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NRK publishes first ever threat assessment report

The Head of Security for NRK – Norway’s public media organisation – explains to PMA what the threat assessment report involves, and how they are mitigating “hybrid threats”.

Øyvind Vasaasen, NRK Security Manager. Credit: Christian Fougner/NRK

The threat situation facing NRK is “more complex now than 10 years ago”. This is according to a new threat assessment published by the public media organisation last month. The threat assessment report maps out the various threats that potentially prevent NRK from carrying out its public service mission.

NRK has already been working to improve its organisation’s own preparedness response – adapting to and finding different ways to reduce risks from new “hybrid threats” by enhancing its “digital competence” and training employees in digital security.

Ultimately, exercises like this are extremely important for democracy – in the fight for the truth – as well as public trust and credibility in public media. “A free and independent press is absolutely necessary to ensure democracy and contribute to stability,” said Mr. Vasaasen. “It is therefore important to tell both journalists and the public what they should be on guard against.”

NRK’s threat assessment report is an innovative way of addressing these threats and demonstrating transparency by showing the public exactly the sort of threats they continue to face. By including their audience in this process, it establishes a greater level of connection and trust between public and media.

Read more about NRK’s inaugural threat assessment report

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ETHIOPIA: Authority doubles down on media regulations

The Reporter: The Ethiopian Media Authority enacts three directives to regulate the public, community, and commercial broadcast media. They are part of the eight directives the Authority has been issuing since the ratification of the media proclamation in April 2021.

GHANA: Ghana’s GIBA wins case to prevent regulator introducing conditional access for license revenue collection by stealth

Balancing Act: The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) went to court over what it argued was the regulator’s (NCA) ‘backdoor’ introduction of conditional access as a standard on future DTT boxes.

GHANA: The two laws surviving the repealed criminal libel law in Ghana

MFWA: On July 27 2001, Ghana repealed its criminal libel and seditious laws. The country’s Parliament unanimously voted to change the Criminal Code (Repeal of the Criminal and Seditious Laws – Amendment Bill) Act 2001) – a law by which many journalists had previously been jailed for doing their job.

KENYA: Journalists’ union comes to rescue of Tuko editor after being jailed

Pulse Live: The union argued that the journalist was sentenced without being given a fair chance to respond to the allegations upon which he was sentenced. 

MALAWI: Is there a media clampdown in Malawi?

DW: A complex debate on media freedom is underway in Malawi, with opinions strongly divided. It comes after authorities revoked the licenses of several independent broadcasters over unpaid fees.

MALAWI: Ministry of Information to engage Macra, broadcasters over broadcasting licences

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NIGERIA: 2023: INEC, NBC, others read riot act, warn against anti-peace activities

Vanguard: AHEAD of kick-off of political campaigns for the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, NBC, among others, have reiterated the need for operators in Nigeria’s broadcast industry to stay off activities that could jeopardise the peace of the nation.

NIGERIA: Pressure Group Sues Broadcast Regulator for Non-Disclosure Of Licence Fees Payment

Broadcast Media Africa: In Nigeria, the Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) suit against the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for its refusal to act on the organisation’s information request seeking details of payments of licence fees by broadcasting stations and platforms operating in the country and the amount of indebtedness of each station.

SENEGAL: Rise in censorship and crackdown on expression

Article 19: ARTICLE 19 is deeply concerned by the crackdown on expression we have witnessed in Senegal in recent months. We call on the Senegalese authorities to repeal any laws criminalising protected speech and to release those detained for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

SOUTH AFRICA: Minister threatens to declare SABC board delinquent (Paywall)

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SOUTH AFRICA: South African journalist Karyn Maughan criminally charged over report on former President Zuma

CPJ: Former South African President Jacob Zuma and his legal team should immediately drop their private criminal prosecution against Karyn Maughan, a reporter with the privately owned News24 site, and allow the press to report on court proceedings without intimidation or fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday.

SUDAN: ACJPS documents harassment and censorship of journalists in Sudan

Dabanga: “Sudanese authorities continue to harass and make it difficult for journalists to do their work in Sudan,” according to African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) in a statement yesterday, which also celebrated the Sudanese Journalists Association (SJA) electing 40 new members last month.

TUNISIA: President must scrap law undermining free expression and the press

Article 19: Human rights organisations have condemned a new communications and information law in Tunisia, and urge the President of the Republic to withdraw it with immediate effect in order to uphold freedom of expression and press freedom in the country.

UGANDA: UBC to be switched off over Shs3.7b arrears

Monitor: The Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC)’s satellite service provider has given the national broadcaster until September 30 to pay $988,225 (Shs3.7b) arrears or risk being switched off.

ZIMBABWE: Two Zimbabwean journalists denied entry to political rally, one attacked by security agent

CPJ: Zimbabwean authorities should hold accountable the security agent who attacked journalist Ruvimbo Muchenje at a rally for opposition political party Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), and the CCC should ensure journalists are not unduly denied access to its public events or harassed for doing their job, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

BANGLADESH: Bangladesh authorities arrest siblings of UK-based journalists

CPJ: Bangladesh authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Nur Alam Chowdhury Pervez and Abdul Muktadir Manu and cease harassing family members of journalists who report from abroad, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday.

BANGLADESH: Bangladeshi media inactive in disposing of sexual harassment allegations: Study

The Business Standard: The allegations of sexual harassments in Bangladeshi media as workplaces have not been officially listed and not been institutionally disposed of, according to Sweden-based Fojo Media Institute.

BANGLADESH: Bangladesh’s new online content regulation rules threaten user privacy and free speech

Scroll.in: Over the last two decades, digital information and communication technologies have become the focus of heavy-handed state intervention in Bangladesh.

HONG KONG: Survey: 97% of Hong Kong journalists think press freedom has declined

NHK: A survey shows 97 percent of journalists in Hong Kong believe press freedom has regressed in the Chinese territory since the introduction of a national security law in 2020.

INDIA: The new India: Expanding influence abroad, straining democracy at home

The New York Times: On the margins of a summit meant as a show of force for a Russian leader seeking a turnaround on the battlefield, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India leaned in with a different message.

INDIA: Twitter India Says Govt Order to Block Accounts Violation of Freedom of Speech

Telecom Talk: Twitter and the Indian government have been engaged in a battle for a long time. 

JAPAN: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications First meeting to consider the role of public broadcasting in the Internet era (Japanese) 

NHK: The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications held the first meeting of a working group to consider the role of public broadcasting in the Internet age and the positioning of NHK’s Internet utilization business, and confirmed a policy to compile concrete measures by June next year.

JAPAN: NHK’s ‘serious ethics violation’ undermines public broadcasting credentials (Editorial – 16 Sep)

Mainichi: A documentary aired last year by NHK titled “The Tokyo Olympics as seen by Naomi Kawase” displayed captions about an anti-Olympic protest that misrepresented the facts. 

KYRGYZSTAN: Kyrgyzstan TV director Taalaibek Duishenbiev convicted of incitement

CPJ: On Wednesday, a court in Kyrgyzstan convicted Next TV director Taalaibek Duishenbiev of inciting interethnic hatred over posts on the broadcaster’s social media accounts covering Russia’s war in Ukraine, according to news reports.

PAKISTAN: Syeda Iffat Jabbar appointed head of Radio Pakistan Peshawar

ABU: Syeda Iffat Jabbar has been appointed the first woman Station Director of Radio Pakistan Peshawar.

PHILIPPINES: ABS-CBN Entertainment gets 1 million followers on TikTok

ABS-CBN: ABS-CBN Entertainment has another digital breakthrough as its TikTok account earned over 1 million followers and more than 18 million likes.

SRI LANKA: Radio Ceylon: The Lankan queen of airwaves

India Blooms: Away from the world of social media and internet, there was a time when listening to Radio Ceylon was part of everyday entertainment in several South Asian countries.

SOUTH KOREA: South Korea’s President Scolds Media Over Hot Mic Moment

VOA: South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday accused the country’s media of damaging its alliance with the United States after a TV broadcaster released a video suggesting that he insulted U.S. Congress members following a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in New York last week.

THAILAND: Announcement of the list of candidates selected to be policy committee members (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: With the policy committee The Public Broadcasting Organization of Thailand (SAT) will have 4 persons in office for a full four-year term, namely 2 people in the field of mass communication, 1 in the management of the organization, and in the promotion of democracy. community or local development learning and education on child protection and development youth or family or the promotion of rights of one socially disadvantaged person. 

THAILAND: NBTC board may rule on True-DTAC merger plan on Oct 12th

Thai PBS: The board of Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is expected make a decision on the planned merger between True and DTAC on October 12th.

THAILAND: World sign language day With big sign language in full screen “Big Sign” from VIPA, a platform for everyone to watch for free, no ads. (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: September 23 of every year is “World Sign Language Day” or International Day of Sign Languages ​​since 1951 as announced by the United Nations or UN to emphasize the equality of communication among people with disabilities. awareness of rights equality and building mutual understanding through the use of sign language as a medium of communication for the hearing impaired. 

VIETNAM: Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security continues Stalinist crackdown

RFA: Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Vietnamese police have adopted a Stalinist model of repression with propaganda it describes as ‘laughable’ and ‘pathetic.’

REGIONAL: Boon: Digital Media Is an Asset to Broadcast Radio (Opinion)

RadioWorld: When exploited effectively, social media, YouTube and other digital media can be the best friends that broadcast radio ever had. 

AUSTRALIA: ‘Highly destructive’: Zoe Daniel’s speech on media diversity

Crikey: Debate has begun on an inquiry into media diversity in Australia. Introduced by independent Member for Goldstein Zoe Daniel shortly after Lachlan Murdoch announced his decision to sue Crikey for defamation, the motion was debated in the Federation Chamber this afternoon.

AUSTRALIA: Lachlan Murdoch defamation case: Crikey article was ‘self-evidently hyperbolic’, publisher argues

The Guardian: A Crikey article which said the Murdoch family was an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the January 6 riots was “self-evidently hyperbolic”, publisher Private Media has argued in court documents defending a defamation suit from Lachlan Murdoch and filed in the federal court.

FIJI: Walesi partners with FBC for digital billboard advertising

The Fiji Times: After a rigorous open tender process, Walesi Pte Ltd has entered into a collaboration agreement with the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation for digital billboard advertising.

NEW ZEALAND: Media firms voice grave concerns over TVNZ, RNZ merger

Stuff: Commercial media firms have come out swinging against the proposed merger of TVNZ and RNZ in submissions to a parliamentary select committee, warning of the effects it could have on media choice.

NEW ZEALAND: Our public media should serve audiences, not the interests of commercial rivals (Opinion)

The Spinoff: Recent scaremongering over the effects of the TVNZ-RNZ merger on commercial media is half-baked and overblown, argues Better Public Media chair Myles Thomas.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ is the most trusted media organisation in New Zealand

RNZ: RNZ is proud to be the most trusted media organisation in New Zealand. Two independent reports* highlight the value of RNZ as an independent, non-commercial media organisation. 

ALBANIA: Media must not face criminal prosecution for public interest reporting

ECPMF: The undersigned media freedom and journalist associations today express our shared concern over the blanket publication ban issued by Albanian prosecutorial authorities regarding a trove of hacked data, and stress that no journalist or media outlet should face criminal sanctions for publishing information in the public interest. 

BELGIUM: Work on the new VRT building can start in November (Dutch)

VRT: Work on the new VRT building can start in November. After the urban planning permit, the environmental permit has now also been issued. 

DENMARK: Danish govt signs public service contract with broadcaster DR valid until 2025 (Paywall)

Telecompaper: The Danish Ministry of Culture said it has signed a new public service contract with national broadcaster DR valid from 01 October 2022 to 31 December 2025. It will make DR more relevant to domestic viewers in the face of tough competition from international streaming providers and large tech firms, and will remove necessary micromanagement. 

DENMARK: DR increases compensation for former members of DR Girls’ Choir (Press release – Danish)

DR: DR has just decided to raise the tort compensation amount for 28 former members of the DR Girls’ Choir.

FINLAND: Testing of Yle’s audio content online (Danish)

Nordvision: The Yle Act, which stipulates the conditions for the company’s operation, states that a preliminary examination shall be done for new services and functions that have a significant impact on the overall range of content services, and which are of significant importance, duration and costs.

FINLAND: Yle will start a News School next year: The goal is to get experts from other than journalism backgrounds into the field (Press release – Finnish)

Yle: Ylen Uutiskoulu’s purpose is to find new talents outside of traditional journalism training. The application for Yle Uutiskoulu starting in January has opened.

FRANCE: Climate and energy crisis (Press release – French)

France Télévisions: Faced with the climate emergency and the energy crisis, France Télévisions is committed. As of today, France Télévisions is implementing an unprecedented action plan.

GERMANY: ZDF KOMPASS: New tool for reviewing company goals (Press release – German)

ZDF: ZDF has developed a new holistic control system for management and supervisory bodies: ZDF KOMPASS. With this tool, quantitative and qualitative company goals can be better checked and controlled, explained ZDF director Dr. Norbert Himmler in front of the television council in Mainz.

GERMANY: ZDF science formats: Online use is increasing (Press release – German)

ZDF: ZDF’s science offers are increasingly in demand online. “By reacting flexibly, well-founded and promptly to current crises and topics, we are increasingly reaching the younger target groups with our digital offers,” explained ZDF Director Dr. Norbert Himmler before the Television Council in Mainz.

ITALY: Take a stand against SLAPPs and support the right to information

Article 19: As Italy prepares to vote in a general election on 25 September, civil society organisations have appealed to the future parliament to protect the right to information and take measures to address Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs), acknowledging the risks they pose to human rights and democratic values. 

MALTA: Government must widen its consultation on media law reform

IFJ: A number of journalists and civil society groups have urged the Maltese government to launch a public consultation on the media law reform. 

MONTENEGRO: Montenegro Seeks Foreign Help on Solving Attacks on Journalists 

Balkan Insight: Government asks for foreign experts’ help in solving old cases of attacks on journalists, saying experts from the FBI and other intelligence services will be hired as consultants.

NETHERLANDS: Dutch public broadcaster NPO to make linear programming available in app in advance, free of change (Paywall)

Telecompaper: Dutch public broadcaster NPO’s streaming app NPO Start has been given the official green light to expand its VoD platform. 


Balkan Insight: How the Polish criminal code continues to muzzle media freedom.

RUSSIA: Over two dozen journalists detained while reporting on anti-mobilization protests

IPI: Relentless crackdown on independent reporting shows no sign of abating.

SLOVENIA: Work stoppage at public broadcaster today

STA: Journalists at public broadcaster RTV Slovenija, which have been on an on-again, off-again strike since May, will stage a day-long work stoppage on Monday to protest at what they say is the destruction of the public service media outlet by the management.

SPAIN: Moncloa forces the resignation of Pérez Tornero to take control of RTVE (Spanish) 

El Mundo: The professor resigns from leading the public chain and the Board of Directors that he heads after losing parliamentary support. “It is necessary to take a step to the side,” he says.

SWEDEN: The interpreter on the left in the TV picture (Blog)

SVT: It may be easier to understand the content of a TV program if the interpreter is on the left of the image. And just over half of those who watch SVT think that the interpreter can stand on the left in the sign language-interpreted programs, shows a survey conducted by SVT.

SWITZERLAND: SRF celebrates Sign Language Day (Press release – German)

SRF: On Saturday, September 24, 2022, SRF is dedicating several programs and contributions to this day. In addition, the self-produced “Signes” show with Natasha Ruf on the topic “Does sport make you happy?”. 

UK: “If you know how it’s made, you can trust what it says – trust is earned” (Editorial – press release)

BBC: The BBC’s editorial guidelines may not seem like the obvious star of a marketing campaign. Yet they feature front and centre of a powerful new promo for BBC News that has just launched.

UK: ITN chief: safeguard news by shoring up funding (Paywall)

Broadcast Now: Rachel Corp sets out importance of ensuring PSBs are secure – and platforms pay for content.

UK: Ministers to review Channel 4 privatisation and scrapping of BBC licence fee

The Guardian: Culture secretary says she will ‘re-examine the business case’ but declines to say if licence fee could be axed.

REGIONAL: #IPIWoCo Recap: Media capture in Central Europe

IPI: Expert panel of editors from Central Europe discuss threats from media capture.

REGIONAL: Balkans: Project concludes with enhanced public service media

IFJ: The IFJ and its partners organisations have just concluded a 5-year project in the Western Balkans on enhancing skills for professionals and developing qualitative content in public service broadcasters.

REGIONAL: Journalists speak of the devastating impact of SLAPPs (Watch)

Article 19: In a new series of interviews, ARTICLE 19 Europe speaks with journalists from Croatia, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and the United Kingdom, who open up about their plight against repeated legal threats aimed at shutting down investigations into abuses of power. 

REGIONAL: The democratic fightback has begun: The European Commission’s new European Media Freedom Act (Blog)

LSE: The European Commission has unveiled a draft European Media Freedom Act. LSE’s Damian Tambini writes that while there will be battles ahead over its implementation, the new act represents a welcome shot in the arm for democracy across the EU.


EBU: Earlier this month, public service media (PSM) leaders from 12 EBU Members in Central and Eastern Europe gathered in Cadenabbia, in the north of Italy, for two days of exchange on the leadership issues they face in running their organizations in a complex and competitive environment. 

ARGENTINA: Meet Argentina’s “public media liquidator” (15 September – Spanish)

Público: It is especially important to keep Hernán Lombardi in mind, a little over a year before the elections, to review some of the most outstanding moments of his administration, which have had, in some cases, irreparable consequences.

ARGENTINA: The remodeled headquarters of Radio Nacional de Rosario now bears the name of Roberto Fontanarrosa (Spanish)

Télam: The head of Radio and Television Argentina, Rosario Lufrano, presented the improvements to the building, in an act in which President Alberto Fernández participated through a video and there was a tribute to the writer and humorist, creator of Inodoro Pereyra. 

BRAZIL: Brazil’s Democracy Confronts the Looming Threat of Election Denial 

Freedom House: The courts, social media platforms, and others must work together to combat disinformation promoted by the incumbent president.

BRAZIL: Brazil election: Bolsonaro and Lula go into social media overdrive ahead of voting (Watch)

BBC: In the lead up to Brazil’s presidential election, both main candidates are intensifying their social media campaigns, but with very different strategies.

COLOMBIA: Emerging from the conflict (Spanish) 

RTVC: The team of the Emisora ​​de Paz in Arauquita, led by Leilin Candela Tirado, has faced different challenges since its arrival in 2021 in that municipality marked by a past of conflicts and displacement.

NICARAGUA: Censoring CNN: “Latest Attack on Press Freedom in Nicaragua”

Havana Times: Carmen Aristegui, the director of “Aristegui Noticias”, says the measure seeks to “silence, censor and diminish Nicaraguans’ possibilities of accessing information.”

PERU: A journalist suffered sexual harassment during a coverage (Spanish)

IFJ: A reporter from the news portal Wayka.pe was the victim of a sexual assault while conducting interviews in the Comas district, north of the city of Lima. 

PERU: The voice of the consumer – Public media and consumers (Watch – Spanish)

Radio Nacional: Public radio and television are so important to consumers that many still don’t understand. To talk about it, “The voice of the consumer” talks with Joseph Dager, president of the National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (IRTP).

URUGUAY: Sotelo: “It is proving very difficult for us to achieve a substantial improvement in the rating” (Spanish)

El Observador: In an interview with El Observador, the director of the Secan maintained that “in no other public policy is there such a level of improvisation and lack of rigour as with the public media. 

REGIONAL: What’s next? Some ideas for boosting diversity in journalism in Latin America (16 September)

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: The closing session of the Second Latin American Conference on Diversity in Journalism took stock of the ideas discussed during the event and planted the seed for creating a future continental organization to promote the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion in journalism in Latin America.

IRAN: Iranian security forces step up arrests of journalists as anti-state protests spread

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Iranian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all journalists arrested while covering mass protests around the country and restore blocked internetOH  access.  

IRAN: VOA Denounces the Arrests of Multiple Journalists in Iran (Statement)

VOA: Voice of America is dismayed by the arrests in Iran of several journalists covering mass protests in Tehran and other Iranian cities, including clashes between security forces and protesters over the death of 22-year-old, Mahsa Amini who died while under custody of the local morality police.

IRAQ: Call for participants – training for female journalists in Iraq (Opportunity)

DW: Are you a female journalist in Iraq? Are you interested in further qualification of your skills? DW Akademie is offering trainings in core journalistic skills, trauma prevention, data journalism, AI or fact checking.

PALESTINE: Shireen Abu Akleh, IPI-IMS 2022 World Press Freedom Hero tribute video (Watch)

IPI: IPI-IMS World Press Hero Award was given to the late Shireen Abu Akleh, who dedicated her career to reporting on a range of issues in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, risking her life to work on the frontlines.

SYRIA: Complaints Committee of “Ethical Charter”: Syrians to hold their press accountable

Enab Baladi: The emergence of independent Syrian media institutions after 2011 is a challenge to provide an alternative media sector to the structure of government media outside the framework of state or businessmen ownership, such as newspapers, radio stations, and satellite channels.

YEMEN: Call for participants – training for female journalists in Yemen (Opportunity)

DW: Are you a female journalist in Yemen? Are you interested in further qualification of your skills? DW Akademie is offering trainings in core journalistic skills, trauma prevention, data journalism, AI or fact checking.


CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC is marking the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, September 30 with an extensive lineup of Indigenous-led original programming showcasing First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences across CBC, CBC Gem, CBC News Network, CBC Kids, CBC Radio One, CBC Listen and CBC Music. 

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada licence renewal decision referred back to CRTC for re-evalution

Broadcast Dialogue: Canadian Heritage Min. Pablo Rodriguez and the federal cabinet have referred the CRTC’s June CBC/Radio-Canada licence renewal decision back to the commission for re-evaluation.

CANADA: Government of Canada honours national historic significance of early commercial radio broadcasting in Canada (Press release)

Government of Canada: Commercial radio in Canada began with Montréal station XWA. From its first broadcasts until the creation of a public system in 1932, a radio craze swept the country, establishing a new mass communication industry that would dramatically alter the way in which Canadians consumed news and entertainment.

CANADA: Looking Ahead: How a Modern Public Broadcaster Serves Canadians (Editorial – 14 Sep) 

CBC/Radio-Canada: On September 13, Catherine Tait, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, spoke at Content Canada about how the public broadcaster is responding to changes within the television industry, to become a modern, inclusive media company that serves all Canadians.

US: Announcing the NPR Climate Desk (Press release – 14 Sep)

NPR: Beginning October 1st NPR will launch a new climate desk that will harness the strengths of existing national and international coverage and build greater local coverage capacity across the network. 

US: Nevada public broadcasters join forces for debate

KNPR: Vegas PBS and Nevada Public Radio are proud to announce that they are collaborating on a new election program, Nevada Decides.

US: NPR board approves FY23 budget with $17M investment in the NPR Network

Current: The deficit budget includes 30 new staff positions to support the NPR Network, a collaboration between NPR and member stations on digital initiatives.

US: Why top NPR shows are using VoxPop to engage audiences (Sponsored)

Current: VoxPop managed to get the attention of NPR’s then-Director Mobile, Demian Perry, back in 2017, who was inspired by our concept of a speech-text audience engagement platform that delivered studio quality audio from audiences.

Adland’s perception of public media usage improves – except for TikTok, Netflix and SVODs (Paywall) 

Campaign: Media professionals use considerably more social media than British public, new research finds.

‘All journalists should be investigators at heart’ (Listen)

ICIJ: ICIJ member Golden Matonga shares stories of exposing government corruption and doing his part to ensure democracy endures in Malawi.

Here’s How to Increase Coverage of Assassinations — Safely

Nieman Reports: Reporting on targeted killings has lagged in South Africa, but networks of journalists are helping piece these stories together. 

How to become a journalist: Aisha’s story

BBC Bitesize: Meet Aisha, 25, a journalist for The New Arab, an online news outlet based in London. Find out more about how she uses Arabic in her role. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

Journalists are being trained to gather evidence of war crimes — starting in Ukraine

NPR: Investigators appointed by the United Nations have confirmed that Russian armed forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine, including documented cases of civilian executions, torture and sexual violence.

‘People’s tribunal’ seeks justice over journalist killings

Toronto Star: An unofficial tribunal organized by a group of media freedom organizations declared Mexico, Sri Lanka and Syria guilty of violating international humanitarian law for failing to protect journalists.


IBC: Concerns around how to create sustainable workflows in media, the question of where media fits into the global emissions picture and how to identify and respond to key drivers for change were central themes at IBC2022.

The Intermediary: A former reporter wants to end traumatizing coverage

CJR: In October 2017, Louise Godbold published a blog post accusing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.

The war in Ukraine shows how libraries play a vital role in challenging disinformation

The Conversation: Libraries play a crucial role in preserving texts, even controversial ones. They are responsible for teaching people how to evaluate the credibility and validity of information.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals and public service media

EBU: In this year’s Global Goals Week, our Head of Institutional Relations Nicola Frank writes about the important role public service broadcasters have to play in raising awareness and accountability for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Tips for starting and succeeding at podcasting

IJNet: Podcasts are a popular new medium in journalism with few barriers to entry, and can be easy to start anywhere.

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