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Week 41: What does CLIMATE JOURNALISM look like?

Public service media (PSM) have an essential role to play in covering the climate crisis. As trusted and widely accessed news sources, they are well placed to deliver fact-based, responsible, and understandable climate news, while adhering to PSM values such as transparency, editorial independence, and accuracy. A greater number of public broadcasters are making a more concerted effort to meet the challenge in addressing the climate crisis through their operations and news content. Climate journalism provides an opportunity for PSM to re-emphasise their dedication to the publics they serve by covering one of the biggest threats to society. Climate journalism comes under many guises: it can look like the extensive coverage of up-to-date environmental science and predictions; collaboratively developed public resources among broadcasters and partner organisations; and the specific training of editorial staff and reporters. Combined, these approaches can help both journalists and audiences to better understand climate change’s true implications and solutions. Ultimately, as the need to address the climate crisis grows, a multi-stakeholder approach – including news media’s involvement alongside citizens, scientists, and politicians – has become the way forward. 

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Marius Dragomir discusses the Sorry, Sorry State of State Media with Minna Aslama Horowitz

CMDS: CMDS Director Marius Dragomir discussed the findings of his research on the state of state media with Minna Aslama Horowitz in an online event on 21 October.

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Climate change and the challenge for media

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ESWATINI: Defend journalists and media freedom in eSwatini (Opinion) 

New Frame: Journalists are censored through cruel and illegitimate detention, torture and the removal of means to disseminate information to citizens crying – and dying – for it.

GHANA: GBC receives accolades for Excellent coverage of Election 2020 (Press release)

GBC: The NDC, has described the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation’s coverage of the 2020 General Election as nothing short of Excellence. The NDC commended the State Broadcaster for what it described as balanced, fair and accurate reportage before, during and after the elections.

GHANA: Why some of Ghana’s private media fight corruption: reasons, rules and resources

The Conversation: Democratic freedoms alone are not adequate safeguards for the media’s anti-corruption work.

KENYA: Kenya needs robust media policy to boost democracy (Opinion)

Business Daily: A country without robust and free media will, over time, have its democratic credentials undermined and degraded, simply because the gatekeepers are not given the necessary space to play their critical role. That is why the media is regarded as an integral pillar of a country’s governance system.

MALAWI: Malawi Media Freedom Committee officially launched

WAN-IFRA: The launch of the Malawi Media Freedom Committee (MFC) underlines the importance of a free press in holding power to account.

NAMIBIA: Interview: “There Is Urgent Need For Data-Driven Broadcast Industry In Africa” – Says Menesia Muinjo, Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (Interview) 

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NIGERIA: Multichoice Nigeria CEO John Ugbe Inaugurated As The 14th Chairman Of BON

Broadcast Media Africa: Mr John Ugbe, the Chief Executive Officer of Multichoice Nigeria, was sworn in as the 14th Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

RWANDA: Rwanda: Crackdown on Opposition, Media Intensifies

Human Rights Watch: Rwandan authorities have arrested nine people linked to an opposition party and a journalist in the last week, as they intensify their crackdown on opponents and critics, Human Rights Watch said.

SOUTH AFRICA: Disinformation in a time of Covid-19: A historic partnership ahead of the municipal elections (Opinion) 

Daily Maverick: The Independent Electoral Commission and Media Monitoring Africa have joined hands with major social media platforms to fight the spread of disinformation in the 1 November municipal elections.

SOUTH AFRICA: LGE 2021 | SABC News crew held hostage in Mpumalanga

SABC: The South African National Editor’s Forum has condemned the attack on SABC journalists while they were covering a story at Buffelshoek in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, on Thursday. Sanef is calling out on political parties and their followers to be tolerant. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Sanef condemns attack on SABC journalists in Mpumalanga (Watch)

SABC: The South African National Editor’s Forum (Sanef) has condemned the attack on SABC journalists while they were covering a story at Buffelshoek in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa: Regulator Puts Telkom’s Application For Extra 4G Spectrum To The Public For Comment

Broadcast Media Africa: The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has released an application from Telkom requesting extra cellular network capacity. 

SOUTH AFRICA: The SA National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) condemns the ongoing criminal attacks on journalists (Press release)

SANEF: In the latest incident, a news reporter and camera operator from ETV were robbed at gun point, by armed robbers, at Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

SUDAN: The coup in Sudan and a dismal moment for press freedom across North Africa

CJR: YESTERDAY—after two years of promising, fragile transition toward democracy—Sudan fell victim to a military coup. 

SUDAN: Sudan News Agency’s building under siege since yesterday — eyewitnesses

Sudans Post: Eyewitnesses are now telling Sudans Post that the building serving as the headquarters of the Sudan News Agency (SUNA) has been besieged by members of General Intelligence Service (GIS) and that journalists haven’t been allowed in since dawn yesterday.

ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe: Regulator Licenses New Satellite Television Service

Broadcast Media Africa: Azam TV, a Pan-African satellite television service provider, has been licensed by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) and is scheduled to start broadcasting before the end of the year. 

REGIONAL: Report: Forum On Effective Regulation Of Online Broadcasting And OTT Streaming Services In Africa

Broadcast Media Africa: Broadcast Media Africa recently hosted a one-day online forum on “Effective Regulation Of Online Broadcasting And OTT Streaming Services In Africa”. The meeting aimed to assist with easing practitioner discomforts regarding concerns over unregulated online media content and the need to regulate to provide adequate and effective regulatory oversight. 

REGIONAL: SADC Governments Crafting Cyber Laws That Infringe on Citizens, says Professor

VOA News:  prominent professor studying communication in Namibia says member countries in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community, or SADC, have enacted and drafted cybersecurity laws which infringe on citizens’ freedom of expression. 

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan journalists lament ‘bleak’ future for media under Taliban 

Al Jazeera: New regime forces exodus of journalists from Afghanistan where a free press was one of the few real gains of Western occupation.

AFGHANISTAN: What Are We Missing in The Afghanistan Story? (Opinion)

Nieman Reports: For journalism, the best comparison with what’s happening in Afghanistan now is not Vietnam. It’s the fall of Baghdad in 2003.

CAMBODIA: Cambodia’s Internet Gateway Ushers in Silence, Media Say

VOA News: The country’s plans to oversee all online traffic is making journalists think twice before reporting, analysts say.

CHINA: China’s Olympic press freedom pledges: Worthless in 2008, absent in 2022

CPJ: Prospects for free-wheeling media coverage of the February Beijing Winter Olympics seem increasingly dim, not least because of the attitude of the International Olympic Committee.

CHINA & HONG KONG: Journalists under threat from China’s media crackdown are leaving Hong Kong (Listen)

NPR: NPR’s David Folkenflik speaks with Mark Clifford, former editor in chief of the South China Morning Post, about how freedoms in Hong Kong have been transformed by the national security law.

HONG KONG: Amnesty International says will close Hong Kong offices over security law

DW: The rights group says a security law imposed by Beijing is stopping it from working freely in Hong Kong. It also said the law poses a threat to its staff.

HONG KONG: As Hong Kong’s Civil Society Buckles, One Group Tries to Hold On (Paywall)

The New York Times: Unions and other organizations have dissolved after facing pressure under a new security law. The Hong Kong Journalists Association is hoping it can avoid that fate.

HONG KONG: Fewer Hong Kong students choosing to study journalism in university

Young Post: Official records show that the number of Hong Kong students applying to journalism programmes has dropped, with the University of Hong Kong last year getting just half of the number of applications it received five years ago.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s Media Under Siege

The Diplomat: As the world celebrates journalists, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize recipients, Hong Kong silences the media.

HONG KONG: News outlet Macau Concealers closes and deletes content, blames ‘unprecedented environmental changes’

HKFP: Campaigners have urged directors to save the content: “News is the first draft of history. The content on Macau Concealers’ page, including interactions within the community, are of unique cultural and historical value…” a letter read.

INDIA: Even During Press Council’s Probe Trip to Kashmir, Intimidation of Journalists Continued

The Wire: Detention, questioning and harassment continues to be the norm for journalists in the Valley, as the space for critical reporting shrinks.

JAPAN: NHK World-Japan launches “17 Goals for Our World” campaign

Broadband TV News: NHK World-Japan, the English-language international service of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, will present a collection of premiere and encore programming to commemorate and complement the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP26).

KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakh lawmaker wants to ban journalists from courtroom

Eurasianet: Kazakhstan’s parliament is considering legislation to keep journalists out of courtrooms, further restricting freedom of speech.

MALDIVES: Maldives: Launch of Report on Media Environment

IFJ: The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), working in collaboration with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Maldives Journalist Association (MJA), today launched an in-depth report into the situation in the Maldives facing the media and journalists.

MYANMAR: Journalists Among Thousands to Be Freed in Myanmar Amnesty

VOA News: At least 50 journalists were among the thousands of people due to be freed from prison in Myanmar this week after the military announced an amnesty.

PAKISTAN: Bill to restrain fake news sent to cabinet for approval: Fawad

Via Pakistan Press Foundation: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said that a proposed law to curb fake news in Pakistan has been sent to the cabinet for approval.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan: Online harassment storm against BBC journalist

IFJ: Famous Pakistani female journalist Asma Shirazi was harassed by a slew of online followers and supporters of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) party following a column published on BBC Urdu. 

PAKISTAN:  Pemra asks TV channels not to air objectionable content

Dawn: The electronic media regulator has directed entertainment shows on TV channels to observe modesty and refrain from showing closeness and intimacy on the screen.

PHILIPPINES: Martires’ SALN pitch limits what ‘news’ is, curtails press freedom

Rappler: Lawyers say defining what’s news is a key function of journalists, not the Ombudsman or Congress.

PHILIPPINES: Philippine Media Statement on Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize (Statement)

PCIJ: We join our fellow Filipinos in celebrating the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize given to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitri Muratov. […] As Filipino journalists, we are concerned about the fragile state of press freedom in our country.

SINGAPORE: Academics fear new law in Singapore

Inside Higher Ed: Singapore’s new foreign interference law will exacerbate the “pervasive culture of academic self-censorship,” critics have warned, despite assurances that routine university activities will not be affected. 

SOUTH KOREA: Broadcasters and film companies co-operate with telecommunication companies to respond to online copyright infringement (Press release – Korean)

KBS: Broadcasting companies and film companies are cooperating with telecommunication companies to respond to online copyright infringement.

THAILAND: OECD Emphasis on 3 Important Principles “Look Far, Be Cautious” Thai PBS Steps Beyond the Risk (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: [The] media landscape has changed [the] public media direction. In particular, what will be the television, radio broadcasting and audio media, how will the administration of Thai PBS in the region and the audience council and the network look like?

UZBEKISTAN: CPJ Calls For Probe Into ‘Repugnant’ Threats Against RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service Staff Ahead Of Poll

RFE/RL: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is urging authorities in Uzbekistan to swiftly investigate the numerous online death threats received by staff members of RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service ahead of next week’s presidential election. 

AUSTRALIA: ABC Annual Report: A public broadcaster more valuable than ever (Press release)

ABC: The past financial year has seen the ABC produce award-winning and valued content that has attracted record audiences while also delivering outstanding value for money.

AUSTRALIA: ABC Managing Director David Anderson, opening statement to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (Statement)


AUSTRALIA: How ABC ‘guerilla TV’ program The Brief is offering a different take on federal politics for younger audiences (Watch)

ABC: The pilot episode was never meant to see the light of day – and if you look close enough, you can probably tell. Andrew Probyn dubbed it guerrilla TV and almost two years on, he’s probably right…

AUSTRALIA: No precedent for ABC’s $200k payment in Louise Milligan defamation dispute, auditor general says

The Guardian: ABC made a ‘business decision’ to cover costs incurred by its reporter over tweets about Liberal MP Andrew Laming.

AUSTRALIA: Social media companies could soon be forced to ask for parents’ permission before accessing children’s data

ABC: The under-16s may soon have to have parental permission to join social media platforms under a proposal by the federal government to introduce a new online privacy code to better protect children and teenagers.

NEW ZEALAND: Homegrown content rates well with Kiwi students and teachers

NZ On Air: Kiwi students like watching and learning from short, funny and homegrown audio/visual content, according to new research commissioned by NZ On Air and the Digital Media Trust.

NEW ZEALAND: Perceptions over NZ’s public interest journalism project – saint or sinner? (Opinion)

Asia Pacific Report

NEW ZEALAND: Te Rito Journalism Project – Become a Journalist in NZ! (Opportunity – Watch)

PMN News: YOUR VOICE, YOUR WORDS. PMN is a proud partner of the Te Rito Journalism Project. 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: PNG crippled by Covid-19 Delta variant and social media misinformation (8 October)


ALBANIA: Rama Dismisses ‘False Alarms’ Over Media Freedom

Balkan Insight: Albania MP Edi Rama accused rights organizations for having misunderstood him over his plans to create a Media and Information Agency.

ARMENIA: New law restricts the freedom of the press

EFJ: On 5 October 2021, a new law went into effect in Armenia, raising the maximum threshold for “insults” and “defamation” fines by three times their previous amount. 

AUSTRIA: The ‘open secret’ behind Austria media graft scandal

France 24: The scandal erupted this month when prosecutors raided locations including the chancellory and the finance ministry. 

CROATIA: Opposition Insists Nominated HRT Director-General in Conflict of Interest

Total Croatia News: At the start of the parliamentary debate on the appointment of nominee Robert Šveb as the new director-general on Tuesday morning, several deputies of Opposition parties reiterated that the procedure of the appointment had been contaminated and that the candidate was in the conflict of interest.

DENMARK: DR goes close to the local in the coverage of the local elections (Danish – Press release)

DR: DR’s nine districts will be strengthened by up to 50 journalists until the municipal and regional council elections. 

FINLAND: Ville Seuri and Marleena Pond: Yle must tell about the changes in the world in an understandable way – Yle Kioski will follow the change in Afghanistan for the rest of the year (Finnish)

Yle: In the series, 18-year-old journalist Zahra Karimy follows the lives of her peers under Taliban rule.

GERMANY: German commercial broadcasters build new alliance with ARD, ZDF ahead of WRC (Paywall)

Telecompaper: German commercial broadcasters’ association Vauent said it has established a new alliance to maintain a certain level of diversity of media and cultural offerings in the long term. 

GERMANY: Scandal rocks German media giant on brink of global expansion

The Guardian: Axel Springer is accused by ex-employees of turning a blind eye to sexual misconduct at flagship title Bild.

GERMANY: Sustainability initiative of the German film, TV and VoD industry (Press release – German)

ZDF: The production of cinema, TV and online / VoD productions causes high CO2 emissions and consumption of resources. A relevant part of these CO2 emissions can be avoided by switching to a production method that is more environmentally friendly and conserves resources. 

IRELAND: RTE ‘could be hit’ by funding for watchdog (Paywall)

Independent: The broadcasting watchdog has warned the Government against part funding a new Media Commission – which will oversee content on social media platforms as well as traditional broadcasting media – from the TV licence fee.

LATVIA: Broadcaster PBK has its license revoked by regulator

LSM News: The National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP) has decided to revoke the broadcasting license issued to the Russian-language “First Baltic Channel Latvia” (PBK), the NEPLP announced October 21. 

MALTA: PBS technically bankrupt even as Labour apologists continue to hoover up millions

The Shift: The latest published accounts of Malta’s national broadcaster PBS show the company to be floundering in grim financial state.

POLAND: Ownership scrutiny for Polish media companies

Broadband TV News: Poland’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has called on all TV and radio broadcasters holding a Polish licence to submit details of their current ownership structure.

RUSSIA: ECPMF condemns Putin’s censorship

ECPMF: The Russian government designated renowned media lawyer and member of the ECPMF Executive Board Galina Arapova as a “foreign agent”. 

SLOVENIA: Friday’s Ljubljana Protest Focuses on Media Freedom, Early Election (Video)

Total Slovenia News: Friday’s protesters gathering in Ljubljana’s city centre … today raised the issue of pressure on media freedom and the suspension of funding of the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) as well as leaked recordings of Environment Minister Andrej Vizjak.

SLOVENIA: PM Rattled by Low Marks on Rights, Press Freedom

VOA News: Janez Jansa fires off angry tweets after European Parliament mission to Slovenia warns of hostility in public debate, dangerous pressure on media.

SPAIN: ‘The great consultation’ of RTVE has had an important appointment in Pamplona and the University of Navarra (Press release – Spanish)

RTVE: The mobile study of ‘The great consultation’  of RTVE has had a great appointment this Thursday with  Pamplona and the University of Navarra.

SWEDEN: “Biggest drama venture to date” for Swedish Radio (Swedish)

Nordvision: With a dozen podcast series that will focus on turning points in Sweden’s history, Swedish Radio is making its largest investment ever in audio drama. 

SWEDEN: Swedish Radio plays a big role for many people (Swedish – Blog)

Sveriges Radio: Never before have so many people listened to Swedish Radio. In an average week, Swedish Radio reaches 7.5 million listeners. This is the highest total range measured so far since the measurements began in 2019. 

UK: BBC and ITV announce climate pledges

Digital TV Europe: UK pubcasters the BBC and ITV have announced a range of measures to deliver on climate action commitments. 

UK: Former Channel 4 boss Grade emerges as potential takeover candidate

Digital TV Europe: Former Channel 4 CEO Lord Michael Grade is reportedly planning a takeover bid of the broadcaster. ITV is also being touted as a potential bidder for Channel 4 as the government continues its formal review into potentially privatising the Great British Bake-Off broadcaster.

UK: Modernising audience experience across the BBC (Press release) 

BBC: Our mission is clear – to give everyone in the UK the best possible experience across our services and to deliver excellent value for money.

UK: New system required to restore Channel 4’s access services

Broadband TV News: Channel 4 has admitted it may not be able to fully restore its subtitling, audio description and sign language services until November.

UK: Radio industry calls for government protection from smart assistants

The Guardian: Broadcasters fear Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant may gradually sideline UK content.

UK: UK government ‘waging secret war against transparency’

The Guardian: Cabinet Office denies it is blocking freedom of information requests despite ‘downward’ trend.

UK: Will BBC pay the price for upsetting Boris Johnson? (Paywall)

The Times: Nick Robinson’s ‘stop talking’ interview with the prime minister still infuriates culture minister.

UK: World Menopause Day 2021 (Press release)

Channel 4: In 2019 Channel 4 launched the UK media industry’s first dedicated Menopause policy. Watch the video above to hear what it has meant for some employees and how it has changed things at Channel 4.

REGIONAL: MEPs call for stronger support for the media sector

Euractiv: A resolution to support the EU’s media sector in the “Digital Decade”, including better protecting media freedom and safeguarding independence has passed by a large majority in the European Parliament.

REGIONAL: Study: what can journalists do about populism and polarisation?

EFJ: Recent years have seen worrying political developments across both old and new democracies, ranging from the rise of populist leaders and dwindling support for democratic rule to the growing polarization of public opinion.

ARGENTINA: Public Television has its first Code of Ethics (Spanish)

TVP: After six months of collective work, which included more than 20 tables for free, plural and open debate … the first Code of Ethics for Public TV was drafted.

ARGENTINA: Specialists and makers of the medium, debated about current television (Spanish)

TVP: Public Television organized the conference “Democracy and Television: among all of us, we think about today’s TV”, which took place in Tecnópolis and which had the participation of actors, journalists, academics, officials and media workers.

BRAZIL: Inside Brazil’s Dangerous Battle Over Fake News

Americas Quarterly: In the 2022 election campaign, Jair Bolsonaro and his followers may test the limits of democracy to protect their “right” to post.

BRAZIL: YouTube suspends Bolsonaro account for misinformation (Portuguese) 

RTP: On Monday, Youtube suspended the Brazilian president’s channel for at least seven days, after Jair Bolsonaro claimed in a video that the use of vaccines against covid-19 could facilitate the development of AIDS.

CUBA: Latin America and its local television: proposals for Cuban practice (Spanish)


GUATEMALA: The IAPA denounces the persecution of the Guatemalan press with judicial decisions (Spanish)

Swissinfo: The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) assured this Tuesday that in Guatemala there is a persecution of the press through judicial decisions and also through anonymous intimidation on social networks or by telephone.

JAMAICA: RJRGLEANER Group Pushing Ahead With Analog To Digital Switch

Radio Jamaica News: The RJRGLEANER Communications Group is bullish on executing the switch from analog to digital free to air television. Chief Executive Officer Gary Allen said the shift, which is costing the group about $1.5 billion, is 30 per cent complete.

MEXICO: Director of tV4 highlights the work of public broadcasters (Spanish)

TV4 News: When the public broadcasters work together, how to transcend report, therefore, each day must find a way to evolve, providing information accurate, credible, strong and solid.

NICARAGUA: Sergio Ramírez: “In Nicaragua we have underground journalism once again, now through social networks”

Confidencial: During his speech at the IAPA Assembly, he defended the value of “words that cut like a knife,” which are what “dictatorships fear.”

PANAMA: Report to the IAPA denounces intimidation and threats to journalists in Panama (Spanish)

Swissinfo: The preliminary report of Panama before the 77th General Assembly of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), which begins this Tuesday, denounced the increase in the use of legal actions against media and informants such as bullying tool and to promote self-censorship.

URUGUAY: ‘Media Law is “exemplary” at the international level but is “paralyzed in its application and very threatened by a project that aims to repeal it” (Spanish)

M24: As every October 23, this Saturday the media workers in our country commemorated the Journalist’s Day, whose work and the role of the media were analyzed in INFO24 by the sociologist Paula Baleato.

REGIONAL: Collaborative mega investigation of the ‘Pandora Papers’ increases relevance of small and independent media in Latin America

LatAm Journalism Review

REGIONAL: Restrictions on access to information, an evil of many countries in America (Spanish)

Swissinfo: The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) urged 17 countries on the continent, including the United States and Canada, to cease restrictions on access to information, which are “one of the main limitations on the freedom of expression and the public’s right to information”.

IRAN: Iranian women journalists, imprisoned journalist’s mother jailed arbitrarily

RSF: Two women freelance journalists and a jailed photojournalist’s mother have been ordered to begin serving prison sentences in the past month in Iran. 

IRAQ: Worrying number of rights violations occurred in lead up to Iraq elections

TRT World: A Gulf Centre for Human Rights report highlighted attacks on civil society activists and the media, as well as torture against citizens.

TURKEY: Third quarter of 2021 saw 29 journalists physically attacked and access blocks on 141 articles by IFEX member Bianet

Via IFEX: According to a BİA Media Monitoring Report, 205 journalists also stood trial during July to September; 17 members of the press and cartoonists were put on trial for ‘insulting the president’.

TURKEY: Turkey’s government sends a bleak message on press freedom

CPJ: International organizations […] gathered in Ankara and Istanbul to discuss our concerns about possible updates to Turkey’s social media law, proposed restrictions on foreign funding, and the potential criminalization of “disinformation.” The government, however, decided to pretend it wasn’t at home.

UAE: UAE arrests broadcast journalist over comments made off-air before football match

Middle East Eye: State media says unidentified journalist’s comments were leaked online and would harm the ‘public interest’ in the UAE.

REGIONAL: Streaming services are helping Arab producers liven up television (Paywall)

The Economist: They can reach wider audiences—and tell untold stories.

CANADA: CAJ Talk: How to cover the Glasgow climate change talks from Canada (Event)

CAJ: On October 31, world leaders will gather in Glasgow for COP26. But how can Canadian journalists make those global negotiations relevant to their local audiences? Join us on Oct. 28 for an in-depth discussion this topic!

CANADA: CBC employees given Dec. 1 deadline to get vaccinated

CBC News: Employees of CBC/Radio Canada have been given a Dec. 1 deadline to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the Crown corporation announced on Thursday, but the potential ramifications for staff who refuse haven’t been finalized.

CANADA: “CBC/Radio-Canada Moves Into a New Era of Media”: Professional Sound (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: In the latest issue of Professional Sound, editor-in-chief Michael Raine speaks to CBC/Radio-Canada project engineers Patrice Dumont, Philippe St-Pierre, and Dai Dam about the new Maison de Radio-Canada, and how its innovative design, engineering, and technology are breaking new ground.

CANADA: How young journalists are tackling race reporting

The Queen’s Journal: Race reporting, often at the intersection of journalism and activism, concerns reporting on issues of race and racialization. It’s crucial to accurately represent marginalized perspectives in the media.

CANADA: Interviewing the Governor General in my language felt like reconciliation (Feature)

CBC News: CBC North reporter Pauline Pemik was 1st to interview Gov. Gen. Mary May Simon, and she did it in Inuktitut.

US: APTS Commends Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Chair for Increased Funding for Public Broadcasting in Draft Bill (Press release)

APTS: America’s Public Television Stations today applauded Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for recommending $565 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for Fiscal Year 2024.

US: ARN’s iHeartRadio Australia expands content offering with NPR (Press release)

NPR: ARN’s iHeartRadio Australia has boosted its already extensive content offering by adding NPR’s podcast slate to the app.

US: How GBH News transformed its workflow from broadcast-centered to digital-first  (Paywall)


US: Public Radio Audience Wants More Climate Coverage (Paywall)

Current: Earlier this year, in the space of only a few months, 1 in 3 Americans were impacted by a weather disaster turbo-charged by climate change. The public recognizes that the climate crisis is here, and they are anxious to understand it. According to a recent article in Current, the number one takeaway from expanded climate coverage in public media is that listeners and donors want more climate stories.

US: This is America Amplified, 2021

America Amplified: This year, 20 public media stations will deepen their engagement with communities across the country through the America Amplified initiative. 

US: Top outlets (sort of) team up to make Facebook’s awful month worse

CJR: LAST MONDAY—five weeks after the Wall Street Journal began publishing the Facebook Files… showing that the company knows full well that many of its products cause harm—Facebook’s PR apparatus appeared to snap. 

Al Jazeera launches mobile news app

Digital TV Europe: Doha-based news broadcaster Al Jazeera has announced the launch of a new mobile app for iOS and Android.

Celebrating the guardians of democracy — the news media

Daily Maverick: This week we reflect on what the new threats to journalism are, why journalism is essential to democracy and what it’s got to do with disinformation.

Covid-19: Global attack on freedom of expression is having a dangerous impact on public health crisis

Amnesty International: Attacks on freedom of expression by governments, combined with a flood of misinformation across the world during the Covid-19 pandemic, have had a devastating impact on peoples’ ability to access accurate and timely information to help them cope with the burgeoning global health crisis.

CPJ testifies at Helsinki Commission about press freedom threats in OSCE region

CPJ: Freedom of the press is under severe threat across the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) region and the OSCE’s 57 participating states must do more to protect the safety of journalists.

Global Science Journalism Report 2021 (Watch)

SciDev.Net: Global Science Journalism Report 2021 aims to investigate the working conditions and practices, professional ethos and future expectations of science journalists around the globe. It includes a section specifically target to the perceptions of science journalists about their work during the pandemic of Covid-19.

How can journalists defend the free press? (Listen)

The Economist: Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Russia’s Dmitry Muratov, joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, discuss how their work safeguards freedom of expression.

How journalists still fail because of corona numbers (German)

Deutschlandfunk: Most of them have got used to being served a lot of numbers and statistics about Corona. However, some media still fail to interpret the numbers correctly, says our columnist. That is dangerous and misleading.

How local media can build local democracy

IPI: IPI launches new research into local media in developing economies.

IACHR magistrate: “journalism is one of the most dangerous professions” (Spanish)

Swissinfo: Journalism is “one of the most dangerous professions in the world” and the one that generates the most impunity, highlighted this Thursday the magistrate of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) Ricardo Pérez Manrique.

Twitter’s algorithm favours right-leaning politics, research finds

BBC News: Twitter amplifies tweets from right-leaning political parties and news outlets more than from the left, its own research suggests.

What can journalists do about populism and polarisation? (Report)

EFJ: Recent years have seen worrying political developments across both old and new democracies, ranging from the rise of populist leaders and dwindling support for democratic rule to the growing polarization of public opinion.

The most important climate summit in history is a local news story, too


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