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ANGOLA: Angolan outlet Camunda News suspends operations indefinitely after police harassment

CPJ: Angolan authorities should stop harassing the privately owned Camunda News website and ensure that members of the press can work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

CAMEROON: Cameroon a dangerous place to be a journalist

Mail and Guardian: On 17 January, reports started trickling in of Zogo’s kidnapping. He was missing for five days before his naked body was discovered on the outskirts of the capital Yaoundé. Zogo had a reputation as an outspoken critic of private and public sector malfeasance. At the time of his death he was investigating business tycoon and media guru Jean Pierre Amougou Belinga.

EGYPT: Khaled Elbalshy of banned Darb news site, elected chief of Egypt’s journalist union

The North Africa Journal: Egypt’s journalist union said Saturday it had elected government critic Khaled Elbalshy as its head, amid a crackdown on the press with several reporters languishing in jail. 

GHANA: ECG recovers GH¢18.5m out of GH¢46.9m from 3 state institutions

My Joy Online: The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has recovered GHȼ18.5 million owed by three state institutions.The amount is part of a total of GHȼ46.9 million owned by Parliament, the Ghana Airport Company Limited and the state broadcaster, the Ghana Broadcasting Company – GBC.

GHANA: We don’t take orders from government – GBC explains why KKD has been ‘retired’ from GTV

Ghana Web: The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), operators of State-owned GTV, has refuted claims that government had instructed GTV not to allow broadcaster Kwesi Kyei Darkwa (KKD) to appear on its network. 

KENYA: Launch of Coalition on freedom of expression and content moderation

Article 19: On 14 March 2023, ARTICLE 19, in partnership with UNESCO East Africa, launched a national coalition on freedom of expression and content moderation in Kenya (the Coalition).

MALI: Journalist Olivier Dubois, last French hostage, released from captivity

France 24: Olivier Dubois, a French journalist who was abducted in Mali’s Gao region (north) on April 8, 2021 by the al Qaeda-linked Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), was released on Monday and taken to neighbouring Niger.

NIGERIA: Election Coverage: SERAP wants court to stop Buhari govt from shutting down broadcast stations

Premium Times: NBC had last week reportedly sanctioned 25 broadcast stations and issued ‘final warnings’ to 16 others.

NIGERIA: IPC Condemns Election-Day Attacks On Journalists In Rivers, Lagos, Ogun, Calls For Investigation

Sahara Reporters: The International Press Centre (IPC) has condemned the attacks on journalists and other media professionals who covered Saturday’s governorship and State Assembly elections.

RWANDA: Renewed calls for independent investigation into journalist’s death

Article 19: Rwandan authorities must allow an independent, impartial and effective investigation into the death of the Rwandan journalist John Williams Ntwali, ARTICLE 19 and 85 other civil society organisations and media associations said today, reiterating a 31 January appeal.

SENEGAL: Freedoms at stake in Senegal, year ahead of the presidential election

Africa News: Senegal, touted as a “democratic model” in West Africa, is facing rising tensions, a year ahead of the presidential election. Several activists and members of the opposition are denouncing “a retreat from democracy” due to, among other things, “arbitrary arrests” and bans on demonstrations.

SOUTH AFRICA: ANC does about-turn on Phathiswa Magopeni for SABC board

Times Live: ANC MPs have done an about-turn on whether former SABC head of news Phathiswa Magopeni is a suitable candidate to serve on the public broadcaster’s board.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC ‘on the verge of financial collapse’ (Podcast)

Times Live: Former board member intimated broadcaster is ‘potentially on the verge of financial collapse’ based on what he knew on October 15 2022. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Sanef condemns yet another attack on KZN journalist

The Witness: The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has condemned the acts of intimidation and harassment of the Newcastle Advertiser journalists by the municipality mayor Xolani Dube and his deputy Sugar Thwala.

SOUTH SUDAN: S. Sudan releases last journalists held over viral Kiir video

Zawya: The seven journalists — staff at the state-run South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation — were arrested in January by agents from the National Security Service as part of an investigation into the source of the clip, which went viral on social media in December.

THE GAMBIA: GADHOH female wing asks gov’t to introduce sign language on GRTS

The Point: The female wing of GADHOH on behalf of the entire organisation has asked the Government to introduce sign language on The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) and, if possible, on other TV stations across the country.

THE GAMBIA: Gambia’s first-ever media development indicators report launched

The Point: The report, which is the first-ever in the country, looked at media development in The Gambia since the change of government in 2017.

TOGO: Two Togo Journalists in Hiding Sentenced for ‘Insults’

VOA News: Two journalists in Togo who are currently in hiding have been sentenced to three years in prison for insulting public authorities, their lawyer said.

TUNISIA: European Parliament condemns Tunisia’s crackdown on press freedom, calls for journalist’s release

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails the European Parliament’s approval of an emergency resolution condemning the increase in press freedom violations in Tunisia, thereby putting pressure on the European Commission to adopt sanctions against the Tunisian authorities.

UGANDA: Dictators can steal the pen, not the journalism (Opinion)

MONITOR: On March 6, Nicaraguan veteran journalist Carlos F. Chamorro delivered the annual Reuters Memorial Lecture titled, “How to report under a dictatorship: lessons from Nicaragua and beyond”. It was an electrifying lecture and its highlights are very familiar with the journalists’ situation in many states of Africa; Uganda not excluded. 

ZIMBABWE: Feature: Zim’s quest for media self-regulation

The Standard: Zimbabwean journalists are locked up in a spirited debate on the latest government proposals for co-regulation of the media — that is joint regulation by the statutory body Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) and the media players themselves.

REGIONAL: African journalism schools can help rebuild trust in journalism, educators say

UNESCO: Journalism schools across Africa can help ensure that the media does a better job of protecting human rights and democracy, according to almost 60 participants in two recent consultations organised on behalf of UNESCO.

AFGHANISTAN: How fake media accounts in Afghanistan are used to push Taliban propaganda

France24: Since the Taliban took over control of Afghanistan in August 2021, numerous accounts mimicking or trying to present themselves as media outlets have popped up online. 

AFGHANISTAN: More than 50 pc of Afghan journalists lost jobs since Taliban takeover: Report

ThePrint: Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, over 50 per cent of journalists lost their jobs and half of the media outlets were closed for many reasons, particularly financial issues, TOLOnews reported citing Afghanistan National Journalists Union (ANJU) report.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong exiles try to preserve culture and press freedom

DW: Journalists forced to leave Hong Kong have set up numerous online platforms from abroad to document the developments in the city. But they face a shortage of resources, as well as limited access to news sources.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Falls in International Civic Rights Index

VOA: Hong Kong and its civil society environment have been downgraded by an international rights group nearly three years since China imposed a national security law on the city.

INDIA: Online gender-based violence: A tool of digital authoritarianism in India

Global Voices: Journalists and women human rights defenders are frequent targets of online gender-based violence (OGBV) worldwide. In an environment where voices critical of those in power are silenced, digital authoritarianism thrives. Using the example of journalist Rana Ayubb, this article will explore how OGBV against journalists in India has created a ripe environment for digital authoritarianism.

JAPAN: 43% find ex-Japan PM’s aide pushing to alter broadcast law interpretation a problem: poll

The Mainichi: In the wake of the recent revelations that an aide to then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe demanded the communications ministry change the interpretation of “political fairness” in Japan’s Broadcast Act, 43% of people responding to a weekend opinion poll found the move “problematic,” well over the 12% who saw it as not a problem.

MALDIVES: Maldives journalist Hussain Juman arrested, assaulted by police while covering opposition rally

The Edition: The Maldives Police Service on Saturday clarified that the journalist had to be arrested from the opposition rally on Thursday for obstructing the police from performing their duties and because he had assaulted an officer.

MONGOLIA: RSF urges legislators not to override presidential veto of dangerous social media bill

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Mongolian Parliament to uphold the presidential veto of a dangerous social media bill, during the plenary vote scheduled for 17 March, and to take their time to prepare a well-thought-out version based on the recommendations from the Forum on Information & Democracy.

PAKISTAN: Jang Media Group staff protest systemic underpayment

IFJ: Media workers from several Jang Media Group (JMG) outlets, including television network Geo News, have begun a series of protests against systemic underpayment, job insecurity and lacking benefits, among other concerns. 

PAKISTAN: Radio Pakistan a national asset | By Naveed Aman Khan

Pakistan Observer: ON 14 August 1947, the first official announcement of the independence of Pakistan was aired from Lahore station of Pakistan Broadcasting Service. 

SOUTH KOREA: The ‘Amendment to the Public Broadcasting Governance Act’, which was tied to the Judiciary Committee, goes directly to the plenary session (Korean)

Hankyoreh: Disagreement between the ruling and opposition parties over changes in the number of directors of public broadcasting and the right to recommend them, and the opposition of the ruling party and the judiciary and son-in-law committee.

TAJIKISTAN: Tajik journalist Khurshed Fozilov detained on extremism charges

CPJ: Tajik authorities should release journalist Khurshed Fozilov and stop prosecuting journalists in retaliation for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

TAIWAN: Agencies urged to counter Chinese radio broadcasts

Taipei Times: Agencies are to meet within a month to discuss how to stop Chinese radio broadcasts espousing “united front” content in Taiwan, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) said yesterday.

THAILAND: Thai PBS joins hands with Thammasat University Demonstration School camp activities “Story Maker School” offers learning experiences outside of the classroom. Inspire (Press release – Thai) 

Thai PBS: On March 16, 2023, the Public Broadcasting Organization of Thailand (Public Broadcasting Organization of Thailand) or Thai PBS in collaboration with the Demonstration School of Thammasat University camp activities The 1st “Story Maker School” during March 16-18, 2023, for students to analyze and criticize media. 

AUSTRALIA: ABC hires consultants amid nationwide radio ratings slump

Sydney Morning Herald: Australia’s national broadcaster has established an internal advisory group and brought in external consultants to try to stop the dramatic decline of its radio audiences in capital cities across the country.

AUSTRALIA: ABC staff cancel strike after winning pay rise, but some rankled by ‘disrespect’

Sydney Morning Herald: More than 1000 ABC staff have cancelled plans to strike on Wednesday after reaching an agreement with management over workplace conditions, but hundreds of employees will still walk off the job to express their anger at the national broadcaster’s tumultuous negotiating process.

AUSTRALIA: Community radio goes digital on the Gold Coast

RadioInfo: The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) has officially launched DAB+ for community radio stations on the Gold Coast.

NEW CALEDONIA: New Caledonia’s lone daily newspaper ceases publication after 52 years

Asia Pacific Report: New Caledonia’s only daily newspaper, Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes, has folded after the commercial court accepted the publishing company’s request for its liquidation.

NEW ZEALAND: SkyPod won’t have TVNZ channels on TV guide after broadcasters fail to reach deal (9 March) 

Stuff: Sky Television and TVNZ have failed to reach an agreement that would let users of Sky’s new SkyPod media player access TVNZ’s channels through its TV guide.

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ joins broadcast of national relief concert

Te Ao Māori News: TVNZ has joined the growing momentum for the national relief concert to raise funds for communities and whānau devastated by Cyclone Gabrielle.

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation awards SIBC TV build contract (8 March)

SIBC: The national radio broadcaster of the Solomon Islands, SIBC, today signed a contract with New Zealand communications company MMG Communications to build SIBC Television in time for this year’s Pacific Games. 

REGIONAL: Positive Civic Space Record In The Pacific But Concerns Remain

Scoop: Concerns about restrictive laws, the stifling of protests and harassment detract from an otherwise positive picture of fundamental freedoms across the Pacific.

AUSTRIA: Against household levy: FPÖ started petition “No to the ORF compulsory tax – Yes to objectivity and thrift!”

Der Standard: On Tuesday, the FPÖ submitted its petition “No to the ORF compulsory tax – Yes to objectivity and thrift!” started against the ORF household tax planned by the government. 

AUSTRIA: Weißmann: Public funds for ORF “capped” (9 March – German)

ORF: ORF Director General Roland Weißmann does not expect any more funds for the public media company in the event of the planned implementation of a household fee instead of the current, device-linked GIS fee.

BELARUS: Belarus jails senior staff at independent news site in crackdown on Lukashenko critics

The Guardian: Twelve-year sentences for the women condemned as president’s ‘revenge’ while UN report accuses country of possible crimes against humanity.

BELARUS: OSCE and IFEX members condemn designation of BAJ as “extremist organisation”

IFEX: On 28 February, the Belarusian State Security Committee recognised the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) as an “extremist organisation”. BAJ is the first Belarusian human rights organisation to  receive this status.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Authorities must protect media freedom in Bosnia-Herzegovina

EBU: The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) are calling on authorities and politicians at all levels in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) to take immediate action to improve the situation of the media in the country.

BULGARIA: Bulgaria Media Report Fresh Cases of Intimidation

Balkan Insight: The arrest of a critical journalist on what looks like specious grounds and the lawsuit filed against a respected media outlet highlight the continuing problems facing media freedom in the country.

BULGARIA: SLAPP in Bulgaria, record claim against Mediapool

Balcani e Caucaso: A record claim for compensation against Bulgarian online newspaper Mediapool, “guilty” of bringing the problems of the insurance sector to public attention. A trial brings the SLAPP issue back under the spotlight in Bulgaria, between fears and professional solidarity.

GERMANY: 60 years of ZDF: current affairs, retros and prominent program announcements (Press release – German)

ZDF: For the 60th birthday, ZDF is dedicating itself to the retrospective, current events and looking ahead: the program includes the ” show of shows ” , a “moma on site” in the Futurium Berlin, 60 years ” today ” , a focal point in the ZDFmediathek and many other highlights.

GERMANY: Bid to split Media Freedom Act into directive stalls in Parliament

Euractiv: A bid by German publishers to split the European Media Freedom Act into a directive appears to have stalled amid broader opposition to the watering down of the proposal. The European Commission’s Media Freedom Act proposal was released in September to bolster media pluralism and independence across Europe. However, it was met with mixed reactions – with German publishers particularly vocal in pushing back against any legislative interference in their sector.

GERMANY: How DW nails TikTok explaining German culture to its 350k Berlin Fresh’s followers

Mapping Journalism: One thing often comes up when I talk about TikTok – finding great examples of local journalism on the platform is difficult. Don’t get me wrong, in my directory of journalism TikTok accounts, there are some local publishers, but I am looking for something that will make my jaw drop. 

GERMANY: Job cuts announced at Deutsche Welle (German)

Der Spiegel: Hundreds of full-time jobs are at stake, mainly in Berlin and Bonn: numerous jobs are to be cut at the international broadcaster Deutsche Welle by the end of the year. The program will also change as a result.

GREECE: Greek Journalists to Hold Strike for Justice for Train Crash Victims

Balkan Insight: Journalists in Greece announced a nationwide strike, demanding that officials are brought to account for last month’s train crash that killed 57 people and calling for freedom from interference by media owners.

ITALY: Italy must decriminalise defamation to better protect journalists – report

EURACTIV: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called for journalists facing defamation suits to be better protected after police stormed the Domani newsroom following a press defamation complaint made by Labour Ministry Undersecretary Claudio Durigon (Lega/ID).

MALTA: Press freedom groups urge PM to deliver strong media law reforms (Letter)

ECPMF: The undersigned international press freedom and journalists organisations are today writing to urge your government to follow up on the recent public consultation into media law reforms by implementing changes which will significantly strengthen the draft legislation.

POLAND: Polish ruling party resumes political and regulatory pressure on independent media

RSF: After a relatively quiet year for press freedom in Poland, independent media are again being threatened by baseless political accusations, opaque regulatory proceedings and a discriminatory bill.

POLAND: Presenters resign from Polish state radio station at centre of child suicide row

Notes from Poland: Three presenters have resigned from Radio Szczecin, a state broadcaster accused of helping publicly identify a 15-year-old sexual abuse victim who subsequently took his own life. 

POLAND: TVP manager elevated to EBU CEE Group co-ordinator (Press release)

TVP World: The Central European Group (CEE Group) brings together public television and radio broadcasters from over 20 countries in the region. Its task is to support cooperation with implementing joint projects for public media and to consult activities carried out by the EBU.

RUSSIA: Moscow Ramps Up Pressure on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

VOA News: A Moscow court has declared as bankrupt the company that handles the Russian operations of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

UK: BBC advises staff to delete TikTok from work phones

BBC: The BBC has advised staff to delete TikTok from corporate phones because of privacy and security fears.

UK: Braverman criticised for shutting out Guardian and BBC from Rwanda trip

The Guardian: Suella Braverman has made her first trip to Rwanda as home secretary amid criticism that the Guardian, other liberal newspapers and the BBC were not invited on the publicly funded visit.

UK: Julian Lloyd Webber takes aim at ‘lamentable’ BBC music cuts

BBC: Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has questioned “what the BBC still stands for” after it announced plans to make cuts to its classical music groups.

UK: Local BBC Radio output disrupted as industrial action starts

Radio Today: A syndicated show is underway on some Local BBC Radio stations as NUJ journalists commence a 24-hour strike.

UK: The Herd Immunity Catastrophe: How British Public Broadcasters Failed the Impartiality Test on COVID-19

Byline Times: The UK Government’s initial response to the COVID-19 virus has already been described as ‘one of the most important public health failures the United Kingdom has ever experienced” in an official Government report.

ARGENTINA: Llorente, Lufrano and Tritten highlighted the role of public media (Spanish)

Télam: It was during a talk on the Public TV program, hosted by Luli Trujillo and Pablo Caruso, about the importance of public media in communication to “guarantee plurality” of voices, “build identity” and “sustain democracy” in Argentina and the world.

BRAZIL: Court decision may impact work of women journalists (Opinion – Portuguese)

Folha de S.Paulo: The release of a message, as a form of protection for a woman journalist who felt threatened, is about to be judged in the São Paulo Court of Justice (TJ-SP).

COLOMBIA: Señal Colombia announces its 2023 Co-Production Market (Press release – Spanish)

RTVC: RTVC Sistema de Medios Públicos, through the Co-Production Market, seeks partners that continue to contribute to the growth of Colombian public television, with stories of general and particular interest that entertain, excite and educate audiences.

ECUADOR: Ecuador opens investigation into explosives sent to news media

Al Jazeera: Local journalists report receiving envelopes filled with small explosives, disguised as commonplace electronic devices.

HAITI & FRANCE: Haiti/France: Journalist Sued for Exposing Sex Abuse in Haiti Soccer

Human Rights Watch: A French investigative journalist who exposed sexual abuse accusations against Yves Jean-Bart, the former Haiti football federation president, is facing a defamation lawsuit by Jean-Bart, Human Rights Watch said today.

MEXICO: Senate eliminates law that encouraged censorship and threats against journalists (Spanish)

El Sol de México: The law on printing crimes was created in 1917 and endorsed attacks on freedom of expression.

MEXICO: Training for security forces in Mexico begins to strengthen capacities on the exercise of press freedom, access to information and security of journalists

UNESCO: The series of pieces of training that UNESCO has implemented around the world to share good practices and strategies for the capacities of public security forces personnel to strengthen freedom of expression and the safety of journalists begin for the first time in Mexico.

Nicaragua: Nicaraguan ‘Dictatorship Tried to Silence the Media,’ Says Journalist

VOA: Arrested for her journalism, kept in dire conditions in a small prison cell, and now stripped of her Nicaraguan citizenship, Lucia Pineda Ubau has endured a lot.

PERU: IAPA asks Peru to withdraw the bill that punishes the media and social networks (Spanish)

Inforegión: The Inter-American Press Association (SIP), like the Peruvian journalistic unions, rejects this measure as it is dangerous for freedom of expression.

ST KITTS & NEVIS: President of the Media Association of St. Kitts and Nevis Elected to ACM Executive

Antigua Observer: Andre Huie, President of the Media Association of St Kitts and Nevis, has been elected to the executive of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM). 

VENEZUELA: The NGO Venezuela without a filter denounces the blocking of 62 online media (Spanish)

PR Noticias: The latest report from the Press and Society Institute of Venezuela, reports a total of 257 cases and 373 violations of the information guarantees of journalists, media and citizens during 2022.

IRAN: DW and BBC appeal for protection of journalists reporting on Iran at UN Rights Council in Geneva

DW: At a side event to the session on March 17, serious concerns were raised regarding Iran’s significant increase in threats directed towards BBC News Persian and Deutsche Welle staff since September 2022.

IRAN: IFJ calls on the Islamic Republic to release all journalists in jail

IFJ: Six months on from the start of mass protests following the death in custody of Mahsa Amini on 16 September 2022, 15 journalists are still being held behind bars for their coverage of the civil unrest. 

IRAQ: Drop draft digital content legislation and protect free speech online

ARTICLE 19: ARTICLE 19 and 11 other civil society organisations have appealed to Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission, urging it to abandon plans for digital content regulations that, if passed, would threaten rights to freedom of opinion and expression online, as well as access to information. 

IRAQ: Why the Press Failed on Iraq

Foreign Affairs: Twenty years ago, the George W. Bush administration invaded Iraq to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and eliminate the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) officials said he had.

ISRAEL: Far-right Minister Ben-Gvir Blocks Voice of Palestine Radio Broadcasts in Israel

Haaretz: National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir signed an order on Monday prohibiting an East Jerusalem company from providing communications services for the Voice of Palestine radio station – an official channel of the Palestinian Authority which broadcasts from Ramallah – thus shutting the station’s operations in Israel.

TURKEY: Media watchdog launches new investigation against opposition Halk TV, cites ‘provocative’ broadcasts

Duvar English: In a new move targeting the opposition Halk TV, the head of Turkey’s media watchdog has argued that the TV channel was undertaking “provocative broadcasts” and announced a fresh investigation against it ahead of the elections.

TURKEY: Quake restrictions muzzle Turkish media ahead of elections: monitor

France 24: A state of emergency imposed in Turkey’s quake-hit southeast is shackling reporters, a top media rights campaigner told AFP, expressing fears they will be pressured in the run-up to May’s crunch elections.

TURKEY & GERMANY: Deutsche Welle to close down Turkey office after non-renewal of business license: report

SCF: The Turkish edition of German state-owned international broadcaster Deutsche Welle will close its office in Turkey after its business license, which enabled it to open an office as a foreign news outlet, has not been renewed by the Turkish authorities, Turkish Minute reported, citing journalist İsmail Saymaz.

CANADA: Can Bill C-11 save my son from sounding like Peppa Pig and Bluey? (Opinion – Paywall)

The Globe and Mail: That British cartoon pig and Australian anthropomorphic animated dog – and the very popular and bingeable short shows that they star in – have definitely been leading my three-year-old Canadian son astray.

CANADA: Canada imitates Australia’s news-bargaining law, but to what end?

CJR: Two years ago this month, Australia passed a law called the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code, which, as the name suggests, forced digital platforms like Facebook and Google to negotiate deals to pay the news media for the latter’s content.

CANADA: Richard Stursberg: Defunding the CBC but not Radio-Canada defies fairness (Opinion)

The Hub: Pierre Polievre has argued that CBC television should be eliminated; he has proposed to leave Radio-Canada’s TV service intact.

US: CPB Selects Poynter Institute to Deliver Public Media Editorial Integrity and Leadership Program 2.0 (Press release) 

CPB: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), building on its longtime commitment and funding to ensure trust in public media, announced today the selection of the Poynter Institute to develop the Editorial Integrity and Leadership Program 2.0.

US: How to cover a former president who says he is about to be arrested

Poynter: No former president has ever been charged with a crime. But former President Donald Trump has a legal minefield ahead of him.

US: In latest CDP analysis, radio stations continue to see fundraising declines (Paywall) 

Current: Our monthly fundraising report reveals a slowing decline in new donor acquisition, while Passport continues to drive sustainer growth.

Forced to Flee: How Exiled Journalists Hold the Powerful to Account

The Nieman Reports: As press freedoms around the globe erode, journalists are building networks outside their home countries to continue reporting

“For the zealous and the powerful, press freedom is annoying, even dangerous. They are the true enemies of the people”

RISJ: BBC journalist Clive Myrie warned against the risks of propaganda and polarisation in this speech at a Society of Editors’ event.

Futureproofing your newsroom: understand your USP in a crowded space

Journalism.co.uk: Journalism innovators at the Society of Editors’ Future of News event say that the bustling attention economy forces news outlets to prioritise user needs and experimentation.

Going Greener: 3 Key Areas where Public Broadcasters are Reducing their Carbon Footprint

EBU: Public service media are highly regarded and respected by European citizens – in fact, public broadcasters are the most trusted source of news in 28 of 31 European countries[1]. As part of being interwoven into people’s daily lives, public service media need to educate and inform audiences about climate change – and set the example by being sustainable organisations.

How can the local news sector hang on to its young stars?

Journalism.co.uk: Low pay and job layoffs are putting talent off pursuing a career in the industry: “it really seems like we’re commodities, and it doesn’t matter how committed or able people are”. 

Iraq and the limits of anniversary journalism

CJR: Last Thursday, Marsin Alshamary, a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, visited the Martyr’s Monument in Baghdad. 

Journalists, You Should Be Looking for Undocumented APIs. Here’s How to Start

The Markup: At The Markup, we build our own datasets, a lot. It’s one of the core tenets of our newsroom, and how we test our hypothesis-driven journalism. 

Negative words in news headlines generate more clicks — but sad words are more effective than angry or scary ones

Nieman Lab: A massive study of Upworthy headlines — remember Upworthy? — shows how a few emotionally charged words can mean the difference between viral and ignored.

Race and leadership in the news media 2023: evidence from five markets

RISJ: In this Reuters Institute factsheet, continuing work started in 2020, we analyse the percentage of people of colour in top editorial positions in a strategic sample of 100 major online and offline news outlets in five different markets across four continents: Brazil, Germany, South Africa, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US).

The Francophone Public Media celebrates the day of La Francophonie (French)

RFI: The Médias Francophones Publics, of which France Médias Monde is a member, celebrates International Francophonie Day by offering a selection of programs from their antennas.

The future of funding journalism

Editor and Publisher: One of the evergreen questions Editor & Publisher ponders as we chronicle today’s business of news is: How will newsrooms — now and in the future — be funded? As we stand, one quarter into 2023, it felt timely to reach out to news publishers to hear their goals for revenue this year; how their newsrooms may benefit from philanthropic support; and if they’re counting on legislative relief to come from state or federal governments.

The Washington Post’s first accessibility engineer is a step forward for accessible media

Poynter: In a world full of discrimination against disabled people that isn’t always obvious, much of the work focused on accessibility must call attention to issues that are often ignored.

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