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Rappler: The Ampatuan massacre is considered both the worst case of election-related violence in the Philippines and the single deadliest attack against the media. In this animated video, Rappler lays out key highlights of the case that has marked the trial of the decade.

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CHINA & HONG KONG: Hong Kong elections: Chinese media attempt to downplay results

BBC News: Chinese state media outlets have attempted to downplay the results of Hong Kong’s district elections, which saw the pro-democracy camp score a landslide victory.

HONG KONG: Following the Epoch Times arson attack, RSF urges the Hong Kong government to address violence against the press

RSF: Following the arson attack against The Epoch Times on November 19th, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls again on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to restore full press freedom and to put an end to violence against the media.

HONG KONG: Government fails to ensure the safety of journalists and uphold rights 

IFJ: Journalists in Hong Kong face increasing dangers while covering protests. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) are deeply disappointed in the failure to protect press freedom and would again urge the government to publicly ensure the rights and safety of journalists in Hong Kong

INDIA: Prasar Bharati Was Not Informed About Swearing-In of Fadnavis and Pawar

The Wire: The national broadcaster’s programme guidelines mandate it to cover important government events live, but the need to keep the ceremony under wraps may have resulted in it being kept away.

MALAYSIA: Malaysia Baru and its promise of media freedom (Opinion)

The Malaysian Reserve: It has been about 18 months since the new government is at the helm of New Malaysia (Malaysia Baru) and within this timeframe, some notable changes have taken place.

MALAYSIA & ASIA-PACIFIC: Unesco picks Malaysia to collaborate on Asia-Pacific media freedom activities

The Borneo Post: Unesco looks forward to collaborating with Malaysia in organising regional activities on media freedom at the Asia-Pacific level next year, it was stated here.

NEPAL: FNJ set to organise rallies for press freedom 

The Himalayan: Federation of Nepali Journalists is set to organise rallies in Kathmandu and all seven provinces on Sunday, demanding action against perpetrators of press freedom, violation and killing of mediapersons.

PAKISTAN: Editor Dawn Zaffar Abbas receives CPJ’s Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award

Dawn: Editor Dawn Zaffar Abbas was awarded the 2019 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Friday for “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom”.

PAKISTAN: Press Under Stress – Analysis

Eurasia Review: Journalists across Pakistan are under continuous threat. According to a report titled 100 per cent Impunity for Killers, 0 per cent Justice for Pakistan’s Murdered Journalists: Crime and Punishment in Pakistan’s Journalism World, released by the Freedom Network (a Pakistan-based media and development sector watchdog) on October 31, 2019, at least 33 journalists have been killed for their work in Pakistan over the preceding six years.

PHILIPPINES: CMFR calls out Duterte gov’t on attacks vs press

Rappler: Though the government is a stakeholder in the Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists (PPASJ), it is also an instigator of attacks against the press, said Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus.

PHILIPPINES: The Ampatuan Massacre: 10 years of fighting for justice

IFEX: The 10th anniversary of the single most deadly assault on journalists ever takes place on 23 November. IFEX’s Asia & Pacific Regional Editor Mong Palatino writes about a decade of activism on behalf of the 58 Ampatuan Massacre victims, among them 32 journalists, in this Spark multimedia feature article.

SINGAPORE: Singapore invokes ‘fake news’ law for first time over Facebook post

The Guardian: A politician in Singapore has corrected a Facebook post that questioned the independence of state investment firms after a government request, in the first use of the country’s “fake news” law.

SRI LANKA: Concerns for human rights as Rajapaksas consolidate Sri Lanka power

Manila Bulletin: The return to power of the Rajapaksa family in Sri Lanka after a five-year hiatus has triggered concerns about press freedom and human rights in a country that is still battling allegations of crimes against humanity committed towards the end of its 26-year civil war a decade ago.

SOUTH KOREA: South Korea’s Investigative Newsroom Newstapa Pioneers a New Model in East Asia

GIJN: The South Korean nonprofit investigative newsroom Newstapa was born from frustration with the country’s media landscape. In January 2012, it was founded by a group of journalists who had been either dismissed or marginalized in their newsrooms for demanding editorial independence.

SOUTH KOREA: State broadcaster accused of demoting reporters over critical coverage of ex-minister

The Korea Herald: The national public broadcaster KBS is accused of unfairly punishing its reporters for running unfavorable stories on Cho Kuk, a close Moon Jae-in aide and former justice minister.

REGIONAL: Holding the Line: South East Asia Media Freedom Report

IFJ: Today, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and South East Asia Journalist Unions (SEAJU) launch Holding the Line: South East Asia Media Freedom Report 2019 which details the issues and challenges that imperil press freedom in the region.

GENERAL: ABU GA 2019 concludes with elections to Administrative Council completed

ABU: At the conclusion of the ABU General Assembly convened in Tokyo on 22nd November, the ABU full members re- elected KBS Korea and RRI, Indonesia to serve the ABU Administrative Council for another term of three years from January 2020.  National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan was also elected as a new member of the ABU Administrative Council for three years, from January 2020.

ALGERIA: Media increasingly under pressure as presidential election approaches

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the fact that Algerian journalists are under growing pressure from their bosses to portray the coming presidential election favourably although most Algerians oppose it. The authorities must respect journalistic pluralism and debate during the election campaign, RSF said.

EGYPT: Egypt’s security forces raid online newspaper’s office in Cairo

The Guardian: Egyptian security officials have raided the offices of the country’s last major independent news outlet, which has been described as the last bastion of press freedom in Egypt.

GHANA: The RTI Law in Ghana: 5 Key Facts You Need to Know About Your Right to Information

MFWA: The Right to Information (RTI) Bill, first drafted in 1999, was proposed to promote transparency and fight corruption. Five administrations and 20 years later, Parliament finally passed the law – a step in the right direction – but according to Samson Lardy Anyenini, the main speaker at a Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) forum held on November 21, 2019, that’s only half the battle.

KENYA: Kenya’s Copyrights Board And CA Urge Broadcasters To Obtain Content Licenses Before Distribution

Via Broadcast Media Africa: Kenya’s broadcast and telecoms content service providers have been given until November 29 to adhere to all copyright laws as stipulated in their license conditions and still be compliant to any other legal obligations as they offer their products and services to consumers.

MAURITANIA: “Self-regulation favors a quality press” (French)

IFJ: Mauritanian Prime Minister Ismael Ould Cheikh Sidia received the President of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Younes Mjahed, on the sidelines of a workshop held on 19 and 20 November 2019 in Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania, on international mechanisms of self-regulation of the press sector.

NAMIBIA: Bravo to the Media! Hands Off Public Resources! (Opinion)

The Namibian: The shameful outrage behind the Fishrot files landed just at the time the media – journalists in particular – were under unwarranted vicious attack by Tjekero Tweya, Namibia’s minister of trade and industrialisation, who branded them ‘as flies that make noise,’ as he was addressing international investors.

NIGERIA: Kadaria condemns Social Media Bill, says it’s threat to journalism, democracy

Via All Africa: A former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Senior Producer, Kadaria Ahmed, on Monday said that the Social Media Bill in the National Assembly was a threat to democracy and journalism.

SOUTH AFRICA: DA seeks answers to SABC staff spying rumours

SABC News: The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will submit parliamentary questions to Minister of Communications,  Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams requesting the minutes of a SABC board meeting in which discussions reportedly took place to spy on the SABC’s staff.

SOUTH AFRICA: Union to engage with SABC board regarding SSA plans (Watch)

SABC News: The Communications Workers Union (CWU) at the SABC says it will meet with the public broadcaster’s board this week to discuss the company’s alleged plans to use the help of the State Security Agency (SSA) to protect confidential company information.

TANZANIA: Journos Discuss Their Professional Challenges and Unemployment

Daily News: In many media houses in developing countries, journalists face common challenges in accomplishing their duties: low salaries, lack of trainings, lack of working tools and working for too long without being employed.

ZIMBABWE: IFJ backs calls for urgent action as press freedom violations soar

IFJ: The International Federation of Journalists has demanded urgent action to protect journalists in Zimbabwe as the country’s press freedom situation deteriorates.

AUSTRALIA: ABC journalists’ climate crisis group survives political heat

The Guardian: Staff advisory group that outraged News Corp, and that Ita Buttrose ‘ruled out’, is going ahead. Plus: ABC clears Tracey Spicer doco

AUSTRALIA: ABC NEWS best in the world at data visualisation and digital storytelling (Press release)

ABC News: ABC NEWS has taken the overall prize at the prestigious international Information is Beautiful awards in London, named the best in the world at data visualisation and digital storytelling.

AUSTRALIA: Digital journalists claim their labour rights

IFJ: The Fair Work Commission in Australia handed down a decision on November 20, announcing digital media workers must have access to the same rights as print media journalists. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) welcome the decision by the commission to uphold the rights of journalists to fair pay and working conditions.

NEW ZEALAND: Changes to media regulation needed (Listen)

RNZ: Stuff’s political editor has called for changes to media regulation in NZ, and a look at the disparity between circulation and readership figures after new sets were released last week.

NEW ZEALAND: Travel bucks the trend bringing big bucks for print media (Listen)

RNZ Media Watch: Newspapers have been shrinking for years along with the advertising that pays the bills – but travel is bucking the trend in a big way. Ads for tours and trips often make up the majority of the ads in the paper and the income is crucial. But does this compromise commitments to sustainability?

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ And RNZ: A Future For Public Broadcasting (Comment) 

Pundit: Back in 1994 when I was the Opposition Spokesperson on Broadcasting, I introduced the New Zealand Public Radio Charter Bill to Parliament. The prevailing view at the time was that public broadcasting was of no value. More broadly, New Zealand broadcasting was thought to be of no value. As the Minister of Broadcasting at the time argued, New Zealanders could get all they needed by accessing the enormous number of media outlets beaming into New Zealand via satellite.  

VANUATU: Daily Post director breached work permit – Vanuatu govt

RNZ: The media director of Vanuatu’s Daily Post was denied entry to Vanuatu because he breached his work permit, says the country’s Internal Affairs Minister.

REGIONAL: China, media freedom in the Pacific, and the great Australian silence

Lowy Institute: Media freedom issues bedevil the region, but it’s the dwindling number of Pacific-based journalists that carries a cost.

REGIONAL: The pressures on South Pacific journalism

The Strategist: Journalism has always been a tough trade in the South Pacific. Living and working in island communities exposes editors and reporters to unusual political, personal and professional pressures. A statement warning about ‘growing threats to media freedom’ from the Melanesia Media Freedom Forum, representing journalists from Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and West Papua, has been underlined by Vanuatu’s expulsion of a long-serving editor.

ALBANIA: Albanian Parliament Urged to Reject Online Media Regulation

Balkan Insight: Fifteen rights organisations in Albania called on parliament to reject the government’s plan to introduce supervision of the country’s online media, arguing that it would undermine freedom of speech.

AUSTRIA & SWITZERLAND: SRG returns on DTT in Switzerland and Austria

Broadband TV News: Half a year after DTT switch-off in Switzerland, the channels of public broadcaster SRG can soon be received terrestrially via DVB-T in parts of Switzerland and Austria again.

CROATIA: HRT censorship criticised

Broadband TV News: The Federation of European Film and TV Directors (FERA) and Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) have given their support to a Croatian filmmakers’ campaign against censorship at the public broadcaster HRT.

FINLAND: The Finnish media economy in 2018

Nordicom: In Finland, the total value of the media market remained unchanged from 2017 to 2018. But for the media sectors, there were both ups and downs. While for example newspapers and magazines showed a weakened position, the TV industry grew, boosted by pay-TV and video-on-demand services.

FRANCE: Strike at Radio France against a drastic savings plan (French – Paywall)

Le Monde: For the president of Radio France, Sibyle Veil, the test of fire begins. On Monday, November 25, the unions call the employees of the “round house” to go on strike, to protest against the drastic plan of savings imposed by the government. This is the first time in its history that the public radio engages in a plan of voluntary departures: 299 positions out of 4,600 full-time equivalents will be removed.

GERMANY: Commission recommends 86 cents higher broadcasting fee (German)

Horizont: The broadcasting contribution in Germany should increase from the view of experts from 2021. According to information from the German Press Agency, the independent experts’ commission for determining the financial needs of broadcasters (KEF) proposes an increase to 18.36 euros per month in a preliminary draft. At present, 17.50 euros are payable per household per month.

GERMANY: The Peaceful Revolution in Broadcasting (German)

MEDIEN360G: Writing between the lines is often the only way to transport messages. The SED determines what and how it is reported on the radio. After the resignation of Erich Honecker in October 1989 journalists in the GDR can work more freely. With the peaceful revolution, the structures change on the radio. The central programs will gradually be replaced by national broadcasters.

GERMANY: Thousands demonstrate against right-wing extremist NPD rally

Deutsche Welle: More than 7,000 people took to the streets of Hanover on Saturday as part of a demonstration to protect press freedom and against threats to journalists.

HUNGARY: EFJ to visit Hungary with press freedom coalition this week

EFJ: A coalition of six international press freedom organisations and journalists’ organisations will carry out a three-day mission to Hungary from November 25 to 27 to examine current developments related to the state of press freedom and media capture in the country.

IRELAND: RTÉ journalists want €208,000 cap on pay of top presenters and management

The Irish Times: Journalists at RTÉ want salaries for top presenters and other senior figures at the broadcaster to be capped at the maximum level of €208,000 paid to the most senior civil servants in the country.

IRELAND: RTÉ’s failure is not only financial, it is cultural

The Irish Times: The recent national conversations about the impact of the late Gay Byrne, RTÉ’s failure to modernise, and the role of the public service broadcaster have had one thing in common; a conspicuous absence of young voices.


MALTA: Malta’s PM urged to step back from case of murdered journalist

The Guardian: A senior European monitor is calling for Malta’s prime minister to distance himself from the investigation into the killing of the prominent investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia due to a potential conflict of interest.

POLAND: Ruling party and broadcaster must drop defamation lawsuits against professor

PEN International: ARTICLE 19 and the undersigned organisations call for the governing party in Poland, the Law and Justice party (PiS), and public broadcaster TVP to immediately drop their criminal and civil defamation lawsuits against Professor Wojciech Sadurski, a distinguished constitutional law scholar and public intellectual in Poland.

ROMANIA: Independent Journalism in Romania: On the Ropes

CMDS: Romania’s media market seems vibrant and diverse, but in reality, the local environment hardly enables independent journalism to thrive. Independent journalism survives thanks to a string of small online outlets that are struggling financially and grappling with a low level of trust and a public unwilling to pay for media content.

SERBIA: Serbian Reporter Targeted after President Taken Ill

Balkan Insight: Watchdogs say media freedom is shrinking in Serbia, reflected in the backlash against a journalist who dared confront the president over allegations of corruption.

SPAIN: 5 years of the PDLI (Spanish)

PDLI: In November 2014 , now five years ago, a group of journalists, lawyers, media, academics and social organizations constituted the Platform for the Defense of Freedom of Information .

SPAIN: A judge charges a dozen journalists for the leaks of the CDR summary (Spanish)

RTVE: The head of the Court of Instruction Number 41 of Madrid, Juan Carlos Peinado, has imputed at least a dozen journalists for publishing information on  the summaries that leaked about the arrest of the Defense Committees of the Republic (CDR) , have reported legal sources

SPAIN: RTVE will implement the day of 37.5 hours per week in December (Spanish)

El País: RTVE will restore the working day of 37.5 hours per week on December 1, compared to the 35 that the state radio and television workers had been enjoying since July 2018.

SWEDEN: Big evening for Sweden Radio’s fantastic staff at the Stora Journalist Prize with winners in three categories (Swedish – Press Release)

Sveriges Radio: This summer’s program manager Bibi Rödöö won Lukas Bonnier’s Big Journalist award tonight with the motivation “that she constantly gives us something to talk about” at the same time as Karwan Faraj and Rosa Fernandez won the Narrator of the Year for the P3 documentary “The Terrorism Woman and IS” and Hanna Hellquist, P3 program manager won category Voice of the Year.

UK: Speech by Sir David Clementi, Chairman of the BBC, at the Voice of the Listener and Viewer (Speech)

BBC: A speech by Sir David Clementi, Chairman of the BBC, at the Voice of the Listener and Viewer on Wednesday 20 November 2019.

UK: The BBC’s fabled impartiality was only ever an elite consensus (Opinion)

The Guardian: The BBC’s friends are starting to worry about it. At a time when we urgently need public media to reinvent itself, its leadership seems insular and inert.

GENERAL: What can be done? Digital Media Policy Options for Europe (and beyond) (Report)

Reuters Institute: Here’s what the new Commission and the member states could do to promote independent, professional journalism in the EU

BOLIVIA: Between shots and grenades, the story of a Mar del Plata journalist in Bolivia (Spanish) 

El Marplatense: Mariano García, from Telefé, who was covering the riots after the failed elections last month had to be taken out of the country with his team by the Alacrán squad, refugee at the embassy and transferred to the airport with a military company. “They wrote with a fibron our blood group in our wrists, in case they shot us and we needed a transfusion,” he recalls. 

BOLIVIA: Journalists, victims in Bolivia (Spanish) 

Milenio: The National Press Association of Bolivia reports 76 attacks on journalists at this time, 19 of them against women. 

BRAZIL: Glenn Greenwald: Jair Bolsonaro wants to silence freedom of expression in Brazil ( Spanish – Opinion) 

The New York Times: The political movement of the Brazilian president considers journalists to be an obstacle and prefers intimidation and violence to civic discourse.

BRAZIL: Journalists to defend profession against Bolsonaro attacks (Spanish) 

Kasoenlared: The National Federation of Journalists (Fenaj) and the Professional Journalists Trade Unions of Brazil convened an assembly in all states to defend the profession from the attacks of President Jair Bolsonaro. 

CUBA: Independent journalist Luz Escobar under house arrest for the second time (Spanish) 

ADN: For the second consecutive weekend, independent journalist Luz Escobar who is part of the 14ymedio newspaper team is under house arrest without having committed any crime.

HAITI: Strengthen national cooperation for the safety of journalists in Haiti (French) 

UNESCO: With respect for the commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (IDEI), the UNESCO Office in Port-au-Prince intends to bring together national authorities and civil society actors alongside other international stakeholders to review not only the issue of journalists’ safety, but also misinformation and hate speech.

HAITI: Freedom of the press, Haiti walks backwards (French) 

Le Nouvelliste: “Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), express their deepest concern about the growing threats and violence against the press in Haiti and the lack of adequate response from the government. 

MEXICO: Alliance of 11 regional media outlets tackles big issues in Mexico

Knight Center for Journalism: Tejiendo Redes an alliance of local media outlets throughout eight states in Mexico provides a way for journalists to continue producing independent, watchdog journalism while supporting each other and working collaboratively.  

MEXICO: El Imparcial wins the National Journalism Award (Spanish) 

El Imparcial: For the coverage of the phenomenon of migration of Central Americans in their journey through Mexico, EL IMPARCIAL won the National Journalism Award in the category of Investigative Journalism / Multiformat Coverage. 

NICARAGUA: Journalist critical of Daniel Ortega returns to Nicaragua after exile in Costa Rica

Tico Times: Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, a critic of the government of Daniel Ortega, returned Monday to Managua from his exile in Costa Rica, where he had moved with his family in January due to threats. He returned to Nicaragua despite admitting there is no guarantee for his safety there.

PUERTO RICO: Journalists demand repeal laws that limit access to public information (Spanish) 

El Nuevo Dia: The Association of Journalists of Puerto Rico and the Overseas Press Club ask Governor Wanda Vázquez to void the Transparency Law and the Open Data Law, signed by Ricardo Rosselló before leaving power and creating obstacles for the press.

TRINIDAD: A political agenda: Guyana govt criticises editorial in ‘Express’, ‘Barbados Nation’ on ads withdrawal (Opinion) 

Trinidad Express: The Guyana Government (GoG) on Monday criticised an editorial appearing in the Trinidad Express and Barbados Nation over the weekend which flayed it for a press freedom attack on Stabroek News (SN) via the withdrawal of state advertising.

GENERAL: Spanish foundation that collaborates with the Latin American press seeks to change the narrative of migration stories

Knight Center for Journalism: PorCausa, a journalistic and investigative platform on migration from Spain aims to naturalize the issue of migration, to have more counter-intuitive approaches to open debates that are usually not explored on that issue.

IRAN & UK: Iranian ambassador threatens UK-based Iranian journalists and media

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Iranian intelligence agency harassment and threats against Iranian journalists based abroad, especially in Britain, and against their families still in Iran, and the role played by the Iranian ambassador in London in relaying these threats.

IRAQ: Iraq media regulator orders closure of 12 broadcast news outlets

CPJ: Iraq’s media regulator should reverse its decision to order the closure of 12 broadcasters over a licensing dispute and should allow media outlets to freely cover protests in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

IRAQ: Journalist temporarily abducted, TV office attacked amid protests in Iraq

CPJ: In separate incidents on November 17, unidentified individuals fired rocket propelled grenades at the Baghdad office of Al-Arabi TV, a London-based broadcaster, and gunmen abducted al-Shamari, a reporter for the state-run Iraq News Agency and the news website Baghdad Today, in the southern city of Al-Diwaniyah, according to news reports, broadcast interviews with those affected, and posts on social media.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: Israel closes an office of the official Palestine TV in Jerusalem

MADA Center: Five days after the Palestinian photojournalist Moath Amarneh lost his eye to a bullet fired by an Israeli soldier, the Israeli occupation continues to escalate its violations and attacks against media freedoms in Palestine. Today, the Israeli occupation forces closed the office of the official Palestine Television in the city of Jerusalem, for six months, after they stormedAl-Arz Media Services Company in Jerusalem.

SAUDIA ARABIA: Saudi UNESCO Win Riles Khashoggi Standard-Bearers

IPS News: Human rights campaigners have reacted angrily to the election of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO’s top board, highlighting the kingdom’s ongoing crackdowns on political freedoms and critics.

TURKEY: Cumhuriyet journalist Ahmet Şık faces re-trial and up to 37 years in prison

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TURKEY: Turkey jailing more journalists than any other country: Report 

Arab News:Turkey jails more journalists then any other country, according to a new report on the status of press freedom there launched by international press freedom groups on Monday.

CANADA: Canadians are invited to share their views on CBC’s programming

Government of Canada: The CRTC is launching a public consultation on the renewal of its broadcasting licences

CANADA: Canadian journalism in decline: Fewer permanent jobs, less security

The Conversation: Recent years have not been kind to journalism. In Canada, there are numerous examples of reduced work schedules and publication closures, along with other signs of decline.

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada among Canada’s Top 100 Employers

CBC/Radio-Canada: This is the latest recognition of CBC/Radio-Canada as a leading employer. Earlier this year, the public broadcaster was recognized with a Platinum certification for gender parity—the highest level possible—by Women in Governance. Women make up 48.7 percent of CBC/Radio-Canada employees, more than any other organization of the same size or larger in the Canadian media industry.

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada licence renewal puts Canadians first, on all platforms

CBC/Radio-Canada: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has launched CBC/Radio-Canada’s licence renewal application.  The public broadcaster is proposing a new approach to include, for the first time, its audio-visual digital media broadcasting services.

CANADA: JHR Award in Extraordinary Achievement in Human Rights Reporting and JHR/RBC Award for Outstanding Work by an Indigenous Youth Reporter

Newswire:  JHR announced Hodan Nalayeh as the posthumous award winner of Journalists for Human Rights’ annual human rights reporting award. The winners of the Award for Outstanding Work by an Indigenous Youth Reporter are the Mushkego Lowland Advocates, a group of eight high school students and recent graduates from Fort Severn First Nation.

US: A new Report for America partnership with the AP will fill statehouse reporting gaps in 13 states

Nieman Lab: The Associated Press will add a statehouse reporter in 13 states as part of a new partnership with Report for America, the organizations announced Monday.

US: IPTV’s Molly Phillips Elected to America’s Public Television Stations’ Board of Trustees

IPTV: America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) recently announced the election of its new board leaders. Iowa Public Television (IPTV) Executive Director and General Manger Molly Phillips has been elected to serve as professional vice chair.

US: NPR Board Welcomes Member Director Sylvia Strobel

NPR: Sylvia Strobel has been elected as a Member Director to fill an unexpired term vacancy on the Board. She was elected on November 14, 2019, and the term continues through November 2021.

US: Public media looks to new CMS for systemwide boost to web offerings

Current: Stewards of public media’s websites are hopeful that an upcoming systemwide transition to a new content management system will transform how radio and TV stations publish content, collaborate on projects and engage their digital audiences.

US: Why the Public Broadcasting Act needs an update to save local public media journalism

Current: A report by the Knight Foundation and the Gallup Organization has found that Not only have local newspapers closed by the hundreds and remaining local newsrooms been hollowed out, but surviving news organizations, find Gallup surveys, are not trusted much more than their national counterparts and judged to be doing a poor job at a core responsibility.

Beyond Facts: What the press can learn from its war against disinformation


Building a More Honest Internet

CJR: What would social media look like if it served the public interest?

CPJ gala recognizes courageous journalists from developing democracies, celebrates press freedom

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists and press freedom supporters from around the world celebrated journalists from Brazil, India, Nicaragua, and Tanzania last night at the 29th annual International Press Freedom Awards in New York. CPJ presented the 2019 Gwen Ifill Award to veteran Pakistani journalist, Zaffar Abbas.

Gina McCarthy’s Advice to Climate Journalists: “Talk about Solutions and Build Hope”

Nieman Reports: The former EPA director on how to make climate journalism “relevant, personal, and actionable”

In many parts of the world, internet freedom is in decline

Coda: A new report says online election interference and increased government surveillance on social media is worsening the state of digital rights across the world.

Is engaging with readers the key to both trust and revenue?

CJR: As more media companies move toward subscription and membership-based models to generate revenue, engaging with readers has become ever more important.

Official Launch Of Dc-sustainability At 14th Internet Governance Forum

GMFD: On Wednesday, November 27th, The Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media (DC-Sustainability) will be officially launched at the 14th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin.

UNESCO launches three reports on journalists’ safety, access to information, and election coverage (Report)

IPS News: UNESCO has presented three reports concerning media issues to Member States meeting at the Organization’s Headquarters for the 40th session of its General Conference.

#StopOnlineTrolling: Unions respond to online abuse of women journalists


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