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Mediawatch for 18 October 2020 Election Special

RNZ Mediawatch: This week Mediawatch – and some special guests – took a live look back at how the media covered election night on Saturday  – and some of the issues that arose during a long election campaign that left some people complaining of election fatigue. 

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The role of investigative journalism in the debate on human trafficking

Free Press Unlimited: For EU Anti-Trafficking Day, Lost in Europe is participating in a series of interviews with three perspectives on the fight against human trafficking: the point of view of investigative journalists, the justice system and victim shelters. Here, we share our conversation with investigative journalists Doruntina Islamaj (VRT NWS and member of Lost in Europe) and Roeland Termote (De Standaard) who, together with Kristof Clerix (Knack) and Débora Votquenne (VRT NWS), brought to light the exploitation of Vietnamese minors in Belgian nail salons.

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CÔTE D’IVOIRE: Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election

RSF: As reporters continue to be harassed and threatened over their coverage of the campaign for Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election at the end of the month, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the country’s politicians to stop regarding journalists at their opponents and let them do their job of reporting the news.

ETHIOPIA: Experts underline media’s impartial election reporting

Ethiopian Press Agency: Media experts stated that the media outlets whether they are broadcast or print are expected to report impartially and credibly about the upcoming election that would be conducted this year to push the country forward in terms of cultivating a democratic culture.

GHANA: GBC launches third National Energy Quiz

Ghana Web: The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), on Wednesday launched the third National Energy Quiz to provide a platform for the exchange and promotion of culture and indigenous knowledge on energy among the youth.

GUINEA: CPJ joins letter calling on Guinea government not to disrupt internet access

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 35 other press freedom and human rights organizations in a letter calling on authorities in Guinea to maintain the stability and openness of all digital communication channels before, during, and after the presidential election scheduled for October 18.

KENYA: For journalists in Kenya, ‘2020 is the worst year on record’

Global Voices: Freedom of expression is under attack during the pandemic

LESOTHO: Tiny African Nation of Lesotho Proposes Social Media Limits 

VOA News: Journalists and media freedom activists are objecting to a government proposal in the African nation of Lesotho to restrict social media, saying it amounts to stifling speech for everyone in the nation of 2 million people. The set of regulations, introduced for debate by lawmakers this week, would require all social media users with more than 100 followers to register as “internet broadcasters” — a move that would, in turn, require them to abide by the same rules that govern broadcast media houses. It would also allow regulators to investigate social media users’ posts and even order them to remove them.

NIGERIA & SOUTH AFRICA: Big proposed shake-ups in broadcast regulation in Nigeria and South Africa – the spillover may create change in other countries

Balancing Act: After rumbling sounds for many years, continental pay TV operator MultiChoice finds itself in the sights of legislators and broadcasters in Sub-Saharan Africa’s two biggest markets, Nigeria and South Africa. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Government’s broadcasting overhaul: What’s in it for Netflix, MultiChoice and the SABC? (Paywall)

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SOUTH AFRICA: SABC strike looms as talks with unions fall apart (Watch)

SABC News: The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has threatened to call a strike with fellow union Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) if the SABC forges ahead with planned retrenchments.

SOUTH AFRICA: Union threatens SABC with legal action should it proceed with retrenchments

SABC News: Union Bemawu has threatened legal action at the Labour Court against the SABC should it proceed with its retrenchments without further consultation.

TANZANIA: Ahead of elections, Tanzania’s regulator is used as a cudgel against the media

CPJ: On August 27, the second day of mainland Tanzania’s official campaign period leading up to October 28 elections, authorities ordered privately owned broadcasters Clouds TV and Clouds FM to replace their regular programming with an hours-long apology until midnight and then halt programming altogether for a week.  

TUNISIA: Tunisia: Human rights organisations call on Tunisian Parliament not to pass amendment to Law on Freedom of Audiovisual Communication

Article 19: The undersigned human rights organisations and associations call on the Tunisian parliament not to adopt a proposed amendment to the Freedom of Audiovisual Communication Law (Decree-law 116/2011), which represents a serious threat to freedom of expression and a setback to the achievements that Tunisia has made in this field since its adoption. 

ZIMBABWE: The ZBC and Zimpapers : A compelling case for Constitutional compliance and comprehensive reform (Opinion)

Zim Eye: As Zimbabwe stands on the cusp of crucial by-elections and a watershed plebiscite in 2023, it is important that media reforms be implemented as part of a comprehensive reform package that must equally ensure the public media conform to the cardinal Constitutional obligation for impartiality and presentation of divergent views.

CAMBODIA: Cambodia cyber-crime law will stifle press freedom

IPI: Government should consult media organizations

CHINA, INDIA, TAIWAN: Chinese embassy in India interfering with press freedom: Taiwan

Focus Taiwan: The Taiwan government said Saturday that the Chinese embassy in India was attempting to interfere with press freedom there when it wrote a letter to a TV channel, protesting the airing of an interview with Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮).

HONG KONG: Hong Kong: Police raid offices of pro-democracy media magnate Jimmy Lai

IFJ: Hong Kong’s national security police officers raided the private offices of pro-democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai, on October 15. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns this incursion and the continued restriction of media autonomy in Hong Kong.

HONG KONG: Ronson Chan, deputy assignment editor of Stand News, on press freedom in Hong Kong (Listen)

Journalism.co.uk: Because of Hong Kong’s administrative status, local media have a unique access to information about China that is widely off-limits to the rest of the world. But new state security laws signal a clampdown on the freedom of the press

INDIA: Prasar Bharati Cuts Ties With PTI, Says it Will Invite Bids from ‘Domestic News Agencies’

The Wire: The move, [which] comes in the wake of official resentment over the news agency’s independent coverage, will hurt PTI financially but not be a body blow.

INDIA: RSF’s calls for release of Indian journalist jailed over tweet

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Prashant Kanojia, an Indian freelance journalist who is to appear in court next week and is facing the possibility of 28 years in prison for a retweet he quickly deleted after realizing the original had been faked. All of the insane charges against him must be dropped, RSF says.

JAPAN: NHK Eyeing System to Return Part of Viewing Fees

Nippon: Public broadcaster NHK, or Japan Broadcasting Corp., on Friday unveiled a plan to create a system to set aside some of its annual surplus as resources for returning part of television viewing fees it collected. 

JAPAN: NHK wants to make it mandatory for households to report whether they have a TV

The Japan Times: NHK hopes to make it mandatory for those who have not signed viewing contracts to report to the broadcaster whether or not they have a TV, a move it says could help cut costs for collecting fees.

KASHMIR: ‘Vendetta’: Kashmir newspaper’s office sealed by India officials 

Al Jazeera: The regional administration of Indian-administered Kashmir has sealed the office of a leading English newspaper, whose publisher said the action was “vendetta for speaking out”.

KYRGYZSTAN: Journalists and media offices threatened, attacked in Kyrgyzstan as post-election unrest continues

CPJ: Kyrgyz authorities should immediately arrest and prosecute those responsible for threatening and attacking journalists covering post-election unrest in the country, and implement measures to protect members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

MALAYSIA: Malaysia: Parliament to restrict media access

IFJ: The Malaysian Parliament, in a decision attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, has opted to limit press coverage of the upcoming parliamentary session to 15 media organisations, from November 2 to December 23. 

MALAYSIA: Why Premesh Chandran braves court fights and death threats to protect press freedom in Malaysia

SBS News: The man behind one of Malaysia’s most popular independent news sites has seen it all. But this year has borne a worrying trend against press freedom.

PAKISTAN: Journalists call for protest on Oct 22 against ‘worsening situation’ of media industry

Geo News: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an umbrella organisation of various media unions, has called for a country-wide protest on Thursday, October 22, to highlight the “worsening situation” of the media industry of the country.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan’s Female Journalists Demand End to Harassment (Watch)

VOA News: Female journalists in Pakistan are demanding an end to online harassment, including threats of sexual assault, that they face for their work. After several journalists posted a petition on social media calling for action, the government proposed a new law to curb the harassment. But some journalists have warned that such legislation could be used to limit speech. Gaitty Ara Anis reports for VOA from Islamabad.

PAKISTAN: Protests for Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s release continue

The News International: The countrywide protests by journalists and workers of Jang-Geo against the over seven months long illegal and unjustified detention of Editor-in-Chief of the Group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman continued on Monday. 

PHILIPPINES: The big comeback: How ABS-CBN pulled off its return to free TV

Rappler: It was a low-profile deal from the start, but the merger of business and politics couldn’t be more elaborate than this match made in heaven.

SOUTH KOREA: Content Powerhouse South Korea Hits the Croisette

Variety: Whether it is their “wholesome sexiness,” their clever original concepts or top-notch production values and scripts, Korean TV shows are generating a lot of talk — among audiences in Asia especially, where in many cases Korean show rate highest after local content.

THAILAND: Thailand: Emergency Decree restricts press freedom

IFJ: The Thai government has issued an emergency decree prohibiting gatherings of more than five people, alongside a nationwide ban on the broadcasting of news with the potential to incite fear. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns this restriction of media coverage and press censorship from the Thai government.

VIETNAM: Vietnam Seeks to Further Limit Press

VOA: Vietnam’s journalists and social media users face a new obstacle to independent reporting through a government decree that imposes harsh penalties for sharing information deemed harmful to the country.

AUSTRALIA: ABC advertising costs spike in major restructure year

The Sydney Morning Herald: The ABC doubled the amount it spent on advertising and increased its multimillion-dollar outlay on consultants last financial year as it broke new digital audience records and enforced a five-year strategic plan which resulted in more than 200 job cuts.

AUSTRALIA: ABC Annual Report 2020 (Press release)

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AUSTRALIA: ABC Education and Australian Media Literacy Alliance unite to combat “fake news” for Media Literacy Week (Press Release)

ABC: To mark its third annual national Media Literacy Week, ABC Education has partnered with the newly formed Australian Media Literacy Alliance (AMLA) to combat the spread of spin, misinformation and “fake news” around the world.

AUSTRALIA: ABC iview to introduce compulsory log-in

The Sydney Morning Herald: ABC iview viewers will be required to register their personal details to watch programs such as Four Corners, Australian Story and Bluey on the online video platform, a strategy that replicates its commercial free-to-air broadcasting rivals.

AUSTRALIA: ABC journalist Dan Oakes will not be prosecuted over Afghan Files leak

ABC News: Federal police have confirmed ABC journalist Dan Oakes will not be prosecuted over his reporting on alleged war crimes carried out by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.

AUSTRALIA: ABC wins two international diversity awards (Press Release)

ABC: ABC political drama Total Control and ABC Children’s short film And Then Something Changed have won prestigious awards celebrating diversity and inclusion across the international television industry.

AUSTRALIA: ‘Culture of fear’: why Kevin Rudd is determined to see an end to Murdoch’s media dominance 

The Guardian: The former Australian PM admits he once courted the mogul’s mastheads but now says democracy is at stake.

AUSTRALIA: NITV & SBS champion First Nations history, culture and achievements with special NAIDOC Week 2020 programming slate (Press release)

SBS: National Indigenous Television (NITV) and SBS are proud to announce the programming slate for NAIDOC 2020 – a week-long dedicated schedule to mark the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

AUSTRALIA: Rudd’s crusade (Watch)

ABC Mediawatch: Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s petition for a royal commission into media ownership and News Corp dominance attracts more than 320,000 signatures.

NEW ZEALAND: Labour’s Kris Faafoi puts TVNZ-RNZ merger back on table, vows for local journalism support

RNZ: The Labour Party is promising to invest in local journalism and revisit the idea of merging TVNZ and RNZ if re-elected for a second term.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ rides to an all-time high

Newsroom: The Covid-19 crisis hammered commercial radio’s revenue for a few months, but it has given news and talk stations a big boost in audience. Mark Jennings reports on the latest survey results.

BELARUS: TUT.BY, BelaPAN, Onliner, and Belarusians and Market journalists covering weekend protests receive 13-15 days of jail 

Belarusian Association of Journalists: The journalists were detained during protest actions in Minsk on October 17 and 18.

BELGIUM: VRT further tightens organizational control after report Audit Flanders (Press Release – Dutch) 

VRT: The report of Audit Flanders exposes pain points in the operation of several departments of the VRT. It cites a number of examples in which procedures and rules have been circumvented or simply not respected in recent years. 

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Relation of the media in BiH in dealing with the past is largely determined by politics

Safe Journalists: Relationship of the media from Bosnia and Herzegovina in dealing with the past is largely determined by politics and a number of media in the post-war period have become an instrument for spreading hate speech and relativizing war crimes – it was said during the workshop “Media coverage of war heritage, war crimes trials and reconciliation processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina “which started today in Trebević, organized by the BH Journalists Association.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech critical media denied access to online press conferences during Covid-19

IPI: IPI joins Czech National Committee in calling for fairer media access

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech television is helping again. UčíTelka is returning, live broadcasts of worship services and an extended service for the disabled (Press Release – Czech)

Czech TV: New first-graders and pupils in the upper grades of the 1st stage of primary schools can learn again with UčíTelka. In response to the introduction of distance learning, Czech Television is returning a popular educational program to its broadcast from Thursday. In its expanded form, it has also resumed interpretation and translation into sign language.

CZECH REPUBLIC: The media in the second wave of the epidemic: people trust the public law the most (Press Release – Czech) 

Czech TV: In the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, domestic residents trust the public service media the most. Two out of three respondents confirmed this in a survey by the Kantar CZ agency. On average, 68% of citizens trust Czech Television in connection with information about the COVID-19 disease, and 42% of people trust other television news.

FINLAND: 100 years of public service: “Impartiality, fairness, independence” (Press Release – Finnish) 

Yle: The meanings of journalistic independence change over the decades. High-quality journalism needs to evaluate itself regularly in order to carry out its communication task well in its own time.

FINLAND: Matti Apunen appointed Chairman of Yle’s Board of Directors in spring 2021 (Press release – Finnish)

Yle: The term of office of the current President, Thomas Wilhelmsson, is coming to an end.

FRANCE: From Monday October 19, an enhanced educational program during the All Saints holidays under the Nation Apprenante label (Press Release – French)

France Télévisions: The holidays are also an opportunity to strengthen academic achievements and to revise the courses offered since the start of the school year. This is why France Télévisions is mobilizing its antennas and platforms for young people to support children and families during the All Saints holidays. 

GERMANY: Funk offer from now on in the ARD and ZDF media libraries (Press Release – German) 

ZDF: Starting today, Tuesday October 20, 2020, ARD and ZDF will integrate the range of funk, the joint content network, into their media libraries. Both broadcasters are thus continuing the mutual networking of their nonlinear offers. Thanks to the networked search and the shared login function, the media libraries are already more transparent. 

GERMANY: Media and journalists request journalists’ exemption in draft terrorist content online regulation 

EFJ: The latest compromise of the German Presidency on the draft regulation on the proposal for a regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online raises great concerns regarding media freedom and fundamental rights among media and journalists’ organisations. 

GERMANY & US: Threatened: Correspondents’ ability to work in the USA (Press Release – German)

ZDF: The correspondents’ ability to work in the USA must be fully preserved. There must be no restrictions on reporting through time-limited accreditations. With this demand, leading German journalists and media associations as well as ARD and ZDF are countering plans by US Homeland Security to limit visas for foreign correspondents to a maximum of 240 days.

LATVIA: Latvian Radio is already celebrating its 95th anniversary (Press release – Latvian)

Latvijas Radio: On November 1, Latvian Radio will celebrate its 95th anniversary. Due to the proliferation of Covid-19, public media festivals have been canceled, but the Radio Festival will be celebrated on the airwaves and invites its listeners to participate as well. 

MALTA: Three years after her assassination, still no justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia (Callout)

IPI: On 16 October 2017, journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in Malta. Three years later we, the undersigned 19 international free expression, anti-corruption, civic participation, and journalists’ organisations, once again demand an end to impunity for this heinous attack.

NETHERLANDS: Defeat for journalism (Press Release – Dutch) 

NOS: This week we took a step we thought we should never take: we have had the NOS logos removed from the cars we travel with every day to provide reporters with a workplace and to broadcast radio stations. and establish television connections with Hilversum. From now on, these cars, actually small trucks, are no longer recognizable as NOS cars.

ROMANIA: Romanian NGOs Condemn Threat to Limit Access to Information 

Balkan Insight: Five leading watchdogs have slated legislation tabled in the Romanian parliament this week, saying it would limit citizens’ constitutionally guaranteed right to obtain information from the state.

SLOVENIA: Following PM’s tweet, European journalists urge end of media demonisation (Paywall)

STA: The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is “appalled by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša’s latest attack against the Slovene public broadcaster STA”. This comes after Janša’s Twitter post on Thursday calling the STA a “national disgrace”. “This demonising of public service media and journalism must stop,” said the EFJ.

SPAIN: Clamor against Parliament for the “shameful stagnation” of the public tender of RTVE (Spanish)

ABC Play: Inés Sabanés denounces in a talk that the “majority option” in the face of paralysis seems to be to re-elect among almost a hundred candidates, ignoring the work of the expert committee and returning to a “political solution”.

SPAIN: Manifesto against the “degradation” of RTVE (Spanish)

El Mundo: The Bureau of the Mixed Commission of Parliament is inclined to extend the process to elect the board of directors of the public corporation to the 95 initial candidates, discarding the pre-selection of 19 names made by the Committee of Experts.

SPAIN: RTVE and VICOMTECH collaborate to promote accessibility to audiovisual content (Press release – Spanish)

RTVE: They will develop the IDAZLE project, capable of converting audios into written texts and “learning” through an advanced Artificial Intelligence system.

SWEDEN: All viewers are equally important (Blog – Swedish)

SVT: There has been a discussion these days about the fact that we paused the program It is in the walls. It is true that SVT will not broadcast the program in 2021. 

SWEDEN: UR has an important role in societal crises (Press Release – Swedish)

UR: On March 13, the Ministry of Education sent out a press release announcing that the government is preparing for a situation where schools are closed and that a decision has been made on temporary regulations for schools that must be kept closed to prevent the spread of infection. Education Radio, UR, realized at an early stage that a pandemic could put the Swedish education sector in an exceptional position. 

SWITZERLAND: You are never done with demonstrating your legitimacy (Blog)

EBU: For SRG SSR, the Swiss Public Service Media organization, 2017 and 2018 were difficult and very intense years. It had to face a national referendum challenging its funding system. If the proposed plan – abolishing the public funding of its activities – would have been accepted by the Swiss citizens, SRG SSR would have most probably disappeared.

UK: Channel 4 privatisation ‘on the table’ says culture secretary 

BBC News: The privatisation of Channel 4 will be considered during a government review of public service broadcasting, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said.

UK: BBC discussions with Age UK regarding TV licences for over-75s – Media Centre 

BBC Media Centre: BBC representatives met and held constructive talks with Age UK in relation to TV licences for over-75s. This is part of ongoing engagement with charities, support groups and community organisations, following the changes that came in to effect in August.

UK: Oliver Dowden: We cannot let TV licence fee dodging become acceptable (Paywall)

The Times: The culture secretary has cast doubt on plans to decriminalise licence-fee evasion by warning that the government must not send the message that payment dodging is acceptable.

REGIONAL: New study: journalists speak out on undue pressure

Council of Europe: A new study has made an in-depth analysis of undue pressure exerted against journalists to prevent them from reporting freely and of the strategies they use to overcome fear and continue to perform their public watchdog mission. 

REGIONAL: Watch media literacy webinars on NordMedia Network (Watch)

Nordicom: In autumn 2020, Nordicom and the Swedish Media Council co-organized a series of webinars addressing media and information literacy (MIL) in the Nordic countries: Media Education in the Nordic Countries – Lessons Learned from the Neighbours. 

ARGENTINA: Argentina’s new government office is NOT a fact-checker

Poynter Institute: Nodio is not and will never be like Chequeado or any other of the more than 300 fact-checking agencies that exist worldwide, according to a census published earlier this week by Duke University Reporters’ Lab. Many aspects differentiate them, such as their ties with the government, their object of analysis and their funding.

ARGENTINA: FOPEA rejects the criminalization of the press (Spanish)

FOPEA: Regarding the request for an investigation by deputies against journalists Roberto Navarro, Ari Lijalad, and Franco Mizrahi, for disseminating information from the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI), the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA) reiterates that the activity of Journalists who disseminate information of public interest and which is obtained in a lawful manner are protected by the right to freedom of expression.

ARGENTINA: IAPA rejects the creation of an observatory to monitor the media in Argentina (Spanish) 

Radio Television Marti: The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) rejected on Tuesday the creation of a media observatory in Argentina run by the government and described as “dark” the purpose of “protecting citizens from false, malicious and fallacious news” that this Institution would have. 

BARBADOS: #BTEditorial – 100 percent Barbadian content radio station long overdue (Opinion) 

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BRAZIL: In nine months, Bolsonaro committed 299 attacks on journalism (Portuguese)

FENAJ: FENAJ’s monitoring points out an average of one attack per day to the press. There were 38 direct attacks on professional journalists. 

BRAZIL: There is no democracy without press freedom, says the president of FENAJ (Portuguese)

FENAJ: Interview with Maria José Braga, who is in her second term as president of FENAJ, an organ of which she has been part for 21 years. 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC & HAITI: Election reporting lessons from the Dominican Republic and Haiti

IJNET: As journalists from around the world navigate the final weeks of a contentious U.S. presidential election during the COVID-19 pandemic, they could learn a thing or two from their peers in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. 

GUATEMALA: Without an independent press there can be no democracy (Spanish – Opinion) 

Nomada: If political power is abused, corrupt, authoritarian and repressive, but there is no free flow of information, society has no capacity to oppose or simply defend its rights. Then, the freedom of the people is seriously restricted.

MEXICO: Mexico disapproves of freedom of expression, gets 51.42 out of 100: Inter American Press Association (Spanish) 

Infobae: According to the Chapultepec Index, prepared by the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), Mexico has a “Partial Restriction of Freedom of Expression and the Press.”

MEXICO: The SPR will expand coverage throughout the national territory (Spanish)

El Sol de Mexico: As of 2024, 90.9 percent of the population in Mexico will have access to public content, through the strategic deployment of broadcasting antennas that guarantee open and free access to public media transmission signals.

NICARAGUA: APN, 39 years of struggle for press freedom (Spanish) (Opinion) 

La Prensa: The Association of Nicaraguan Journalists (APN) was born 39 years ago under the alarming din of a revolution that surely has Somoza in mind, because it set aside the promises to the Nicaraguan people to be a country free of tyranny. 

REGIONAL: IAPA: America suffers “partial veto” on freedom of the press

Deutsche Welle: Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua top the black list of countries “without freedom of expression”, reveals the report.

IRAN: Iran: Tightening the Net 2020 (Report)

Article 19: During nation-wide protests in November 2019 Iran’s government cut off the Internet for over 80 million people.  As the shutdown continued the authorities attacked and killed hundreds…

JORDAN: Gov’t vows full transparency with media

MENAFN: The government will be more transparent and will deliver “accurate, honest and detailed” information to the media and the people, Prime Minister Bishr Khasawneh vowed Wednesday.

LEBANON: Court rules in favor of MTV Lebanon after presidential palace ban

Arab News: A Lebanese judge has ruled in favor of MTV Lebanon after the channel was banned from entering the presidential palace to report on events.

SAUDI ARABIA: 90% of young Saudis get their news via social media: Survey 

Arab News: Nine out of 10 young Saudis get their news from social media, a new survey has revealed.

TURKEY: CPJ, partners warn of Turkey’s compromised institutions in press freedom mission 

CPJ: Turkey’s press freedom situation is continuing to deteriorate as judicial independence shrinks and the government’s grasp on the internet tightens, a delegation featuring the Committee to Protect Journalists and 10 other international press freedom and human rights organizations said in a statement and a press conference today.

TURKEY: Turkey: Press Freedom Under Attack (Statement)

HRW: The following statement was issued by 11 organizations, including Human Rights Watch, following their  visit to Turkey on October 6-9, 2020 to meet with journalists, officials, and others to assess the conditions for media freedom in Turkey. 

REGIONAL: GCC: Flawed laws exploited in pandemic to further crush freedom of expression

Amnesty International: Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), specifically Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have used the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to continue pre-existing patterns of suppressing the right to freedom of expression in 2020, said Amnesty International today in a detailed statement.

CANADA: An AI website editor has just won a journalism award

Tech Radar: The winners of the 2020 Online Journalism Awards have been announced and one, in particular, stands out. Sophi Automation, an artificial intelligence website editor, has scooped the Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism award. 

CANADA: Introducing the Digital Fractures report by Canada’s National Observer

National Observer: A new report, Digital Fractures, details the role disinformation campaigns played in the 2019 election and how journalists and governments worked to counter them.

CANADA: More news when you need it: CBC News Network and ICI RDI more widely available (Press Release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: As Canadians face a resurgence of COVID-19, CBC/Radio-Canada and the country’s TV distributors are ensuring greater access to the latest information by making its 24-hour news channels, CBC News Network and ICI RDI, more widely available.

US: As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place (Paywall)

The New York Times: A nationwide operation of 1,300 local sites publishes coverage that is ordered up by Republican groups and corporate P.R. firms.

US: Can The NPR Approach To News Survive 2020? (Opinion)

NPR Public Editor: The difference between false equivalency and a cautious approach to politics

US: Coalition organizes day of action for movement to fix public media’s workplace culture (Paywall)

Current: Public Media for All calls on those who seek to improve diversity, equity and inclusion across the system to take a break from work Nov. 10.

US: Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board of Directors Elects Bruce Ramer as Chair and Laura Gore Ross as Vice Chair (Press Release)

CPB: The Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting, unanimously re-elected Bruce Ramer as chair and elected Laura Gore Ross as vice chair. They will serve one-year terms.

US: Foreign reporters describe safety concerns covering US elections and protests

CPJ: Covering elections as a foreign correspondent in the United States has traditionally meant press conferences, long days at political rallies, and road trips through rural America.

US: Prism, a news site led by women of color, centers the voices of marginalized people in its reporting

Nieman Lab: Last month, Prism’s senior reporter Tina Vasquez broke the story identifying a Georgia doctor, Mahendra Amin, who allegedly forcibly sterilized immigrant women in the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Georgia.

US: We need public television to power our democracy (Opinion)

NJ: A Knight Foundation Report finds that viewers of public broadcasting – exposed to more public policy-oriented news and current affairs programming – are better-informed, more likely to vote, hold realistic perceptions of their societies, and are less likely to express negative attitudes toward immigrants or to hold extremist political views.

US: What Is Your Favorite Memory of PBS? (Opinion)

The New York Times: The Public Broadcasting Service is celebrating its 50th birthday. Which shows and characters have made their mark on your life?

Covid-hit media must find new ways to grow 

SWI swissinfo.ch: Some Swiss media outlets lost as much as 95% of their advertising revenues during the Covid-19 pandemic and they are not alone. Local media in many rich countries are suffering similar fates. But quality news media are more important than ever and must find new ways to grow, argues Geneva-based journalist Brij Khindaria.

Freedom on the Net 2020: The Pandemic’s Digital Shadow (Report)

Freedom House: The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating a dramatic decline in global internet freedom. For the 10th consecutive year, users have experienced an overall deterioration in their rights, and the phenomenon is contributing to a broader crisis for democracy worldwide.

Global Expression Report: Headlines and Highlights – ARTICLE 19

Article 19: More than half (51%) of the global population is now living in a country categorised as ‘in crisis’. This is the lowest score for freedom of expression worldwide for twenty years.

How Should the Media Talk About Climate Change? 

The New Yorker: Genevieve Guenther, a former Renaissance scholar, studies how we discuss global warming—and how we don’t.

Media Defence NGO responding to ever growing demand for media legal defence services 

UNESCO: Interview with Alinda Vermeer, Interim CEO, Media Defence.

New Global Survey Raises Red Flags for Journalism in the COVID-19 Era 

ICFJ: Facing everything from a barrage of disinformation to heightened security risks and a mental health crisis, journalists around the world are contending with myriad daunting challenges as they report on a deadly pandemic, according to the first results from a global survey on journalism and the COVID-19 crisis.

New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council

RSF: After several of the world’s worst enemies of press freedom were elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council this week, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on leading democracies to do what they can to ensure that these countries do not dictate future international human rights standards.

Responsible reporting on suicide can help save lives

EJN: Responsible reporting about mental health and suicide can help prevent suicide, but sensationalist and stigmatising reporting puts vulnerable people at risk.

The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards Show to take place virtually (Event)

Asia Radio Today: Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, and P1 Media Group, providing research, strategies and consulting to radio stations worldwide, announced with Radiodays Europe that The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards Show will be held virtually on Thursday, November 12, at 9 am EST/3 pm CET.

The media have muted the voices of women during COVID-19: can the tide be turned? 

The Conversation: COVID-19 has distressed societies to the core. Among the fault lines it has exposed is the fact that gender bias remains rampant in news coverage.

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