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What is a CHARTER?

Many public service media (PSM) organisations function under a charter – a constitutional or legislative framework that outlines the organisation’s purpose, mission, and objectives. Charters are developed by the government but often with input from the media organisation as well. The charter stipulates general matters such as editorial independence, governance and regulatory policies, and relationships between the public broadcaster and other relevant bodies.

But no two charters are the same. A charter must represent the unique make-up of the society in which each public broadcaster operates. This includes the need for language-diverse programming (as with SABC in South Africa), the representation of multiculturalism (as with SBS in Australia), or support for the creative economy (as with the BBC Royal Charter).

Charters must also evolve with the times, ensuring the public service media organisations are adapting to new technologies, new forms of content consumption, and new audience habits. This can be seen with the draft charter for New Zealand’s proposed new public media entity, which has digital flexibility built in.

Importantly, charters may insulate PSM from political or other pressures by providing a legal justification for their management, operations, and decisions. Charters also enable the public to hold PSM to account, as recently seen when the BBC was questioned over whether the closure of regional TV news programmes was in contravention of its charter.

But charters are not infallible. For example, RTHK has seen its editorial independence significantly deteriorate over the past two years despite the PSM principle being enshrined in its charter. In such cases, a charter can be used as a weapon by politicians who apply their own definitions to how it should be applied. Charters must therefore be buoyed by a strong commitment to their adherence, free from the influence of political, economic, or social interests. This commitment must come from all actors involved – from lawmakers to media regulators, journalists, and managers.

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Can independent media in the Philippines survive?

Al Jazeera: Press freedom continues to be under attack in the Philippines, human rights and media advocacy groups say. In June, Philippine authorities issued a shutdown order for Rappler, the award-winning news site run by Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa. 

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How does public media connect with its audience?

Public Media Alliance: How does public media ensure it’s connected with its audience, being trusted, providing value, and remaining relevant? This episode looks at how Swedish Radio is using technology to advance these goals. Presented: Harry Lock. Interviewees: Cilla Benkö (Swedish Radio), Chloe Howcroft (PMA), and Jennie Johansson (Swedish Radio).

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ANGOLA: Angolan journalists harassed while covering election rallies

CPJ: Angolan authorities should thoroughly investigate all instances of the harassment of journalists ahead of the country’s August 24 elections, and ensure that members of the press can cover the campaign safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.

ERITREA: CPJ joins UN complaint on behalf of jailed Eritrean journalists

CPJ: On July 21, 2022, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights in partnership with seven other rights organizations and lawyers in a complaint filed to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention calling for accountability in the cases of Dawit Isaak and fifteen other journalists held behind bars in Eritrea.

GHANA: In Ghana, Only a Handful of Journalists Are Able To Do Critical Reporting

Nieman Reports: On paper, Ghana is a thriving democracy. On the ground, journalists do not have the freedom to do their work.

GHANA: Why we need more women experts on TV and radio in Ghana

EJO: Study after study shows that even though women account for more than half of Ghana’s population, 51.2 percent, they remain underrepresented in nearly all levels of leadership in many sectors – including politics, media, and business. 

KENYA: KBC protests exclusion from moderating Deputy Presidential debate

KBC: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has expressed profound concern and disappointment with the exclusion of its top presenter from the 2022 Deputy Presidential Debate.

KENYA: Six Kenyan journalists and press freedom advocates on their fears ahead of general elections


NAMIBIA: NBC3 Officially Launches on DStv and GOtv

The Namibian: NAMIBIANS have every reason to celebrate local content on their screens this year, as the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation’s entertainment channel, NBC3, has now been added to DStv and GOtv.

SENEGAL: Protect journalist safety during parliamentary election

IPI: Recent political tensions raise fears about increasing attacks on the press.

SOMALIA: Media Watchdogs Condemn Brief Detention of BBC Staff in Somaliland

VOA: The Somali Journalists Syndicate has condemned police in the breakaway region of Somaliland for briefly detaining five journalists with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Saturday. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Hlaudi Motsoeneng loses bid to overturn money order

Times Live: Former SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has lost his bid to overturn a court ruling ordering him to repay funds to the public broadcaster.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC Axes The “Special Assignment” Show After 24 Years

Broadcast Media Africa: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced the cancellation of SABC News’ investigative show Special Assignment on SABC3 after 24 years, blaming low TV ratings, with the last episode said to air on 2 August.

SOUTH AFRICA & RUSSIA: Russia’s RT channel eyes African expansion with SA headquarters

News24: Russia’s RT channel has embarked on expansion plans in Africa, starting to set up headquarters on the continent in South Africa where the Kremlin-funded TV channel is carried and supported by China.

TUNISIA: Crackdown on Tunisian press covering ‘power grab’ referendum

The New Arab: Press freedom is on the decline in Tunisia under the rule of president Saied and threatened to be further curtailed under a proposed constitution.

TUNISIA: Referendum could restore hostile environment for Tunisia’s media

RSF: The proposed new constitution that President Kais Saied is putting to a referendum on 25 July, poses a major threat to the progress that press freedom has made during the past decade in Tunisia, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warns.

REGIONAL: Banned in Europe, Kremlin-Backed RT Channel Turns to Africa

Bloomberg: RT, the Kremlin-backed TV network formerly called Russia Today, is setting up its first Africa bureau as President Vladimir Putin seeks to entrench support in a continent that’s largely refrained from criticizing his invasion of Ukraine. 

REGIONAL: SABA TV channel about to go live with local content (Watch) 

NBC: The first-ever, Southern African Broadcasting Association,-SABA TV channel is almost ready to go live with commercial local content produced by locals. SABA President Stanley Similo says the stakeholders are finalizing some technical issues before the launch within three months’ time.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban force journalist to retract articles

IFJ: Taliban officials threatened and forced Australian journalist Lynne O’Donnell to publicly retract several articles during the journalist’s visit to Afghanistan on July 19. 

BANGLADESH: Digital authoritarianism in Bangladesh: Weaponising a draconian law to silence dissent in the pandemic era

Global Voices: The Digital Security Act was used to punish dissenting voices.

HONG KONG: Arrests, jailing of activists and silencing of dissent in Hong Kong persists despite UN review

CIVICUS Monitor: Hong Kong’s civic space rating is ‘repressed’, according to the CIVICUS Monitor. There has been an alarming deterioration in respect for fundamental freedoms in recent years, with restrictive laws, including a draconian National Security Law, implemented to criminalise pro-democracy activists, journalists, and critical voices.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Bashes Global Media With Hundreds of Complaint Letters

Bloomberg: From Slovakia to Japan, top Hong Kong officials have fired off at least 500 letters blasting critical foreign media coverage, as the city wages a global battle to safeguard its reputation as a liberal financial hub.

INDIA: Digital radio set to change how Indians consume entertainment, news

Radio Info Asia: As the digital consumption of entertainment and news grow multifold in India, digital radio is set to change the entire creator economy landscape, giving millions of people options to discover music and live programming in a brand new way, Ashruf El Dinary, SVP, Digital Platform at US-based Xperi Corporations, said on Saturday.

INDIA: Expanding Our Third-Party Fact Checking Program in India (Press release)

Meta: Today, we are expanding our third-party fact-checking program in India to include NewsMeter, a fact checker primarily focused on the southern states in the country. 

INDONESIA: Draft criminal code threatens press freedom

IFJ: The latest draft of the Indonesian criminal code (KUHP) consists of several articles that potentially criminalise journalists’ work and threaten press freedom. 

MALDIVES: Amend Provision in the Evidence Act that Compels Journalists to Reveal Sources

Center for Law and Democracy: The undersigned 10 organizations call on the government of Maldives to repeal or amend the deeply problematic provision in the Evidence Act (Act No. 11/2022) that compels journalists to reveal sources on court orders and to ensure the rights to privacy, freedom of expression and the press in line with international human rights law.

PAKISTAN: Degrees of 85 Pakistan Television (PTV) employees found fake

Via Pakistan Press Foundation: As many as 85 state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) employees are employed based on fake educational degrees.

PHILIPPINES: Attacks on Rappler Distort Filipino View of Independent Site (Watch)

VOA: As the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. began in June, the Philippine government issued a new closure order against Rappler, a digital media company based in Manila known for investigative journalism. 

PHILIPPINES & UK: Manila, call for bids for FY 2022/23: media freedom

Gov.uk: The British Embassy in Manila is seeking proposals that support protection and promotion of media freedom in Philippines.

SOUTH KOREA: Korean streaming platforms move to challenge Netflix

Korea Times: Competition in the nation’s over-the-top (OTT) media or video streaming business is becoming increasingly fierce as domestic operators grow bigger through mergers, challenging No. 1 player Netflix. 

SOUTH KOREA & NORTH KOREA: South Korea to Lift ban on North Korea TV, Newspapers Despite Tensions

VOA: South Korea plans to lift its decades-long ban on public access to North Korean television, newspapers and other media as part of its efforts to promote mutual understanding between the rivals, officials said Friday, despite animosities over the North’s recent missile tests.

SRI LANKA: Security forces attack journalists and unarmed protestors

IFJ: Sri Lankan security forces carried out a violent raid on the Galle Face protest site in Colombo on July 22, attacking and detaining journalists and unarmed protestors.

TAJIKISTAN: Tajikistan Steps Up Attacks On Independent Media To ‘Control Public Opinion’

RFE/RL: At least seven Tajik journalists and bloggers have been detained in recent weeks, with some facing up to 15 years in prison on dubious charges of plotting to overthrow the government and participating in extremist organizations.

AUSTRALIA: ABC and Doc Society partner with state agencies to find short environment and climate solutions documentaries (Press release) 

ABC: The ABC and Doc Society are partnering with State and Territory funding agencies Screenwest, Screen Tasmania, Screen Queensland, VicScreen and Screen Territory to offer early career filmmakers an opportunity to create a short documentary for ABC TV and ABC iview under the mentorship of Doc Society and ABC.

AUSTRALIA: ABC RN announces Australia’s best and brightest arts minds (Press release)

ABC: The ABC has selected five of Australia’s dynamic early-career research talent for its 2022 TOP 5 Arts Media Residency.

AUSTRALIA: ‘A huge responsibility’: Stan Grant appointed permanent Q+A host by ABC

The Guardian: The ABC has permanently appointed Stan Grant as the full-time host of the weekly flagship discussion program Q+A, a year after Hamish Macdonald quit and was replaced by rotating hosts.

AUSTRALIA: ‘PTSD for 30 years’: ABC’s Eric Campbell on the highs and lows of the best job in the world

Sydney Morning Herald: Given he’s worked in more than 100 countries and it’s a core part of his job, it’s surprising to learn Eric Campbell is not a good traveller.

AUSTRALIA: Why are we switching off the news and what we can do about it? – with Lenore Taylor (Listen)

The Guardian: Covid-19 continues to spread and hospital numbers soar under the strain of yet another new variant. The climate crisis confronts us daily with crippling floods in Australia as well as heatwaves across the planet. 

FIJI: FBC staff to benefit from life insurance cover (Press release)

FBC: The Fijian Broadcasting Corporation is the first media organisation in Fiji to offer life insurance cover to its staff members.

NEW ZEALAND: BSA Research Highlights Public Concerns Over Spread Of Misinformation (Press release) 

Broadcasting Standards Authority: New Zealanders are worried a shift to online platforms is fuelling misinformation and making it harder to identify ‘the truth’, according to new research from the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

NEW ZEALAND: Public Media Entity Bill Gets First Reading In The House (Press release) 

Beehive.govt.nz: The Bill to create a new public media entity, Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media, had its first reading in Parliament today.

NEW ZEALAND: Social media companies promise to reduce harmful content in New Zealand

The Guardian: Global social media companies including TikTok, Twitter and Meta have signed a “world first” code of conduct that commits them to reducing the spread of harmful content in New Zealand, but some user-advocacy groups fear the code lacks any real bite.

NEW ZEALAND: Warning over social media news proves new media entity needed ‘more than ever’

Stuff: Legislation outlining the charter and parameters of the new public media entity due to be formed by RNZ and TVNZ merging has passed its first reading in Parliament, as new research shows more Kiwis are getting their news from social media.

REGIONAL: Australia and New Zealand’s ‘deafening silence’ on Pacific democracy and human rights (Opinion)

Asia-Pacific Report: The Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ meeting has ended and what is intriguing is the deafening silence on declining standards of democracy, governance, human rights, media freedom and freedom of speech issues, despite the serious and arguably worsening situation in some regional countries.

REGIONAL: ‘Doorstops’ at the Pacific Forum – why no tough questions on West Papua? (Opinion)

Asia-Pacific Report: A lively 43sec video clip surfaced during last week’s Pacific Islands Forum in the Fiji capital of Suva — the first live leaders’ forum in three years since Tuvalu, due to the covid pandemic.

ALBANIA: Rama Pledges Protection for Rights of Journalists Following Opening of EU Negotiations

Exit.al: His comments regarding the media come after Albania fell to 103 in the Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index, with issues such as a lack of plurality, poor enforcement of labour laws, and political pressure mentioned by the international watchdog.

AUSTRIA: Free ORF streaming unconstitutional: do all GIS have to pay now? (Q&A – German)

Der Standard: The Constitutional Court ruled that anyone who can use ORF offers without broadcasting via streaming should pay for GIS. What’s next?

FRANCE: Abolition of the license fee: a risk of democratic regression (Editorial – French)

Le Monde: The abolition of the contribution to public broadcasting is provided for in the bill for the purchasing power of the government. This reform risks weakening France Télévisions and Radio France at a time when a quality and independent public offer seems imperative.

FRANCE: French MPs vote to scrap public TV licence fee

RFI: France’s National Assembly on Saturday approved a measure to scrap the TV licence fee as part of a drive to boost purchasing power. Public broadcasting will in future be financed by VAT.

GERMANY: Interview: Are social media platforms helping or hindering the mandate of public broadcasters? (15 July)

EJO: It is no secret that the rise of social media has forced news outlets in Europe to adapt the way they engage their audiences. Henning Eichler, a journalist, and lecturer at the Darmstadt and the Rhine-Main universities, has examined how this trend of platform-optimised journalism has particularly impacted public service media.

GREECE: Increasingly frequent violence against media in Greece must not go unpunished

RSF: After this month’s anarchist-claimed attack with explosives on Real media group premises in Athens, which follows a number of similar attacks in the past years in Greece, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Greek authorities to speed up investigations into violence against journalists and media, and to adopt new protective measures.

HUNGARY: Media freedom groups welcome EU court referral over Klubrádió frequency

IPI: Move by EU Commission is belated but important signal it will use legal toolbox to defend independent media

HUNGARY: Orbán’s illiberal theatre: How media access to the government has been eroded (Telex)

IPI: All the makings of democracy seem to be in place in Hungary, but Telex explains how Viktor Orbán has limited media access to the government, parliament and politicians.

ICELAND: Viewership record at the Women’s European Championships (Press release – Icelandic)

RÚV: The game between Iceland and France that took place on Monday broke the audience record according to preliminary figures from Gallup.

IRELAND: RTÉ and the licence fee issue: What does the future hold for the broadcaster? (Opinion)

Irish Examiner: The Irish public won’t know what it’s got, until it’s gone. And what it has currently got in its public service media is one of the last platforms able to challenge “the deception, the propaganda and the disinformation” that are being used to try and undermine society and democracy.

RUSSIA: Europe must support the free press in Russia

Politico: The bloc’s pledge to help Ukraine lacks an essential element: doing everything possible to ensure free and objective information.

RUSSIA: Ten years of Russia’s foreign agent law: Evolution of a press freedom crackdown

IPI: Law’s progression mirrored expansion of Kremlin’s authoritarianism.

RUSSIA & GERMANY: Embedded journalists: Reports under the supervision of the Russian army (German)

Deutschlandfunk: ZDF reporter Winand Wernicke spent four days as an embedded journalist with the Russian army in the Donbass. In the interview he describes how it came about.

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: Russia has committed 428 crimes against the media in Ukraine

Via IFEX: As of 24 July, the Russian military have killed a total of 36 journalists in Ukraine, 8 while they were reporting. Fourteen journalists have been injured and four are missing.

SERBIA: Orbán’s ally eyes Serbian media for potential investment

Euractiv: A close ally of Viktor Orbán is among those bidding for national TV licenses in Serbia. 

SPAIN: RTVE defends, before the EU, the continuity of DTT and recalls that it is essential for TV, radio and the cultural industry (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: RTVE, as a member of Relevisión Abierta, has actively participated in the response provided by this group to the European Commission’s public consultation (Call for Evidence) on the EU’s position regarding the 2023 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC- 23), as well as the public consultation launched by the advisory group of the European Commission on matters related to the radioelectric spectrum (the Radio Spectrum Policy Group, known by its acronym RSPG) on the preparation of WRC-23.

SPAIN: Spain delays switch to HD until 2023 (Paywall)

Telecompaper: Spain’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation has submitted a draft Royal Decree proposing to delay the requirement for DTT broadcasters to air in HD until 14 February 2022. 

SWEDEN: Undemanding listening provides broader and deeper journalism (Swedish – Blog)

Swedish Radio: Sveriges Radio invests extensively 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. 

SWEDEN: We can never relax when it comes to security work (Blog – Swedish)

Swedish Radio: CEO Cilla Benkö writes about DN’s review of the security work at Sveriges Radio and states that Sveriges Radio has not threatened to report DN to Säpo.

UK: Courts to get power to curb Slapps legal actions that threaten free speech

The Times: Courts will be given greater powers to throw out legal actions that are deemed to threaten free speech under plans unveiled by ministers today, in efforts to curb lawsuits such as those brought by Russian oligarchs.

UK: The Guardian view on the future of the BBC: engage the public (Comment)

The Guardian: Peers say that the licence fee is outdated – and leading Tories call for it to be scrapped. But the alternatives are worse.

UK: PSBs VS AVOD: Levelling up?

IBC: Will proposed Ofcom changes to PSB advertising restrictions really have an impact? Mark Mayne investigates.

UK: What is the future for public service broadcasting in Wales as the public turns towards streaming services? MPs launch new inquiry

UK Parliament: The Welsh Affairs Committee has today launched a new inquiry looking at Broadcasting in Wales.

UK & UKRAINE: EBU, UA:PBC and BBC agree to host 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom

Eurovision TV: The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the BBC are pleased to confirm that the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted in the United Kingdom on behalf of this year’s winning broadcaster, Ukraine’s UA:PBC. 

UKRAINE: Ukrainian journalism – collateral victim of Big Tech measures

RSF: Since the start of the war in Ukraine, the leading online platforms have announced major measures to combat disinformation that, in practice, have helped to obstruct access to reliable news and information in Ukraine. 

REGIONAL: Journalism beyond the heat waves (French)

Le Devoir: Record heat, fires, drought: the heat wave that has hit Western Europe in recent days is making headlines in this region of the globe and even attracting the attention of the media on this side of the Atlantic. 

ARGENTINA: Monetizing journalistic content, that is the question (Spanish)

LetraP: The data confirms that the meeting between journalistic content and the public has new places, times and forms. The media, advertisers and journalism know it. 

ARGENTINA: Télam and Radio Nacional presented a radio drama about Evita Perón’s trip to Europe (Spanish)

Info Arenales: The national news agency Télam and Radio Nacional presented this Monday afternoon the co-production “Eva: El viaje del arcoíris”, a radio drama based on the diplomatic mission headed by Eva Perón in Europe in 1947, written and directed by Marcelo Camaño, to vindicate his figure and legacy seventy years after his death and available from this Monday. 

BOLIVIA: Students renew community radio in Bolivia from within (14 July – Spanish)

DW Akademie: Young people from rural areas of Bolivia venture to be part of the radio as an innovative way of participation and thus make up for the lack of presence of youth in community radio stations in the country.

BRAZIL: TV Brasil RNCP is the fastest growing network in the country (12 July – Portuguese) 

Agencia Brasil: TV Brasil has become popular with viewers, where, from North to South, it is already one of the favourites every day of the week. In São Paulo, the station is the 5th station with the highest average during weekends, so much so that it consolidated its fifth position in the ranking of the National Television Panel-PNT. 

CHILE: The “brutal” misinformation about the new Constitution proposed for Chile (and some of the most widespread confusion) (Spanish)

BBC World News: “Brutal”: that is the term used by researcher Sebastián Valenzuela to describe and compare the misinformation surrounding the text that Chile must approve or reject in a mandatory vote referendum on September 4.

COLOMBIA: Independence Day in Colombia: special RTVC coverage for this July 20 (Press release – Spanish) 

RTVC: The Public Media System presents a wide deployment on radio, television and web platforms to accompany the day in which Colombia commemorates its independence day.

COLOMBIA: Ten TikTok accounts in Spanish to inform, educate and entertain you (Press release – Spanish)

RTVC: RTVC News is already on TikTok to deliver all the news wherever you are. Meet this and other accounts of entertainment, information and education to accompany your day to day.

ECUADOR: Liquidation process of the Public Media company ends on August 2 (Spanish) 

TeleAmazonas: 50 million dollars in assets will be transferred from the Public Media Company to the Ministry of Telecommunications after its liquidation process that ends on August 2.

ECUADOR: These are the main aspects of the reform to the Communication Law approved in the Assembly (Spanish)

El Universo: The regime described it as a “gag law” and various sectors of communication have asked it to completely veto it.

JAMAICA: Jamaica Steps into NextGen TV (Press release)

Jamaica Information Service: Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information, Hon. Robert Morgan, says he is pleased that Jamaica has become a pioneer in the adoption of digital switchover technology.

MEXICO: Crying, Mexican reporter threatened with death appeals to López Obrador in live press conference (Portuguese)

UOL: Threatened with death, Mexican journalist Rodolfo Fontes took a drastic step to avoid the same fate as other colleagues murdered in the country: he appealed for security directly to the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, during the country’s leader’s daily press conference.

MEXICO: Mexican university offers training in investigative journalism with a gender perspective

LatAm Journalism Review: In late June, a feature story by Portal Catarinas and The Intercept Brasil revealed that an 11-year-old girl, pregnant after a rape, was being held in a shelter at the behest of a judge as a measure to prevent her from accessing a legal abortion.

MEXICO: Mexico’s local newspaper produces content for the indigenous community (Spanish)

Poder360: When in 2020 the coronavirus began to spread in Chihuahua – the largest state in territory and the 3rd most populous in Mexico on the border with the United States – schools were closed, hospitals were filled with patients and people began to wear face masks, and alcohol for hands. 

NICARAGUA: IAPA denounces serious deterioration in the health of journalists imprisoned by the regime of Daniel Ortega

El Universal: At least six journalists are imprisoned for non-existent crimes, in conditions of total isolation and have been subjected to torture, denounces the Inter-American Press Association

URUGUAY: OBSERVACOM presented to the Parliamentary Commission its position against the repeal of the Media Law (Spanish) 

OBSERVACOM: This Friday, July 15, OBSERVACOM appeared before the Budget Commission integrated with the Treasury of the House of Representatives to give its point of view on some articles included in the Accountability Bill.

VENEZUELA: Ininco: Venezuela is one of the few countries with media controlled by the military (Spanish)

Run Run: “We live in a country with people connected and disconnected at the same time.” This was stated by Morella Alvarado, director of  the Communication Research Institute, Ininco, this Thursday, July 21, within the framework of the seminar “Connected and disconnected”.

VENEZUELA: In Venezuela, independent news outlets keep investigative journalism alive despite challenges

LatAm Journalism Review: Investigative journalism in Venezuela is carried out and published only in independent digital news outlets.  

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: Israeli forces arrest Palestinian journalist Amer Abu Arafa in West Bank

CPJ: Israeli authorities should release Amer Abu Arafa immediately and stop detaining and harassing Palestinian journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday.

PALESTINE & US: ‘She’s a Human Being Who Was Killed in Cold Blood’: Shireen Abu Akleh’s Family Demands U.S. Action

Politico: A Q&A with family members of the slain Palestinian American journalist.

QATAR: Qatari Qur’an TV channel closes over lack of funding

MEMO: The director of a Qatari TV channel dedicated to the Qur’an has announced its closure due to a lack of funding.

REGIONAL: Doxxing: a new tool of repression against Arab women

Dev Discourse: The judges’ strike began after the mass sacking of judges in early June by President Kais Saied, who called Monday’s referendum over a new constitution that would formalise his sweeping seizure of powers. 

REGIONAL: Israeli spyware Candiru exploited Google Chrome flaw to snoop on MENA journalists: report

The New Arab: Spyware from Israeli firm Candiru has been used to target journalists across the Middle East, according to reports.


CBC: Twenty-one participants selected for scripted comedy/drama and short documentary streams.

CANADA: In a nation polarised by COVID-19, Canadian women journalists suffer online abuse

RISJ: “We need an environment where journalists can go to a manager and discuss what they are going through,” says reporter Raisa Patel.


CBC: CBC News today announced the appointment of Susan Ormiston to the newly created role of International Climate Correspondent, building on CBC News’ leadership in climate journalism in Canada and ongoing priority to serve as an essential trusted resource on global climate change for Canadians across the country.

US: Combining historical and current day journalism in an interactive experience

Reynolds Journalism Institute: South Dakota Public Broadcasting used archival maps, audio stories, photos and other content to combine reporting on survivors’ stories.

US: Maryland Public Television provides free audio of public affairs programs to radio stations (Paywall)

Current: The MPT Regional Radio Service is distributing content to public and commercial stations.

US: Michigan Radio joins public media initiative to inform participation in 2022 elections

Michigan Radio: Michigan Radio is taking part in America Amplified, a national initiative to help empower voters ahead of the 2022 mid-term elections and promote community engagement journalism.

US: PBS and the Kennedy Center Announce Multi-Year Partnership to Highlight Artistic Changemakers (Press release)

PBS: PBS announced today a new collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to spotlight critical contributions to the arts that continue to inspire contemporary artists across art forms, genres and backgrounds. 

US: PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS Producers Win Five Kidscreen Awards (Press release)

PBS: Winners of the 2022 Kidscreen Awards were announced on Tuesday, July 19 during the Kidscreen Summit in Miami. The annual awards celebrate the year’s best in children’s media.

US: Streaming claims more than a third of total US TV time

Rapid TV News: Noting that if anyone had any doubts that streaming has forever changed TV viewing trends from the month will have put them to rest, research from Nielsen has released data showing that in June 2022 the US streaming industry gained its largest-ever share of viewing.

A New Kind of Partnership: Journalists and Civil Society Organizations Are Teaming Up

Nieman Reports: The practice upends the industry’s drive for neutrality. But cross-field collaborations are becoming more commonplace to help bolster investigative work

DRM announces its IBC Hybrid Events

Radio Info Asia: Three diverse and complimentary DRM events (live and virtual) at the IBC 2022 show, to be held in Amsterdam from September 9 to 12, will illustrate this year’s overarching theme “DRM for FM and AM – The Radio Platform for All”.

Facebook Shifts Resources From News to Focus on Creator Economy

Wall Street Journal: Senior executive tells employees that News tab and Bulletin newsletter platform will be put on the back burner.

False balance in news coverage of climate change makes it harder to address the crisis

Northwestern Now: What does media coverage of climate change have in common with coverage of COVID-19? Each has been an example of the media practice of “bothsidesism,” whereby journalists strive to present both sides of an issue, even in cases where most credible sources fall on one side.

Four takeaways from the first semester of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network

RISJ: Katherine Dunn and Diego Arguedas Ortiz share what they’ve learnt from 100 journalists from around the world on covering climate change.

How the wealthiest 0.1% view the media (and why it matters)

Nieman Lab: Plus: A more nuanced picture of misinformation on less-moderated platforms like Telegram, and a strategy for how journalists can transform “fake news” attacks into teaching moments for news literacy.

If you care about democracy, stop ignoring attacks on expression (Opinion)

DW: Protection of free expression and media freedom have to become a genuine foreign policy priority of democratic governments, argues Quinn McKew, Executive Director at human rights organization Article19.

Netflix beats prediction but still loses 970,000 subscribers

Digital TV Europe: Netflix lost roughly 970,000 subscribers in Q2 2022, a lower figure than its own previous estimate of two million, to end the quarter with a total 220.67 million worldwide.

Tech journalism’s accessibility problem

The Verge: The problem is clear, but the solutions are complicated

TikTok is not the enemy of journalism. It’s just a new way of reaching people (Opinion)

The Guardian: The platform’s rise is best seen as the latest evolution in how we consume news.

Why visa privilege is a press freedom issue

Unbias the News: Imagine two journalists want to investigate a story about corruption in the tomato trade between Gambia and Italy. A journalist with a British passport can travel to Italy cover the Italian side and then travel to Gambia visa-free in order to investigate further, giving them a more colourful and complete story to pitch to publications. 

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