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KENYA: Media Urged to Change Perception on Insecurity

By AllAfrica: ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has said the media is key in transforming the perception about security in the country among global partners.

NIGERIA: ‘Distrust of Journalists Aids Insecurity’

By AllAfrica: Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has said that distrust of Nigerian journalists end up working against efforts of the military and security agencies in the country.

UGANDA: Govt Toughens on Local Media Content

By allAFrica: The government yesterday moved to compel broadcasters to abide by a directive to dedicate 70 per cent to local content even as the media houses pleaded for more time to comply.

HONG KONG: Hongkongers need an independent public broadcaster to vent their frustrations.

By South China Morning Post: Albert Cheng says the sorry state of our digital radio service offers a change for an operator to step in and create a truly public service that can help ease social tensions.

CHINA: Chinese broadcaster’s free-to-air license application fuels concerns of media encroachment

By Hong Kong Free Press: Chinese broadcaster Phoenix Hong Kong Television’s application for a free-to-air TV licence has sparked concerns about China’s encroachment in the Hong Kong media industry.

INDONESIA: Local media face global competition

By The Jakarta Post: Chairman of the Global Forum for Media Development Leon Willems addresses participants at the 2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development at Multimedia Nusantara University in South Tangerang, Banten, on Tuesday. The forum is themed “Decoding The Future: Rethinking Media for A New World”.

INDONESIA: Media literacy helps youth fight propaganda

By The Jakarta Post: In a post-fact world where the news media no longer serves as the only and primary source of information, media literacy is urgently needed to help young people recognize the difference between fact-based information and propaganda.

NEPAL: Nepal hosts first South Asian Community Radio Conference

By Asia Radio Today: Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB), Nepal, held the first South Asian Community Radio Conference in Kathmandu last month.

SINGAPORE: MDA advisory committees flag advertising on public broadcast media in new report

By Singapore: Care should be taken with the presentation of advertisements on public television and radio programmes, according to the latest report from the Media Development Authority’s Public Advisory Committees (PACs).

AUSTRALIA: Beyond the war of words: how might the Australian media’s coverage of China affect social cohesion?

By The Conversation AU

AUSTRALIA: Media reform bill: deadline for submission looms

By The Australian: If passed, the new bill could trigger a wave of mergers across the sector.

FIJI: Tech-savvy youth challenge political elite

By Pacific Media Watch: Young injustice weary and tech-savvy Fijians are mobilising to question the country’s political elite.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Media owners in PNG urged to better protect staff

By Radio New Zealand: Pacific journalists are calling on media owners in Papua New Guinea to provide more security and health insurance cover for their employees.

NEW ZEALAND: NZ: Digital education vital for Pasifika success

By Pacific Media Watch: The importance of preparing our Pasifika youth to succeed in a digitally connected world was a key message delivered by the NZQA, chief-executive, Karen Poutasi.

GREECE: Greek TV deal falters as Syriza’s favoured bidder pulls out

By Financial Times: Kalogritsas-owned TPK won licence but has dropped out amid tax probe and financing problems

FRANCE: France public media needs “thorough” review

By PMA: Public media in France has been under critique as an industry that is losing sight of one of its core missions: democratising access to culture.

MACEDONIA: Ricardo Gutierrez: State of Macedonia Media ‘Worst in Balkans’

By Balkan Insight: The General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists, EFJ, says the outlook for press freedom in Macedonia is depressing, condemning the incarceration of the journalist Zoran Bozinovski.

POLAND: Public media independence undermined in Poland – OSCE

By Reuters: The Polish government’s tightened hold on public media, its conflict with the highest court and recent anti-terrorism legislation have jeopardised free expression in the country, according to Europe’s main rights and democracy watchdog.

REGIONAL: Public Media Alliance sparks dialogue on trust in the media

By IJINET: Last week, Craig Hammer opened the Public Media Alliance (PMA) global conference in Montreal with a speech about the importance of public media in our world.

REGIONAL:  #PMA16 Take-aways

By Goals Go Global: Some take-aways of the Public Media Alliance held in Montreal this month.

REGIONAL: Regional and local #broadcasting in Europe – can the voice of the regions still be heard?

By EuReporter: Regional and local broadcast media in Europe may appear for many as a last bastion of plurality, of vox populi and of democracy. The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just published a brand new IRIS Special analysis of the current state of regional and local broadcasting in Europe.

TURKEY: Media Purge Will Damage Turkey for Good, CPJ Warns

By Balkan Insight: Nina Ognianova, from the Committee to Protect Journalists, told BIRN in an interview that the ongoing purge of the media in Turkey would have negative long-term repercussions for Turkish society.

PERU: Ojo Público and RSF join forces to monitor media concentration in Peru

By Kinight Center:  With the goal of producing an investigative report and a public information database, Peruvian investigative journalism site Ojo Público and international organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its acronym in French) have launched a project to monitor ownership of the most important media outlets in the Andean country.

JORDAN: Jordanian media NGO launches series of PSAs to combat extremism

By Al Arabiya: Amman-based Community Media Network (CMN) has launched a series of audio and visual public service announcements “aimed at encouraging enlightenment and addressing extremism.”

KUWAIT: Mol seeks increased media development

By KUNA: The Ministry of Information (Mol) strives to work progressively to bring the nation’s goals and ambitions to fruition, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said on Monday.

OMAN: Oman court jails journalists, closes down newspaper

By Al Arabiya: A court in Oman on Monday ordered the permanent closure of a newspaper which had reported on alleged corruption within the judiciary, and jailed three of its journalists on charges that included undermining the prestige of the state.

REGIONAL: Public radio podcasts prove power of old-form storytelling

By Post Bulletin: Will podcasting kill the radio star? National Public Radio President and Chief Executive Jarl Mohn doesn’t think so.

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