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MFC statement on Shireen Abu Akleh

The Media Freedom Coalition has signed a statement calling for accountability in the killing of journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh.

The veteran Palestinian-American journalist, who worked for Al Jazeera, was killed in the West Bank in May. At the time, PMA joined 33 other organisations calling for an independent investigation into her killing. There must be no impunity for the perpetrators.

Four months after her killing, 29 members of the Media Freedom Coalition have signed a statement also calling for accountability.

“Freedom of expression, press freedom and the safety of journalists and media workers are indispensable for the flourishing of free, pluralistic, inclusive and democratic societies,” the Coalition said in the statement. “It is of paramount importance that attacks on members of the media are thoroughly investigated and that those found responsible are held accountable.”

Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Photo: Al Jazeera.

The Public Media Alliance is a member of the Media Freedom Coalition Consultative Network, a group of national, regional and international organisations that in collaboration with a much broader set of civil society groups, voluntarily provides advice to the MFC on the work of the MFC and facilitates selection of cases that it believes require State intervention. 

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ALGERIA: Algeria reveals new journalism law as censorship mounts

The New Arab: The Algerian government has announced a new controversial draft to regulate journalism in the country, as rights groups warn of a deterioration in freedom of speech in the North African state.

EGYPT: Renewed crackdown threatens work of last independent news site

DW: Egyptian authorities have Mada Masr in their sights once again after critical reporting. But the editor of the country’s last independent news source told DW that they will continue their work. 

GHANA: GBC’s Joyce Gyekye and Gloria Anderson grab OFAB Ghana Media awards

GBC: GBC News’ Joyce Gyekye and Gloria Anderson have won the Radio and Television categories of the Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Media awards for their works in promoting the knowledge and safety of Agricultural Biotechnology and food security in Ghana at a ceremony in Accra.

GUINEA: One year after coup, transitional authorities must protect press

IPI: Recent series of press freedom violations clashes with government’s commitment to press freedom.

KENYA: KBC Nairobi Tour: Public broadcaster’s date with City residents

KBC: The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation staged a two-day road show in the Capital, Nairobi, to showcase a range of new programmes to the city residents.


Front Page Africa: Democracy thrives where freedom of speech and expression are upheld. It is therefore fitting that the UN, this year, dedicated the International Day of Democracy to “Protect Press Freedom for Democracy”. 

MALAWI: MACRA risks legal action over MBC operating license fees compliance

Nyasa Times: Forum for National Development (FND) has threatened to take legal actions against Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) for shielding state-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) on its compliance to payment of license fees.

SOMALIA: Somaliland’s ministry of information imposes indefinite ban on CBA TV

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists on Friday called on authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland to allow the privately owned CBA TV broadcaster to resume operations and to desist from using bans to silence the press.

SOUTH AFRICA: Job cuts failed at SABC, say candidates hoping to serve on next board

News24: While the candidates interviewed for board positions at the SABC this week differed on whether the current board was at fault for retrenchments at the public service broadcaster last year, there was consensus on one thing: they believe job cuts yielded no positive results for the business.

SOUTH AFRICA: Regulators must take on big tech so SABC can thrive, says veteran journalist Franz Krüger

News24: Veteran SABC journalist Professor Franz Krüger says government must consider regulations or introducing levies for global big tech firms’ operations in South Africa in order to subsidise local media companies, including the public broadcaster.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC in hot pursuit of misspent funds, especially from Hlaudi Motsoeneng: Prof Saths Cooper

News24: The outgoing SABC has not just brought proper leadership back to public broadcaster, it is also actively pursuing former executives to held them accountable for previous misspending and mismanagement, according to board member and anti-apartheid activist Saths Cooper.

TUNISIA: Journalists tell CPJ how Tunisia’s tough new constitution curbs their access to information

CPJ: During a recent CPJ mission to Tunisia, journalists discussed how a new constitution, approved on July 25, 2022, could further restrict press freedoms.

ZIMBABWE: Watchdogs bemoan falling media freedoms ahead of elections

Newsday Zimbabwe: Election watchdogs have implored law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of journalists ahead of the 2023 general elections.

REGIONAL: Broadcast Leaders To Examine Challenges Facing Digital Public Service Broadcasting In Africa At Industry Convention On 25 – 27 October 2022 In Kigali Rwanda

Broadcast Media Africa: A media statement by organisers of the 6th Annual Broadcast And Digital Media Convention – Africa in Kigali – Rwanda, announced that a key feature of the convention agenda will be the industry leader’s discussion on the topic: “Providing Vibrant Digital Public-Service Broadcasting Services To All Africans – Getting From A – Z.”

REGIONAL: Cyber Violence against Female Journalists in Southern Africa

MISA: The survey forms part of MISA’s evidence-based advocacy to ensure the safety of journalists. It builds on international and regional efforts to ensure online safety for female  journalists.

AFGHANISTAN: Repression of media personnel continues in Afghanistan as Taliban detains journalist in Kapisa province

ThePrint: Amid the ongoing crackdown on journalists in Afghanistan, another incident has come to light as a local journalist in the central province of Kapisa, Abdul Hanan Mohammadi has been detained by the Taliban for almost three months now without any crime, the family of the arrested journalist said in a statement, TOLOnews reported.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong journalist charged days before leaving for Oxford fellowship

The Guardian: The head of Hong Kong’s journalist union was charged with obstructing police on Monday, 10 days before he was set to leave the city and begin an overseas fellowship at Oxford University.

JAPAN: Yuka Natori: ‘Starting a climate initiative in your own community would be great’

The Japan Times: Yuka Natori, 32, is a social worker who hails from Tokyo. Her interest in climate issues began at a young age and ultimately led her to co-found Media Is Hope, an NGO dedicated to increasing awareness of such issues in the mainstream Japanese press.

KASHMIR: ‘An open-air prison’: Kashmiri journalists on how travel bans undermine press freedom

CPJ: Freelance Kashmiri journalist Aakash Hassan was stopped from traveling abroad in July 2022 by Indian immigration officials.

MALAYSIA: Dark clouds over Malaysia’s press freedom

Aliran: Aliran is alarmed by recent incidents that have dire consequences for press freedom and freedom of expression in the country.

MALAYSIA: Government accused of political interference in the media

IFJ: Concerns for press freedom in Malaysia have been raised after media advocacy group Gerakan Media Merdeka (Geramm) received reports of alleged political interference in the appointment of a new group editor of english-language newspaper New Straits Times (NST). 

MYANMAR: Former BBC journalist imprisoned for incitement

IFJ: A Yangon court has sentenced journalist Htet Htet Khine to three years in prison under incitement charges, as disturbing crackdowns on press freedom continue under Myanmar’s military regime.

NEPAL: Nepal’s Online Video License a Threat to Free Expression, Media Say

VOA News: With 90% of the population online, misinformation can spread fast in Nepal. But efforts by the government to regulate the digital sphere are raising flags with media and legal analysts. 

PAKISTAN: In Pakistan, Legal Action, Online Threats Leveled at Political Reporter

VOA News: Legal charges against Geo News political correspondent Waqar Satti reflect wider trend of laws used to target media, analysts say.

PAKISTAN: US ‘concerned’ over Pakistan media curbs, attacks on journalists

Al Jazeera: US State Department spokesman says press freedom undermined after a TV channel sympathetic to Imran Khan was briefly blocked by the government.

PHILIPPINES: Martial Law and media repression, a collective memory (Opinion)

Rappler: Memory alone cannot be purely truthful – this is how the collective memory was pervaded by Marcos myth and propaganda

SOUTH KOREA: K-dramas: The making of a global breakthrough

The Korea Herald: A historical look at how Korean TV series went from local, occasionally regional, hits to reaching global critical mass.

THAILAND: Thai PBS reports the performance of the National Assembly for the year 2020 to the Senate meeting (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: On September 8, 2022, the Public Broadcasting Authority of Thailand (SAT) or Thai PBS reported on the performance of the year 2020 to the Senate meeting. 

TIMOR-LESTE & MYANMAR: Press Council condemns misleading representation of Myanmar press freedom

IFJ: The Conselho de Imprensa (Press Council) of Timor-Leste (CITL) has expressed its serious concerns at the misleading representation of the situation of press freedom in Myanmar at the recent Dili Dialogue Forum by a representative of the Myanmar Press Council, following consultation with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). 

AUSTRALIA: Conservative critics have nowhere to turn as the ABC goes all in on coverage of the Queen’s death

The Guardian: The national broadcaster has sent 27 staff to the UK but must cover multiple platforms and continuous news.

AUSTRALIA: Female foreign correspondents (Listen)

ABC Radio National: There are dozens of Australian journalists out there in the world, filing away day and night, often for international news outlets. Many of them are women, and they do extraordinary work. 

AUSTRALIA: Warren Mundine quits SBS board, stating his other roles meant he could not ‘provide the time’

The Guardian: Failed Liberal candidate Warren Mundine has resigned from the SBS board two years into a five-year term during which he was admonished by the multicultural broadcaster for social media comments “not in line with the values of SBS”.

FIJI: FWRM: Media freedom is not fully exercised in Fiji

Fiji Times: Media freedom is not fully exercised, says the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM). In a media statement, FWRM said the NGO Coalition on Human Rights said they reaffirmed the principles of democracy, good governance, the rule of law and the protection of fundamental human rights.

NEW ZEALAND: Platforms under pressure to pay for news (Listen)

RNZ Mediawatch: There’s mounting pressure on tech titans Google and Facebook to pay local news media to carry their news online. Google has already done deals with some for its News Showcase, but other big names in news are still trying to get the platforms to pay – and the government’s hinting it could force the issue soon. 

REGIONAL: Pacific radio stations unite to boost use of Indigenous languages

Asia Pacific Report: Two radio stations linked to the French Pacific’s decolonisation movements want to co-operate to lift the use of indigenous languages. The heads of Radio Tefana in French Polynesia and Radio Djiido in New Caledonia said this was in line with the United Nations declaring the next 10 years as the decade of vernacular languages.

AZERBAIJAN: Azerbaijan Detains a Journalist and His Lawyer

VOA News: The arrest in Azerbaijan of a journalist and his lawyer is being viewed by human rights defenders and members of the country’s media as politically motivated.

BELARUS: Continued jailing of journalists in Belarus is unacceptable and appalling, says OSCE Media Freedom Representative

OSCE: The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro, today denounced the lengthy prison sentence handed down to investigative journalist Denis Ivashin in Belarus.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: To protect democracy, we must protect independent journalism

FairPlanet: Amid a global decline in press freedom, which, according to UNESCO, 85 percent of the world’s population has experienced over the past five years, Bosnia and Herzegovina provides several examples of journalists endangered by other journalists and members of the media.

DENMARK: Denmark joins international alliance to combat disinformation on major online platforms (Paywall)

Telecompaper: Denmark’s Ministry of Culture said that the Danish government is joining an alliance led since 2019 by Canada to combat disinformation and polarising material online. Other members are France, Germany, Finland, Mexico, South Korea and Australia. The next meeting of the alliance is due in November 2022.

FRANCE: Charter on Climate Change: Media professionals in France want to report in a more climate-friendly manner (German)

Deutschlandfunk: When it came to the increasing heat in Europe, this summer you often saw pictures of people bathing or eating ice cream. French media outlets have decided to stop showing such photos related to climate change. A charter now defines a new form of climate communication.

FRANCE: French broadcasters’ merger falls through

Politico: The plans aimed to create a broadcasting powerhouse able to compete against streaming giants such as Netflix.

GEORGIA: Explainer | Watchdogs Alert Against Changes to the Broadcasting Law

Civil.ge: On 7 September, the ruling party deputies proposed changes to the Laws on Broadcasting and Electronic Communications. If adopted, they would expand the scope of Georgian National Communication Commission’s (GNCC) oversight. While the officials cite the need to align Georgia’s legislation with the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), press advocates worry that the new legislation may be used to target the media.

GERMANY: Eight awards for ZDF at the German Television Awards (German)

ZDF: Success for ZDF at the German Television Prize 2022: A total of eight awards went to ZDF and ZDF co-productions on Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14, 2022.  

HUNGARY: RSF urges Hungarian regulator to avoid dealing new blow to media pluralism

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the time being taken by Hungary’s Media Council to issue a new licence to Tilos Rádió, a Budapest-based independent community radio station whose broadcasting permit expired on 3 September.

ITALY: Rai Radio: a “metastudio” and two new audio-video studios are on the way (Italian)

Rai:  Rai Radio has set itself the strategic objective of the complete digitalization of studies, systems and production processes. The next stage of the journey is the creation of a “metastudio” that will allow the digital specialized channels to open live audio and video windows, managed directly by the conductors thanks to a highly automated production system.

LITHUANIA: LRT joins European Perspective project to share news with European public broadcasters

LRT: LRT.lt has launched a news feed featuring stories from European public service broadcasters participating in the European Perspective project.

MALTA: Malta registers nine media freedom violations in the first half of 2022

The Shift News: The government’s attempts to block access to information and developments in the case of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia were among the nine alerts documented by the latest Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) monitoring report.

NETHERLANDS: NOS app more readable for people with dyslexia (Dutch)

NOS: Since this week, many people with dyslexia can read the NOS app better. That’s because they can now enable a separate font. This makes it easier for dyslexics to tell the letters apart. The new option is in line with the NOS policy to make everything it makes accessible to everyone.

NORWAY: Sámi coverage is often a blindspot for Norwegian tabloids. Here’s how to improve it

Reuters Institute: Journalist fellow Tor looked at 20 years of Sámi politics coverage by the country’s two biggest tabloids: VG and Dagbladet.

ROMANIA: Council of Europe concerned over press and judicial freedom in Romania

Romania Insider: The Council of Europe (CoE) expressed in a new report its concern over the way in which Romanian political parties pay news stations to promote them.

SLOVENIA: MEPs from Slovenia welcome proposed EU media freedom act (Paywall)

STA: Several Slovenian MEPs welcomed on Friday the proposed media freedom act, which the European Commission presented today. Irena Joveva (Renew) thinks this is an urgently needed act at EU level, while Matjaž Nemec (S&D) called it a “milestone”, as it will allow for action in cases of violation of media freedom in EU countries. 

SPAIN: La Liga’s new television model infringes public’s right to information

IFJ: The Spanish football authorities have introduced new conditions for the broadcasting of its matches, including a ban on journalists asking uncomfortable questions to footballers and managers, under threat of being removed from their jobs. 

SWEDEN: Record audience for SVT’s election watch (Swedish – Press release)

SVT: On television, Valvakan reached 41.7% of the population, which is 4.2 million viewers, and there were 2.7 million starts in SVT Play. SVT has never reached so many digitally with Valvakan.

SWEDEN: RSF asks the country’s second biggest party to stop undermining press freedom and right to information

RSF: After the recent parliamentary election, the Swedish Democrats blocked access of several journalists to their election night and threatened the media in general. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warns of the link between political and physical attacks.

UK: How news feels: anticipated anxiety as a factor in news avoidance and a barrier to political engagement

Reuters Institute: This paper explores how the preconceptions of lower- and middle-class people in the UK shape the way they engage with the news. 

UK: ‘It feels harder than ever’: independent radio stations under threat from rising bills

The Guardian: Gilles Peterson and other station bosses explain how the passion projects that sustained music scenes and consoled listeners over lockdown now find themselves in jeopardy from rocketing costs – with little sign of government help.

UK: Liz Truss government to re-examine ‘business case’ for Channel 4 privatisation

Press Gazette: The new government led by Liz Truss is re-examining the business case for the privatisation of Channel 4, Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said on Tuesday.

UK: The Guardian view on Channel 4 privatisation: a moment to step back (Editorial)

The Guardian: The new culture secretary would be wise to abort a move that makes no economic sense and few people want anyway.

UKRAINE: CPJ calls on Ukrainian lawmakers to drop media bill

CPJ: In response to media reports that Ukraine’s parliament passed in its first reading on August 30 a media bill that threatens to restrict press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement calling for the bill to be dropped

REGIONAL: European Media Freedom Act: Commission proposes rules to protect media pluralism and independence in the EU (Press release)

European Commission: The European Commission adopted today a European Media Freedom Act, a novel set of rules to protect media pluralism and independence in the EU.

REGIONAL: How Council of Europe guidelines on managing the impact of digital technologies on freedom of expression complement the DSA

LSE Blogs: As the Digital Services Act (DSA) awaits adoption by the EU, Natali Helberger, Alexandra Borchardt and Cristian Vaccari explain here how the Council of Europe’s recently adopted recommendation “on the impact of digital technologies on freedom of expression” can complement the implementation of the DSA, which aims to update rules governing digital services in the EU.

REGIONAL: Journalists speak of the devastating impact of SLAPPs

ARTICLE 19: In a new series of interviews, ARTICLE 19 Europe speaks with journalists from Croatia, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and the United Kingdom, who open up about their plight against repeated legal threats aimed at shutting down investigations into abuses of power.

REGIONAL: Report: More than 300 Media Freedom Violations So Far in 2022 

Balkan Insight: A report published on Friday, registered 311 media freedom violations in European Union Member States and candidate states in the first six months of 2022.

REGIONAL: Young Adult Pitch (Opportunity)

Nordvision: On September 29, the next pitch will be organized in Nordvision for ideas and projects for the young adult audience. Register your project for pitch no later than September 21, in Nordvision’s project calendar. 

ARGENTINA: Lombardi attacked Public TV in Congress and with a one-minute video they left him as a liar (Spanish)

Política argentina: The current national deputy of Together for Change and former head of Public Media Hernán Lombardi used his speech in Congress yesterday to attack Public TV and maintain that one of its programs has “100% of its official guests”, but with a video that leaves no room for doubt they left him as a liar . 

ARGENTINA: Public TV was distinguished by Argentores for its “70 years promoting national culture” (Spanish) 

El Ciudadano: The Board of Directors of the General Society of Authors of Argentina (Argentores) delivered this Friday at its headquarters a special distinction to Public Television for its 70 years of history “promoting national culture.”

BOLIVIA: Summons and “witness” journalists: the harassment and intimidation of the press continues (Spanish) 

Página Siete: Four journalists analyze the situation of harassment of the press, with subpoenas for testimonial purposes and to reveal the secrecy of the source. 

BRAZIL: Humberto Costa demands investigation of moral harassment at EBC (Portuguese)

Senado Notícias: The president of the Human Rights Commission (CDH), Senator Humberto Costa (PT-PE), requested an investigation into allegations of moral harassment and political persecution at Empresa Brasil de Comunicação (EBC). 

BRAZIL: Journalists report harassment, embarrassment and censorship at EBC (Portuguese)

Agencia Pública: Bullying, censorship, climate of fear due to persecution at work, devaluation and lack of dialogue. Sixteen journalists, of which eleven are women, from the federal government company EBC (Empresa Brasileira de Comunicação) delivered written statements describing humiliating and embarrassing situations in the company’s day to day after the arrival of Jair Bolsonaro to the Presidency of the Republic.

BRAZIL: The scourge of fake news in the Brazilian presidential elections (Spanish)

France 24: A few weeks before the presidential elections in Brazil, the authorities are trying to limit the avalanche of misinformation circulating on the internet. Although the country is better prepared to deal with fake news than it was during the 2018 campaign, in which Jair Bolsonaro won the presidency, certain types of content and platforms continue to elude control.

COSTA RICA: Rodrigo Chaves follows in Trump’s footsteps in Costa Rica (Opinion – Spanish) 

The Washington Post: The aroma of Donald Trump in the Presidential House of Costa Rica is difficult to hide. Since President Rodrigo Chaves came to power in this small Central American country in May, his character and style of governing have been compared to that of the former US president.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Indotel presents to media representatives updated transition plan to Digital Terrestrial Television (Spanish)

DPL News: The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL), presented to representatives of the country’s media, the update of the Transition Plan for Digital Terrestrial Television (TTD). The DTT is a necessity for the people who consume content on open television to benefit from better audio and video quality.

EL SALVADOR: Speech of World Press Freedom Hero Carlos Dada at IPI WoCo

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) is today publishing the speech given by Salvadorian journalist Carlos Dada, founder of El Faro, as he accepted the World Press Freedom Hero award at IPI’s World Congress 2022 at Columbia University in New York on 9 September 2022. 

HAITI: Two Haitian journalists murdered while reporting in Port-au-Prince

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is shocked and alarmed by the escalating violence against the media in Haiti, where last weekend’s murders of two reporters in the capital, Port-au-Prince, have brought the number of journalists killed in this Caribbean country since the start of the year to four.

MEXICO: Mexican journalists are still being failed

Index on Censorship: “Less than 1% of crimes committed against journalists in Mexico are actually punished” says Mexican journalist amid a new wave of murdered journalists

MEXICO: Peoples Court sentences Mexico for crime against journalist Milo Vela and his family (Spanish)

Pie de Página: The Final Hearing of the People’s Tribunal for Murdered Journalists was held in the historic center of Veracruz, where the Mexican State was sentenced. Martina Forti said that forging alliances in the guild has been a formula that has helped to exercise the trade. 

NICARAGUA: Media Deal With Russia Worries Nicaragua’s Independent Journalists (Watch)

VOA: The Russian news agency Sputnik and the government of Daniel Ortega signed a media cooperation agreement in late August. The strengthening of ties with Russian media occurs during an information blackout in Nicaragua.

REGIONAL: CBU Personnel Join New Cohort of CARIMAC Master’s Degree In Media Management

CBU: Eleven (11) members of staff from six (6) CBU member organisations in Anguilla, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are among the September 2022 cohort attending online courses in the University of the West Indies’ Master’s degree in Media Management.

REGIONAL: Journalists from Venezuela and Nicaragua warn: attacks on the press in Latin America are dictatorial

El Carabobeño: A group of four journalists from countries such as Venezuela or Nicaragua warned this Monday at the Organization of American States (OAS) of the attacks on the press in their countries, which in their opinion are reminiscent of the limits on freedom of expression that characterize journalists. dictatorial regimes.

REGIONAL: ​​To make way for LGBTQ+ and gender issues in the media, ‘uncomfortable conversations’ must happen, journalists say during Sexual Diversity panel

LatAm Journalism Review: Journalists Geo González, from Mexico; Carolina Vila-Nova, from Brazil; and Daniel Villatoro, from Guatemala, have one thing in common — they have dared to provoke “uncomfortable conversations” with their editors, colleagues and media executives to try to get women and LGBTQ+ people have more presence both in editorial planning meetings and in positions of power within the media.

JORDAN: Government Crushes Civic Space

Human Rights Watch: Human Rights Watch previously documented how Jordanian authorities have limited media freedom in recent years through sweeping gag orders, harassment, and arrests in order to control and restrict reporting on sensitive issues.

PALESTINE: Shireen Abu Akleh’s family submits complaint to ICC

Al Jazeera: The family of slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh has submitted an official complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to demand justice for her killing.

TURKEY: Journalist gets 6 years in prison on terrorism charges

SCF: A Turkish court has handed down a jail sentence of six years, three months to a journalist on conviction of terrorist organization membership due to her coverage of events held by a Kurdish political group, Turkish Minute reported.

TURKEY: Journalists demonstrate in solidarity with 16 Kurdish colleagues in jail

Turkish Minute: Journalists in several Turkish cities staged demonstrations on Friday to show solidarity with 16 of their colleagues who were arrested in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır in June on charges of membership in a terrorist organization, the sendika.org news website reported on Friday.

TURKEY: Turkey escalates press freedom attacks in first half of  2022 – monitoring group

Ahval: Turkey has continued its full-scale attack on press freedom in the first half of this year, with an escalation of systemic repression of independent media, according to a semi-annual report published by Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), a media violations watchdog organization.

TURKEY: Turkish Regulator Criticized Over Public Service Video 

VOA: Turkish media and LGBTQ groups are questioning a decision by the country’s regulator to classify a video from a coalition of conservative groups as a public service announcement.

UAE: Mass firing at UAE newspaper raises question of censorship

The New Arab: Journalists and employees at UAE newspaper Al Roeya were fired and the outlet was closed down after publishing a story about rising fuel prices in the Emirates in June. 

CANADA: A Look Inside CBC/Radio-Canada’s New Broadcast Center

Radio World: The new Maison de Radio-Canada in Montréal is the headquarters for the French-language network of Canada’s national public broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada. 

CANADA: Disney wants the Canadian Government to amend the Broadcasting Act to redefine ‘Canadian’ content

Mobile Syrup: Disney has approached the Canadian federal government in a bid to amend the current Broadcasting Act.

CANADA: Update to Broadcasting Act likely a top priority in fall sitting, say lobbyists (Paywall) 

The Hill Times: The Liberal government may push for the Online Streaming Act to receive royal assent in the Senate by November or December.

US: Across the country, student journalists are under fire just for doing their jobs


US: Arizona PBS partnering with PBS KIDS program ‘Nature Cat’ to host a two-day event (Press release)

Arizona PBS: Arizona PBS is partnering with “Nature Cat,” a PBS KIDS program, to bring nature- and STEM-focused, curriculum-based media to kids in the Grand Canyon Village community on September 22 – 23.  


PBS: PBS will honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with new programs and specials, including the premiere of ROSIE’S RULES from PBS KIDS, THE 35th HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS, Spanish-language drama LA OTRA MIRADA and the musical celebration DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. 

US: The rise and rise of partisan local newsrooms

CJR: WHEN THE DOORS of the Texas Senate Chamber opened for the 2019 session, there were two new faces at the press table…

US: WHRO beefs up investigative coverage with nonprofit newsroom acquisition (Paywall) 

Current: WHRO Public Media is looking to expand its newsroom’s capabilities by taking on the Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism.

Adnan Syed, Serial, and justice

CJR: IN 2000, a court in Maryland sentenced a teenager named Adnan Syed to life in prison. He had been convicted of the murder, a year earlier, of Hae Min Lee, his former high school girlfriend, who was strangled to death and buried in a Baltimore park.

Advice for freelancers: navigating requests for non-billable work calls

Journalism.co.uk: When someone asks to “pick your brains” on your topic of expertise, this can result in both potential work and wasting time. Use these strategies to make sure ‘exploratory calls’ benefit your business

‘Infobesity’: How queen coverage could fuel ‘news fatigue’

France 24: Endless live TV feeds, analysts breathlessly picking apart each gesture, newspapers bursting with commentary: Queen Elizabeth II’s death has been covered from every angle by the world’s media. 

Join our global journalism seminar series online from October to November 2022 (Event)

Reuters Institute: Our guests will address some of the biggest news stories of the day, and journalism’s vital role, including the Brazilian election results, flooding in Pakistan, the World Cup, the war in Ukraine, and the ongoing climate crisis. 

Objectivity wars, and the future of media trust (Watch)

CJR: An important conversation on the future of Journalism, hosted by CJR and Columbia’s Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights.

‘People’s tribunal’ seeks justice over journalist killings

ABC: An unofficial tribunal organized by a group of media freedom organizations declared Mexico, Sri Lanka and Syria guilty of violating international humanitarian law for failing to protect journalists.

Putting solutions journalism to the test: a six-episode podcast

Reuters Institute: If you are a journalist who has been told all your life that “good news is not news” or “if it doesn’t bleed, it doesn’t lead”, this podcast may be of interest to you.

The kaleidoscope: tracking young people’s relationships with news

Reuters Institute: Younger audiences show different attitudes toward news. A new report offers suggestions on how news outlets can adapt to them

The relief of missing out: Anticipated anxiety is a big reason why more people are avoiding the news

Nieman Lab: Findings suggest that people’s preexisting perspectives about what news is (anxiety-inducing) and offers for them (little practical value) play an important role in shaping attitudes toward news and subsequent behavior. These perspectives highlight the importance of emotional dimensions of news use beyond its presumed value as a source of information.

Tips for producing short-form and long-form audio journalism

Journalism.co.uk: How you interview guests or package a show depends on whether you have a two-minute briefing or 30-minute interview to prepare

Traffic to local news websites has plummeted. What happens now?

Poynter: Pageviews and uniques are not the favored digital metrics they used to be, but as they fell roughly 20% earlier this year at local newspaper sites, the decline sent a chill through the industry.

UNESCO and partners offer new online course on Information and Elections in the Digital Era (Opportunity)

UNESCO: This September UNESCO, UNDP, and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, are launching a free global Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Information and Elections in the Digital Era in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Upending the Entrenched Power Dynamics in Journalism

Nieman Reports: Going beyond surface level diversity talk requires changing how we educate young journalists

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