Our weekly round-up of public service media news stories from around the world.

18 July – 24 July


Court order stops SABC from enforcing censorship decision

From PMA: A court bid by The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) against the SABC succeeds in what has been a tumultuous and highly controversial period for South Africa’s public broadcaster.

Workers of Ghana’s state broadcaster stage protest, threaten strike

From Africa News: Workers of Ghana’s state broadcaster, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) have staged a protest on Thursday in the capital Accra against a government appointed board overseeing their activities.

SADC lags behind in broadcasting migration

From The Southern Times: Struggles continue for the implementation of a SADC TV bouquet and multimedia content creation in the region.

South Africa’s public broadcaster operates climate of fear to push pro-government agenda says sacked journalist

From the International Business Times: IBTimes UK interviews ex-SABC journalist fired for speaking out against perceived self-censorship.

South Sudan authorities arrest editor, order Juba Monitor to cease publishing

From Committee to Protect Journalists: The CFJ calls for the immediate and unconditional release of South Sudanese journalist Alfred Taban.


ABU General Assembly 2016 in Bali – Registration is now Open

From Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union

As Pakistan bars extremists from airwaves, some fear creeping censorship

From Reuters: Fear comes as protest march was not shown by local TV channels.

Curfew continues in Kashmir but media gag lifted

From the International Business Times: Media gagged in North Western state following killing of prominent separatist leader.

Media watchdog faces legal, operational challenges: chairman

From The Express Tribune: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has faulted its ‘perceived ineffectiveness’ on legal challenges as well as the historical baggage it is supposedly carrying, its chief Absar Alam told the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday.

Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific

Big names in NZ media boycott the Olympics

From Radio New Zealand: It’s all down to media politics…

Calls for better access for media during Pacific polls

From Radio New Zealand: A group fighting for media freedom in the Pacific says election observers need to prioritise free and fair access to the media as they monitor elections in the region.

PNG ethics code needs social media ‘catch up’, says council chief

From Asia-Pacific Report: The president of Papua New Guinea’s media council says there is a need for the country’s media ethics codes to be revised, Radio NZ International reports.

‘That day I saw the power of media, and how it can be tragic’

From Asia-Pacific Report: Accounts about the coverage of the student protests in Papua New Guinea last month, from the WJEC in New Zealand last week

The Scoop Foundation—an open model for New Zealand media

From Scoop: The need for new ways to ensure accurate, relevant, trustworthy and timely news.


Digitisation of media is shifting TV habits in UK

From PMA: New research by Ofcom indicates that time spent watching TV is declining, especially among young people, but public service broadcasting still remains satisfying for most.

EBU submits response to BEREC consultation on EU net neutrality guidelines

From EBU: The EBU seeks strong net neutrality laws for the EU with “robust and consistent” guidelines for national regulators. The EBU believes net neutrality is a pillar of media diversity in the digital age.

How the BBC can create a better digital public sphere

From Open Democracy: The BBC’s remit is not just broadcast. It has the power to improve our experiences online, and to realise the digital public sphere we want.

Privatising Channel 4 will damage independent producers, harm the wider broadcasting industry, and increase the partiality of our news

From Politics Home

Prominent journalist killed in car bombing – sending shockwaves through Ukraine’s media community

From the Irish Independent: A prominent journalist has been killed in a car bombing in Ukraine’s capital Kiev

Serbia’s ‘Lies’ Exhibition Alarms Independent Journalists

From Balkan Insight: Prominent editors and media watchdogs accuse Serbia’s ruling party of adding to the pressures on a free media by showcasing so-called journalistic ‘lies’.

Latin America

Community media expands in Ecuador

From PMA: Community media will soon be growing in Ecuador, as the sector will receive one third of radio and television licenses by 2017.

Middle East

Mapping Media Freedom: A disastrous week for Turkish journalism

From the Index on Censorship: A summary of the immediate media landscape in Turkey following last Friday’s military coup.

RSF condemns politically-motivated charge against correspondent

From RSF: Outrage from the media freedom advocacy group as Bahraini journalist is charged with working as a correspondent for foreign news media without permission.

Turkey: Newspaper offices vandalized

From Index on Censorship: Dozens of young men vandalised the offices of the local Istanbul newspaper Gazetem İstanbul last night, the newspaper reported on its website.

North America

Radio still paves the way for music discovery in Canada

From PMA: Despite the rise of online streaming music platforms, a survey suggests radio is still the predominant media for finding new music in Canada.

US broadcasters chase live content over the top

From ReTHINK: Broadcasters in the US are unwilling to cede any more eyeballs to the rising tide of internet-delivered video, as two of the four large national networks in the US recently expanded distribution of their content across internet-connected devices.


Introducing Replay Highlights, Periscope Tweet Embeds and Live Autoplay

From Medium/Periscope: Periscope introduces new features that make it easier to share and watch content.

Our travel bursars have returned!

From PMA: Read about this year’s travel bursars and their experiences

Register now for the Global Forum for Media Development

From GFMD: This year’s event takes place in Jakarta, 20-22 September

The unpredictable course of live streaming has caught us unprepared

From The Guardian: The immediacy with which often violent events are broadcast by anyone anywhere is changing how we experience crisis

Thomson Foundation hosts journalism competition

From IJnet: The Thomson Foundation is sponsoring an award for young journalists working in the developing world as part of the 2016 UK Foreign Press Association (FPA) Awards.

Who Can Reinvent Public Media in the Global South?

From MediaPowerMonitor: An upcoming study on public media in the Global South calls for major reforms to help reinvent public service media.

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