions with Stuff’s owners Nine, and has put a proposal to the government regarding a “possible transaction”. Stuff has reported that NZME is proposing a “Kiwishare” arrangement that would ringfence Stuff’s editorial operations and protect local journalism.


TONGA: Tonga PM seeks probe over TV report

RNZ: Tonga’s prime minister has told the chair of the state broadcaster to investigate three journalists. Kaniva reports the advice stems from a complaint from the ousted cabinet minister ‘Etuate Lavulavu against TV anchors Vilisoni Tu’iniua, Salamo Fulivai, and studio manager Setita Tu’i’onetoa.


VANUATU: ‘Plain cruel’: Vanuatu stops newspaper chief boarding plane home after China stories

The Guardian Australia: The media director of a Vanuatu newspaper whose visa renewal was refused this month has been barred from flying home to Vanuatu from Brisbane with his partner.


REGIONAL: Groups address threats to media freedom in Melanesia

IFEX: The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) endorses the Outcome Statement of the inaugural Melanesia Media Freedom Forum that convened at the Griffith University in Brisbane this week.

FINLAND: Combating online violence against journalists in ‘world’s happiest country’ (Q&A)

IPI: Struck by his own experience in dealing face-to-face with his own harasser, Sami Koivisto, head of audience dialogue at the Finnish public broadcaster Yle, used this ordeal in developing a company guide on how to address online abuse on social media.


FRANCE: Public Audiovisual launches Lumni, a new online educational platform for students and teachers (French)

France Info: After France tv education, place in Lumni . The public broadcaster, with the Ministries of Education and Culture, launches, Tuesday, November 19, a new online educational platform serving primary, middle and high school students, as well as teachers and educators.


FRANCE: The plan of Radio France foresees 299 deletions of posts (French)

Le Monde: Management announced Thursday its savings plan and promises the creation of 76 positions, including 50 for digital.


FRANCE: Yellow Vests: one year on, RSF proposals for ensuring journalists’ safety at protests in France

RSF: One year after the “gilets jaunes” (yellow vest) protest movement erupted in France in November 2018, leading to an increase in violence at demonstrations, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is expecting the interior ministry to publish a new policy for policing protests within the next few weeks.


GERMANY: ARD and ZDF join forces in catch-up TV

Broadband TV News: German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF will interconnect their catch-up TV services with the first step being a cross-linking search function available from November 18, 2019.


GERMANY: News without journalists – “That’s not good for democracy” (German – Press release)

Deutschlandradio: Gregor Mayntz (Rheinische Post), Chairman of the Federal Press Conference, emphasized the importance of a professional journalism for a free formation of opinion at the opening of the conference “Formats of the Political” on Friday (15.11.). 


HUNGARY: Some foreign correspondents were denied entry to Putin’s press conference in Budapest 

Via Global Voices: Like Hungarian journalists critical of the government, now foreign journalists working in the country are also facing an information blockade. 


IRELAND: Dee Forbes: ‘RTÉ must adapt to changing media world but so should model of funding’ (Opinion – Paywall)

The Independent Ireland: This afternoon in the DĂĄil, TDs will debate RTÉ’s plans to secure its future. It’s a debate we welcome – but it’s one that needs to be about the future of public service media, not just RTÉ.


IRELAND: Minister Bruton says RTÉ requires ‘restructuring’

RTÉ: The future of the public service broadcaster was discussed in the Dáil this afternoon with politicians from across the parties delivering statements on RTÉ to the Minister for Communications, Richard Bruton.


LATVIA: Latvian Broadcasters’ Association calls for consideration of the introduction of a “digital tax” (Latvian)

LSM: The development of digital technologies is changing the content of media as well as media consumption habits in society. The change in audience habits has contributed to the narrowing of Latvia’s information space, which in turn has an impact on the so-called ‘media economy’. 


MALTA: CPJ joins statement welcoming changes in inquiry of Daphne Caruana Galizia killing (Blog)

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists joined eight other international press freedom organizations today in a statement welcoming an announcement that the Maltese government and the family of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have agreed on the membership of the board appointed to investigate the circumstances of Caruana Galizia’s 2017 killing, and on the investigation’s scope.


MALTA: Suspected middleman in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder arrested

The Guardian: Maltese government may offer pardon if suspect can reveal mastermind behind killing


POLAND: Public radio found guilty of breaking the principle of equal treatment

EFJ: The Warsaw Regional Court ruled in favor of a Polish public radio journalist, Dorota Nygren, who was sanctioned for refusing to broadcast discriminatory information.


RUSSIA: “Foreign Agents” Bill Threatens Journalists

HRW: A bill before the Russian parliament that would expand the status of “foreign agents” to private persons, including bloggers and independent journalists, is a source of serious concern, Human Rights Watch and nine other rights organizations said today.


SPAIN: TVE proposes the closure of Teledeporte and turn it into a streaming channel (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: The future of Teledeporte is back in the air. For the third time in the last five years RTVE executives have proposed its closure as a conventional channel and that its contents are broadcast only via streaming over the Internet.


UK: BBC plans to drop afternoon Newsround as children go online

The Guardian: Children’s news programme Newsround is set to lose its afternoon programme after nearly 50 years of broadcasting, as CBBC viewing figures plunge.


UKRAINE: Zelenskiy orders law regulating Ukraine’s media, causing uproar

Euroactiv: President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has ordered officials to swiftly draft a bill regulating media activity in Ukraine, in an effort to increase media accountability and prohibit Russian ownership and financing of news outlets.


REGIONAL: The European Parliament debates on the end of impunity of crimes against journalists

EFJ: In the plenary session of 13 November, few members of the European Parliament debated about the impunity of crimes against journalists and the importance of protecting journalists in order to have a solid democratic system.

ARGENTINA: Argentina’s La Nación is big winner at 2019 Digital Media LATAM Awards

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Newspaper La Nación of Argentina was the media company with the most winnings at the 2019 Digital Media LATAM Awards given by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. The newspaper received our prizes, including the Jury Prize for Best Digital Journalism Project for their series “Los cuadernos de las coimas” (The bribery notebooks). 


BRAZIL: Century-old newspapers in Brazil try to unite heritage with digital transformation and getting close to readers

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: In Brazil, today, there are 26 century-old newspapers in circulation. To stay relevant, they strive to stay true to their history and connected with readers who’ve been with them for decades, emphasizing their belonging to the community, while also striving to consolidate their online operations and gain young readers who feel little loyalty to print.


BOLIVIA: Changes in Bolivia TV and in state newspaper (Spanish) 

El Deber: After the change of government and the appointment of  Roxana Lizårraga as the new Minister of Communication, modifications were made to the hierarchical personnel and the editorial line of state media.


BOLIVIA: Targeted attacks on helpless media amid chaos in Bolivia

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Bolivian society in its entirety to respect and ensure respect for the work of the media, which have been under increasing attack since the end of the election campaign and now President Evo Morales’ departure into exile. Police and demonstrators have attacked reporters, while radio and TV stations have been trashed and forced to suspend operations.


BOLIVIA: The Bolivian press criticizes the new Minister of Communication for her threats to journalists (Spanish) 

Notimerica: The new Minister of Communication of Bolivia, Roxana LizĂĄrraga, appointed by the country’s self-proclaimed president, Jeanine Áñez, has been criticized by the Bolivian National Press Association (ANP-Diaries) for her veiled threats to journalists. 


EL SALVADOR: Digital attack on two journalists from the Voice of the Diaspora (Spanish) 

APES: The journalists Carmen RodrĂ­guez and Diana Arias were attacked by a Twitter account under the pseudonym “Brozo”, who published their photographs and labeled them “harpies.” The attack occurred a day after the Voice of the Diaspora published the investigation “Journalists denounce sexual harassment on El Salvador’s television channel.” 


HAITI: Crisis: in silence of the media (French) 

Loop News Haiti: Haitian journalists bear the brunt of the violence that often accompanies protests initiated by the opposition calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moses from power. Currently,  the Haitian press, in the most complete silence sits under the weight of the “peyi lok” and its financial consequences. Most Haitian media are losing power. Some are closing their doors and others by putting journalists “on standby”.


HAITI: Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice

RSF: After the increasing threats against the press in Haiti, and the failure of government officials to adequately respond, RSF and CPJ urge the Minister of Justice and Public Security to take the steps necessary to guarantee independent and comprehensive investigations into all cases of violence against journalists.


MEXICO: “Journalists are stronger together”: Rachel Kay (Spanish)

Pie de PĂĄgina: Rachel Kay, executive deputy director of IFEX, the world’s largest network of organizations promoting freedom of expression, sees in the networks of Mexican journalists a road for self-protection and the fight against impunity.


MEXICO: Mexico’s human rights chief draws fury for asking if journalists have been killed

The Guardian: At least 11 media workers have been murdered in the country since President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office. 


TRINIDAD: Two steps too far (Opinion)

Trinidad Express:  The Trinidad Express expressed concern over the 2019 Miscellaneous Provisions (Law Enforcement Officers) Bill which could impinge on the constitutional right to press freedom by failing to take into account the qualified privilege allowed to the media to access and report information involving matters of significant public interest.


REGIONAL: Mexico, Brazil and Puerto Rico take home 2019 ‘Javier Valdez’ Latin American awards for investigative journalism

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: One of the biggest celebrations and recognitions of the best of investigative journalism in Latin America took place in the capital city of Mexico in November of this year. The 2019 edition of the ‘Javier Valdez’ Latin American Prize for Investigative Journalism recognized journalists from Quinto Elemento Lab (Mexico), Globo TV (Brazil) and the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI) of Puerto Rico, for excellence in journalism.

BAHRAIN & SAUDI ARABIA: Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to sign media co-operation deal

ZAWYA: The agreement will mark the beginning of a new phase of co-operation and exchange of experience and participation in all that would improve the Press and journalists in both the countries


LEBANON: Defamation Laws Used to Silence Critics

HRW: Lebanese authorities have been increasing their reliance on insult and defamation laws to silence journalists, activists, and others critical of government policies and corruption, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.


TURKEY: As Erdoğan visits Trump, Turkey jails more journalists

CPJ: In the past week, Turkish authorities have jailed at least three journalists, and detained three others overnight, according to reports.


TURKEY: Groups launch Turkey press freedom mission report (Report)

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) highlighted the continued jailing of over 120 journalists in Turkey as a deep stain on the country’s human rights record at the launch of a joint report by eight international press freedom and journalism organizations on the status of press freedom in the country.


REGIONAL: On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, NGOs call for immediate actions

IFEX: 18 NGOs have called for immediate actions at the conclusion of an event in Beirut entitled “No to impunity for the crimes committed against journalists in the Arab region.”

CANADA: Cultivating curiosity and trust through science journalism

CBC/Radio-Canada: Whether we’re talking climate change, health or space exploration, science is part of our everyday national conversations. Through its strong history of science journalism, the public broadcaster is playing a key role to ensure Canadians of all ages are able to take part in the discussion.


CANADA: Layoffs hit CBC News amid operating budget decline

National Observer: Citing a decrease in its operating budget, the news division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced layoffs Thursday. Approximately 35 positions were impacted, most of them in the broadcaster’s Toronto newsroom, a spokesperson for CBC said.


CANADA: Staff ‘blindsided’ by CBC North move to centralize morning newscasts

CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC North is centralizing its morning newscasts, eliminating the English-language morning news reading posts based in Iqaluit and Whitehorse in favour of pan-northern newscasts to be broadcast out of Yellowknife.


US: How local ‘fake news’ websites spread ‘conservative propaganda’ in the US

The Guardian: Locality Labs, a company operating scores of sites that purports to be a local news organization, is facing criticism it is part of a rightwing lobbying effort.


US: Nattering nabobs of news criticism: 50 years ago today, Spiro Agnew laid out a blueprint for attacking the press (Opinion – Watch)

Nieman Lab: “In his attacks on television news, Agnew struck a chord with conservatives who had long regarded the media with suspicion. Nixon later called Agnew’s speech a ‘turning point’ in his presidency.”


US: New York Times editor says Trump has put his reporters’ lives at risk

The Guardian: The executive editor of the New York Times, Dean Baquet, has accused Donald Trump of putting his reporters’ lives at risk by subjecting them to personal abuse and describing them as “enemies of the people”.


US: NPR Board of Directors elects new vice Chair 

Current: The NPR Board of Directors elected Wonya Lucas, CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta, as its vice chair. Lucas replaces Goli Sheikholeslami who resigned from the board after accepting the job of CEO of New York Public Radio in August. 


US: NPR/PBS NewsHour Marist Poll on Impeachment

NPR: A new NPR/PBS NewsHour Marist Poll shows the nation is divided on the impeachment inquiry. The poll also finds that people are paying at least fairly close attention (63%) to the impeachment hearings, but less than a third say their minds could be changed on whether they support impeachment.


US: PBS America extends Freeview coverage

Broadband TV News: PBS America is to make itself available in all TV homes after reaching a new capacity agreement with Arqiva.


US: The Streaming Era Has Finally Arrived. Everything Is About to Change.

The New York Times: Every three decades, or roughly once a generation, Hollywood experiences a seismic shift. The transition from silent films to talkies in the 1920s. The rise of broadcast television in the 1950s. The raucous “I Want My MTV” cable boom of the 1980s.

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First InnoPSM Workshop 12 Nov: State of the Art

InnoPSM: The stakeholder-academe workshop for the AHRC-funded Research Network on ‘Innovation in PSM Policies’ (Grant Ref: AH/S012311) brought together key PSM stakeholders and leading international scholars to the University of Westminster, London, on 12 November 2019. 


How Exiled Journalists Keep Investigating in China, Burundi, Venezuela, Russia, and Turkey

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Latin American media to get $4.4 million as part of Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Thirty winners in 10 Latin American countries were selected as part of the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenges for 2019 and together will receive about US $4.4 million to develop digital projects.


Marc Benioff: We Need Journalism to Elevate Humanity (Opinion)

TIME: It’s a paradox of this moment in human history — we have a vast universe of information at our fingertips, yet we still struggle to understand the forces that shape our world.


Netflix and Other VoD Platforms To Tackle Password-Sharing

Via Broadcast Media Africa: The global streaming giant Netflix and other VoD operators plan to crack down on the problematic practise of password-sharing.


Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

The Guardian: Swedish authorities have discontinued an investigation into a rape allegation against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, after a review of the evidence. The deputy chief prosecutor, Eva-Marie Persson, said the complainant’s evidence was deemed credible and reliable, but that after nearly a decade, witnesses’ memories had faded.


The global decline of internet freedoms demands a global response (Opinion)

Thomson Reuters Foundation: As censorship, surveillance and disinformation campaigns continue to gain momentum around the world, fundamental digital rights are being dramatically eroded


What is journalism for? In today’s world, here are four key purposes (Opinion) 

The Guardian: Paul Chadwick, the Guardian’s readers’ editor, identifies four key reasons why journalism remains worthwhile in a free society.


“Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching a new campaign ad and fund-raising appeal for screening on leading TV channels in the run-up to the end-of-year festivities. 


UK election 2019: how the growing reach of alt-media is shaping the campaign

The Conversation: The UK media landscape features a new source of political coverage. Grouped together under the umbrella term “alt-media”, this new genre of political media is largely (but not exclusively) left-leaning and is a possible response to a mainstream press that largely presents the opposite ideological standpoint.


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