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BENIN: Government announces changes to public broadcaster (9 November – French) 

Agence Ecofin: For several months, the Beninese authorities have not hidden theirdesire to modernize public audiovisual media.On November 8, during the council of ministers, the government announced numerous changes at the public broadcaster.

COTE D’IVOIRE: Ivory Coast/ audiovisual sector: Opening in Abidjan of the 1st edition of the Abidjan International Audiovisual Content Exhibition (SICA 2023) (French) 

Abidjan.net: The 1st edition of the Abidjan International Audiovisual Content Exhibition (SICA 2023) opened this Monday, November 20, 2023 at the Sofitel Abidjan Abidjan hotel Ivoire around the theme “For an African audiovisual and cinematographic ecosystem, provider of jobs in the digital age.”

GHANA: Silencing the press: Threats, violence, and injustices against journalists in Ghana

Global Voices: On May 3, Abubakari Sadiq Gariba, a Ghanaian journalist who works with Dagbon FM in the north of Ghana, was attacked and threatened live on his weekly talk show “Panpantua” by a local politician Iddrisu Hardi and a local resident Mumuni Osman.

KENYA: ‘You deserve better’ – Namwamba apologises to Kenyans as he slams KBC for failure to air Harambee Stars match

Pulse Sports: An apologetic Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba has slammed KBC for giving Kenyans a false promise after failing to air Harambee Stars’ World Cup qualifier against Gabon. 

MALI: Gunmen Kill One Journalist, Kidnap Two in Mali

VOA: Unidentified gunmen killed one journalist and abducted two other journalists earlier this month in Mali, the International Press Institute said Wednesday, underscoring the threats facing the media in the region.

NIGERIA: NBC code infringes on freedom of expression of Nigerian media – ECOWAS court

Daily Post: The Economic Community of West African States Court in Abuja has ruled that the National Broadcasting Commission’s use of the Nigerian Broadcasting Code to penalize and fine broadcast stations was an infringement on their right to free speech.


SenePlus: Journalist in Walfadjri, Pape Sané was arrested at the beginning of the week. The organization Article 19 strongly condemns the repression against journalists, the media and freedom of opinion in Senegal. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Controversial SABC Bill takes a major step

Business Tech: The Portfolio Committee on Communications and Digital Technologies has opened the South African Broadcasting Corporation SOC LTD Bill for public comment.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC got a R3.2 billion bailout — and now it’s worse off

MyBroadband: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is worse off now than before it received a R3.2 billion bailout from the government.

TANZANIA: Media Council of Tanzania launches excellence in journalism awards for 2023

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TOGO: Minister gets two journalists imprisoned for reporting theft in his house

MFWA: The Togolese authorities should release Loic Lawson and Anani Sossou from prison and drop all charges against the journalists who are being abused at the instance of a Minister of State.

UGANDA: Next Media Chief Marketing Officer Speaks to the Power of Ai At Uganda Entrepreneurship Congress 2023

Nile Post: In an era where technology is reshaping the landscape of work, finances, and livelihoods, the Uganda Entrepreneurship Congress 2023 witnessed a discussion on the theme “Adapt and Thrive with AI.”

REGIONAL: Information disorders during elections in Southern Africa

MISA: The media, citizens, and governments have a role to play in ensuring the dissemination of accurate and factual information while curbing misinformation and disinformation through regulations, programmes, and awareness.

REGIONAL: OTT Content Streaming: Sustainable Working Models For Africa’s Ecosystem

BMA: The forthcoming OTT Streaming Platforms And Content Management Summit, to hold on the 27th – 28th of February 2024 at The Capital 15 On Orange, Cape Town, South Africa, will seek to examine how industry players can reach a sustainable working model for the African ecosystem. 

REGIONAL: Too much jargon and no proper training: Why East African journalists struggle to cover climate change (Report)

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: A new report from Internews, based on a survey of journalists from the region, calls for more access to experts and climate data

AFGHANISTAN: AFJC report highlights growing threats to media freedom

IFEX: The Afghanistan Journalists Center documented a total of 75 incidents violating media freedom from March to November this year.

AZERBAIJAN: Azerbaijan arrests two journalists investigating political corruption 

Al Jazeera: Two journalists have been arrested in Azerbaijan, according to their lawyers, after their media outlet recently published a series of reports looking into the wealth of high-ranking government officials and the family of President Ilham Aliyev.

BANGLADESH: UN experts sound alarm on political violence, media freedom in Bangladesh 

Dhaka Tribune: UN experts have expressed concerns about a severe crackdown against workers demanding fair wages and political activists calling for a free and fair election, judicial harassment of journalists, human rights defenders and civil society leaders, and failure to reform laws suppressing freedom of expression in Bangladesh.

CHINA: China’s broadcasting regulator to increase control over country’s booming short web market 

South China Morning Post: China’s broadcasting regulator is looking to tighten control over the growing short web drama market – including a sweeping review of each series’ cast, production, marketing and social values – several months after more than 25,300 such online shows were pulled because of violent, pornographic or vulgar content.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong journalist group expresses ‘deep regret’ over interview access at banking summit, urges improvements

HKFP: The city’s largest journalist group has urged the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to improve media arrangements at its events, expressing “deep regret” that reporters were not allowed to interview attendees at an international finance summit organised by the authority.

INDIA: India proposes new law with self-certification for broadcasters, streaming giants 

Reuters: India on Friday introduced a new draft broadcasting law to regulate the sector that will also apply to streaming giants such as Netflix (NFLX.O), Disney (DIS.N) and Amazon (AMZN.O) and calls for formation of individual content evaluation committees.

INDIA: Police summon former politician for harassing journalist (Press release)

IFJ: Police in India’s Kerala state have summoned former politician and actor Suresh Gopi in relation to a complaint launched by an Indian journalist following his inappropriate conduct during an interview in late October. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly condemns the harassment of a working journalist and calls on authorities to conduct a transparent and effective investigation.

MALAYSIA: Communications ministry examining the need to license large social media players 

Malay Mail: The Communications and Digital Ministry (KKD) through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is still examining the need to license or register large platform providers such as Google, Meta, and TikTok, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

MALAYSIA: Government revokes press passes (Press release) 

IFJ: On November 7, Malaysian authorities revoked the press passes of journalists with the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS)-affiliated news services Harakah and Harakah Daily. 

MYANMAR: Junta amendment kneecaps Myanmar broadcasting oversight 

Radio Free Asia: Myanmar’s junta has amended the country’s law on broadcasting media in a move journalists say has ended independence of the industry’s oversight board as part of a wider crackdown on dissent.

NEPAL: Ban on TikTok is a violation of the freedom granted by Nepal’s Constitution 

IFEX: Various groups said the ban limits the opportunities of citizens to engage in online conversations and participate in the global digital community.

PHILIPPINES: PCIJ website targeted by cyber attack (Press release)

IFJ: The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) temporarily took down its website on November 15 amid an active hacking attack. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), call on the authorities to swiftly investigate the cyber-attack and identify the perpetrators.

SINGAPORE: Mediacorp launches The Big Spark to uncover Southeast Asia’s next big thing and ignite connections between innovators and investors (Press release)

Mediacorp: Headlining the initiative will be a business reality series, where 24 start-up teams from across Southeast Asia will pitch and test their ideas through challenges and masterclasses for over S$1 million in seed funding.

SOUTH KOREA: KBS determined to regain public trust (14 November)

The Korea Herald: Moves by state broadcaster’s new management puts it on collision course with National Union of Media Workers, KBS union.

SRI LANKA: Cabinet green light to prepare Broadcasting Regulatory Commission Bill

Newsfirst.lk: Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Minister reached a decision last night to impose new laws in order to regulate electronic media.

THAILAND: ALTV opens an exclusive class, inviting youngsters to upgrade their skills with the activity “You Easy Pass Meet & Teach” (Thai – Press release)

Thai PBS: ALTV (Active Learning TV) joins hands with TK Park to open a learning space. Prepare for an important gathering of famous tutors. who will open a very exclusive class and invite young students in upper primary school and high school students throughout the country. Come and experience outside the classroom.

REGIONAL: Asian regulators turn focus to Big Tech 

The Japan Times: In many markets, regulators and governments are increasingly eyeing stricter rules for tech companies — and emphasizing the need for compliance.

AUSTRALIA: ABC chief is right: impartiality is paramount when reporting the Israel-Gaza war (Opinion)

The Conversation: On November 17, the ABC’s editor-in-chief and managing director, David Anderson, was interviewed on Radio 774, the ABC’s local station in Melbourne, about criticisms of the national broadcaster’s coverage of the Israel-Gaza war.

AUSTRALIA: Free-to-air group rubbishes claims Australian government wants to ‘control your TV’

The Guardian: Industry feud flares over proposed smart TV laws that will likely mean free local apps feature more prominently than paid services

AUSTRALIA & PACIFIC: ABC Radio Australia launches in Gizo, Solomon Islands (Press release)

ABC: The ABC has established a new FM transmission service for ABC Radio Australia in the second largest urban population hub in the Solomon Islands, the town of Gizo in Western Province. 

NEW ZEALAND: A chat with the most important person in NZ TV on the most important day of their year 

The Spinoff: TVNZ’s acting director of content Nevak Rogers talks Duncan Greive through what we can expect to see from the broadcaster in 2024, and the challenges facing the industry.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ appoints Director of Editorial Quality and Training (Press release) 

RNZ: RNZ has appointed one of its most senior journalists, Political Editor Jane Patterson, to a new position focused on ensuring the public broadcaster provides the highest quality news and current affairs – Director of Editorial Quality and Training.

NEW ZEALAND: Screen producers push for tax on streamers 

RNZ: This week the people who make the local stuff for our screens big and small urged the powers-that-be to tax the likes of Netflix and Disney Plus to fund it. But producers here can already get tax breaks and public funding, so can they really persuade the incoming government to make the streaming services another source of funds

SAMOA: Samoa journalist wins prestigious US media excellence award 

RNZ: A veteran Samoan journalist has been awarded the prestigious Freedom of the Media Award for Excellence in Commentary and Criticism at the National Press Club in Washington.

REGIONAL: Media told no questions on Waqa 

Fiji Times: Journalists at the Pacific Forum Leaders retreat media conference were stopped from asking questions on the nomination of former Nauru president Baron Waqa.

AUSTRIA: ORF wants to earn 722 million euros with a new contribution in 2024 (German)

Der Standard: 683 million of these are available to ORF. According to the ORF financial plan, advertising revenue is also likely to fall by 20 million euros at ORF. 

BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS: Public broadcasters join forces: VRT and NPO will structurally collaborate on programs starring Tom Waes (Press release – Dutch) 

VRT: VRT and the Dutch public broadcaster NPO today announced that they will collaborate intensively over the next three years on various co-productions featuring Tom Waes. They join forces for five programs, two of which are fiction productions and several non-fiction projects. 

FRANCE: For information you can trust, Radio France is committed / Special “Open days on information” day on November 22 on Radio France channels (Press release – French) 

RadioFrance: In a world where information and disinformation are increasingly intertwined and blurred, trust in information is a major issue. Against this backdrop, Radio France is mobilising its stations on Wednesday 22 November 2023 for an “Open Day on Information”.

FRANCE: ‘HPI’, ‘Daryl Dixon’ & ‘Marie-Antoinette” Among 70 TV Productions Hit By French Crew Strike

Deadline: As Hollywood returns to set following the resolution of the Actors’ Strike, the French audiovisual sector has been hit by three days of industrial action this week as crews campaign for more pay.

GEORGIA: At the meeting with Vasil Maglaferidze – Shalva Papuashvili and Irakli Kobakhidze, we agreed that we will arrive at the optimal model that will not affect the independence of the public broadcaster. (Press release – Georgian) 

1TV: According to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Public Broadcaster, Vasil Maglaferidze, at today’s meeting with the Chairman of the Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili, and the Chairman of the “Georgian Dream” party, Irakli Kobakhidze, it was agreed that the funding model of the broadcaster will be developed, which will meet the needs of television and will not pose a threat to independence.

GEORGIA: Channel One hosts the News Committee of the European Broadcasting Union (Press release – Georgian) 

1TV: The first channel of Georgia hosts the news committee of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).The committee brings together the heads of newsrooms of European public broadcasters.

GEORGIA: Our desire is to ensure the financial and other independence of the public broadcaster, we will definitely find the best solution. (Press release – Georgian) 

1TV: We are sure that we will agree on the final model. Our desire is to distribute the state budget rationally, on the other hand, to ensure the financial and other independence of the Public Broadcaster, we will definitely find the best solution for this, said the Chairman of the Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili.

GERMANY: A German journalist paid underhand by a Russian oligarch for his pro-Putin books (Paywall – French)

Le Monde: Confidential documents from the “Cyprus Confidential” investigation reveal that Hubert Seipel, known for his pro-Kremlin stance, received €600,000 from an offshore company linked to Russian billionaire Alexeï Mordachov.

GERMANY & CANADA : ZDF and CBC/Radio-Canada expand strategic partnership (Press release – German) 

ZDF: ZDF has extended its strategic partnership with CBC/Radio-Canada, the public broadcaster in Canada, for three years. This involves, among other things, close cooperation in the development of new TV material. 

GREECE: In Greek Journalism, Ethics Rules are Frequently Ignored

Balkan Insight: In Greece, it has become ‘normal’ for journalists to take on side jobs, even in the institutions they cover.

ICELAND: Information dissemination and RÚV’s preparedness for earthquakes on the Reykjanes Peninsula (Press release – 14 November – Icelandic) 

RÚV: In light of the situation on the Reykjanes Peninsula, RÚV reviewed all its plans last week. The organization of broadcasting and information sharing at RÚV is at an emergency level.

ICELAND: The National Radio regrets the incident and apologizes (Press release – 14 November – Icelandic) 

RÚV: The RÚV newsroom regrets the incident that took place earlier today and apologizes to all of Grindvík

IRELAND: New broadcasting levy or direct taxpayer funding among options for RTÉ with nothing ruled out, media minister says

Irish Independent: Media Minister Catherine Martin has said all options for reforming RTÉ’s funding model are on the table, including a new media levy or direct exchequer funding, in the wake of the publication of its new strategic plan.

IRELAND: What exactly is public service broadcasting? (Editorial)

Independent.ie: Before any decision is made on a new funding model for RTÉ, it is important that public service broadcasting should be clearly defined.

ITALY: Ad Sergio: “Too much fake news is circulating about the company” (Press release – Italian) 

Rai: At the Board of Directors meeting on 16 November, RAI CEO Roberto Sergio illustrated a document on the main “fake news”, news that does not correspond to the truth, which has been circulating about the company for months.

ITALY: MFRR partners condemn summons of RAI presenter Sigfrido Ranucci 

EFJ: The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and other partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today condemn the summoning of Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) presenter Sigfrido Ranucci by the Parliamentary Committee for the general direction and supervision of radio and TV broadcasting.

ITALY: “No Women No Panel”: Rai President Marinella Soldi signs new memorandum of understanding in Turin (Press release – Italian) 

Rai: “No Women No Panel – Without women we can’t talk about it”, the European campaign introduced in Italy by Rai to promote space and an equal role for women also in public debate. 

NETHERLANDS: Advice on culture research NOS: getting started with structure, leadership and employees  (Press release – Dutch) 

NOS: After signals of undesirable behavior and an inventory at NOS Sport, and discussions with other departments, the management commissioned the CuLTR Diagnose agency earlier this year to map the culture of NOS. The aim was to gain insight into the factors that influence safety in the workplace and to make recommendations for improvement.

POLAND: Media freedom reform faces obstacles after opposition victory

IPI: High hopes for press freedom progress, although various challenges lie ahead for future Tusk-led government

PORTUGAL: RTP Notícias arrived on WhatsApp. Follow us here (Portuguese) 

RTP: RTP Notícias has just arrived on WhatsApp. It is the first Portuguese information channel that combines text, television and radio to be present on this platform.

RUSSIA: Pardon for Anna Politkovskaya’s murderer

IFJ: Former Russian detective Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, convicted for his participation in the killing of the investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006, has been pardoned by Russian President Putin on 14 November 2023.

RUSSIA: The Moscow Times, noted for its English coverage of Russia, is declared a ‘foreign agent’

AP: Russia’s Justice Ministry on Friday added The Moscow Times, an online newspaper popular among Russia’s expatriate community, to its list of “foreign agents” in the country’s continuing crackdown on critical news media and opposition.

SLOVAKIA: New PM rages against media while Culture Minister plans future of public service media

IPI: Country’s journalists fear for the future as Ministry of Culture handed to far-right conspiracy theorist

SPAIN: Day against gender violence – RTVE Equality Observatory Conference on sexual violence and the media (Press release – Spanish) 

RTVE: The RTVE Equality Observatory celebrates the day “Sexual violence: the media as a reflection of social change and the challenges faced by new scenarios” .

SPAIN: How a Spanish Newspaper Tackled the Taboo of Church Abuse

VOA: Five years ago, Soledad Gallego-Diaz challenged Spain’s last great taboo: sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church.The newly appointed editor of the left-leaning daily El Pais launched an investigation into allegations of abuse by clergy and lay people against children.

SWEDEN: Balanced appropriations consist of costs that have been deferred (Press release – Swedish) 

SVT: Dagens Media writes in an articleLink to other website.on November 15 that the public service companies are cutting back even though there are billions of kroner saved. The article also believes that it may conflict with the EU’s state aid rules. In connection with the article, I would like to clarify how SVT uses balanced appropriations.

SWITZERLAND: SBC expects major job cuts if licence fee is reduced

SwissInfo: The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), SWI swissinfo.ch’s parent company, opposes the reduction in radio and television licence fees proposed by the government.

SWITZERLAND: Swiss government wants to lower licence fee to CHF300 (8 November) 

SwissInfo: The government wants to reduce the annual radio and television licence fee from the current CHF335 ($372) to CHF300 by 2029. The turnover threshold for companies to qualify for exemption has been raised from CHF500,000 to CHF1.2 million.

UK: Abu Dhabi-backed fund says it will take control of the Telegraph and Spectator

The Guardian: The Abu Dhabi-backed investment fund RedBird IMI has said it is to take control of the Telegraph and Spectator after agreeing loans to repay debts owed by their publishing group’s previous owners, the Barclay family.

UKRAINE: ‘We didn’t hesitate’: How Vogue Ukraine got itself on a war footing 

The Guardian: When news of the Russian invasion hit the magazine’s website on 24 February 2022, fashion stopped being the main focus

REGIONAL: Newsletters and podcasts are on the rise for local media in Europe 

EJF: The digital transformation has encouraged local and community media outlets to explore new strategies for audience engagement and content distribution, according to a recent blog post by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF).

REGIONAL: This UvA-student founded a European newspaper. “News doesn’t stop at your border” 

FOLIA: One year ago, UvA student Julius Fintelmann (21) launched the European Correspondent, a continent-wide news outlet. Today, he leads a team of 175 journalists next to his studies, to get a better understanding what’s at stake in other, European countries. “We realized we know basically nothing about what is happening in the smaller EU countries.”

ARGENTINA: Repudiation of La Libertad Avanza’s threats against public media grows (Spanish) 

Télam: The Observatory of the Code of Ethics of National Radio and Argentine Public Television deplored the proposal of different far-right exponents to privatize public media and repudiated the intimidation suffered by the journalist of the Noticiero de la TV Pública, Laura Mayocchi, by Lilia Lemoine .  

ARGENTINA: Repudiation of the “threat” of a Milei deputy to a Public TV reporter (Spanish) 

Télam: The LLA legislator sent a suggestive warning to a journalist who was interviewing her, which provoked rejection from the workers of the state channel. The Public Defender’s Office warned that “any attempt to ignore current legislation threatens democracy.”

ARGENTINA: YPF, TV Pública, Télam, Radio Nacional – Javier Milei confirms privatisation plans  

Buenos Aires Times: First definitions from Argentina’s new president-elect Javier Milei; Libertarian confirms plan to privatise YPF energy firm, state TV and radio broadcasters and Télam news agency.

BRAZIL: CNN Brasil professionals are among the most admired black journalists in the Brazilian press (Portuguese) 

CNN Brasil: CNN journalists Luciana Barreto, Matheus Meirelles and Basília Rodrigues are among the most admired journalists in the Brazilian press.

BRAZIL: EBC and Ministry of Communications sign partnership for Brasil Digital (Portuguese) 

Agência Brasil: The Empresa Brasil de Comunicação (EBC) and the Ministry of Communications signed, this Friday (17), a partnership to start the pilot project of the Brasil Digital program. 

CHILE: Undersecretary Cardoch visits Germany and begins efforts for future transfer of knowledge to local and community media in Chile (Spanish) 

Ministerio Secretaría General de Gobierno: The Undersecretary of the General Secretariat of the Government, Nicole Cardoch Ramos, concluded an intense work agenda in the Federal Republic of Germany, where she held meetings and meetings with public and independent media, organizations of the civil society and authorities. 

COLOMBIA: Dangerous: this is Hollman Morris’s new strategy at RTVC; They broadcast programs from the Russian channel RT and Telesur. Indoctrination? (Opinion – Spanish) 

Semana: In the new administration of the Colombian public media channel, the decision was made to broadcast Russian (RT) and Venezuelan (Telesur) propaganda content without any control. What is happening?

CUBA: A Congress of Journalists in Cuba? (13 November)

Havana Times: Last week the 11th Congress of the Cuban Journalists Association (UPEC) met in Havana, and served to once again confirm that doing journalism in Cuba is one of the most difficult professions.

HAITI: Big Impact in Little Haiti

VOA: On a hot and humid August day, Vania Andre walks to a shared workspace in Brooklyn for her first meeting of the day. 

JAMAICA: Jamaica can rise again but journalists have a lot to do, says pastor

Jamaica Observer: MINISTER of Webster Memorial United Church in St Andrew, Reverend Astor Carlyle told journalists they have a lot more work to do to help Jamaica rise again and to revive “withering Jamaican institutions” by the application of truth.

MEXICO: Photojournalist Ismael Villagómez is murdered aboard his vehicle (Spanish) 

IFJ: Ismael Villagómez, photographer for El Heraldo de Juárez, was murdered inside his vehicle with a shot to the back of the head. 

MEXICO: This station in Mexico City is redefining local radio for social media audiences

IJNet: What happens when a capital city of 22 million people and 16 boroughs doesn’t have enough local news sources to cover its massiveness? Welcome to Mexico City, Mexico, where this is a reality that a new radio station is trying to address.

NICARAGUA: Russians train journalists from the Nicaraguan government (Spanish) 

VOA: Journalists from Daniel Ortega’s government began to be trained by Russian government media. Countering alleged disinformation from Western media is the purpose of this alliance, according to Managua and Moscow. 

PARAGUAY: Vice Minister of Communications of Paraguay is committed to collaboration between public and private media (Watch – 8 November – Spanish) 

ABC Culture: Paraguay is working to promote digital communication and increasingly strengthen the State’s media, based on “true and real” information, she stated in an interview with EFE by the Vice Minister of Communications of the South American country, Alejandra Duarte.

PERU: THE IRTP launches campaign “Facing the El Niño Phenomenon” (Press release – 13 November – Spanish) 

IRTP: Starting Monday, November 13, it will be broadcast on the IRTP multiplatform. Water care, prevention of rain and floods, protected harvest are some topics that make up the actions.

URUGUAY: New procedural guide for members of public media (Spanish)

Uruguay Presidency: “Publishing is enormously important. It works like a contract and provides security to the public, guarantee and protection to workers against abuse or arbitrariness, and protects those who have institutional responsibilities,” argued Minister Pablo da Silveira, in the presentation of the Guide to principles, procedures and standards. of quality, from the National Audiovisual Communication Service (Secan).

VENEZUELA: A truck loaded with news, the new way to overcome censorship in Venezuela (Spanish) 

EFE: The ‘news truck’ is the idea launched by three digital media outlets in Venezuela that, on board a truck, bring news and investigative journalism “direct to the communities” of Caracas, as a mechanism to overcome censorship and blockages that prevent access to information.

REGIONAL: Embracing the Future: Veteran broadcaster advocates for AI in Caribbean media

Antigua Observer: In an address during the seventh lecture of The UWI, Cave Hill Campus’ 60th-anniversary legacy series, veteran Caribbean broadcaster Julian Rogers has called upon regional journalists to embrace the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in news production.

REGIONAL: Provocations by the U.S. State Department Can Chill Press Freedom in Latin America

Sri Lanka Guardian: What is striking about the U.S. State Department statement is that it names two news projects that operate in Latin America as these “proxies” without any evidence but with hesitant language.

REGIONAL: Research gives snapshot of data journalism in Latin America and Spain; researchers seek to create professional network

LatAm Journalism Review: Data journalism in Spanish-speaking countries is mainly practiced by journalists who are new to the discipline, have no formal academic education in data, have learned as they go, and are mainly self-taught.

REGIONAL: Starting in Latin America, NarcoFiles brings together journalists from 23 countries to reveal new global organized crime networks

LatAm Journalism Review: From a data security breach at the Colombian Public Prosecutor’s Office came “the largest investigative project on organized crime originating in Latin America.” NarcoFiles, which launched on Nov. 6, brought together more than 70 journalists and 40 news outlets from 23 countries to explore a data leak that highlights new strategies and global configurations of drug trafficking.

IRAN: Iran arrests 2 female environmental journalists in mass raids (14 November)

CPJ: Iranian authorities must immediately release journalists Nasim Tavafzadeh and Helaleh Nategheh and stop trying to silence journalists by jailing them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday.

IRAN: Iranian Journalist Shafiei Starts Prison Sentence

IranWire: Iranian journalist Saeideh Shafiei has started serving a prison sentence of three years and a half at Tehran’s Evin prison, her husband says.

ISRAEL: Under Emergency Measures, Israel Shutters Lebanese News Outlet

VOA News: Israel this week used newly enacted emergency measures to shutter a Lebanon-based media outlet over claims it harms national security.

ISRAEL & GAZA: Freedom of Press and Speech another Casualty of Israel’s Gaza War 

Balkan Insight: Killed, injured, or simply stopped from doing their job, Palestinian journalists are another casualty of Israel’s war on Gaza; freedom of speech is suffering.

ISRAEL & IRAN: Iran International First Persian Language Broadcaster Reporting From Gaza

Iran International: Iran International, the 24-hour news television channel broadcasting to Iran on satellite, was given entry into Gaza as the first Persian-language media.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: Three more journalists killed in Gaza in Israeli offensive, relatives say 

Reuters: The head of a prominent media institution in Gaza and two other journalists were killed during the weekend in Israel’s offensive in the territory, their relatives said on Sunday, adding to the dozens of reporters who have died in the six-week conflict.

TURKEY: Turkey demands Sweden silence journalists, shut down news outlet to secure NATO bid approval

Nordic Monitor: In the midst of prolonged and deliberately protracted negotiations between Turkey and Sweden concerning Ankara’s endorsement of the Nordic nation’s NATO membership bid, Turkish negotiators have introduced a scandalous demand by insisting that their Swedish counterparts agree to the closure of Nordic Monitor, an investigative news website based in Stockholm, managed by two exiled Turkish journalists.

TURKEY: Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog sanctions 7 TV channels

SCF: The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), Turkey’s broadcasting regulator, has imposed sanctions on seven TV stations due to their content, the T24 news website reported on Friday.

CANADA: As journalism programs across Canada face low enrolment, schools hit pause to modernize 

CBC: 6 journalism programs in the country have shut down or paused admissions in last 12 months.

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada’s 2022–2023 annual report now available online (Press release) 

CBC/Radio-Canada: 2022–2023 marked a milestone year for CBC/Radio-Canada. We initiated a series of projects and strategies aimed at maintaining high-quality journalism, responsible and transparent business practices, and equity, diversity and inclusion in both our programming and our workforce. 


Yahoo! Finance: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will hold a public hearing from November 20 to December 8, 2023.

CANADA: Newcomers’ Media Consumption Trends in 2023 (Press release) 

CBC/Radio-Canada: Discover the latest data on newcomers’ media consumption habits. Explore MTM Newcomers top trends based on a large sample of 4,000 respondents.

CANADA: The CAJ’s 2023 Canadian Newsroom Diversity Survey is the most comprehensive data set on gender and race in Canadian newsrooms 

CISION: The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to release the findings of its third annual national Canadian Newsroom Diversity Survey. 

CANADA: ‘Tone and tenor’ of calls to defund CBC different this time around, say media experts, as Conservatives hammer away at public broadcaster (Paywall)

The Hill Times: President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada Catherine Tait recently told MPs in committee that over the last 30 years, the network ‘has not had a real increase in its budget, real dollars aside. We are flat.’

US: A former sideline reporter stunningly admitted that she made things up (Opinion) 

Poynter: Charissa Thompson did what has to be the worst thing a journalist could do. It’s inexcusable.

US: For CNN’s Anderson Cooper, being a journalist and stepping into others’ lives is a ‘privilege’ 

Poynter: Over the course of his three-decade career, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has reported from more than 40 countries, documenting nearly every major world news event. Many of them have been tragedies.

US: Harsh visuals of war leave newsrooms facing tough choices 

The New York Times: The visual chronicle of the war between Israel and Hamas has become its own disturbing case study of the age of disinformation, when photographs, and the act of photojournalism itself, are weaponized by both sides of a highly charged conflict. For newsrooms in the United States and Europe, the question of which images to publish — and which are too graphic or misleading to be published — has rarely been more complex.

US: How The Washington Post decided to show extremely graphic images of mass shootings (Opinion) 

Poynter: ‘We just felt that there was a lack of understanding of what actually happens in these shootings,’ the Post’s executive editor told Poynter.

US: In 2023, bright spots in local news stand out against a grim landscape

NiemanLab: When the Medill Local News Initiative released its rigorous State of Local News 2022 report last June, the team behind it found that the country was losing two newspapers per week (mostly weeklies), and had lost 2,500 newspapers since 2005.

US: Jezebel, the oral history: ‘There was this riotous sense of fun.’

The New York Times: The site defined an era of feminism for millions of readers. According to its editors and writers, it was also an exhilarating place to work.

US: No, The Associated Press and CNN didn’t ‘admit’ they knew about the Oct. 7 Hamas attack beforehand (Fact check) 

Poynter: Both news outlets rejected the claims and said photographs from freelance journalists documenting the event were filed an hour or more after it began

US: Representation of Asian, Black and Hispanic staffers grows at public media stations (Paywall) 


US: US lost more than two local newspapers a week this year, new Medill report finds

Poynter: Over half of counties in the US now have just one or no local news outlets

US: Spoken word audio in the US reaches new highs for audio reach and share (Press release)

NPR: Spoken word audio listening time and audience size attain record highs in the U.S. according to The Spoken Word Audio Report 2023 released from NPR and Edison Research today. The fifth iteration of the annual report places special focus on listening locations and explores spoken word audio consumption at home, at work, in-car, and other locations.

US: Google and Meta Owe US Publishers $14 Billion a Year (Study) 

Tech Policy Press: The question of how to value content produced by news outlets and disseminated on social media and on search platforms has come to the fore as governments around the world press Google and Meta to pay for the news they disseminate.

US: X sues Media Matters over research on ads next to antisemitic posts

The New York Times: X, the social media service formerly known as Twitter, sued Media Matters in federal court on Monday after the advocacy organization published research showing that ads on X appeared next to antisemitic content.

Breaks, grief and community: how to protect yourself when sifting through graphic visuals from Gaza and beyond (Interview)

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Experts Andrea Lampros and Alexa Koenig on how journalists can safeguard their health while confronted with distressing imagery

Facebook and YouTube remain the top social sites for news, a new report finds 

Nieman Lab: Facebook may be ready to divorce the news business, but it’s still the No. 1 source of news on social media for Americans.

Methodological framework for exposing disinformation campaigns against journalists and news outlets (Document) 

IPI: This document presents the methodological framework to expose the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) of disinformation campaigns that weaponise online harassment to silence critical journalism.

No, defences of Osama bin Laden didn’t “go viral” on TikTok

Slate: The backlash is what went viral. The collective rage of the U.S. media was unleashed Thursday amid reports that the callow youth on TikTok expressed sympathies with Osama bin Laden, who murdered nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

Rise in Legal Harassment of Media a Focus at Press Freedom Awards (Watch) 

VOA: Journalists from India, Togo, Georgia and Mexico are honored with International Press Freedom Awards this week. The legal threats and harassment all four confront reflect a wider downward trend in civil liberties, they say.

TechScape: Are social media giants silencing online content?

The Guardian: As violence on the ground continues, emotions on social media are higher than ever – with critics asking if platforms need more transparency around their algorithms.

The Israel-Gaza war… and the others: why do we often think that the media are biased against us? (French) (Opinion) 


TikTok deletes 404 Media video about The Guardian deleting Bin Laden’s ‘Letter to America’

404 Media: TikTok is moderating reporting and news about extremism in the exact same way that it moderates actual extremism.

Time is a flat circle, print edition: The Guardian has brought its Long Read franchise back to actual paper

Nieman Lab: Now on firmer financial ground, the U.K. newspaper seems more aware of its strengths — and of the strengths of the print medium.

What 19 Poynter employees are thankful for in journalism (Opinion)

Poynter: The growth of worker-owned media, Spanish-language fact-checking, ProPublica’s powerhouse reporting and … ChatGPT?

What I learned from embedding as a journalist in a science institution (Story)

IJNet: MPIWG has welcomed journalists every year since 2013 to spend a few months at the institute to  work on a particular topic around the history of science. In my case, I looked at the history of how what is “normal” has been defined in health and medicine. 

X ad boycott gathers pace amid antisemitism storm

BBC News: Firms including Apple, Disney and IBM have paused advertising on X amid an antisemitism storm on the site.

X Corp. takes legal action against Media Matters for misappropriating advertisers (French) 

Le Monde: Apple, Comcast, NBCUniversal and IBM are among the brands that stopped running their advertising on X last week, after Media Matters reported finding ads displayed with pronazi content.

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