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ALGERIA: Two news websites inaccessible in Algeria amid protests, social media shutdowns 

CPJ: Independent news websites Tout Sur l’Algérie and Algérie Part have been widely inaccessible within Algeria since June 12, according to local journalists and news reports

BENIN: Tale of Violations—Benin on the Brink of FOE Infamy

MFWA: Benin, long regarded as a beacon of human rights in West Africa, has made the headlines for the wrong reasons in recent times, raising concerns within the press freedom and human rights advocacy community.

BURKINA FASO: IFJ calls for withdrawal of Criminal Code reform (French)

IFJ: Burkina Faso’s National Assembly adopted on 21 June a reform of the Penal Code, which provides for up to ten years in prison for disseminating information relating to military operations.

EGYPT: Egypt Morsi TV gaffe puts spotlight on control of media

BBC News: The death of a former president in most countries around the world would normally make headline news domestically. But not the case for Egypt, where ex-President Mohammed Morsi died at the age of 67 on Monday after collapsing in a courtroom during his trial on spying charges.

GHANA: TV License: GBC fails to pay over GH¢3.6m into consolidated fund

GhanaWeb: The 2018 Auditor-General’s report has indicted the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) for failing to remit over GH¢3.6 million of TV License collected from 1993 to 2017 into the consolidated fund.

KENYA: Accountability in Kenya’s media still needs attention. What can be done (Comment)

The Conversation: In Kenya, there’s growing debate about media accountability – that the media should act in the interests of the public good, and that it’s accurate, free and fair. Most of the debate has focused on the lack of quality journalism and a decline in journalistic ethics.

LIBERIA: One Year On, PUL Still Concerned About Suspension of Media Licenses

Front Page Africa: It’s been exactly one year since the government of Liberia infamously announced the suspension of all media operating licenses under the pretext of reviewing its own systems and process.

MAURITANIA: Outgoing Mauritanian president urged to free blogger before handing over

RSF: On the eve of tomorrow’s presidential election in Mauritania, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 11 other NGOs are publishing an open letter to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is constitutionally barred from running for a third term, urging him to free an imprisoned blogger before handing over to the new president in five weeks’ time. 

SOMALILAND: IFJ condemns closure of two private TV stations

IFJ: The government of Somaliland today ordered the suspension of two independent private TV stations Eryal and Horyaal. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemned the decision as an attempt to silence critical voices.

SOUTH AFRICA: MultiChoice To Lay Off 2194 Employees

Broadcast Media Africa: More than 2 000 MultiChoice employees have reportedly been served with retrenchment letters, as the pay-TV services operator plans for a business “realignment”.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC needs urgent R3bn loan but its future depends on other SOEs

City Press: With R1.3 billion debt, the broadcaster needs an urgent R3 billion loan to keep operating and retain jobs.

SOUTH AFRICA: No blackout for SABC: Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams (Watch)

SABC: Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services, Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams, has assured the nation and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that there is no blackout that’s going to befall the public broadcaster.

SOUTH AFRICA: The Public Broadcaster: Impartial? Independent? Analysing South Africa’s media coverage of 2019 elections (Report)

Media Monitoring Africa 

SUDAN: Has an internet blackout killed Sudan’s revolution? (Watch)

BBC News: In Sudan, the ruling Military Council has switched off the internet in response to protests which took place on 3 June 2019.

SUDAN: Sudan court orders company to end military-ordered internet blackout: lawyer

Reuters:  A Sudanese court ordered telecoms operator Zain Sudan on Sunday to restore internet services, a lawyer said, after they were severed nearly three weeks ago when security forces dispersed protesters camping in central Khartoum.

TANZANIA: CPJ urges Tanzania lawmakers to revise proposed legislative amendments

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Tanzanian lawmakers to revise a set of proposed legislative amendments, some of which would pose undue restrictions on freedom of expression.

ZIMBABWE: Community Radio Takeoff in Zimbabwe: Delayed Indefinitely?

CMDS: The community radio sector has been flying high in most of Southern Africa, but remains grounded in Zimbabwe as politicians, seeing foreign conspiracies everywhere, fear loss of control in the media.

ZIMBABWE: GZU strives to be leading centre of journalism training in Zim

The Herald: Great Zimbabwe University’s (GZU) profile continues to scale new heights with the institution close to concluding a historic agreement with the country’s state broadcaster ZBC to connect the university’s campus radio station live on its channels.

REGIONAL: WAMECA 2019: Call for Entries

MFWA: The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is calling for submissions for the third edition of the West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA).

GENERAL: African Public Broadcasters Facing a Financial Crunch – Different Circumstances and Common Threads but a Worrying Trend

Balancing Act: Two African public broadcasters (SABC and KBC) are in the depths of a financial crisis, a third (ZBC) has just taken on large financial loan and a fourth (UBC) is beginning to emerge from its crisis.

CAMBODIA: Drop Radio Free Asia Case

Human Rights Watch: Cambodian authorities should drop the politically motivated espionage charges against two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists and quash the decision to put them under judicial supervision, Human Rights Watch said today.

CAMBODIA: Cambodia Considers New Anti-‘Fake News’ Effort 

VOA Cambodia: Attendees at an Asian media conference agreed to develop a regional road map for combating fake news throughout the region, which is in the midst of government press crackdowns in several countries, including the host nation.

HONG KONG: HKJA lodges complaint over the police’s abuses against the press, calls for independent investigation 

IFEX: The Hong Kong Journalists Association has called for the Chief Executive to set up an independent committee to ascertain whether a top level order was the cause of wide-spread and violent abuses of the press by police. 

HONG KONG: One country, two stories: Covering Hong Kong’s protests (Watch)

Al Jazeera: ‘The world is watching’: A look at the dissonance between the coverage of the protests in Hong Kong and mainland China.

INDIA: India extends free-to-air TV reach in Jammu and Kashmir

Rapid TV News: The Indian Government is distributing 30,000 free set-top boxes for public broadcaster Doordarshan’s Free Dish direct-to-home (DTH) service to remote and border areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

INDIA: India named top overseas market for BBC News

Rapid TV News: India is the top international market for BBC News with an audience reach of 50 million, according to the British public broadcaster’s annual Global Audience Measure (GAM).

INDIA: Telling Numbers: Do people trust online news? How Indians, others responded

The Indian Express: In India, 36% of respondents trusted the news overall, including 45% in search and 34% in social media. In other markets, 42% of respondents trusted the news overall, with 33% trusting it in search and 23% in social media.

INDIA: The bad news for press freedom in India

The Interpreter (The Lowly Institute): Fears of arrest, or worse, have spilled over into widespread self-censorship despite a burgeoning media landscape. 

INDONESIA: Combating disinformation in Indonesia

MENAFN: Last month, the Indonesian government temporarily blocked access to social media for three days following violent post-election protests in the capital. The government claimed the move aimed to stop the spread of disinformation that could worsen the violence.

JAPAN: IPI urges Japan to raise press freedom issues during G20

IPI: Letter urges Prime Minister Shinzō Abe to highlight press freedom, journalist safety at Osaka summit.

MYANMAR: Myanmar blackout may be cover for gross human rights violations: U.N. investigator

Reuters: Myanmar’s army may be committing gross human rights violations under cover of a mobile phone blackout in parts of Myanmar’s Rakhine and Chin states, U.N. special rapporteur Yanghee Lee said on Monday.

PAKISTAN: Govt files complaint with BBC over ‘secret human rights abuses’ report

DAWN: The Pakistani government on Tuesday [18 June] filed formal complaints with the British communications regulator and state-broadcaster BBC for publishing a story on June 2 documenting alleged human rights abuses in the tribal areas.

SINGAPORE: SPH Radio maintains audience share, podcasts gain popularity: Nielsen survey   

Asia Radio Today: Audiences are spending a longer time listening to SPH Radio, and more of them are tuning in digitally, according to the most recent figures on the radio industry.

SINGAPORE: Eight of top 10 radio stations in Singapore are from Mediacorp   

Asia Radio Today: Mediacorp continues to be Singapore’s number one radio network with eight out of the top 10 spots according to the latest Nielsen Radio Diary Survey. Four out of every five adults listen to Mediacorp radio stations each week.

TAIWAN: Protesters gather in Taipei, asking ‘red media’ to leave Taiwan

Focus Taiwan: Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Taipei in heavy rain Sunday, calling for the departure from Taiwan of “red media” outlets, which are perceived to be influenced by China.

THAILAND: Thailand’s ruling powers ‘increasingly paranoid’ about social media: Pravit Rojanaphruk

Deutsche Welle: Five years after the military junta took power in Thailand, new cyber laws may worsen the ruling party’s crackdown on freedom of expression. DW spoke to Pravit Rojanaphruk about the threat to media freedom.

THAILAND AND VIETNAM: Authorities must investigate abduction of Vietnamese journalist 

Amnesty International: The Thai authorities should investigate the Thai police’s role in Viet Nam’s abduction of journalist Truong Duy Nhat, Amnesty International said today.

GENERAL: Content drives streaming take up in Asia

Broadcast: Report on OTT in Asia flags up key subscription trends across the region

AUSTRALIA: ABC should sell Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane properties and move to regions, senator says

ABC News: A federal government senator has called on the ABC to sell several of its capital city premises to help pay down national debt.

AUSTRALIA: ABC set to end Foxtel retransmission deal as tight budget bites

The Guardian: National broadcaster looks for ways to meet funding shortfall imposed by Coalition’s $83.7m ‘indexation pause’.

AUSTRALIA: Statement by David Anderson, ABC Managing Director, on Federal Court proceedings

ABC: The ABC today lodged an application in the Federal Court of Australia to set aside the warrant that authorised the Australian Federal Police (AFP) raid earlier this month and to demand the return of seized files.

AUSTRALIA: News Corp tabloid the Herald Sun offers journalists cash bonuses for clicks 

The Guardian: The News Corp tabloid newspaper the Herald Sun is offering journalists a financial bonus of between $10 and $50 for driving digital subscriptions and traffic through their own stories.

AUSTRALIA: Why the fight for press freedom should unite us all (Opinion)

The Sydney Morning Herald: The fight over press freedom is not a fight to protect media organisations. It is a fight to protect the the public’s right to be fully informed. The issue is not new, but AFP raids on both Annika Smethurst and the ABC newsroom have brought it to a head.

NEW CALEDONIA: New Caledonian MPs call for measures to curb hate speech

RNZ: New Caledonia’s two parliamentarians in Paris want changes to French laws in order to curb hate messages on social media.

NEW ZEALAND: How New Zealand’s community newspapers are bucking the trend

Noted: Across the country, regional and community newspapers are being cut to the bone or closed down. Are they doomed? Not according to enterprising new owners, who are breathing life back into their local rags. 

NEW ZEALAND: Six awards for RNZ at New York Festivals

RNZ: RNZ has won six accolades at the New York Festivals Radio Awards including three golds, two silvers and a bronze award.

TONGA: Iconic Tongan publisher Kalafi Moala eyes new digital media challenge (Watch)

Asia Pacific Report: After 30 years as chief editor and publisher of Tonga’s flagship Taimi ‘o Tonga newspaper, the iconic Pacific media personality Kalafi Moala has sold his business and is looking to move on. He plans to explore greenfield operations in Tonga in the digital era by presenting news through a mobile phone platform.

VANUATU: Vanuatu’s right to information law to be extended

RNZ: All government departments in Vanuatu will soon come under the country’s landmark Right to Information Act.

REGIONAL: Access to MPs crucial for democracy – Pacific Journalists

RNZ: Media are a crucial part of the democratic process and accessibility to politicians is key to informing the public, say Pacific journalists visiting New Zealand. 

GENERAL: Media access to MPs crucial for democracy, say Pacific journalists

Asia Pacific Report: Media are a crucial part of the democratic process and accessibility to politicians is key to informing the public, say Pacific journalists visiting New Zealand. 

GENERAL: New climate journalism handbook targets ‘existential problem’

Pacific Media Centre: A new handbook for the existential problem of our time – climate change – has been published as a boost for journalists working in the Asia-Pacific region.

ALBANIA: Preliminary findings of joint freedom of expression mission

ECPMF: During 18-21 June 2019, several organisations  undertook an international freedom of expression mission to Albania to gather information about challenges to freedom of expression and press freedom in Albania and bring concerns directly to Albanian government representatives.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Insults are Everyday Reality for Bosnia’s Women Journalists

Balkan Insight: Journalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina is not quite a ‘man’s world’ – but it is still a lot tougher for their female counterparts, for whom insults, discrimination and patronising remarks are routine experiences.

FRANCE: ARTICLE 19 comments on interim report for social media regulation

Article 19: In May 2019, the French government published an interim report on social media regulation. It is one of a range of regulatory proposals in this area, including in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and Canada. 

FRANCE: French interior minister to study RSF proposals for better policing at protests

RSF: Two days after launching a review of police methods for controlling street protests, French interior minister Christophe Castaner met with Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on 18 June, promising to study RSF’s proposals for ending police violence against journalists and indicating that part of the new policing strategy would be dedicated to the media.

FRANCE: The Judicial Press Association and SNJ launch Guide to Defending Journalists (French)

SNJ: The Judicial Press Association (YPA) and the National Union of Journalists (SNJ) are jointly launching a Guide to The Defence of Journalists. This valuable document aims to give our colleagues the first advice to react properly and legally to the summons and investigation measures that have unfortunately multiplied in recent months.

FRANCE: Inside Europe: Is press freedom under threat in France? (Listen)

Deutsche Welle: In France, media organisations and NGOs are getting increasingly concerned that press freedom is under threat. Several high-profile journalists have been charged with revealing state secrets and have been interrogated by the secret services. The journalists feel unfairly targeted. The Elysée Palace says the government is just protecting the interests of the French nation.

GEORGIA: IFJ condemns police’s heavy handed action against journalists amid riots at Parliament

IFJ: According to the Independent Association of Georgian Journalists (IAGJ), an IFJ affiliate, journalists were forcefully removed from the Georgian Parliament building and at least ten more were injured while covering protests around Parliament in the capital Tbilisi on 20th June. 

GERMANY: Draft legislation endangers newsroom privacy

EFJ: The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) shares the outrage of its German affiliates Deutscher Journalisten Verband (DJV) and Deutsche Jounalisten Union (DJU) in ver.di about a new draft law by the German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) which  would remove protections prohibiting the country’s domestic and foreign intelligence services from hacking journalists’ devices during terrorism investigations.

GERMANY: Lower Saxony state parliament wants to leave DAB + (German)

Deutschlanfunk: The Lower Saxony state parliament unanimously opposed further public financing of the DAB + broadcasting standard. The technology could not establish itself sustainably. 

GREECE: IFJ supports journalists in defence of their social rights

IFJ: Greece’s State Council today heard an appeal filed by media owners which would lead to the closure the fund which provides healthcare and pensions for all Greek media workers and their families. 

IRELAND: RTÉ wins third successive Broadcaster of the Year award at New York Festivals International Radio Awards

RTÉ: RTÉ has been honoured with the Broadcaster of the Year award at the 2019 New York Festivals International Radio Awards for the third year in a row.

ITALY: Ruling majority splits over RAI chief Foa’s dual role

ANSA: State broadcaster president told to quit RaiCom position. 

POLAND: Polish government to ‘repolonise’ media in next term, deputy PM says

Euronews: Poland’s ruling party will have the task of “repolonising” the country’s media if it wins elections scheduled for October or November, a deputy prime minister said.

SLOVAKIA: Another experienced journalist is leaving RTVS

The Slovak Spectator: Jaroslav Barborák is leaving the public broadcaster after 12 years. RTVS sites structural changes, but other reporters are critical.

SPAIN: Europe’s Alliance expands to Spain as it navigates different priorities

TBI Vision: The fledgling Alliance of European public broadcasters is getting into business with Spain and is close to striking its first co-production with RTVE.

SPAIN: The Government approves aid of 150 million to re-tune the DT (Spanish)

El Periódico: On Friday, the Council of Ministers approved two royal decrees to facilitate the development of 5G networks in Spain. With the first royal decree, a new National Technical Plan for digital terrestrial television (DTT) was approved and the release of the second digital dividend.

SPAIN: TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio claim to have been harassed after the declaration of independence (Spanish)

La Vanguardia: The directors of the Catalan public media denounce a “smear campaign”.

SWITZERLAND: SRG launches collaborative music platform neo.mx3

Telecompaper: Swiss public broadcaster SRG said it has launched the collaborative music platform neo.mx3. The platform allows music creators, composers and performers to present their work on personal profile pages with audio files, videos and photos. 

UK: BBC Box rewriting the future of the internet

IBC365: BBC R&D is exploring new ways of storing and using personal data curated and controlled by individuals in a physical box dubbed “unusual and potentially important,” according to researchers.

UKRAINE: Ukraine’s journalists demand action after reporter killed

Al Jazeera: The death of Vadym Komarov, a 58-year-old who focused on corruption, comes against backdrop of rising attacks on media.

REGIONAL: Increased Vulnerabilities: Media Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe

CMDS@CEU: There are some positive developments regarding press freedom in Central and Eastern Europe, but they are commonly offset by negative factors. 

REGIONAL: Online Abuse Now Commonplace for Balkan Women Reporters

Balkan Insight: Women journalists in the Balkans face online abuse on a daily basis. Many say they are left to suffer alone.

GENERAL: US media groups playing bigger role in European broadcasting

DTVE: US media groups are playing an increasingly prominent role in a fragmented and increasingly internationalised European TV landscape, according to a report by the European Audiovisual Observatory.

GENERAL: What are others paying? (German)

MDR 360: The British are proud of their BBC, Denmark and Norway are about to turn their broadcasting fee into a tax, and in Hungary the government is destined, the media reports. We look beyond the German rim.

BRAZIL: Second journalist killed in Maricá in the state of Rio de Janeiro in less than one month

Knight Center: The director of a news site in Maricá, in the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro, was killed on June 18. Romário da Silva Barros, 31, was inside his car when he was shot three times, according to G1.

BRAZIL: Glenn Greenwald, Intercept Brasil staff threatened after publishing corruption investigation

CPJ: The founder, editor, and other members of the The Intercept Brasil staff said they have received threats on email and social media following their publication of politically sensitive stories this month.

ECUADOR: Ecuador creates new state committee to protect journalists, but civil society demands more participation

Knight Center: The Interinstitutional Committee for Protection of Journalists and Communication Workers, newly established by the Ecuadorian government, must enjoy independence and have the active participation of civil society, according to national and international organizations.

GUATEMALA: How witnessing a police shooting put a Guatemalan journalist in danger

The Guardian: Carlos Choc had to go on the run after seeing the violent repression of a protest at the Fenix mine.

MEXICO: From public media to official media (Spanish – Opinion)

El Universal: Opinion piece reflecting on the privatisation of public media. 

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Public pressure forces Trinidad & Tobago government to drop amendment to Freedom of Information Act

Global Voices: Under pressure from the public, Trinidad and Tobago’s government on the night of June 17 withdrew a controversial amendment it was proposing to make to the country’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

URUGUAY: For the first time, the public media join to broadcast, by a single signal, and in HD, the internal and national elections (Spanish)

La Republica

VENEZUELA: Venezuelan journalists report on their own survival

Deutsche Welle: As the UN’s Michelle Bachelet visits Venezuela to address the political standoff and electricity and internet blackouts becoming the norm, life’s daily struggles have become an unwanted news beat for journalists.

GENERAL: Use of Instagram and WhatsApp for online news consumption grows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico: Reuters Institute

Knight Center: In the past year, the use of Instagram and WhatsApp for consuming news online has grown significantly in at least four Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. In Brazil alone, 53 percent of these consumers use WhatsApp for this purpose, the highest among 38 countries.

BAHRAIN: Questions to Ask at Palestine Workshop

HRW: Rights Defenders Imprisoned, Free Expression Prosecuted.   

SAUDI ARABIA: ‘Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince liable for Khashoggi killing – UN report

The Guardian: The crown prince of Saudi Arabia should be investigated over the murder of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi because there is “credible evidence” that he and other senior officials are liable for the killing, according to a damning and forensic UN report.

SYRIA: Syrian photojournalist Amjad Hassan Bakir killed in suspected regime missile strike

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of Syrian photojournalist Amjad Hassan Bakir and urged all the parties to the ongoing Syrian conflict to guarantee the safety of civilians, including journalists.

TURKEY: Turkey‘s state-run media system – crumbling over the local elections?

ECPMF: After Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) announced the re-run of the greater Istanbul municipal elections from 31 March 2019, a lot of voices proclaimed the end of Turkish democracy. However, this goes far beyond dishonoring the results at the ballots. 

TURKEY: MEP Rebecca Harms leaves legacy of defending rights in Turkey

IPI: Rebecca Harms is a German Green Party politician and a member of the European Parliament who has been particularly active in promoting media freedom in Turkey through her work with the Parliament’s Turkey Support Forum. 

CANADA: Annual Public Meeting (Watch)

CBC/Radio-Canada: Our Annual Public Meeting (APM) took place on June 18, 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The event was part of a series of cross-country meetings with President and CEO Catherine Tait, in Vancouver, Yellowknife, Calgary, Banff, and Regina. Your Stories, Taken to Heart is our new vision for CBC/Radio-Canada and we wanted to discuss it with Canadians.

US: Could technology built for advertising make public radio less top-down and more bottom-up?

Nieman Lab: Inverting NPR: a speculative proposal

US: CPB Statement on Funding Decisions by the United States House of Representatives

CPB: “Today, the House approved the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriation bill, which supports funding for public media through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.” 

US: Arrests at protest over New York Times’ ‘unacceptable’ climate coverage

The Guardian: A climate change protest orchestrated by the Extinction Rebellion activist group briefly blocked Eighth Avenue in New York on Saturday afternoon, between the Port Authority transit hub and the home of the New York Times.

US: How CPB is accelerating digital transformation across public media (Paywall)

Current: Today’s audiences have more digital choices than ever before, and their expectations are higher than ever before: They want high-quality content personalized to their interests, preferences and tastes, delivered on demand, at any time, to any device.

US: Trump dismisses UN request for FBI to investigate Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

The Guardian: Donald Trump has dismissed a United Nations request for the FBI to investigate the murder of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, suggesting it would jeopardise American weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

Michael Sandel. Democracy needs journalism (Watch – Portuguese and English)

RTP: The well-known political philosopher Michael Sandel affirms that democracy needs journalism and the same needs to be reinvented, to deal with matters affecting people’s lives, with density and without shouting.

Big Money Is Pouring Into Podcasting. Some Podcasters Love It — But Others Are Freaked Out

TIME: Podcasting, once a low-budget affair done mostly by hobbyists for whom financial gain was rarely the goal, is now attracting big money.

Call for applications: Environmental data journalism workshop for Indonesian journalists in Greater Jakarta (Workshop)

Earth Journalism Network: Resource Watch and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) are conducting a workshop in Jakarta in late August for journalists to learn how to discover, use and visualize open data in their environmental reporting.

Climate Change: Investigating the Story of the Century

GIJN: At first glance, climate change may not seem the most obvious subject for investigative journalists to tackle…

Climate change or climate crisis? To really engage people, the media should talk about solutions (Opinion)

Fourth Estate: Days after the British parliament declared a “climate emergency”, The Guardian announced that it would start using “stronger” language to discuss the environment. Its updated style guide states that “climate change” no longer accurately reflects the seriousness of the situation and journalists are advised to use “climate emergency”, “climate crisis” or “climate breakdown” instead.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Ring of Fire, Political Dynasties, Data Janitors, Hong Kong Protests


How Steadfast Journalism Reminds The World Of Ongoing Crises

One World Media: In honour of today being World Refugee Day, One World Media recognises the importance of journalism in covering refugee crises.

Introducing The Fact Checker’s guide to manipulated video

The Washington Post: If a picture says a thousand words, video can be even more powerful. But the Internet is increasingly populated with false and misleading videos — spread by politicians, advocacy groups and others — viewed by millions. 

#JournalistsToo: UNESCO conference puts spotlight on online harassment of women journalists

UNESCO: UNESCO and members of the Group of Friends for the Safety of Journalists at UNESCO brought together over 200 Member State representatives, journalists, and legal professionals to discuss the impact of online harassment on women journalists and to explore practical and legal measures to effectively address the issue.

Migration reporting learning for the media by the media (Toolkit)

Ethical Journalism Network: Help is at hand for media professionals seeking to enhance the quality of their work when reporting about migration, as FRA releases a new e-learning platform developed by journalists for journalists to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June.

New funding for journalists to put global health topics in the spotlight

EJC: The European Journalism Centre today opens new calls for applications for its Global Health Journalism Grant Programmes for Germany and France.

What’s Crap on WhatsApp? is the winner of the 2019 Fact Forward Fund

Poynter: “What’s Crap on WhatsApp?,” a voice note show created by Africa Check in partnership with Volume to fight mis/disinformation that’s spread on WhatsApp is the winner of the 2019 Fact Forward Innovation Fund.

Schoolkids’ phones are targets for fake news

Deutsche Welle: Can teens be vaccinated against online disinformation? DW’s Teri Schultz reports on creative educational efforts to help young media consumers fend off viral lies.

Twitter is removing precise-location tagging on tweets — a small win for privacy but a small loss for journalists and researchers

Nieman Lab: For the past decade, location-tagged tweets have been a useful (if imperfect) tool for anyone trying to connect time, place, and information in ways that told us something about the world.

Press watchdog publishes new guidance on reporting of major incidents

IPSO: IPSO has today released new guidance to help editors and journalists report on major incidents.

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