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Launch of the Code of Conduct to Improve Conflict Sensitive Reporting & Journalist Safety in South Asia

PMA and Media Action Nepal: On Tuesday 23 November, the Public Media Alliance and its partners Media Action Nepal and the UNESCO New Delhi Office officially launched a code of conduct aimed at strengthening the South Asian media environment in the areas of conflict sensitive reporting, journalist safety, and self-regulation. 

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Today in Short: Migrant crisis in Poland‘s border with Belarus 

IPI: What’s going on in the border between Poland and Belarus? Well, long story short, it’s a Geopolitical crisis in which people in need are caught in the middle. […] Hundreds of migrants keep arriving to the border and the situation is increasingly tense. To make matters worse, journalists are facing increasing challenges in documenting what’s going on. And this is what we are going to talk Today, in short. 

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ETHIOPIA: Ethiopian Media Authority Issues Warning Letters to CNN, BBC, AP & Reuters for Reporting False News, Defamation

Via AllAfrica: The Ethiopian Media Authority has issued warning letters to four international media institutions for manufacturing and disseminating of false news and news analyses on Ethiopia to assist the TPLF’s objectives.

GHANA: GBC to restructure Its Regional FM Stations as part of the Corporation’s Transformational Drive

GBC: The Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Professor Amin Alhassan has disclosed that management will from next year focus on restructuring its regional radio stations. 

GHANA: Judiciary has no power to interfere with media freedom – CJ

GhanaWeb: Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah says the Judiciary has no power to interfere with media freedom. 

LESOTHO: Current state of media freedom and free expression in Lesotho concerning (Statement)

MISA Lesotho: A statement highlighting the exponential growth of media violations against the media in Lesotho in recent weeks. 

LIBYA: Cybercrime law threatens to restrict free expression

Via IFEX: A recently adopted anti-cybercrime law raises concern over its use by authorities to undermine online freedom of expression and curtail press freedoms.

NAMIBIA: NBC employees’ salaries deductions are in full compliance with the labour law – Theofelus

NBC: The deductions made on some Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) employees’ salaries after the strike have been done in full compliance with the labour law and nothing illegal has been done by the corporation’s management and the board.

NIGERIA: Body To Govern Practice And Uphold Standards In Broadcasting Inaugurated In Nigeria

Broadcast Media Africa: A new body has been inaugurated to govern the practice of broadcasting as a profession in Nigeria to improve the quality of the country’s media ecosystem. 

NIGERIA: Death of Nigerian Journalist Sharpens Focus on Declining Media Environment

VOA News 

SIERRA LEONE: President Bio Signs Global Pledge On Media Freedom, Says Unfettered and Professional Press Is Central to Country’s Democracy (Press release)

Via AllAfrica: Presidential Lodge, Freetown, Monday 22 November 2021 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has signed the Global Pledge on Media Freedom as a commitment by the government to improving media freedom domestically and working together internationally with the Media Freedom Coalition.

SOMALIA: Al-Shabaab Kill Journalist Abdiaziz Guled Who Criticised Them on Radio

AllAfrica: Somali militant group al-Shabaab on Saturday evening claimed responsibility for killing a veteran journalist who campaigned against the activities of the proscribed group, in the latest attack on media freedom.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC revenue generation on the up despite current strained economic environment: Mxakwe

SABC: SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe says the public broadcaster’s revenue generation has been improving on a monthly and quarterly basis despite the current strained economic environment.

SOUTH AFRICA: There will be no salary increases for SABC employees: HR

SABC: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Group Executive of Human Resources, Mojaki Mosia, says there will be no salary increases for employees in the next three years unless the corporation breaks even.

SOUTH AFRICA: TV licence amnesty plan to wipe away billions in debt

News 24: In Wednesday’s meeting of Parliament’s select committee on public enterprises and communications, the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the minister of communications and digital technologies, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, again touched on the SABC’s application … for SABC TV licence amnesty.

SOUTH AFRICA: Regulator Puts On Hold Plans To License Wholesale Open-Access Network (WOAN)

Broadcast Media Africa: The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has put on hold, at least for the time being, plans to license a wholesale open-access network (Woan).

SUDAN: Sudan Journalists Protest Media Crackdown Since Coup

VOA News: Sudanese journalists are pushing back against military leaders who seized power in a coup last month, calling on them to respect press freedoms and release several editors and reporters they have detained.

TUNISIA: Evicted from Their Office, Al Jazeera Works from a Front Yard in Tunisia

HRW: Authorities Arbitrarily Target Media and Critics.

REGIONAL: BBC News Announces The Launch “Africa Eye” In Francophone Africa

Broadcast Media Africa: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) News has announced a new partnership with EDAN to broadcast the BBC Africa Eye in French. 

REGIONAL: “Radio Broadcasting Leads In Reach And Consumption Of Media In Africa”

Broadcast Media Africa: Nomfundo Matlala, the CEO and Executive Director of Marche Media, identified numerous content distribution methods and content consumption platforms which she acknowledged as the driver for the current consumption environment which is characterised by multi-platform consumption patterns.

AFGHANISTAN: New Media Watchdog Group Formed in Kabul

TOLONews: A new media watchdog held an inaugural ceremony in Kabul on Thursday, pledging to protect freedom of expression and the Afghan media community.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban issue guidelines against women actors

DW: A Taliban ministry has asked TV networks to stop broadcasting programs that the ultra-conservative group deems immoral. They have said that the directives are not obligatory, but rather “a religious guideline.”

CHINA & US: US-China Deal on Journalists’ Visas Draws Criticism

VOA News: The United States and China agreed this week to ease restrictions on foreign journalists working within their respective borders, but the deal is drawing criticism for not doing enough to address China’s repressive stance toward press freedom.

HONG KONG: Media has duty to promote national security, combat ‘fake news’ and even help push Covid-19 vaccination drive, Hong Kong leader says

South China Morning Post: Newspapers enjoying a high degree of credibility have an obligation to “consciously” safeguard national security, combat “fake news” and even encourage residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19, Hong Kong’s leader has said.

HONG KONG: Steve Vines: The future of press freedom in Hong Kong (Opinion)

HKFP: “Like so many illusions, this one is looking increasingly irrelevant with the unceasing drive to ensure that the concept of ‘one country, two systems,’ focuses on one system,” writes Stephen Vines.

HONG KONG: Why I left Hong Kong (Opinion)

Al Jazeera: It was in the early 1970s, on the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival, when my father, without telling his family and friends, fled his birthplace in China by sneaking onto an overnight cargo train transporting crates of pears to the then-British colony of Hong Kong.

HONG KONG & CHINA: China has undermined Hong Kong’s judicial and parliamentary independence: U.S. report

Radio Free Asia: A citywide crackdown on dissent continues amid sweeping electoral, judicial and education changes.

INDIA: Prasar Bharati starts scaling up its news service

Times of India

INDONESIA: RRI Board of Directors Selection Registration Period Extended (Indonesian – 14 November)

Republika: Registration has been extended so that the best candidates have the opportunity to participate.

KYRGYZSTAN: Kyrgyz government urged to withdraw draft Broadcasting Bill

IFEX: A number of IFEX members call on the Kyrgyzstan government to withdraw its draft legislation threatening to further undermine the independence of the Kyrgyz Broadcasting Corporation (OTRK). 

MALAYSIA: More work needed before media council can be formed, Comms Ministry tells Parliament

The Star: More discussions are needed before a national media council can be set up, says the Communications and Multimedia Ministry. 

MYANMAR: Myanmar’s Media ‘Struggling to Report,’ Press Freedom Awardee Says

VOA News: When Myanmar’s military seized power earlier this year, it quickly set about arresting journalists, cutting internet access and revoking media licenses.

PAKISTAN: IHC issues show-cause notices in GB ex-CJ affidavit case

The News International: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued show-cause notices to Editor-in-Chief, Editor and Editor Investigations of an English daily as well as former Chief Justice, Gilgit Baltistan, in a case regarding allegations against former Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar.

PAKISTAN: Senate passes bill to protect journalists and media professionals

IFJ: Pakistan’s Senate passed a new Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill, drafted in consultation with journalists’ organisations and union groups. 

PAKISTAN & INDIA: Indian, Pak govts curtailing freedom of expression: speakers

The News International: Senior journalists and human rights activists declared that both the governments of India and Pakistan were curtaining the freedom of expression and right to information by legitimising censorship.

PHILIPPINES: Alternative media site shuts down after cyberattack

Inquirer.net: Another alternative media site was forced to shut down briefly after a string of sustained cyberattacks over the weekend, making it the third to be targeted by such attacks in recent months.

PHILIPPINES: Nobel Laureate Ressa Rules Out Going into Exile Over Philippine Charges

VOA: Philippine Nobel Prize winning journalist Maria Ressa ruled out on Monday going into exile over legal challenges she faces, and her lawyers urged the government of President Rodrigo Duterte to drop all charges against her.

SOUTH KOREA: How South Korea Is Attempting to Tackle Fake News

The Diplomat: South Korea is attempting to deal with the now-universal issue of disinformation. So why did its draft bill attract such fierce criticism?

THAILAND: End lèse-majesté proceedings against government critics

Article 19: The investigation of prominent human rights defender Chonthicha Jangrew for allegedly insulting the monarchy is the latest blow to freedom of expression in Thailand, said ARTICLE 19. 

THAILAND: Thai PBS receives alliance plaques for supporting the “Thai Ruam Jai, Bangkok Safe” project (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS

REGIONAL: Amal Clooney Protects Journalists. We Asked Her About Asia’s Shrinking Press Freedom.

Vice: The human rights lawyer, who is defending Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa, says it’s time to do away with colonial-era laws.

AUSTRALIA: ABC Emergency Broadcasting (Press release)

ABC: ABC teams have spent the winter months training and preparing for the summer peak of bushfire and storm activity while the expansion of reporters in rural and regional areas means comprehensive emergency broadcasting services for local communities.

AUSTRALIA: Fang to get a test run in ABC’s top news job

The Sydney Morning Herald: As ABC news director Gaven Morris’ final day in the top news job at the national broadcaster fast approaches, all chatter inside Ultimo and Southbank is focused on a long list of contenders regarded as potential successors.

AUSTRALIA: Labor pledges to restore funding to ABC and SBS, accusing Coalition of chipping away at public broadcasters

ABC News: The federal opposition is pushing the nation’s public broadcasters into its election pitch to voters, promising to provide greater funding certainty for the ABC and SBS if elected.

AUSTRALIA: Media companies raise concerns over TV election debates plan

The Sydney Morning Herald: Local media companies are expected to knock back an initial proposal for the creation of an Australian Debates Commission, raising concerns that some take-it-or-leave it measures the government is proposing to implement are too restrictive.

AUSTRALIA: SBS to launch multilingual news channel in 2022 featuring Mandarin and Arabic bulletins

SBS: SBS has announced that it will further expand its multilingual services in 2022, with the launch of a new free-to-air TV channel providing news from around the world to Australian audiences.

AUSTRALIA: Senate inquiry into ABC suspended after Labor and Greens motion gets cross-bench support

The Guardian: PM backed investigation of broadcaster’s complaints handling, as ABC chair decried it as ‘political interference’.

AUSTRALIA: Stories of disability on your TV, radio, and mobile phone across three weeks for IDPwD 2021

ABC: ABC is partnering with International Day of People with Disability in a three-week campaign to showcase a range of stories by and about people with disability across ABC websites, radio, social media, TV, and iview.

FIJI: Graham Davis: Fiji’s draconian media law and a gag on truth (Comment)

Asia Pacific Report: If anyone is wondering why the Fijian media hasn’t reported the details of my reporting on Grubsheet Feejee of the Prime Minister’s secret role in the sacking of the Solicitor-General, … it is because they are terrified of the AG’s draconian 2010 Media Industry Development Decree and the very real prospect of prosecution.

NEW ZEALAND: Radio in NZ 100 not out – but what is its future? (Listen) 

RNZ: Radio in New Zealand marked its centenary this week with tributes to its staying power in the past and confident claims that it’s here to stay in the digital age.

NEW ZEALAND: The missing context in vaccine mandate coverage

RNZ: Analysis: News organisations have devoted plenty of space to the unvaccinated healthcare and education workers being stood down this week. But many of those stories are missing vital context.

REGIONAL: NZ must help Pacific fight vaccine misinformation – researcher

RNZ: New Zealand, Australia and other nations in the Pacific need to do more to combat rampant vaccine misinformation in Pacific Island countries, which poses a threat to the whole region, a researcher says.

AUSTRIA: Why the ORF launched an vaccination lottery (German)

Der Standard: Initiative of the public service broadcaster under Alexander Wrabetz for social issues – the Chancellor and Minister of Health were informed.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: BiH: Media as crisis generators (Serbian – 12 November)

DW: In recent weeks, the media in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also in the region, have been trying to find an answer to the question “will there be a new war in BiH”. DW analyzes: how well-founded is the way the media reports about it?

BELARUS: In Belarus, Media Jailing Used as Tool of Censorship

VOA News: Since contested presidential elections in 2020, Belarus has jailed hundreds of journalists in an effort to censor independent voices, local media and analysts say.

CROATIA: Why was a German journalist arrested in Croatia? (Serbian)

DW: Sebastian Leber wanted to write about migrants who cross from BiH to Croatia. But Croatian police arrested him and charged him with human trafficking. Nonsense, says the journalist, and describes the day in detention and the “trial”.

FINLAND: Yle’s year 2022: The first regional elections, the Beijing Olympics and Pikku Kakkonen’s summer tour (Press release – Finnish)

Yle: Yle will continue to strongly develop Yle Areena and the Yle service. In television and radio, the company is investing in experiences that increase community spirit, and the podcast offering is also increasing.

FRANCE: Media education: the CSA urges TVs and radios to continue their efforts (French)

Télérama: Presented this Thursday, November 18, the first report of the CSA on media and information education testifies to the growing investment of TV channels and radio stations. 

FRANCE: Senate commission of inquiry on media concentration is set up (French)

Public Sénat: We now know the composition and potential key figures of the new Senate commission of inquiry, responsible for studying concentration processes in the media sector. Focus on the challenges of its future work.

GEORGIA: Constructive solutions for everyday hardships

DW: In Georgia, minorities and people in rural regions often feel isolated. DW Akademie supports local media in concretely helping improve the lives of these people.

GERMANY: Media policy debate in Saxony: AfD no longer in the MDR broadcasting council (German)

Deutschlandfunk: The broadcasting council of the MDR will be newly appointed – and the AfD will probably no longer be represented in the control committee of the public broadcaster. 

GREECE: Greece: Alleged ‘Fake News’ Made a Crime

Human Rights Watch: A criminal code provision that Greece’s parliament adopted on November 11, 2021, makes it a criminal offense to spread “fake news,” Human Rights Watch said today. 

HUNGARY: Hungary: Government’s stranglehold on media poses serious risks to human rights – UN expert

OHCHR: Hungary’s interventions in the media sector over the past decade could create risks for human rights in the upcoming elections, the UN expert on freedom of opinion and expression said at the end of an official visit to the country.

IRELAND: Independent radio stations came ‘critically close’ to shutting down, industry chief warns

The Journal: Almost all members of the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) came “critically close” to shutting down radio stations in the wake of the pandemic, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

ITALY: TV, Italians own 120 million screens: more and more connected in the post-pandemic (Italian)

Il Messaggero: There are 120 million screens owned by Italians, an average of 5 per family.

KOSOVO: ECPMF welcomes shortlisting of new RTK Board members

ECPMF: Yesterday night, the parliamentary committee on the election of the Board of Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK) concluded its work. 

MONTENEGRO: Montenegrin Authorities withdraw proposals to change funding for RTCG

EBU: The Montenegrin authorities have withdrawn their proposals to change the funding model for RTCG after protests from the EBU and attendees at a PSM Conference being held in Podgorica yesterday.

NETHERLANDS: Podcasts regional broadcasters available via NPO (Press release – Dutch)

NPO: As of today, the Dutch Public Broadcasting Service offers a number of podcasts from the regional public broadcasters. The selected podcasts have a recognizable regional character and at the same time appeal to a wide audience.

POLAND: Crisis brings forward TVP channel launch

Broadband TV News: The Polish public broadcaster TVP has brought forward the launch of its new English language internet channel in response to the crisis on the Poland/Belarus border.

ROMANIA: Dan Turturica to head Romania’s TVR

Broadband TV News: The Romanian parliament has appointed Dan Cristian Turturica the president-general manager of the Romanian public broadcaster TVR.

SLOVENIA: Slovenia’s press agency gets financial reprieve — but at what cost?

DW: For the first time in over 300 days, Slovenia’s STA press agency has received payment from the government for its public service, narrowly avoiding bankruptcy.

SPAIN: RTVE and USC create an institutional chair on public service media in Europe (Press release – Spanish)

RTVE: The evolution of the European media ecosystem will be investigated through the identification of success stories, as well as the concept of ‘public value’.

SPAIN: The president of RTVE asks Parliament “speed, will and determination” to process the new audiovisual law (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: The president of RTVE has asked Parliament for “speed, will and determination” in the processing of the new General Law on Audiovisual Communication, once it is approved by the Council of Ministers.

SWEDEN: Swedish Radio sets up a full-time science commentator (Press release – Swedish) 

Sveriges Radio: Swedish Radio strengthens science coverage by Ulet Björkstén’s head of the Science editorial staff becoming a science commentator who will be heard in many programs and all channels.

SWEDEN: An important year awaits (Blog – Swedish) 

Sveriges Radio: On 11 September 2022, it is time for elections to the Riksdag, regions and municipalities in Sweden. Giving the listeners a comprehensive election monitoring is for us at Ekot one of the most important tasks we have. 

UK: 4Skills to create over 15,000 training, development and learning opportunities for young people (Press Release)

Channel 4: New strategy will supercharge opportunities for disadvantaged communities across the UK.

UK: BBC 100: Year of brilliant programming to mark centenary (Press release)

BBC: To mark 100 years of the BBC in 2022, the Corporation has announced a bumper year of sports, events and landmark commissions for TV, Radio, and Online to inform, educate and entertain the nation, under the banner BBC 100.

UK: Channel 4 Reveals Next Steps to Increase Black Representation in U.K. Industry

Variety: U.K. public service broadcaster Channel 4 has revealed several further steps to increase Black representation in the U.K. industry following its “Black to Front” day of programming on Sept. 10.

UK: Paul Dacre: Ex-Daily Mail editor quits race to head Ofcom

BBC: Former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre has pulled out of the contest to become the next chair of media regulator Ofcom.

UK: ‘Quiz’ and ‘Brexit: Uncivil War’ Creator James Graham: “We Are Losing The Arguments Around Public Service Broadcasting”

Deadline: The British TV industry is “losing the arguments around Public Service Broadcasting and hasn’t yet found the words to make an effective case,” according to Brexit: The Uncivil War and Quiz creator James Graham.

UKRAINE: Ukraine: Slow improvement in working conditions for journalists, union says

IFJ: Ukrainian media workers face dangerous working conditions despite recent improvement through cooperation agreements with law enforcement agencies, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) reported. 

REGIONAL: Anti-SLAPP conference: governments must protect media freedom

The Shift: Panellists stress that journalists must make public the threats against them.

REGIONAL: European democracies must ‘revitalize’ amid authoritarian rise: Report

Politico: ‘A number of countries have used the pandemic … to crack down on freedom of speech,’ says head of IDEA.

REGIONAL: The Role of Access to Information for Media Freedom and Public Responsiveness to Policies (Event)

CPMF: Our Research Associate Mária Žuffová will deliver a presentation titled “The Role of Access to Information for Media Freedom and Public Responsiveness to Policies” at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations at Comenius University in Bratislava.

ARGENTINA: On the Day of Sovereignty, Nacional Río Grande extends its reach to Malvinas and Antarctica (Press release – Spanish)

Argentina.gob.ar: On the Day of National Sovereignty, Radio and Television Argentina put into operation a transmitter of 100 kilowatts of power placed on Radio Nacional Río Grande , which achieved that today the station has a coverage of more than 600 kilometers around that Fuegian city and be heard in the Malvinas, other islands of the South Atlantic and Antarctica.

ARGENTINA: “The public media continue to have an important function in Argentina” (Listen – Spanish)

Radio Nacional: In dialogue with Punto Sur, Julio Fernandez Baraibar, journalist, writer, film scriptwriter and political analyst, analyzed the results of the November 14 elections, gave his opinion on journalism in the hegemonic media, as well as highlighted the need to support the work of the public media.

BRAZIL: Black journalists in Brazil are a minority, rise in profession infrequently and earn less than white counterparts, according to study

LatAm Journalism Review: For the first time, a quantitative study measured the prevalence of white and Black professionals in newsrooms in Brazil and the result reveals the breadth of inequality between journalists. 

BRAZIL: Union calls EBC workers to debate ACT in assembly (Portuguese)

SJSP: Last week, the EBC board announced the end of ACT, maintaining only rights provided for in the CLT or in internal rules – which the company can overturn at any time. … The union entities and the EBC Employees Committee call on all of the company’s workers to mobilize and participate in the meetings in the coming days.

COLOMBIA: ‘Monitoring power is the lifeblood of indispensable journalism’: Ronderos (Speech – Spanish)

El Tiempo: María Teresa Ronderos won the Simón Bolívar Award for Life and Work. This was [her] speech.

CUBA: Ahead of Protests, Cuba Revokes Foreign Media Credentials

VOA News: Ahead of planned protests in Cuba this week, the Havana government revoked the media accreditation of five journalists with the Spanish news agency EFE.

EL SALVADOR: Foreign Agents Law in El Salvador would suffocate independent media outlets and human rights organizations, according to critics

LatAm Journalism Review: The Salvadoran Legislative Assembly is expected to approve the Foreign Agents Law that would impose a 40 percent tax on all financial transactions of the country’s social and journalistic organizations, mostly critical and independent, which receive funds from abroad.

MEXICO: The IAPA condemns the judicial and administrative harassment of three Mexican media (Spanish)

Swissinfo: The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) denounced this Monday the “judicial and administrative harassment” against three media outlets in Puebla (Mexico), and added to the condemnation of authoritarian practices against the media. independent.

VENEZUELA: What is the situation of the media in Venezuela before the elections? (Spanish)

El Diario: The organization Espacio Público and the UCAB Human Rights Center presented the report in which they warned of the strong control that Nicolás Maduro’s regime exercises over freedom of expression and how it affects the plurality of information in the electoral context.

REGIONAL: Caribbean Broadcasting Union Joining Global Efforts To Combat Misinformation

CBU: As the Caribbean Broadcasting Union notes the major impact that reliable and accurate media houses can have in counteracting misinformation, the CBU President, Mrs. Kayleaser Deveaux-Isaacs is pleased to extend best wishes to the twenty-three (23) members of the Union who offer television services on the occasion of World Television Day.

REGIONAL: Grants for digital media in Latin America soar in three years and grow with pandemic, study says

LatAm Journalism Review: Grants have become the main source of revenue for Latin American digital native media in recent years, according to the Inflection Point International report.

REGIONAL: UNHCR launches pocketbook for journalists covering forced displacement in Latin America and the Caribbean (Resource)

ACNUR: Available in English, Dutch and Spanish, the pocketbook provides key tools for improved media reporting across the region.

SAUDI ARABIA & TURKEY: The trials of Jamal Khashoggi and Musa Anter murder cases continue in Turkey: Challenge of providing justice

RSF: On the eve of further hearings in the murder trials of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi and Kurdish intellectual Musa Anter, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Turkish authorities to bring to justice all those who were involved in the murders of these journalists as perpetrators, planners or instigators and to take immediate steps to end impunity.

TURKEY: 102 journalists appeared in court, 10 sentenced to prison in 3 months: report

Stockholm Center for Freedom: One hundred two journalists appeared at hearings in their trials in Turkey from July to September, and 10 of them were sentenced to a total of 39 years, 11 months in prison, according to a report by the Expression Interrupted project.

TURKEY: Local journalist covering Suruç massacre commemoration sentenced to prison

Bianet: Local journalists in Hatay’s Samandağ protest the 10-month prison sentence given to journalist Ali Arslan Dadük, who was detained while he was covering a commemoration ceremony for a person who was killed in the Suruç massacre in Urfa.

YEMEN: Yemen: Journalists fear for their lives

DW: Journalists are under fire from all factions in the Yemen conflict. Rasha Abdullah al-Harazi, nine months pregnant, recently died in a bomb attack, her husband barely survived. Without legal protection, many simply flee.

CANADA: Advocates call for release of journalist, filmmaker arrested at pipeline protest in BC

CBC News: Press freedom advocates are calling for the release of photojournalist Amber Bracken and documentary filmmaker Michael Toledano, who were arrested Friday at a resistance camp established by opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline at a work site west of Prince George, B.C.

CANADA: CBC is in Lévis, and we want to hear from you (Press release)

CBC: For the next 10 days, we’ve set up a community bureau in the city.

CANADA: CBC sets carbon footprint requirement for all original productions to advance sustainability in the Canadian media industry

CBC: Following the historic UN Climate Change Conference COP26, CBC is taking a leading role in advancing sustainable practices within the Canadian media industry by introducing a new carbon footprint requirement for all original Canadian English-language productions. 

CANADA: What happened behind the scenes of our WE Charity investigation (Editor’s Blog)

CBC: CBC News received dozens of complaints about our journalism before a single word of it had gone to air.

CANADA: Wrangling over language may slow online harm bill, anti-hate groups say

CBC News: A coalition of advocacy groups is urging the federal government to stick with its promise to take immediate action on online hate speech and to include steps to tackle the issue in Tuesday’s throne speech.

US: How a Phoenix low-power community radio station provides ‘an institution for the institution-less’ (Paywall)

Current: “Hearing people like us on the radio when you walk into a restaurant or an auto shop makes you feel like South Phoenix is yours, too.”

US: How public broadcasting is reaching out to younger audiences

Washington Business Journal: Public broadcasting has been working hard to reach broader audiences, and they’ve been planning out how to do that from here.

US: How to sustain source diversity tracking in your organization (Paywall)

Current: You’ve started tracking the diversity of your sources. Hooray! Now, there are a few things you and your newsroom can do to make sure that source diversity tracking becomes a lasting habit.

US: New Report From NPR & Edison Research Shows Growth in Spoken Word Audio (Press release)

NPR: NPR and Edison Research released the 2021 Spoken Word Audio Report today, revealing the continued increased consumption of spoken word audio in the U.S. and the drivers behind the growth.

US: News on Twitter: Consumed by Most Users and Trusted by Many

Pew Research Center: News plays a prominent role on Twitter. Overall, 23% of Americans use Twitter, and roughly seven-in-ten U.S. Twitter users (69%) say they get news on the site, according to a new Pew Research Center study that surveyed 2,548 Twitter users from May 17 to 31, 2021.

US: Supporting media literacy with new partnerships (Blog)

Google: Google has announced new partnerships, including a collaboration with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs to highlight intergenerational conversations about media literacy.

US: VOA’s Weekly Audience Grew by More Than 33 Million in the Last Year

VOA: Voice of America’s journalism now reaches 311.8 million people per week across broadcast and digital platforms, according to the latest research from the U.S. Agency for Global Media. The new number represents an increase of more than 33 million from the previous year.

US & JAPAN: ‘How I Built This’ now with Japanese distributor Nikkei & Nippon Broadcasting System (Press release)

NPR: Distribution of Japanese Version of the Popular U.S. Podcast “How I Built This” with Nippon Broadcasting System.

A growing group of journalists has cut back on Twitter, or abandoned it entirely

Poynter: Journalists view Twitter as a valuable platform for finding and sharing information, but many say they wish they used it less.

CPJ honors journalists who risk their lives for press freedom

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) paid tribute Thursday to brave journalists from Guatemala, Mozambique, and Myanmar by presenting them with CPJ’s 2021 International Press Freedom Awards (IPFA) in New York. 

Disinformation is stifling conversation about climate change, new research says — these 4 tips can help

CNBC: When you’re talking about climate change, facts alone may not be enough to make a compelling argument.

DW launches NFT auction in support of press freedom

DW: Can you report on new financial technology and secure money for a worthy cause at the same time? DW is trying to do exactly that by auctioning off a nonfungible token. A what?

Five lessons every media innovator needs to learn

Journalism.co.uk: The co-founder of Subtext, a platform that enables journalists to text their audience, shares his knowledge around creating new products and services for your newsroom.

Journalism AI Festival (Event)

London School of Economics: The worlds of artificial intelligence and journalism meet again in 2021. Tune in to the JournalismAI Festival from 29 November to 3 December. 

UNESCO advocates for global support for independent journalism amid media funding crisis (French)

UNESCO: The forthcoming report “Global Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development” reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to the already fragile economic foundations of the news media industry.

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