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The Well Said project: “YLE’s act for a functioning democracy”

A project co-led by Finland’s public media organisation, Yle, aims to create “safer local, national and digital spaces for discussion” and, by extension, support democracy and strengthen trust within Finnish society.

Hyvin sanottu – Bra sagt (The Well Said project) is a five-year initiative led by the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle and the Timeout Foundation. The initiative aims to strengthen Finland’s conversational culture, fostering better conversations that “take multiple perspectives into account” and ultimately improving people’s mutual trust and understanding of each other.

The programme has a network of more than 150 partner organisations, ranging from the office of the Finnish President to sports clubs. It is a multi-platform initiative that produces interactive content such as online quizzes and games, and ‘Hyvin sanottu’-labelled conversations, news stories and information on radio, television, online and social media channels. It also operates as part of different events, such as an annual dialogue festival and training offered by the Timeout Foundation to improve dialogue methods for people from different backgrounds.

“In order to support democracy, strengthen trust in society in the future, we need everyone involved. With a variety of events and actions, we increase participation and the feeling of participation in our society. This also increases the trust of Yle as a trustworthy provider of services” – Markus Liimatainen, Producer, at The Well Said Project, told PMA.

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KENYA: KBC Caravan tours Nairobi and Kajiado counties (Watch)

KBC: The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation has wound up the 2022 World Cup caravan with a promise that the Qatar showdown will be as epic as a tourney can get. The caravan who made several stopovers in parts of Nairobi and Kajiado counties marks the beginning of the National Broadcaster’s coverage of the much-anticipated tournament.

MOZAMBIQUE & CHINA: Freedom House reveals how Mozambique resists China’s influence in the media sector

Global Voices: In its new report titled “Beijing’s Global Media Influence 2022,” U.S.-based non-profit Freedom House shed new light on China’s influence in the communications sector in several countries around the world, including Mozambique.

NAMIBIA: Parliamentary Committee Takes On Nbc Leadership Over Strike Aftermath (Watch)

NBC: The Board and Management of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (nbc) held a consultation meeting with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources and Community Development over the effect of the 2021 strike on employees.

SENEGAL: Arrest of journalist violates vital rights and freedoms

Article 19: Niang is being prosecuted for disseminating information of a military nature without authorisation – referred to by the courts as ‘the permission of the hierarchy’ – among other charges.

SENEGAL: Senegalese journalists demonstrate in support of arrested colleague

Africa News: Hundreds of journalists and political activists demonstrated Friday, 18 November, in Senegal’s capital to demand the release of a Senegalese journalist and government critic detained earlier this month.

SOUTH AFRICA: A month since the former SABC Board’s term of office ended: Uyanda Siyotula (Watch)

SABC News: Tuesday marked exactly a month since the former SABC Board’s term of office ended on 15 October. The Public Broadcaster has been without a board ever since. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Launch of SABC Plus an important milestone for the public broadcaster: Mxakwe

SABC News: The SABC Group Chief Executive Madoda Mxakwe has described the launch of the public broadcaster’s streaming platform SABC Plus, as an important milestone.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC Still Without A New Board As State Security Agency’s Vetting Of Candidates Drags On

Daily Maverick: The lack of a board at the SABC represents a huge risk for the public entity, both financially and from a governance perspective, according to William Bird, director of Media Monitoring Africa.

TUNISIA: In Tunisia, is press freedom threatened?

Le Journal de l’Afrique: The director of the Tunisian media Business News was summoned by the courts after an article taking stock of the head of government. What to fear for the freedom of the press under Kaïs Saïed.

REGIONAL: AFRICAN MEDIA BAROMETER An analysis of trends in AMBs for 28 countries over 11 years (Report)

MISA: Since its inception, the AMB has served as a trusted source of information on the state of media environments and key developments in freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and access to information in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

REGIONAL: Africa’s media stakeholders spotlight rising impunity

Via IFEX: At the dual commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the UN Plan of Action and the International Day to End Impunity held in Victoria Falls, media stakeholders urged African governments to prosecute perpetrators of crimes against journalists.

REGIONAL: Governments should come up with punitive measures for crimes against journalists

MISA: Journalists and media representative organisations drawn from across the African continent, including regional and international media support organisations, converged in Zimbabwe’s resort town of Victoria Falls on 11 and 12 November 2022 for the belated commemorations of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

AFGHANISTAN: Media Freedom Coalition’s Co-Chairs’ Statement on the membership of Afghanistan

Media Freedom Coalition: Canada and the Netherlands, as co-chairs of the Media Freedom Coalition (MFC), give notice that, effective today, Afghanistan has been removed as a member of the MFC. This decision was taken in consultation with the MFC membership and as per the Coalition’s Terms of Reference.

CAMBODIA: Hun Sen government bans journalists’ access

IFJ: Reporters from two news outlets, VOD and VOA, were denied access to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s press conference following the ASEAN Summit on November 13.

CHINA: Environmental reporters face disinformation, threats in China’s restrictive political climate

IJNet: China’s restrictive political climate threatens the sustainability of environmental journalism. In recent years, Chinese government officials have shut down reporting efforts; meanwhile, trust among the public in journalists’ coverage has been upended, leading to skepticism of reporters’ intentions.

HONG KONG: Apple Daily ex-staff plead guilty to collusion in Hong Kong

Al Jazeera: Six former employees of pro-democracy newspaper admit conspiring to solicit sanctions against China.

INDIA: Indian government appoints new Prasar Bharati CEO

Radioinfo Asia: India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that senior IAS officer Gaurav Dwivedi  has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati on Monday.

INDIA: Why government should stop telling television channels what to broadcast

The Economic Times: The key hypocrisy in this story is that India’s private radio stations want to broadcast current affairs, but are prohibited from doing so. They are not allowed to generate any current affairs content, and can only repeat AIR news broadcasts, which represent an attempt to extend the government’s monopoly rather than inform citizens.

JAPAN: Annual public broadcasters conference kicks off in Tokyo

NHK: NHK President Maeda Terunobu, host of this year’s international forum for public broadcasters, expressed determination to use the event as an opportunity to reaffirm the significance of public broadcasting.

JAPAN: NHK Demands Netflix Halt Distribution of Its Programs

Nippon: Public broadcaster NHK, or Japan Broadcasting Corp., has urged video streaming service giant Netflix Inc. to suspend distribution of all 22 NHK programs on its platform, it was learned Wednesday.

NEPAL: Attacks on press freedom rise ahead of election

IFJ: The Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) and the Press Council Nepal (PCN) have been criticised for ongoing attacks on press freedom in the lead-up to Nepal’s parliamentary and provincial elections.

PAKISTAN: EXCLUSIVE | Media Freedom and Arshad Sharif | Senior Journalist Hamid Mir (Watch)

Pakistan Observer: Senior Journalist Hamid Mir answers important questions regarding Media Freedom in Pakistan and Arshad Sharif Case. 

PHILIPPINES: Canada, others urge Marcos gov’t to decriminalize libel, ensure press freedom in PH

Rappler: Protection for journalists takes center stage at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in the United Nations as several countries urged the Marcos administration to decriminalize libel and cyber libel in the Philippines.

SOUTH KOREA: President Yoon bans MBC crew from presidential plane

IFJ: The International Federation of Journalists joins its Korean affiliate, the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK), in condemning the exclusion of media based on critical reporting of the president and his administration. 

SOUTH KOREA: S. Korea’s Leader Suspends Q&A With Reporters Amid Media Row

VOA News: South Korea’s new president has suspended his routine morning Q&A sessions with journalists after squabbling with a broadcaster over coverage of his remarks caught on a hot mic in the United States.

SOUTH KOREA: South Korea cuts funding to broadcaster as concern over press freedom grows

The Guardian: TBS set to have most of its funding cut starting in 2024 after a decision by Seoul city government, led by president Yoon’s party.

THAILAND: Foreign Minister to address Thai PBS World forum on Thai foreign policy

Thai PBS: Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai will deliver a keynote speech on the direction of Thailand’s foreign policy at a regional forum being hosted by Thai PBS World and Asia News Network next week.

REGIONAL: Deutsche Welle opens Asia-Pacific bureau

ABU: Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has opened a new Asia-Pacific bureau in Jakarta. DW Director General Peter Limbourg opened the bureau. He described it as “an important step for DW to get closer to our target groups in one of the most important regions of the world”.

REGIONAL: India’s Prasar Bharati to host ABU General Assembly 2022

Radioinfo Asia: The 59th ABU General Assembly and associated meetings will be hosted by India’s public broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, in New Delhi from 25 to 30 November 2022.

AUSTRALIA: ABC launches Australia Calling: The ABC Radio Australia Story (Press release)

ABC: The ABC has released an official history of Radio Australia, Australia Calling: The ABC Radio Australia Story.

AUSTRALIA: ABC response: “Who Gets to Tell Australian Stories? 2.0” (Statement)

ABC: Media Diversity Australia’s report “Who gets to tell Australia Stories? 2.0” is a thought-provoking look at the Australian media environment and shows – again – that there is still much work to do before our industry properly reflects and represents the full diversity of our community.

AUSTRALIA: Journalists with Anglo-Celtic background still ‘vastly over-represented’ on Australian TV screens, report finds

ABC: Indigenous and cultural diversity in some parts of Australian television news has increased marginally over the past two years, according to a “report card” by Media Diversity Australia (MDA). 

AUSTRALIA: SBS announces senior commissioning team appointments (Press release) 

SBS: SBS today announced John Godfrey as SBS’s new Head of Commissioning, stepping into a newly created role to oversee the network’s unscripted and scripted commissioned content slate, with Joseph Maxwell promoted to Head of SBS Unscripted.


Justice Info: A whistleblower criminal trial and a defamation case involving a high-profile soldier and leading media houses: these are the main justice forums where alleged war crimes by Australian armed forces in Afghanistan are currently being exposed and debated.

FIJI: Fiji Elections chief issues legal order for Times to remove ‘no apology’ article

Asia Pacific Report: Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has issued a legal direction to The Fiji Times to remove an article which he said misquoted him.

FIJI: Labour will review MIDA

The Fiji Times: To restore democracy there will be a review of the Media Industry Development Act to remove the harsh penalties and restrictions on media freedom.

NEW ZEALAND: Disinformation should be regulated, but not outlawed – Human Rights Commission

NZ Herald: Independent regulation should underpin New Zealand’s approach to disinformation, according to Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt.

NEW ZEALAND: NZ’s broadcasting history being preserved in three-year project

1News: Whether it’s the news of the day, or the pop culture of yester-year, so much of New Zealand’s history has been captured on tape and film. But what happens when those file types grow old, and the technology to play them is obsolete? 

SOLOMON ISLANDS: BBC Media Strengthening Partnership launched in Honiara

SIBC: The first ever BBC Media Action ‘Media Strengthening in Solomon Islands Project’ was launched in Honiara this week, a landmark engagement for the BBC in the Pacific.

ALBANIA: Media freedom in decline due to lack of pluralism and transparency

Article 19: Following a two-day fact-finding mission to Tirana on 17 and 18 November 2022, the partners of the Council of Europe’s Platform on Safety of Journalists today publish their findings on press freedom, media pluralism and the safety of journalists in Albania.

BULGARIA: Bulgarian far-right party’s ‘foreign agent’ bill sparks media freedom concerns

ECPMF: The undersigned international media freedom and journalists organisations today raise the alarm over a draft law submitted to Bulgarian parliament by the far-right Vazrazhdane (Revival) party which would introduce a Russian-style “foreign agent” law involving potential sanctions for media outlets that receive funding from abroad.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech police investigates racist attack against journalist

Euractiv: Police are currently investigating the racist attack that allegedly targeted Czech Television editor Richard Samek during a protest against the government and public broadcaster Czech Television last week.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Television offers a joint broadcast of the National Presidential Debate (Press release – Czech)

Česká televize: Czech Television offers Nova Television and Prima Television the organization of a joint National Presidential Debate before the first and second round of elections. 

FINLAND: Yle’s power outage exercise in Pasila was successful – “Yle is important to prepare for all kinds of crisis situations” (Press release – Finnish) 

Yle: A drill was held at the Ylen Pasila location in case of a power outage on Monday, November 21, 2022. The premises were disconnected from the national electricity grid for two hours, and during that time the premises operated on Yle’s own backup power.

FRANCE: France Inter, the most listened to radio station in France, escapes the slump in the sector (French)

Le Monde: Even if 70% of French people continued to listen to the radio every day in September and October (71.1% of cumulative audience), they are, for the first time, less than 40 million to have connected to a station. No category of program escapes this disaffection.

GREECE: European Federation of Journalists chief slams press freedom in Greece

Euractiv: Lack of trust, economic instability, and spying on journalists all make the press environment in Greece disturbing and challenging, the President of the European Federation of Journalists, Maja Sever told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

ITALY: Six things to know about the state of press freedom in Italy

The Local: As Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni sues a prominent journalist for ‘defamation’, The Local looks at the state of media freedom in Italy.

KOSOVO: Kosovo Public Broadcaster Complains of ‘Smallest Ever’ Budget

Balkan Insight: The managing board of RTK said that the public broadcaster’s budget is inadequate, making it impossible to invest in new equipment or even pay its debts.

KOSOVO: Political pressure on journalists risks undermining media freedom progress in Kosovo

RSF: RSF and other international media freedom and journalists organisations warn that while significant progress has been made by the current government in depoliticising the public broadcaster, regulatory bodies and the legislative framework for the media environment, toxic rhetoric and smear campaigns against media, underfunding of public broadcaster and lack of transparency risk undermining the progress.

NETHERLANDS: Top Dutch television presenter accused of transgressive behavior by dozens of colleagues

NL Times: A long line of former colleagues and coworkers came forward to accuse television presenter Matthijs van Nieuwkerk of transgressive behavior. 

NORTH MACEDONIA: North Macedonia Eyes U-turn on Media Spending

Balkan Insight: The ruling Social Democrats outlawed a much-criticised practice of public spending on questionable awareness campaigns in private media. Now the ban is about to be lifted.

ROMANIA: Romania’s Hard-Pressed Journalists Await EU Rescue From SLAPPs

Balkan Insight: The European Union has finally taken action against the pernicious tool of strategic lawsuits or SLAPPs – but Romania’s politicians have a habit of dragging their feet when it comes to transposing European directives.

RUSSIA: Russia blocks Novaya Gazeta website

DW: The independent news outlet was forced to suspend publication in March after Russia invaded Ukraine, months after editor Dmitry Muratov won the Nobel Peace Prize for defending press freedom.

RUSSIA: Russia’s Independent Journalists on ‘Brink of Survival’, Awardee Says

VOA News: The founder of one of Russia’s leading independent news websites has been recognized for her “extraordinary and sustained” efforts to protect press freedom.

SERBIA: Protect journalists and denounce death threats against them

ARTICLE 19: The partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response express deep concerns about the death threats against journalists of the daily independent newspaper Danas. 

SLOVAKIA: Slovakia’s public broadcaster’s news chiefs dismissed after airing one-hour long opposition speech

Bne Intellinews: News director Maria Hluchanova and three other managers at Slovak Radio and Television (RTVS) have been dismissed after the RTVS 24 TV news channel livestreamed an hour-long speech of ex-premier Robert Fico from the party meeting of his Smer-SD on the national holiday on November 17 without informing the public broadcaster’s director-general. 

SLOVENIA: Delo thinks Slovenians should pay debt to public broadcaster (Paywall)

STA: Delo says in Friday’s front-page editorial that the 27 November referendum on the government-sponsored changes to the act on RTV Slovenija is an opportunity for Slovenia as a democratic society to pay its debt to the public broadcaster, the key media institution in the country.

SLOVENIA: MFRR Webinar: Threats to independent public service media in Central Europe (Event)

IPI: In the last few years, Central Europe has emerged as a regional flashpoint in the battle for the future of independent public service media in the European Union.

SLOVENIA: NGOs argue for and against RTV Slovenija act in referendum debate (Paywall)

STA: Civil society representatives faced off in a televised debate ahead of the referendum on government-sponsored changes to the law on the public broadcaster RTV Slovenija Thursday evening.

SPAIN: Elena Sánchez Caballero denies the existence of “black lists” on RTVE (Press release – Spanish)

RTVE: The interim president of the RTVE Corporation and its Board of Directors, Elena Sánchez Caballero , has flatly denied in the Congress of Deputies the existence of blacklists on RTVE and has announced that while she is interim president “an information file will be opened in response to complaints about this matter with a modicum of plausibility.”

SWEDEN: EXPLAINED: What Sweden’s controversial new espionage law means

The Local: Sweden’s new law against foreign espionage will alter passages in Sweden’s constitutional laws governing freedom of the press and freedom of expression. The Local spoke to Mikael Ruotsi, senior lecturer in constitutional law at Uppsala University, about the new law.

SWEDEN: International attention for Sveriges Radio’s work to report from all over the country (Swedish)

Sveriges Radio: Sveriges Radio makes an extensive investment in temporary newsrooms in around 80 municipalities annually, which has meant that we have never been more present in our country than we are right now. The work is being noticed today at PBI’s conference in Tokyo and has previously been noticed in an international media podcast. 

SWEDEN: Sports manager Åsa Edlund Jönsson becomes general secretary of the SOK (Press release – Swedish)

SVT: SVT’s sports director Åsa Edlund Jönsson is leaving SVT to take up a role as secretary general of the Swedish Olympic Committee with responsibility for the Olympic movement and Olympic issues in Sweden.

SWEDEN: UR: Medier Sweden’s first deaf director leads the sign language editorial team (Swedish)

Nordvision: The sign language editorial office is also strengthened with several permanent appointments.

UK: Julia Lopez pledges licence fee review will start ‘soon’ (Paywall)

Broadcast: Culture [minister] acknowledges need for urgency around process to give BBC time to prepare.

UKRAINE: Lack of News a Big Challenge in Occupied Cities, Ukrainian Journalist Says

VOA News: In Q&A, international press freedom awardee Sevgil Musaieva of Ukrainska Pravda discusses war coverage, media restrictions and emotional toll of war.

REGIONAL: ‘Being independent of government is key’. The future of public media – interview

LRT: In an interview with LRT, Director General of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Noel Curran says there will always be people who distrust the media: “I think that’s a part of the variety of the world, and democracy allows those people to have those opinions.”

REGIONAL: Blank Spots in the Barents Region, Environmental journalism in a challenging climate (Watch)

RSF: Around the Barents Sea, one of the world’s richest areas in natural resources, journalism is often a last line of defence for the environment. But journalists are few and far between, polluting corporations use aggressive methods to avoid scrutiny, and repressive laws hamper cross-border investigations. 

REGIONAL: Follow the debates of the conference “Public Service Media for Democracy” (Event)

Council of Europe: On 22 November, the Council of Europe and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are organising the conference “Public Service Media for Democracy” in Vilnius to discuss how to protect the essential role of public service media in sustaining democracy at a time when their sustainability and independence are being challenged in a growing number of European countries.

REGIONAL: How member states’ consultation might impact the European Media Freedom Act

Euractiv: Experts have warned that the Commission’s proposed European Media Freedom Act may face further obstacles as it enters consultation with member states.

ARGENTINA: With the new Rosario National antenna you will have better sound and greater range (Spanish)

Radio Nacional: As part of the Public Radio enhancement project, technical repair and installation of new equipment is being carried out in the local transmission antenna, which will improve audio quality and extend the range of the radio signal to the entire the region.

BRAZIL: 2022 breaks the record for attacks on the press set in the previous year (Portuguese)

Abraji: With critical levels of violence against the Brazilian press, 2022 did not need its 365 days to surpass the record for attacks against communicators registered in 2021.

COLOMBIA: RTVC connects Colombians with culture, entertainment and information through public television (Spanish)

RTVC: On World TV Day we highlight 4 substantial pillars of the House of Public Media to maintain itself as the engine of the audiovisual industry in Colombia.

ECUADOR: Ecuador’s new Communications Law eliminates “prior censorship” and gives greater autonomy to the media (Spanish)

El Mundo: Ecuadorian government officials, directors of the media and social organizations ratified the new Organic Law Reforming the Communication Law, which buries the legal framework created in 2013 by former President Rafael Correa, qualified by the opposition at the time as a “gag law”.

HAITI: Violence, police brutality and economic crisis push journalism in Haiti to critical situation (7 November)

LatAm Journalism Review: One journalist murdered, another shot at and another arrested and beaten by the police are the latest victims of a wave of violence against the press in Haiti, a country where eight journalists have been killed so far this year. 

PARAGUAY: The IAPA rejects the sentence against the director of the newspaper ABC Color of Paraguay (Spanish)

Infobae: The Inter-American Press Association (SIP) on Monday disapproved of the conviction against the director and a journalist of the Paraguayan newspaper ABC Color, considering that the ruling violates inter-American principles on press freedom.

VENEZUELA: NGOs and journalists protest the “systematic closure” of media outlets in Venezuela (Spanish)

Swissinfo: The NGO Líderes Libres and a small group of journalists protested this Friday in Caracas against the “systematic” closure of the media in Venezuela, where, they say, more than a hundred radio stations have closed so far this year by order of the Government.

REGIONAL: A Decade of Failed Efforts to Protect Journalists in Latin America

Nieman Reports: Dozens of journalists have been killed across the region, despite protections designed to keep them safe.

REGIONAL: Being a woman journalist in the Americas: a fight for justice, in the midst of great challenges (Spanish)

El País: The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression published a report that shows the prevalence of violence against women in newsrooms in the region.

REGIONAL: Central American Network of Journalists emerges as a collective response to attacks on the press in the region

LatAm Journalism Review: Faced with the recent escalation of these attacks in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, press professionals from these countries have come together to create the Red Centroamericana de Periodistas [Central American Network of Journalists], a collective response to this scenario of threats to journalists and independent news outlets critical of their respective governments.

REGIONAL: How to tell stories in countries that have non-transparent and authoritarian governments? Latin American journalists shared experiences and strategies during LATAM Festival

LatAm Journalism Review

PALESTINE & US: US FBI-led investigation of Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing a welcome first step

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists on Tuesday welcomed reports that the FBI plans to investigate the May 11 killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as an important first step toward potentially achieving justice in her case.

QATAR: FIFA must not allow press freedom to be benched during Qatar World Cup 

RSF: On the eve of the FIFA World Cup kick-off in Qatar on 20 November, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Union of Sports Journalists in France (UJSF) and the Swedish Sports Journalists Association ( SSF)call on FIFA – the International Association Football Federation – to ensure that freedom of the press is not excluded from this event. Media freedom violations during (or after) the tournament would be unacceptable.

QATAR: Strict media laws, no public data, sources at risk: what it’s like to be a journalist in Qatar

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: As Qatar’s Fifa World Cup 2022 kicks off, a storm of controversy threatens to overshadow the tournament. The backlash has been greater than when recent sport events were hosted by other authoritarian regimes like China and Russia.

SAUDI ARABIA & US: CPJ condemns Biden administration decision that Saudi crown prince has immunity in U.S. Khashoggi lawsuit

CPJ: In response to news reports that the Biden administration told a U.S. court late Thursday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should be immune in a civil lawsuit over the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, CPJ issued the following statement condemning the decision…

TURKEY: Türkiye’s media laws under scrutiny after İstanbul bombing

Bianet: Ambiguous laws and their arbitrary implementation led to Sunday’s broad restrictions on traditional and social media, according to critics.

TURKEY & SWEDEN: Turkey’s public broadcaster targets journalist in exile in Stockholm

Stockholm Center for Freedom: Turkey’s state-run TRT Haber news station has targeted a Turkish journalist in exile by broadcasting footage of his home in Stockholm, Turkish Minute reported.

TURKEY: VPN demand in Turkey skyrockets after gov’t limits social media use following attack

SCF: Demand for VPN services in Turkey increased by 853 percent on Sunday, when the Turkish government imposed a restriction on social media platforms following a deadly explosion in İstanbul, Turkish Minute reported on Wednesday, citing top10vpn.com.

CANADA: Canada’s democracy is under threat. Journalists must do more to protect it (Opinion)

TVO: It’s easy for an overwhelmingly white media class to dismiss the rise of the far-right and misinformation. But pretending it doesn’t exist won’t make it go away.

CANADA: Canada needs a long-term news strategy to stop undermining trust in journalism, says white paper

Canadian Dimension: Nearly half of Canadians believe that much of the information they receive from news organizations is false.

CANADA: Everything to know about Canada’s Online News Act hearings


CANADA: Now is the time for public media to forge closer relationships (Speech)

CBC/Radio-Canada: On November 17, Catherine Tait, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, took part in PBI Tokyo 2022, an annual conference of public broadcasters from around the world. 

US: American Public Television to Launch APT Podcast Studios

TVTech: APT Podcast Studios will start creating original podcasts in 2023.

US: NPR announces opening of Kyiv, Ukraine Bureau

NPR: NPR News announced today it is opening a Ukraine Bureau in Kyiv that will be led by Joanna Kakissis, who will continue her poignant storytelling of a conflict that has upended millions of lives, affected global energy and food supplies and pitted NATO against Russia.

US: Subscriptions Still on the Rise at Most Newspapers in the Medill Subscriber Engagement Index

Local News Initiative: One ray of good news during the Covid pandemic: More U.S. consumers read and subscribed to local news publications.

US: US research highlights widespread streamer subscription fatigue

Digital TV Europe: New research from payment solutions provider Bango should be causing the alarm bells to ring at leading SVOD providers, as they plough billions of dollars into their great pivot towards streaming.

US: WFAE journalists want to become the first public radio station in the Carolinas to unionize. Will they succeed?

WUNC: WFAE may become the first public radio station in the Carolinas to form a union. On Tuesday, a group of content staff members — hosts, reporters, producers and other journalists — announced their intention to unionize in tweets issued under the handle @wemakewfae.

BBC chief expresses concern about media freedom in many parts of the world

NHK: The director-general of the BBC has stressed the importance of public broadcasting services, expressing concern that media freedom is under threat in many parts of the world.

Can Mastodon be a reasonable Twitter substitute for journalists?

Nieman Lab: Adam Davidson: “I think we got lazy as a field, and we let Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and, god help us, Elon Musk and their staff decide all these major journalistic questions.”

Deutsche Welle: Stable usage figures despite censorship in many countries

DW: With 291 million weekly user contacts worldwide, DW’s program offerings remain stable despite censorship affecting access to its services in several countries.

Don’t be fooled by fake screenshots

Poynter: This article will give you some tips on how to identify and flag fake screenshots on Twitter and other platforms before mistakenly sharing them.

Global AVOD revenues predicted to more than double

Digital TV Europe: Global AVOD revenues for TV series and movies are predicted to reach US$91 billion in 2028, up from US$38 billion in 2022, according to the latest market predictions from Digital TV Research.

How journalists can get verified on Mastodon

Journalism.co.uk: As Elon Musk’s take on the Twitter verification scheme went horribly wrong, many journalists wondered what to do about their social media profiles.

How the news media – long in thrall to Trump – can cover his new run for president responsibly

The Conversation: Now that he’s in the 2024 presidential race, the media circus that is Donald Trump is returning for a new season.

Media layoffs spike amid recession fears

Axios: The media industry is getting hit by sizable rounds of layoffs and cost-cutting measures as the ad market continues to show signs of a serious slowdown.

Meet the Smiths: The partnership that led to Semafor

CJR: Justin Smith and Ben Smith are not related, nor did it seem likely that they’d ever become partners; the first time they met, it didn’t go so well.

Misinformation threatens Twitter’s function as a public safety tool

WSIU: When Michele Rogosky heard about the shooting at The University of Virginia on Sunday night, she called her son right away, panicking. He’s a student there, and she knew he liked to go to the gym late in the evening. It turns out, he was sheltering in his apartment with his roommates, and knowing that helped her calm down. But the situation was precarious, with the suspect at large at the time, and little information available.

Online abuse: “ Less journalists tend to report online abuse because it happens all the time”, legal expert Charlotte Michils

IFJ: Charlotte Michils is a legal expert at the Flemish Association of Journalists/Vlaamse Vereniging van Journalisten (Belgium), the Flemish part of the Association of Belgian journalists (AGJPB). Her union launched the Meldpunt platform (Hotline platform) to collect and record all cases of harassment and attacks against Flemish speaking journalists.

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Journalism.co.uk: The Twitter chaos, Meta’s receding support for news, Google’s privacy payouts. Disruptions to big tech hurt digital media the most – so where do we go from here?

Understand algorithmic bias in journalism

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