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Independent Media in Egypt: Meet Lina Attalah, Editor of Madr Masr, Founded After 2013 Coup

Democracy Now: In November 2022, Democracy Now! went to Egypt to cover the U.N. climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh amid mounting international pressure for Egypt to release British Egyptian political prisoner Alaa Abd El-Fattah, who began a complete food and water when the summit began.

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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen says it’s time for accountability from tech giants

CBC: Between Canada’s Online News Act, Donald Trump’s recent indictment tied to the Jan.6 riots and increasing worries over harm, our relationship with social media and big tech companies is more complicated than ever. Frances Haugen, the former Facebook employee who blew the whistle on the company by disclosing thousands of internal documents joins Zandbergen to talk about the standoff between Meta and the Canadian government over Bill C-18 and what she think needs to happen to hold big tech to account.

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CAMEROON: Cameroon’s Struggling English-Language Papers Call On President for Bailout (French) 

RFI: Publishers of English-language newspapers in Cameroon are calling on President Paul Biya to establish a special fund to help them recover from the devastating effects of the Anglophone crisis, which has been felt in the country’s North West and South West regions since 2016. 

EGYPT: Fact-checking journalist arrested after platform reports on identities of Egyptian nationals on plane carrying cash, weapons seized in Zambia

Mada Masr: On Wednesday, fact-checking outlet Matsda2sh began publishing information on the identities of five of six Egyptian nationals arrested in Zambia, alongside four other nationals, onboard a now-impounded private jet carrying cash, counterfeit gold and weapons.

EGYPT: Independent Media in Egypt: Meet Lina Attalah, Editor of Madr Masr, Founded After 2013 Coup (Watch)

Democracy Now: In November 2022, Democracy Now! went to Egypt to cover the U.N. climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh amid mounting international pressure for Egypt to release British Egyptian political prisoner Alaa Abd El-Fattah, who began a complete food and water when the summit began.

ETHIOPIA: Amnesty International urges immediate access to independent investigators, media to Amhara region

Addis Standard: Rights group Amnesty International has urged the Ethiopian government to “immediately grant independent investigators and media access to the Amhara region as reports of gross human rights violations emerge” during the ongoing hostilities between government forces and the non-state Fano militia.

GHANA: NMC pays courtesy call on Management of GBC

GBC: Chairman of the National Media Commission, NMC, Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, has asked Ghanaian Journalists to always report abuses and assaults against them to the Commission for redress.

IVORY COAST: Ivorian local elections: audiovisual media urged to grant candidates fair access to their antennas (French)

Abidjan: The High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HACA), Côte d’Ivoire, has taken five decisions to allow public service audiovisual media as well as those in the private sector to ensure media coverage of the campaign for the next local elections in Côte d’Ivoire. 

KENYA: Lawmakers Take Calls For TikTok Ban Under Consideration

Broadcast Media Africa: A petitioner has urged Kenyan lawmakers to address worries about the impact of the popular social media platform TikTok on cultural and religious values.

LIBERIA: Internews, Partners Train Rural Journalists on Elections Reporting

Daily Observer: Some twenty journalists from Grand Bassa, Nimba, Lofa, and Bong Counties have participated in a two-day training focused on Elections and Safety Reporting.

NIGERIA: Nigerians should not be denied the right to be informed (Opinion)

Nigerian Tribune: “If I had to choose between a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter…”

SENEGAL: Shift in Media Freedoms a Concern for Senegalese Journalists

VOA: Internet shutdowns, a TikTok ban and journalist arrests show a downward trend in press freedom in Senegal, a country once hailed as an example of “democratic success.”

SOMALIA: Journalist arrested after exposing alleged corruption within police

IFJ: On August 17, journalist Mohamed Ibrahim Bulbul, Editor in Chief of Kaab Somali TV, was arrested and taken into custody in Mogadishu after allegedly investigating and publishing a story that imputed corruption within the police’s ranks.

SOMALIA: Somalia Orders TikTok, Telegram Shut Down

VOA: Somalia’s Ministry of Communications and Technology is ordering the country’s internet service providers to turn off access for social media companies TikTok, Telegram, and the gambling site 1xBet.

SUDAN: Sudanese media decry ‘four months of violations’

Dabanga: Following four months of war between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), with many reports of violations against journalists and media by all sides, Sudanese media institutions and press organisations, including Dabanga – Radio TV Online, have issued a joint plea to address the critical state of press freedom in Sudan, calling on Sudanese political forces and civil society to integrate media into their activities, advocate for journalist protection, and engage in post-conflict initiatives.

UGANDA: Prime Minister Nabbanja confirms government u-turn on advertising order

Nile Post: Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has confirmed the reversal of an earlier communication order for limiting all government advertising to Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) and New Vision.

ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwean media pledge to uphold ethical standards in covering 2023 election

MISA: The Pledge was endorsed by the Government of Zimbabwe, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mr Nick Mangwana. He signed the pledge on behalf of the Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa.

ZIMBABWE & SOUTH AFRICA: Chris Maroleng booted out of Zimbabwe, Daily Maverick photographer’s accreditation denied

News24: Former SABC chief operating officer Chris Maroleng has spoken of his dismay after he and his team were deported from Zimbabwe ahead of Wednesday’s general election.

AFGHANISTAN: Confronting media challenges in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan

IFEX: Marking the second anniversary of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, IFEX spoke to the Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) about press freedom and the safety of journalists in the country, and steps the organisation is taking to safeguard access to information.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban authorities detain 2 journalists, ban women’s voices from broadcasts in Helmand

CPJ: Taliban authorities should immediately and unconditionally release journalist Ataullah Omar, stop harassing members of the press, and drop all restrictions on women’s ability to work in the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday.

BANGLADESH: Advocates Question Whether Reforms Will Offer Bangladesh Media Greater Protection

VOA News: Bangladesh says it will repeal, revise troubling Digital Security Act but activists say plans don’t go far enough.

BANGLADESH: IPI welcomes repeal and replacement of Digital Security Act

IPI: The IPI global network welcomes the recent decision by the Bangladeshi government to repeal and replace the Digital Security Act, which has been repeatedly abused for years to harass and intimidate journalists.

CAMBODIA: Problematic laws and restrictions on information are threatening digital rights

Global Voices: As internet use and digital technologies flourished in Cambodia in recent years, more people are relying on social media and other online platforms to access news and information and to exercise their rights to free expression. 

CHINA: Beijing is coming for the metaverse

Politico: Proposals reviewed by POLITICO show China wants to assert state control over virtual environments.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong national security law ‘casts doubt on the state of the rule of law’, EU warns

SCMP: The report for 2022 described at length the “far-reaching implementation of the national security law”, which it said had encroached on academic and media freedom, rights of assembly and association, and “cast doubt on the state of the rule of law in Hong Kong – a cornerstone of its economic success”.

INDIA: India blocks independent news outlet The Kashmir Walla

Al Jazeera: Indian authorities have blocked access to the independent Kashmiri news outlet The Kashmir Walla, the Srinagar-based outlet says.

INDONESIA: Indonesia Aims to Censor Over-the-top Platform Contents

Tempo.co: Indonesia’s Communication and Informatics Minister Budie Arie Setiadi commented on the government’s plan to censor the contents of over-the-top (OTT) platforms, for example, such as Netflix, Disney+, Hulu etc. 

PAKISTAN: Pakistan Urged to Reveal Status of Detained Journalist, Held 100 Days

VOA: A global media watchdog urged Pakistan to immediately disclose the whereabouts of a nationally known television journalist Friday who has been missing since his arrest on May 11.

SINGAPORE: Anti-fake news POFMA law used to block news outlet, target critics as another law to regulate online content is passed

Civicus Monitor: Singapore is rated as ‘repressed’ by the CIVICUS Monitor. There are ongoing concerns about the use of restrictive laws, including defamation laws, to criminalise criticism of the authorities. The 2019 Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) has been used to harass critics, while there are restrictions on peaceful assembly under the 2009 Public Order Act (POA).

SOUTH KOREA: Korea Communications Commission fires MBC major shareholder Bang Mun-jin and Chairman Kwon Tae-seon (Korean)

Mediaus: ‘Direct appointment of Kim Hyo-jae’ system, dismissal of public broadcasting directors ‘4+1 people’ in two months. Proposal for appointment of Hwang Geun as a substitute director of KBS… Reorganization of the KBS Board of Directors 6 to 5.

SOUTH KOREA: Rival parties debate sharply over broadcasting watchdog chief nominee

The Korea Times: A confirmation hearing was held Friday for the nominee for chief of the state broadcasting watchdog, with the rival parties debating sharply over alleged school bullying involving his son and suspicions that he exercised undue influence over media firms.

THAILAND: The NACC opens the evaluation results of “Moral – Transparency” government agencies in the year 2013. Thai PBS “passed well” 95.81 points. (Thai – Press release)

Thai PBS: On August 10, 2023, the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) announced the Integrity and Transparency Assessment Assessment: ITA) for the year 2023, the Public Broadcasting Organization of Thailand (TPA) or Thai PBS, is classified as “passing good” with a score of 95.81 points.

VIETNAM: Vietnam’s plan to block users puts internet access at risk

Nikkei Asia: Vietnam has an established track record of blocking online content criticizing the one-party state. Now it is proposing to go a step further by blocking the users themselves from accessing the internet.

GENERAL: Radiodays Asia 2023 adds more speakers

Radioinfo Asia: More speakers have been added to this year’s Radiodays Asia, the leading radio and podcasting conference in the Asia-Pacific, to be held 5-6 September in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

REGIONAL: “Hate speech can be found on TikTok at any time. But its frequency spikes in elections”

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Nuurrianti Jalli is an Assistant Professor at School of Media and Strategic Communications at Oklahoma State University. Her research ranges from misinformation and information warfare to media literacy in Southeast Asia.  

AUSTRALIA: ABC International sees audience growth across all platforms in 2023 (Press release)

ABC: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s International Services division has delivered strong audience growth across its television, radio and digital services in 2023 as the public broadcaster accelerates investments in Indo-Pacific content, transmission and media development activities.

AUSTRALIA: Ita Buttrose to step down as ABC chair in March 2024 at end of current term

The Guardian: Ita Buttrose will not seek a second term as ABC chair when it expires in March 2024 but her “formidable” leadership of the public broadcaster has been marked by “speaking truth to power”, the communications minister, Michelle Rowland, has said.

AUSTRALIA: Plan to move SBS to western Sydney would ‘punish’ north shore, leaders say

The Sydney Morning Herald: North shore leaders have criticised a proposal to move the Special Broadcasting Service to western Sydney, arguing the plan was politically motivated and would punish their electorates.

AUSTRALIA: Stan Grant resigns from ABC and four-decade media career for university role

The Guardian: Stan Grant says he has walked away from the ABC and the media after four decades because he wants to change the toxic global news culture by working on something constructive.

FIJI: France aims to increase ‘Francophone influence’ in Fiji

RNZ: France is upping its “cultural diplomacy” in the Pacific with the launch of its free French language classes for Fijian journalists and social innovators

NEW ZEALAND: Whakanuia Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori ki Te Reo Tātaki! (Press release) 

TVNZ: Celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) with Te Reo Tātaki (TVNZ) in 2023 and enjoy a raft of new and existing hōtaka (programmes). 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: EU commits funds for regional media engagement workshop

Post Courier: The European Union (EU) has 6 million euros to support the Vaka Pasifika project for the facilitation of the Regional Media Engagement Workshop conducted by the UNDP. 

SOLOMON ISLANDS: New Zealand government hands over new standby generator to SIBC

SIBC: The New Zealand government today handed over a standby generator to the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC).

TONGA: Parliament goes dark while Auditor General’s Report exposes financial “weaknesses”

Matangi Tonga: The announcement by the Speaker of the Tongan Parliament, Lord Fakafanua in Parliament on 16 August that the House is no longer funding the daily radio broadcast of the Proceedings of the House, surprised members of Parliament.

REGIONAL: A boost to the Pacific’s internet connectivity

PINA: In a bid to improve connectivity and invest in modern and resilient ICT infrastructure, the Fiji Government has commenced on 5G testing and is aware of the criticality of 5G networks and its importance for emerging technologies across Fiji’s economies.

AUSTRIA: Neos “alerts” interior ministers about attacks on journalists (German)

Der Standard: Karner constructs a conflict of objectives between freedom of the press and freedom of assembly for the drag queen reading in Vienna, criticizes media spokeswoman Brandstötter.

DENMARK: DR is ready to lift DRTV (Press release – Danish)

DR: On Tuesday, DR will launch a new and improved login to the streaming service DRTV, which will make DRTV more personally relevant to the Danes. During 2024, it will be mandatory for all users to log in.

FRANCE: France Televisions taps TVU Networks for hyper-mobile broadcasting

Digital TV Europe: The new workflow utilises TVU’s cloud solutions for production, remote collaboration, and IFB, intercom and mix-minus management, the TVU RPS One for synchronised multi-camera live content capture, and 5G networks plus two Starlink Maritime units for transmission and data aggregation.

GERMANY: ARD: By the end of the year decision on station setting (German)

Cablevision Europe: The ARD wants to decide by the end of the year which linear television station it will discontinue as part of its austerity measures. 

GERMANY: Broadcasting fee also obligatory for criticism of quality and diversity of opinion (German)

Deutschlandfunk: The obligation to pay the license fee also applies if there is subjective criticism of the quality and diversity of opinion in public service broadcasting.


RTÉ: RTÉ Radio reaches 1,963,000 million listeners, or 47% of the Adult 15+ population, every week, and holds 17 of the top 20 radio programmes broadcasting in Ireland according to the latest radio listenership figures from JNLR.

KOSOVO: Kosovo TV station closure postponed (4 August) 

Broadband TV News: The Commercial Court in Kosovo has postponed a government decision to close down Klan Kosova, the country’s most popular private TV station.

NORWAY: NRK’s ​​slow-TV on a bicycle – behind the camera (Swedish)

Nordvision: Back in 2020, NRK was supposed to take the viewers on a slow-TV adventure along the Norwegian roads, and that by bicycle. Like so many other projects, it had to be put on hold due to the pandemic. But this summer it came to an end. NRK Beta reports on the advanced set-up of technology that was required to carry out the project.

POLAND: TVP with a serial offensive, but Netflix is ​​not behind. What’s going on in Poland? (Polish)

Wyborcza: Foreign series will disappear from TVP 1 and TVP 2, making room only for Polish productions, announced President Mateusz Matyszkowicz. A lot of Polish series are also planned by Netflix.

RUSSIA: Targeting of Journalists Covering Russia Raises Alarms

VOA: German authorities have said they are investigating an apparent poisoning of an exiled Russian journalist in Munich.

SLOVENIA: RTV Slovenia has a new four-member board (Press release – Slovenian)

RTV SLO: In the second round of elections, Franci Pavšer was elected as the labor director of RTV Slovenia. According to the provisions of the law, the labor director also holds the position of a member of the board. 

SPAIN: RTVE debates changing the way correspondents work (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: Now they can only be outside of Spain for a maximum of twelve years. In September the Board of Directors will decide whether to change this provision.

SWEDEN: Everyone is affected when journalists are targeted (Swedish – Blog)

Swedish Radio: Recently, several Russian missile attacks have hit buildings where international correspondents work in eastern Ukraine. 

UK: BBC announces Creator Lab, a brand new talent scheme for Social Media Content Creators, in collaboration with TikTok (Press release)

BBC: The 2-day development programme will be run across the UK in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and will provide opportunities for creators to showcase their skills whilst working on a BBC brief.

UK: BBC, C4 and NFTS unite to support freelancers

Broadcast: The BBC, Channel 4 and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) have joined forces to deliver an online support programme for struggling freelancers, Broadcast can reveal.

UK: How do UK broadcast media deal with covid misinformation?

The BMJ: Protecting TV and radio audiences from fake news requires a delicate balance of accuracy, impartiality, and freedom of speech, finds Meg Carter, after a series of high profile cases of misleading claims about covid-19.

REGIONAL: Europe’s public service media in need of support

Broadband TV News: Consumer research carried out by Ampere Analysis over the last six years has revealed that engagement with public service media (PSM) linear or their Video on Demand (BVoD) services has fallen by 15% in Europe’s largest markets.

REGIONAL: Press freedom: The European Parliament in support of journalists

EU Reporter: Press freedom is under pressure in the EU and across the world. Find out how the European Parliament supports the work of journalists, Society.

ARGENTINA: The Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires commemorated the 10th anniversary of DEPORTV (Press release – Spanish)

Argentina.gob.ar: The legislature of the City of Buenos Aires commemorated the 10th anniversary of the creation of DEPORTV . It was yesterday, Wednesday, August 12, at noon, in the hall of the building shared by Contenidos Públicos Sociedad del Estado and Educar Sociedad del Estado , in the Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos, (former ESMA) in the Núñez neighborhood.

ARGENTINA: They reject the privatization of Télam and public media

Télam: In a text released this Thursday, the entity that brings together film directors and producers warned about “possible future measures that would be catastrophic for the development of our cultural industries, for the genuine and registered work of thousands of workers.”

BOLIVIA & URUGAY: The IAPA condemns the threats by a drug trafficker to journalists from Bolivia and Uruguay (Listen – Spanish)

VOA: The Inter-American Press Association condemned the threats against journalists and the media in Bolivia and Uruguay for covering the case of drug trafficker Sebastian Marset. 

BRAZIL: With a focus on national films, TV Brasil debuts a new cinema range (Press release – Portuguese)

EBC: Proposal is to display content that values ​​the diversity of the country. 

CHILE: Public media and new Constitution (17 July – Spanish) 

El Mostrador: The current constitutional process has a great opportunity to guarantee, and I underline the verb to guarantee, in a robust way to “all people, the right to freedom of expression, information and opinion”. If the creation of a Public Media Service is not contemplated, the current draft will not be in a position to comply with such constitutional guarantee.

COLOMBIA: RTVC and the United Nations form an alliance to protect, defend and comply with the promotion of human rights (Press release – Spanish)

RTVC: As part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations signed an alliance with RTVC Sistema de Medios Públicos to disseminate information on international human rights standards on the channel Señal Colombia, the signal of peace.

ECUADOR: ATEI joins the mourning of Ecuador (Spanish) 

UDGTV: The Association of Ibero-American Educational and Cultural Televisions (ATEI) shows its indignation and calls for justice in the case of the murder of the journalist and candidate for the government of Ecuador,  Fernando Villavicencio , within the framework of the Ibero-American Summit of Public Media that is being held in state From guanajuato.

HAITI: Haitian radio commentator Brown Larose shot in Port-au-Prince

CPJ: Haitian authorities must investigate the recent shooting of radio commentator Brown Larose and take steps to ensure that journalists can work freely in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

MEXICO: Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul presents the book “Cause of death: questioning power. Harassment and murder of journalists in Mexico” (Spanish) 

El Heraldo: The work of the journalists murdered in Mexico is not that of super-specialized journalism, with dangerous investigations, very sophisticated, with encryption methods, or that investigated or found evidence of organized crime, but rather local journalists, who reported a pothole, lack of medicines in hospitals, poor conditions in schools, job insecurity for police officers, among other issues.

MEXICO: The IAPA is committed to reviewing the state of press freedom in the General Assembly in Mexico (Spanish) 

VOA: The Inter-American Press Association (SIP) is committed to reviewing strategies to guarantee freedom of expression and the free exercise of journalism in the Americas, in addition to delving into solutions for the sustainability of the media in a changing environment.

VENEZUELA: Ipys Venezuela denounces network attack on journalist Melanio Escobar

Efecto Cocuyo: The Instituto Prensa y Sociedad Venezuela (Ipys Venezuela) denounced this August 21 that an anonymous pro-government sympathizer discursively attacked and tried to criminalize Melanio Escobar , journalist and director of the NGO Redes Ayuda, through the social network X.

VENEZUELA: Maduro orders the restructuring of public media to put them at the service of the majority (Spanish) 

El Nacional: The plan was entrusted to the Minister of Communication, Freddy Ñáñez, and according to Maduro, it seeks for these platforms to adapt to the current world, to the narrative and language of today to achieve a greater impact of the information and content that is disseminated.

REGIONAL: Caribbean Development Bank and Caribbean Broadcasting Union inks agreement

Magnetic Media: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has signed an agreement with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) for the improvement of the work of regional broadcasters and journalists. It will last for an initial period of one year according to CDB.

REGIONAL: Historic meeting of the Ibero-American Summit of Public Media in the Plaza de Gallos

AM: The municipality of León offered the attendees a convivial meal in the Plaza de Gallos , with which they welcomed the attendees to the 2023 Ibero-American Summit of Public Media that takes place in the state of Guanajuato.

IRAN: Iran reporter defiant after release from prison for posting photo without headscarf

The Times of Israel: An Iranian journalist said Thursday she had no regrets over posting a picture of herself without a headscarf in defiance of Iran’s dress laws, sharing a similar image following her latest release from jail.

IRAQ: An Iraqi radio station uses artificial intelligence to “rationalize expenses” (Arabic) 

Al Araby: In the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, an experiment began to use artificial intelligence technology in the field of journalistic work, with the aim of rationalizing expenses.

ISRAEL: X: ‘Deep concern’ at social media company partnering with Israeli verification firm

Middle East Eye: Campaigners have expressed alarm at reports that verification for premium users of Twitter (renamed X by owner Elon Musk) will be carried out by an Israel-based company founded by former Israeli intelligence officials.

LEBANON: Minister Makari: Tele Liban will not be shut down, and employees will receive their full rights

LBC International: During a meeting with the caretaker Information Minister, Ziad Makari, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri discussed recent political developments and media affairs, particularly the Media Law and the situation at Tele Liban, including the rights of its employees.

TURKEY: National and International groups condemn detention of journalists in Ankara, Diyarbakır, İstanbul and İzmir

International Federation for Human Rights: The undersigned media freedom, freedom of expression and human rights organizations, including FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection for Human Rights Defenders, strongly condemn the detention of T24 editor Sibel Yükler, Mezopotamya Agency (MA) reporters Delal Akyüz and Fırat Can Arslan, bianet editor Evrim Kepenek and freelance journalist Evrim Deniz in Turkey on July 25.

TURKEY & SWEDEN: Turkish journalist in Sweden faces fresh indictment and trial in Turkey over published article.

Nordic Monitor: A Swedish-based Turkish journalist is currently facing a second indictment in Turkey regarding an article which exposed secret profiling by Turkish authorities that unlawfully blacklisted well over 100,000 students from kindergarten to 12th grade because they were enrolled in schools owned and operated by a dissident group that has critical views of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

REGIONAL: Arabic press review: Iraqi radio uses AI newsreaders to cut costs (15 August)

Middle East Eye: A local Iraqi radio station based in the city of Mosul has resorted to using artificial intelligence in an effort to reduce costs. 

CANADA: Even in a democracy like Canada, journalists often face efforts to keep information from the public (Blog – 10 August)

CBC News: News organizations in this country devote time and money in court challenging publication bans, secret trials and lack of access to information while under financial duress and cutting back wherever they can.

CANADA: Radio-Canada opens an office in Istanbul (French)

Le Devoir: Radio-Canada is opening an office in Istanbul, Turkey this fall. Foreign correspondent Marie-Ève ​​Bédard will occupy it first, while Tamara Altéresco will take her place in Paris, her office in Moscow having been abruptly closed by Russia in May 2022.

CANADA: ‘They silenced a community’: What Facebook’s Canadian news ban is doing to these independent journalists

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CANADA: Trudeau denounces Meta’s news block as fires force evacuations

CBC: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blasted social media giant Meta on Monday over its decision to block local news as wildfires continue to force thousands of Canadians from their homes.

CANADA: TVO employees walk off the job Monday after negotiations stall

CBC News: Dozens of workers at Ontario’s public broadcaster walked off the job Monday morning after months of bargaining.

US: Preserving funding for public media (Listen)

KGOU: Congress is considering a bill that would eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a vital source of funds for KGOU and most other public radio and television stations across the nation.

US: Raid Shocks US Media but Seizures Aren’t Uncommon

VOA: The police raid on a local Kansas newspaper in August stunned many First Amendment advocates. But it was far from an isolated incident.

US: Thurston County at risk of losing sole public broadcast outlet after cities end contracts

The Daily Chronicle: Thurston Community Media, the county’s sole public broadcast station, will lose its funding at the end of the year, after Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston County issued a letter stating their six-month contracts with the nonprofit corporation would be their last.

US: West Virginia Public Broadcasting chief steps down in latest shake-up at news outlet

Bristol Herald Courier: The executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting has stepped down after one year on the job, the latest sign of upheaval at a news outlet recently shaken by a reporter’s allegation that she was fired for writing an unfavorable story about a division of the state health department.

US: With AM’s Place On The Line, NAB Ups Lobbying Spend During First Half Of 2023

InsideRadio: The National Association of Broadcasters spent $5.49 million on lobbying in Washington during the first half of the year. That is a five percent increase compared to what was spent during the first half of last year as the industry ramped up efforts to ensure AM radio remains in vehicle dashboards and pushed back against efforts to create a performance royalty right on AM/FM airplay.

AP, other news organizations develop standards for use of artificial intelligence in newsrooms

Financial Post: The Associated Press has issued guidelines on artificial intelligence, saying the tool cannot be used to create publishable content and images for the news service while encouraging staff members to become familiar with the technology.

Building a digital army: UN peacekeepers fight deadly disinformation

UN: With smartphones, editing apps, and innovative approaches, some UN peacekeeping operations across the world are building a “digital army” aimed at combating mis- and disinformation on social media networks and beyond.

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen says it’s time for accountability from tech giants (Listen)

CBC: Between Canada’s Online News Act, Donald Trump’s recent indictment tied to the Jan.6 riots and increasing worries over harm, our relationship with social media and big tech companies is more complicated than ever. Frances Haugen, the former Facebook employee who blew the whistle on the company by disclosing thousands of internal documents joins Zandbergen to talk about the standoff between Meta and the Canadian government over Bill C-18 and what she think needs to happen to hold big tech to account.


UEA: The artificial intelligence platform ChatGPT shows a significant and systemic left-wing bias, according to a new study by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Global Broadcasting Equipment Market Size Set to Surge at 5.9% CAGR, Fueled by Technological Advancements and Growing Media Industry 2030

Digital Journal: The global Broadcasting Equipment Market, which reached a value of USD 4,329.5 million in 2021, is projected to experience robust growth with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.9% during the forecast period.

How to interview vulnerable sources without exploiting them

NPR: The most powerful stories in journalism often feature the voices of people with little power. Telling interesting stories about people without big titles, impressive credentials or personal fame is a skill at which NPR excels.

Learning from abroad How to get more positive examples in the media (German – Listen)

Deutschlandfunk: Showing solutions instead of problems – that is the central idea of ​​constructive journalism. In foreign reporting, however, the focus is mostly on crises. Germany could learn a lot from positive examples and adopt some.

“Not a replacement of journalists in any way”: AP clarifies standards around generative AI

Nieman Lab: The Associated Press has updated its standards — and will publish 10 new AP Stylebook entries — to caution journalists about common pitfalls in coverage of artificial intelligence.

Optimize your SEO with service journalism

Reynolds Journalism Institute: The concept of “news you can use” is not new to media organizations. However, with the rising importance of search engine optimization, these stories play a key role in not only driving traffic to news websites, but helping news organizations serve their communities. 

Self-reflection for Better Journalism

IPI: As journalists, we can work more efficiently by reflecting on our daily tasks. Self-reflection can be a valuable tool for integrating learned lessons into our professional identity. Let’s explore the learning environment that self-reflection can offer journalists.

Solutions journalism superstars: Innocent Eteng, managing editor, Prime Progress

Journalism.co.uk: Innocent Eteng is the founder and managing editor of Prime Progress, a social impact and accountability journalism platform based in Nigeria, launched as part of his involvement on the Lede Fellowship 2021.

The move that could make Threads a true threat to Twitter (Opinion) 

Poynter: Finally! Threads is coming to a desktop near you — maybe even this week.

Unleashing the Power of AI: Better Safe Than Sorry?

Medium: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is great news for many, but has the potential to turn into a catastrophe if “improperly” handled, according to Yoshua Bengio, a renowned AI scientist. 

What’s it take to make a great daily newsletter? Axios’ Kendall Baker is planning to bring one to Yahoo Sports

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