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RTBF supports Ukrainian refugees in Belgium

A project implemented by Belgium’s Francophone public media organisation, RTBF, has helped support Ukrainian refugees arriving in the country since the Russian invasion.

‘RTBF Ukraine – Україна’ is a radio and digital-based news and information project recently launched by Belgium’s francophone public media organisation, RTBF. The project primarily targets the 46,000 Ukrainians that have received a ‘temporary protection title’ in the country since the start of Russia’s invasion on Ukraine.

It is a proactive public media project that reflects core PSM values: providing a sense of community, representation, and being a source of trusted and accessible news and information, including for minority groups. It is innovative in its use of all the tools at their disposal – digital, radio, social – to provide critical information for refugees, such as how to open a bank account, and access to healthcare and accommodation, as well as what life is like in Belgium.

Micha interviews the Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk at RTBF as part of an important working visit to Belgium.
Micha interviews the Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk at RTBF as part of an important working visit to Belgium. Credit: RTBF

It complements the work implemented by Belgian authorities as well as RTBF’s other actions to make their new neighbours feel welcomed and supported. And, it joins other public service media organisations from Europe which have developed audio offerings to help Ukrainian refugees settle in, such as Radio Prague and Sveriges Radio.

“RTBF Ukraine is a completely public service project in its mission of assistance and information,” RTBF journalist, Anne-Françoise Moens told PMA.

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Sixth Expert Meeting: The role of public service media in countering disinformation

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media: This roundtable will assess how PSM organizations are able to build society’s resilience to disinformation in different contexts, which determine their role in the national media environment, in particular relevant programmes and expert assessments of the potential of PSM to reduce the harmful impact of disinformation. The event will attempt to determine best practices and provide recommendations.”

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Digital News Report 2022. Episode 1: What you need to know

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: In this special episode of our Future of Journalism podcast, we look at the main findings of the Digital News Report 2022, including how a depressing news agenda is leading people to turn away from the news and how younger audiences are leaning into new social media platforms to access news.

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BENIN: Detained and deported: Journalism has become a risky business in Benin (9 June)

Mail & Guardian: Not so long ago, Benin was seen as a model democracy, where peaceful regime changes had been the norm since 1990, and civil liberties were highly respected.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: M23 rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo loot radio station; reporter Austère Mavilika receives threats

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern on Thursday that journalists in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have faced undue safety threats while on the front lines of the conflict between government forces and the M23 armed rebel group.

ETHIOPIA: Media Arrests ‘Reverberate’ Across Ethiopian Newsrooms

VOA News: With more than 20 journalists detained, analysts worry Ethiopia is returning to repressive era.

GHANA: GBC Sues Buy Media: Don Chebe under cross Examination 2

GBC: Former Director-General of GBC Maj. Albert Don-Chebe has told the Accra High Court that to be the best of his recollection, claims of unexecuted Advertisement made by Private Advertising Agency, Buy Media was a little over three thousand and not four thousand and 31 slots.

GHANA: More than 40 GBC reporters schooled on building better journalism practices

GBC: More than 40 journalists of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GBC, have undergone training on the need to build better journalism as part of GBC’s transformative agenda.

KENYA: DP Ruto kicks out journalists from Njoro meeting to ‘discuss important matters’

Nation: Deputy President Dr William Ruto on Monday ordered his security detail to chase away journalists from a political meeting at Hugo farm in Njoro, Nakuru.

KENYA: Kenya’s Radio Taifa and Mayienga FM traverse Homa Bay county to empower learners (Watch)

KBC: The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation’s Mayienga FM and Radio Taifa caravan traversed Homa Bay county empowering learners with knowledge on reproductive health care and life skills. The move is aimed at reducing the high teenage pregnancies and HIV cases in the county.

NAMIBIA: Radio dramas soon to be introduced on all NBC indigenous language platforms (Watch – 10 June)

NBC: The nbc is in the process of introducing radio dramas on all its indigenous language platforms. Director-General, Stanley Similo, says the radio dramas are a way to preserve Namibia’s cultures and oral traditions.

NAMIBIA: Stanley Similo, DG of NBC, Calls For More Investment In Local Content

Broadcast Media Africa: The Director-General of Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Stanely Similo, has called on the corporate sector to invest in creating local content.

RWANDA: CPJ joins call for Commonwealth leaders to urge Rwanda to respect human rights (14 June)

CPJ: On June 10, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined 23 other civil society organizations in a letter expressing “grave concerns” about the human rights situation in Rwanda ahead of the June 20 start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where leaders of Commonwealth nations will meet in the country.


SABC: The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s television Current Affairs programme, Leihlo la Sechaba was recognised for its excellent programming at the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) awards on Wednesday, 15 June 2022.

SOUTH AFRICA: LONDA – Digital Rights and Inclusion Annual Report 2021 (Report)

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SOUTH AFRICA: Massive Staff Costs At State Agency That Is Supposed to Fund Media

News24: The MDDA is the statutory body responsible for developing media projects in South Africa. There appear to be serious governance problems with the agency.

SOUTH SUDAN: South Sudan journalists’ body ‘concerned’ by shrinking media space

The Paradise: The Union of Journalists of South Sudan has expressed deep concerns over shrinking space for media freedom in the country.

TUNISIA: Tunisia’s democracy is under pressure

IPS Journal: The intense power struggle between President Saied and the parliament is threatening to destroy the democratic achievements of the Arab Spring. 

ZIMBABWE: In Zimbabwe, reporter’s conviction sparks fears of renewed abuse

Al Jazeera: In 2022, Zimbabwe was ranked 137th on the World Press Freedom Index, seven places lower than the year before.

AFGHANISTAN: Journalists missing and detained as attacks to media continue

IFJ: One journalist is missing, and two others have been arrested by Taliban authorities since the beginning of June amid mounting attacks on Afghanistan’s media. 

BANGLADESH: Bangladesh’s media must make itself relevant again to strengthen the country’s democracy (Opinion)

Scroll.in: Democracy breaks down when press freedom is restricted.

CHINA: Female Asian Journalists Face Harassment in Allegedly Beijing-backed Campaign 

VOA: Threats of violence and rape. Accusations of being a traitor. Insults regarding appearance. Asian journalists covering politics or human rights in China, especially women, risk a barrage of online assault every time they hit publish.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong bars multiple media outlets from inauguration of John Lee and July 1 celebrations

HKFP: Hong Kong has effectively barred several independent newspapers, international media outlets and news wires from attending the inauguration of incoming leader John Lee, as well as from covering other July 1 events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Handover.

INDIA: Are YouTubers now as important as TV journalists in shaping Indian politics?

Scroll.in: India has seen a spate of arrests of YouTubers and even harsh new laws to control content.

INDIA: NordVPN set to leave India citing fears over freedom of speech

TechRadar: The field of best VPN providers shutting down their Indian servers is getting crowded, with NordVPN being the latest to join the group of exiting providers.

INDIA: Understanding India’s Central Media Accreditation Guidelines 2022

Global Voices: Using laws undermining press freedom can create ripple effects.

INDONESIA: Six media companies sued over articles published five years ago

IFJ: Six local media companies in Makassar, South Sulawesi, are facing civil lawsuits following articles that questioned M. Akbar Amir’s claims of descendance from the historical Kingdom of Tallo.

MALAYSIA: End hate speech and discrimination in Malaysia

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PEN America: PEN America joins the international community in renewing a call for death sentences against prominent cultural figures and pro-democracy activists Kyaw Min Yu (known popularly as Ko Jimmy) and Phyo Zayar Thaw to be overturned immediately, after their scheduled executions did not take place on June 10. 

PHILIPPINES: Duterte ‘institutionalised’ disinformation, paved the way for a Marcos victory

Asia Pacific Report: On social media, Ferdinand Marcos Jr needed to have all pieces in place to stage a Malacañang comeback: he had a network of propagandist assets, popular myths that justified his family’s obscene wealth, and narratives that distorted the horrors of his father’s rule.

PHILIPPINES: Journalists charged with ‘malicious mischief and illegal assembly’

IFJ: Two working journalists and nine student journalists were arrested and charged with ‘malicious mischief and illegal assembly’ in Central Luzon on June 9, despite identifying themselves as media workers.

SINGAPORE: Social media platforms to remove harmful content, add safeguards under S’pore’s proposed rules

The Straits Times: Social media platforms like Facebook, TikTok and Twitter will soon be legally required to implement safety standards and content moderation processes to minimise users’ risk of exposure to harmful online content like terrorist propaganda, under Singapore’s new set of proposed Internet rules.

SOUTH KOREA: KBS to Showcase Innovative, State-of-the Art Technology at KOBA 2022 (Press release) 

KBS: KBS is pleased to present its latest research and developments in broadcast technology at the Korea International Broadcasting, Media, Audio and Lighting(KOBA) Show. 

THAILAND: NBTC approves digital TV license for ALTV Channel 4, fun learning TV Can be viewed via KU-Band satellite (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: On June 15, 2022, the Broadcasting Committee television business And the National Telecommunications Commission or NBTC has approved the issuance of digital TV licenses to ALTV Channel 4, fun learning TV or Active Learning TV project that opens a learning space for everyone.

VIETNAM: Behind Vietnam’s anti-fake news decree, a campaign against dissent

Rappler: Like what a number of Southeast Asian countries have done, Vietnam takes advantage of public clamor for fighting fake news about COVID-19 to ratchet up state control on the flow of information on other aspects of public life.

VIETNAM: Vietnam state media trained to protect government policies

Radio Free Asia: Reporters and editors employed by state media outlets in Vietnam are being trained to uphold the views of the ruling Communist Party on human rights, freedom of expression and other politically sensitive topics, sources in the country say.

AUSTRALIA: Justin Stevens apologises to ABC staff after report finds workplace racism

The Guardian: The ABC news director, Justin Stevens, has apologised to staff after a “disturbing” report found some Indigenous and culturally diverse staff have experienced racism at the national broadcaster.

AUSTRALIA: Look back in anger: staff furious at sacking of archivists on ABC’s 90th birthday (10 June)

The Guardian: Union says plan to make reporters do their own archival research will massively increase workloads.

AUSTRALIA: National treasure Ita Buttrose reflects on her childhood and what she really thought when she was picked for Chair of the ABC

Women’s Weekly: After a remarkable career in the media, Ita has no plans to slow down.

AUSTRALIA: SBS helping migrants navigate everyday life in Australia with the release of Learn English video series (Press release) 

SBS: SBS’s Learn English has released a new digital series designed to help people ease into learning the English language and understand more about Australian culture.

AUSTRALIA: The rise and rise of Tony Armstrong, TV’s most popular new star

The Sydney Morning Herald: It’s a very specific type of person who has the raw charm to reduce Natalie Bassingthwaighte into a pure display of exultation and praise live on stage. Tony Armstrong – charismatic, hardworking and incredibly popular – is exactly that type of person.

FIJI: FBC receives timely boost

FBC: The Australian High Commissioner to Fiji today handed over MOJO kits that will add to the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation’s Newsroom capacity.

FIJI & INDIA: Fiji TV and Prasar Bharati agree to cooperate

ABU: India’s public broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, and Fiji TV have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation and collaboration on broadcasting.

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ and TikTok partner for spectacular Matariki music event (Press release) 

TVNZ: In celebration of Matariki and our unique cultural heritage in Aotearoa, the country’s biggest and brightest musical stars will take to the stage on Friday 24 June for an epic new music event, TVNZ and TikTok Present: Purapura Whetū – Stars of Matariki.  

NEW ZEALAND: ​​TVNZ announces new multi-year content deal with Sony Pictures Television (Press release)

TVNZ: TVNZ and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced an extensive, multi-year deal for the distribution of international features and premium series across TVNZ+ and TVNZ’s free-to-air channels.

AZERBAIJAN: Attacks, Threats Add to Pressure for Azerbaijan’s Media

VOA: News that police in France arrested two men suspected of travelling to the city of Nantes to kill an Azeri blogger will be of little surprise to journalists in Azerbaijan.

AZERBAIJAN: Azerbaijan media law: overregulation in an already restrictive environment

Council of Europe: In the context of an already extremely confined space for independent journalism and media in Azerbaijan, the new media Law in Azerbaijan will have a “chilling effect”.

BELGIUM: Study: VRT struggles with confidence gap between left and right (Dutch)

De Morgen: A noticeably larger share of politically right-oriented news users distrusts the news from the public broadcaster VRT and some other media compared to left-wing news users. This is the conclusion of a news study by the VUB research group imec-SMIT.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Television is launching a new iVysraní application designed for smart TVs (Press release – Czech)

Czech Television: From today, Czech Television iBroadcasting will also be available as an application for smart TVs. In addition to the three existing platforms, ie mobile devices, the web interface and HbbTV, the possibility of watching live broadcasts and the ČT archive on Smart TV will be added without the need to receive a television signal.

CZECH REPUBLIC: MFRR pushes for reforms to strengthen independence of public broadcaster

IPI: Representatives from the International Press Institute (IPI) and European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) travelled to Prague on Wednesday June 15 to meet with officials from the Ministry of Culture and push for the development of reforms which strengthen the independence of the country’s public broadcaster.

DENMARK: DR and libraries collaborate on an evening about Ukraine (Swedish)

Nordvision: In addition to a streamed program from DR Byen, local events can be visited at 28 locations in Denmark.

ESTONIA: Election of new ERR supervisory board member postponed

ERR: The Riigikogu’s cultural committee has postponed voting on a vacant supervisory board post at public broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR).

ESTONIA: Poll: YouTube, Kalev, Google, ERR favorite brands in Estonia

ERR: Known for its chocolate, Estonian confectionery brand Kalev, which had slipped to fifth last year, bounced back to second favorite, with third place shared by Google and Estonia Public Broadcasting (ERR), according to the results of a recent poll on favorite brands conducted by Kantar Emor.

FINLAND: Yle is organizing a training event for young drama writers, the search is now open (Press release – Finnish)

Yle: Yle will provide script training for authors interested in drama for 15-29 year olds. The project is especially looking for new writers in the early stages of their careers.

FRANCE: Catch-up television in decline in 2021 (French)

alloforfait.fr: The National Cinematography Center (CNC) has published its latest study on catch-up television, which is used less and less by viewers.

GERMANY: Broadcasting fee: Revenue higher (German)

Süddeutsche Zeitung: After the increase in the license fee, the income for the public broadcasters increased to 8.4 billion euros in 2021.

GERMANY: Five RSF proposals presented at G7 Media Ministers Meeting in Bonn

RSF: Invited to the G7 summit of culture and media ministers by the German presidency, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Secretary-General Christophe Deloire presented RSF’s proposals for strong and concrete actions to combat information chaos.

GIBRALTAR: James Neish appointed new CEO of GBC (Press release)

GBC: James Neish has been appointed GBC’s CEO. He will take up his position on the 3rd of October. The former Head of Radio Gibraltar is currently a Senior Journalist with the BBC.

IRELAND: An Post collected €220 million in TV licence fees in 2021 – most of which went to RTE

Irish Mirror: An Post collected €220.7 million in TV licence fees last year – most of which went to RTE. 

KOSOVO: Shkumbin Ahmetxhekaj is elected Director of RTK (Albanian)

Kallxo: Shkumbin Ahmetgjekaj has been elected General Director of Radio Television of Kosovo. With 8 votes in favor, 1 abstention and no against, Ahmetxhekaj received the trust of the RTK Board to lead the Radio Television of Kosovo.

LATVIA: Saeima okays Latvian public media content sharing

LSM: Saeima decided unanimously on June 16 that until the end of June 2023, private or commercial media will be able to use news and informative analytical broadcasts produced by the public service media – Latvian Television and Latvian Radio. LSM is also part of the public media framework.

MALTA: PBS taxpayer funding reports nowhere in sight as Owen Bonnici, PBS remain silent

The Shift News: Questions surrounding the existence of obligatory annual reports by the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) remain unanswered as both Broadcasting Minister Owen Bonnici and PBS itself remain tight-lipped on the filing of the reports – that detail how the station spends taxpayers’ money and assess whether it is fulfilling its public service obligations.

NETHERLANDS: Dutch public broadcaster mulls sanction for Ongehoord Nederland after ombudsman report (Paywall)


NORTH MACEDONIA: Women journalists are the most common target of anti-press attacks in North Macedonia, journalist association warns

Via IFEX: The AJM found that the frequency of attacks and threats against media workers increases in turbulent political situations, especially during elections. Moreover, impunity for attacks on journalists is prevalent, an issue that requires more serious commitment from law enforcement and judicial authorities.

POLAND: Poles’ trust in media declines, with state TV least trusted source, find Oxford report

Notes from Poland: Poland has recorded the third largest decline in trust in the media in Europe over the last year, an international study has found. Among major news outlets, state broadcaster TVP, which is used as a mouthpiece by the ruling national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, remains Poles’ least trusted source.

RUSSIA: Russia has now shut down all independent news media

DW News: It’s almost impossible for Russians to access impartial information about the war in Ukraine. Censorship laws have led to the closure off all independent news sources. 

SLOVENIA: At a rally on the Republic Square, they demanded the need to take action to preserve public RTV (Slovenian)

RTV SLO: After employees of RTV Slovenia prepared a press conference in front of the television building on Monday afternoon as part of the continuation of the strike, they gathered in the evening for a meeting for public RTV in front of the National Assembly on Trg republike in Ljubljana.

SLOVENIA: Is RTV Slovenia still a public service?

RTV SLO: Changes in the TV program schedule have never been so drastic, point out all three former RTV ombudsmen, who, among other things, see a solution in the amended legislation.

SPAIN: RTVE warns that changing access to the sub700MHz band puts universal, free and free access to DTT “at risk” (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE) has warned this Wednesday that a favorable decision to change the current access regime to the sub700MHz band at the 2023 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) “will put at risk the universal, free and free access of Spanish citizens to the majority consumption platform that meets the requirements of a service of general interest”, Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).

SWEDEN: SVT wants to be the best in the industry in terms of accessibility (Blog – Swedish)

SVT: Being able to watch TV is not a matter of course. Nor to be able to take part in the latest news on the mobile phone or keep up with what is being said in a debate. 

SWEDEN: Why does no one listen to research on public service? (Opinion – Swedish)

Göteborgs-Posten: Now the debate about public services threats to the daily press has once again risen to the agenda. But is it true? Not at all, the researchers at Nordicom in Gothenburg state in a new report

UK: ‘Vital’ that Government plans are ‘rigorously scrutinised’, says Channel 4 boss

Evening Standard: Channel 4’s chief content officer was speaking at the Wales Screen Summit in Cardiff. 

UK: Uni to lead €1.5million global research on value of public service broadcasting

University of Huddersfield: The University of Huddersfield is to lead a global research project entitled ‘Public Service Media in the Age of Platforms’ (PSM: AP) after the Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe (CHANSE), awarded Professor Johnson €1.5million to engage with public service broadcasters around the world in order to discover what exactly is happening to the industry globally.

UK: Lord Gilbert: Tory who backs licence fee may head BBC review (Paywall)

The Times: A Conservative peer who has expressed support for the licence fee is the government’s preferred candidate to lead a review of BBC funding.

UK: BBC sells £80 dog training classes in move to replace lost TV licence fee revenues

iNews: Mark Ronson and Jed Mercurio join celebrity online tutors selling £80 courses on the BBC Maestros subscription platform, raising valuable revenue for the broadcaster facing a licence fee freeze. 

REGIONAL: Council pushes for further actions to protect journalists and media professionals (Press release)

Council of the EU: Against the backdrop of increasing threats to journalists and thus impediments to freedom of expression and freedom to inform, the Council today approved conclusions on the protection and safety of journalists and media professionals.

REGIONAL: Media watchdogs blast EU funds for Balkans ‘mouthpieces’

EU Observer: Media freedom advocates have criticised the European Commission over funding for a joint newsroom of European press agencies.

ARGENTINA: FOPEA signed in Chubut the agreement to defend the quality of information (Spanish)

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ARGENTINA: “The flag identifies us, unites us and speaks of who we are” (Listen – Spanish)

Radio Nacional: Rosario Lufrano, President of Radio and Television Argentina , participates in the central act for Flag Day at the Kirchner Cultural Center, reflected on this commemoration and recalled the promise of Flag Loyalty as “very exciting” valuing the “commitment ” implying.

ARGENTINA: They extend for half a century the destination of three taxes to finance public organizations (Spanish)

La Nacion: In a heated debate, in which insults and shouts were not lacking , the Chamber of Deputies gave half sanction to a bill of the ruling party that proposes to extend, until 2072, the budget allocation that finances state cultural organizations.

BRAZIL: Organisations express indignation and deep sorrow at the murder of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira

RSF: The undersigned organisations address Brazilian society to express their deep indignation and sadness at the confirmation of the deaths of indigenous expert Bruno Araújo Pereira and British journalist Dom Phillips, in the Javari Valley, State of Amazonas, and whose bodies are currently under expert analysis. 

BRAZIL: Journalists denounce attacks at a hearing at the CHR. Senator sees government responsibility

Rádio Senado: Almost 70% of the cases of violence against journalists were caused by public authorities, especially on the internet. 

COLOMBIA: Latin American organizations express our concern about the siege against the Colombian press during the presidential campaign (Spanish)

FLIP: The undersigned organizations highlight the risks of the rhetoric used against the media during the current electoral campaign in Colombia. This creates an environment that tries to dissuade the exercise of freedom of the press , reduces the diversity of information and limits the content that citizens can access. 

COLOMBIA: RTVC will be at the “First Meeting of School Radios” in Saboyá, Boyacá (Spanish)

Radio Nacional: Workshops, talks and significant experiences are part of the programming of this first meeting on school radio production in the department of Boyacá.

COLOMBIA: The media-business cartel failed to break the will for change (Spanish)

La Tinta: In a historic day, the tandem made up of Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez prevailed by more than seven hundred thousand votes over the formula improvised by the right to avoid popular victory.

ECUADOR: Two other Ecuadorian journalists were attacked by protesters during the national strike (Spanish)

Fundamedios: The journalists Juan Carlos Sola and Brayan Borja, from the digital media La Voz Ciudadana EC, were attacked by a group of protesters in Guaranda. They hit them and hit them with blows while they claimed them for recording. […] With these cases, Fundamedios has registered 13 attacks against the press during the two days of the national strike.

MEXICO: Only 31% of the murders of journalists in Mexico are related to their work (Spanish)

Publimetro: 68.1% of the homicides of journalists are dismissed by the Special Prosecutor’s Office for the Attention of Crimes Committed Against Freedom of Expression (Feadle), because in their investigations they found no relationship with the informative work.

NICARAGUA: Nearly 118 journalists have left Nicaragua due to insecurity (Spanish)

El Sol de Zacatecas: The journalists who have left the Latin American country have taken refuge in Costa Rica, the United States and Spain.


TV4 Noticias: The Ibero-American Educational and Cultural Television Association celebrates its first 30 years of life ; It is currently made up of more than 90 institutions and this year the ATEI has the firm intention of becoming an engine for the transformation and innovation of public media. 

REGIONAL: Association of Caribbean Media Workers lodges protest note with OAS Secretary General over exclusion from media initiative

Demerara Waves: The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) has strenuously objected to the Organisation of American States (OAS) sidelining of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the creation of a Center for Media Integrity of the Americas that would supposedly benefit the region.

REGIONAL: Worrying growth in the judicialization of journalistic work in the region (Spanish)

IFJ: The intimidation of the press with legal tools is a strategy of dissuasion, attrition and censorship used by both states and large companies. In Latin America and the Caribbean, this practice is advancing, damaging the lives, work and property of press workers.

PALESTINE: Palestinian reporter’s death highlights weakness of Israeli army investigations

The Guardian: Fatal shooting of Shireen Abu Aqleh in May raises fresh concerns over military inquiries into deaths of Palestinians.

SYRIA: Journalism ‘More Than Just a Job’ for Displaced Reporter (Watch)

VOA News: A Syrian reporter and VOA contributor forced to flee bombing attacks in her home city now reports on life in the displacement camp she calls home.

TURKEY: Journalists to gather in Turkish cities to demonstrate against proposed social media law

SCF: Journalists will gather on Tuesday to demonstrate against a social media bill that was approved in committee on Thursday stipulating sanctions, including a prison sentence of up to three years, for people who are found to have produced social media posts for the purpose of fake news and disinformation, Turkish media reported.

TURKEY: Kurdish journalists in southeast Turkey still uncharged after week in jail

Al-Monitor: Colleagues of 20 detained journalists say they believe their arrests are tied to Turkey’s planned military operation against Syrian Kurdish militants.

TURKEY: Pressure ramps up on Turkish news media as elections near

Al-Monitor: Turkey’s independent news stations tell Al-Monitor that heavy fines threaten free and fair representation ahead of upcoming elections. 

TURKEY: Turkey’s ruling alliance further clamps down on press as its support falls below critical threshold

Bianet: In a fresh attempt to bring the independent media under control, the ruling AKP-MHP alliance on May 28 put forward a new “disinformation bill” amending the Press Law and several other laws.

TURKEY: Türkiye’s public broadcaster TRT launches Balkans edition (Press release) 

TRT World: The new media platform targets seven countries in the Balkans, and will publish content in multiple languages, including Albanian, Bosnian and Macedonian.

YEMEN: Ongoing targeting of journalists and restrictions on press freedom

GC4HR: The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) is concerned about ongoing attacks on freedom of expression in Yemen by all sides, including the imprisonment of journalists, some of whom face the death penalty for their work and the murder of journalists with car bombs. 

YEMEN: Yemeni Journalist Killed in Car Blast in Aden

VOA News: A Yemeni journalist was killed Wednesday in a car explosion in Aden, police said, the latest incident of violence in Yemen’s southern port city.

CANADA: Aimitunanu: Learning to Have More Constructive Dialogues (Blog)

CBC/Radio-Canada: For this year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day, I’d like to share my experience as a member of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh community who joined CBC/Radio-Canada four months ago to work in the Corporate Communications team. There, I’m responsible for equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.

CANADA: Canadians’ trust in the news media hits a new low

The Conversation: According to the Reuters Institute’s 2022 Digital News Report, trust in the Canadian news media has sunk to its lowest point in seven years.

CANADA: CBC marks National Indigenous Peoples Day & National Indigenous History Month (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: As part of the public broadcaster’s ongoing commitment to reflect Indigenous communities across Canada, CBC is recognizing National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day with a broadcast, streaming and audio lineup of original series and special programming that showcases First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences.

CANADA: Naël Shiab: Pushing the envelope of digital journalism

CBC/Radio-Canada: Naël Shiab is naturally curious; he’s someone who asks a lot of questions. “Well, of course; he’s a journalist,” I hear you saying. True, but unlike most of his peers, Naël gathers thousands and even millions of data points, which he processes using coding and programming.

CANADA: No, CBC News did not retract its stories on convoy protest donations (Blog)

CBC/Radio-Canada: A persistent bit of misinformation about CBC News reporting continues to bubble up in certain Canadian publications and political venues, including most recently at a special parliamentary committee tasked with examining why the federal government invoked the Emergencies Act amid the convoy protests and border blockades in February. 

US: CPB grant will help expand Indigenous programming

Current: CPB has issued a two-year $500,000 grant to IndiJ Public Media to help expand the company’s programming.

US: House subcommittee recommends FY23 appropriation for Next Gen Warning System (Paywall)


US: Most journalists worried about future of US press freedom: study

The Hill: In a new Pew Research Center report, 57 percent of journalists said they are “highly concerned” about press freedom being restricted in the country. 

US: Primetime Watergate hearings helped make PBS a national network

The Washington Post: Mired in a funding crisis — and the target of politicians — the hearings transformed public broadcasting.

US: Social Media Misinformation Is Making Americans Less Empathic

Forbes: According to new data from a recent survey conducted by the United Way of the National Capital Area, more than half of all Americans – 57% – said that misinformation on social media has influenced their empathy levels.

US: Worries Aside, Poll Finds Most US Journalists Wouldn’t Choose Different Job

VOA News: More than three-quarters of the journalists (77%) said that if they had the chance to do it all again, they would pursue a career in the news business.


EBU: Ensuring the contribution and distribution of information remains active, even when key infrastructure is destroyed, is a fundamental requirement for any democratic society.  

Digital News Report 2022: 10 key themes for the future of media

Journalism.co.uk: What impact have the Ukraine war, the cost of living crisis and a pandemic had on digital media? The latest Reuters Digital News Report shows declining trust in the media and wavering willingness to pay for it, while news avoidance rises

DW Global Media Forum discusses journalism in a time of crisis

DW: Media experts from around the world are coming together in the former German capital Bonn for DW’s Global Media Forum. It offers a forum to debate the future of journalism in a time of wars, crises, and catastrophes.

Facebook looks ready to divorce the news industry, and I doubt couples counseling will help

Nieman Lab: Out of every 1,000 times someone sees a post on Facebook, how many of them include a link to a news site? Four. No wonder Facebook doesn’t want to write publishers big checks anymore.

Fact-checkers extend their global reach with 391 outlets, but growth has slowed

Duke Reporters Lab: The number of fact-checkers around the world doubled over the past six years, with nearly 400 teams of journalists and researchers taking on political lies, hoaxes and other forms of misinformation in 105 countries.

‘Fake news was a gift from Trump to autocrats’: journalism under threat from Brazil to the US

The Guardian: Two hundred and thirty one years after freedom of the press was enshrined as a fundamental right in the first amendment to the US constitution, a new HBO Original documentary, Endangered, puts a harrowing spotlight on the multiple challenges facing news outlets and journalists in the era of “fake news” and misinformation.

Perceptions of media coverage of the war in Ukraine

Reuters Institute: On 24 February, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, marking the start of the biggest war in Europe since the Second World War.


EBU: More than 14 million people have fled their homes since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the war shows no sign of ending. 

Sunny Side ’22: Seven public broadcasters open call for science docs

Realscreen: A global documentary initiative between seven public broadcasters was unveiled on the first day of this year’s Sunny Side of the Doc event.

We need journalists now more than ever – so why don’t we do more to protect them?

The Africa Report: When it comes to saving democracy and fighting for freedom, no one has a more important role to play than journalists.

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