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India-The future of journalism

BBC Media Front: Andrea Catherwood is a former international correspondent for CNBC and ITN. In the age of the unmediated political leader she asks – what’s the future for journalism in India?

Internet cuts in West Papua ‘repressive’ – rights groups 

RNZ: Rights groups say an internet blackout in Indonesia’s West Papua marks a dangerous violation of free speech protections. The restrictions were imposed by Indonesia earlier this month as protests escalated in response to racism toward Papuans.

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The MacTaggart Lecture: Dorothy Byrne | Edinburgh TV Festival 2019

Edinburgh Television Festival: As one of the longest-serving heads of commissioning in the television industry, Dorothy Byrne has been responsible for news and current affairs programmes that have had global and national impact, winning her numerous international Emmy, BAFTA and RTS Awards.

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CAMEROON: Detained ex CRTV GM nominated for 2019 RSF press freedom award

Journal du Cameroun: The former Director General of the Cameroon Radio Television, Amadou Vamoulke has been shortlisted for the 2019 Reporters without Borders award well known in its French acronym Reporter Sans Frontieres for press freedom.

DRC: JED protests against renewed attacks on journalists and the media and calls for restraint (French

JED: Journalist in Danger (JED) protests against renewed attacks in recent weeks against journalists and the media and calls on the new authorities of the DRC to take immediate steps to stop these repeated attacks.

GAMBIA: GPU Launches Over D2 Million Grant To Promote Access To Info, Media Freedom

Foroyaa: The Gambia Press Union (GPU) on Friday, 23rd August 2019 launched its US$42,000 (equivalent to about D2.1 million) grant towards promoting access to access to information in the Gambia. 

GHANA: Ghana Police Adopts Framework on Police-Media Relations, Safety of Journalists

GhanaWeb: The Ghana Police Service (GPS) has adopted a new framework aimed at promoting relations between the Service and the media, enhancing safety of journalists and countering impunity for crimes against journalists in Ghana.

KENYA: Kenya Editors Guild condemn attacks on journalists

Daily Nation: The Kenya Editors Guild (KEG) has called on the public to help protect journalists as they discharge their duties.

NIGERIA: Licensing Of Web TV And Online Radio Receives Mixed Reactions

Broadcast Media Africa: Mixed reactions have met the recent move by Nigeria’s federal government to license online radio and TV stations. While some welcomed the new development, critics said that the move is wrong and cannot be justified.

NIGERIA: Nigeria’s NBC Threatens To Sanction Broadcasters That Violate Codes

Broadcast Media Africa: Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced that it will prosecute broadcast stations that air content that contravenes the nation’s broadcasting code.

SOUTH AFRICA: Funding ball is now in the SABC’s court: Ndabeni-Abrahams (Watch)

SABC News: Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says the ball is now in the SABC’s court regarding when it will receive assistance from the National Treasury.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC Appoints New Acting COO

Broadcast Media Africa: The SABC has announced that Sylvia Tladi has been appointed as the new Acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) with immediate effect.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC executives to take stand at State Capture Commission (Watch)

SABC News: From controversial archive material to the controversial News breakfast briefing on the SABC’s platform,  the State capture Commission zooms into how the controversial Gupta family diverted funds from the public broadcaster.

SOUTH AFRICA: The SABC wants to increase TV licence fees: report

Business Tech: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has drafted and sent a proposal to increase TV licence fees to communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

TANZANIA: Tanzania detains Watetezi TV journalist over investigation of police

CPJ: Police summoned Gandye, a production editor and reporter with Watetezi TV, to appear at Urafiki police station in Dar es Salaam, where they questioned him in the presence of his lawyer about his reporting, according to a statement from the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition, a non-governmental coalition that owns Watetezi TV.

TANZANIA: Why Tanzania’s attacks on free speech break with Nyerere’s legacy (Opinion)

The Conversation

ZIMBABWE: Govt to Issue 40 Community Radio Licences – Mangwana

Via All Africa: Government has started working on licensing 40 community radio stations countrywide as it steps up efforts to achieve total broadcasting coverage, an official has said.

ZIMBABWE: Life in an Internet Shutdown: Crossing Borders for Email and Contraband SIM Cards

The New York Times: When Zimbabwe turned off the internet during a recent crackdown, Obert Masaraure, a prominent government critic, had no way of knowing when it was safe to emerge from hiding.

REGIONAL: BBC Lifestyle To Offer Advertising Opportunities Across Sub-Saharan Africa

Broadcast Media Africa: BBC Studios has announced that it plans to offer advertising prospects on its BBC Lifestyle channel for clients across sub-Saharan Africa in countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.

REGIONAL: RCA: Launch of a media contest by the ICRC (Opportunity – French

Afrique Panorama: On 29 August 2019, as part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions signed on 12 August 1949, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) launched a media contest that takes place over 2 months, with a view to targeting Central African private and public journalists.

GENERAL: “Time Has Come For Broadcasters To Gear Up For The Ever-Changing Media Ecosystem,” Say Industry Executives At Digital Broadcast Media Convention

Broadcast Media Africa: At the recently concluded 4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention that was convened by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and Broadcasting Organisations Of Nigeria (BON), it was reiterated that in the rapidly changing media ecosystem, traditional broadcasters have no choice but to equip themselves with all the knowledge and innovation that is necessary in order to keep up.

CHINA: ‘All the forces’: China’s global social media push over Hong Kong protests

Reuters: Wang Ying has for the last four years identified herself as a diehard fan of Chinese boy band star Lay Zhang. Recently, the 17-year-old also started describing herself as a patriot who supports China’s stance on Hong Kong.

CHINA: China denies credentials to Wall Street Journal reporter

The Guardian: Chinese authorities have declined to renew the press credentials of a Beijing-based Wall Street Journal reporter, in effect expelling a journalist who extensively covered President Xi Jinping and Communist party politics.

CHINA: China Sends Local Media to Cover Hong Kong in Shift From 2014

Bloomberg: China has dispatched regional state-run media organizations to Hong Kong in an effort to better control the narrative, a shift from the widespread censorship employed during the Occupy Protests in 2014.

HONG KONG: Who are the arrested Hong Kong activists?

The Guardian: Three of the most high-profile pro-democracy campaigners are among those who were held

INDIA: India antitrust watchdog to assess media, broadcasting sector

ZAWYA: India’s antitrust watchdog plans to conduct an assessment of the country’s media and broadcasting sector to ensure that any competition concerns are identified and resolved swiftly, a government document seen by Reuters showed.

INDIA: In Kashmir, obstruction, confiscated equipment, and hand-carrying stories and photos on flash drive

CPJ: Members of the press are being told that they are not allowed by Indian security forces and are finding it difficult to report, move around or take any photos or video footage of the situation on the ground there. 

INDIA: ‘No Answers’: What the Government’s Frequent Press Briefings At Srinagar Tell Us

The Wire: At each briefing, journalists ask questions to government spokesperson Rohit Kansal and other representatives, only to be rebuffed when it comes to details.

INDIA: ‘We risk everything’: Reporting Kashmir amid lockdown, harassment (Listen)

Al Jazeera: Journalists decry limited access to phone and internet, forces denying free movement and pressure to report ‘normalcy’.

INDONESIA: Indonesian journalists ‘bought, broken and soul searching’, says researcher

Asia Pacific Report: The Indonesian media is contributing to resentment and racism toward Papuans, according to a human rights researcher and former journalist.

INDONESIA: Internet cuts in West Papua ‘repressive’ – rights groups (Listen

RNZ: Rights groups say an internet blackout in Indonesia’s West Papua marks a dangerous violation of free speech protections. The restrictions were imposed by Indonesia earlier this month as protests escalated in response to racism toward Papuans.

INDONISIA: Papua free media advocate files UN ‘blackout’ plea, targeted by hacker

Asia Pacific Report: A West Papuan journalist, editor and media freedom advocate has lodged a protest to the United Nations about Indonesia’s internet blackout as more protests reportedly spread across the Melanesian region, including Wamena in the highlands.

MALAYSIA: Efforts to combat ‘hate speech’ should not trample freedom of expression

Article19: While the Malaysian government has an important role to play in curbing ‘hate speech’ and other forms of intolerance, it should avoid disproportionate measures that restrict speech protected by international human rights law…

MALAYSIA: Malaysia’s press still awaits media law reform

IPI: May 2018 brought new hope for media freedom in Malaysia with the unexpected electoral defeat of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which had ruled the country for 61 years. The new ruling coalition, Pakatan Harapan, led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, promised progress and reform, including in the area of fundamental rights. More than one year later, how has the situation for journalists changed?

MALAYSIA: Survey finds 23% of Malaysian online consumers view pirated TV

Broadband TV News: A new study of the content viewing behavior of Malaysian consumers, revealed that 23% of consumers use a TV box which can be used to stream pirated television and video content.

MYANMAR: Myanmar court to hear appeal in defamation case against journalist Swe Win

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a decision by Myanmar’s Mandalay District Court to hear an appeal that could reopen a criminal defamation lawsuit against editor Swe Win.

MYANMAR: Myanmar Press Council to conduct reporter census

Myanmar Times: A census of journalists will be conducted, as the number of people who call themselves journalists is increasing, said Myanmar Press Council chair U Ohn Kyaing.

PAKISTAN: Telecasting Indian content: Pemra chief warns cable operators of strict action

The News: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Chairman Muhammad Salim Baig Thursday warned strict legal action against cable operators over telecasting Indian channels or materials.

PHILIPPINES: Media groups in Mindanao slam red-tagging of CDO journalists

Rappler: The Mindanao Independent Press Council calls for a dialogue between journalists and security forces ‘to tackle the problem of red-tagging…as a matter that hinges on human rights’

SOUTH KOREA: KBS Subscription Fee Refunds on the Rise

The Korea Bizwire: An increasing number of South Koreans are requesting that their subscription fee for KBS, the national public broadcaster, be refunded.

REGIONAL: Radio the beat goes on #RDAsia19 (Opinion)

Asia Radio Today: The inaugural Radiodays Asia conference took place this week in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Across the two days the sessions were data driven with excellent research analysis while also highlighting how radio & podcasting are intertwined from a listener perspective.

AUSTRALIA: Changing the journalistic climate: what role does philanthropy play in reporting news?

The Guardian: The fund behind the biggest grant ever given to the Sydney Opera House for a festival says it won’t play favourites in Australian media

AUSTRALIA: More streaming services could change what we watch on TV and how we watch it (Opinion)

The Conversation: When it comes to television, how much choice is too much? By year’s end, Australian consumers will have at least seven major subscription video services to choose from: Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime, Hayu, Foxtel Now, 10 All Access, and Disney Plus. 

AUSTRALIA: RMIT ABC Fact Check wins BHERT award

ABC: The RMIT ABC Fact Check team was last night presented with a prestigious Business of Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) Award at a ceremony in Brisbane.

AUSTRALIA: Suppression and secrecy: How Australia’s government put a boot on journalism’s throat

The Guardian: News publishers find it less risky, and maybe more profitable, if stories about abuse of power are shunted in favour of trivia. 

NEW ZEALAND: TV watchdogs differ on Christchurch gunman’s footage (Listen)

RNZ: The Broadcasting Standards Authority has sanctioned Sky TV for screening snippets of the gunman’s video of the Christchurch mosque attacks in March. But other broadcasters escaped censure here and in Australia. 

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ plans $20m spend up this year, saying media firms need to choose to invest ‘or not’

Stuff: TVNZ plans to invest about an additional $20 million in local content, including online news, this year as it kicks off a three-year plan that has already ruffled MediaWorks and could see it become a more direct competitor to Stuff and NZME.

SAMOA: Seven years’ jail for leaking government documents will chill journalism

PINA: A draft plan to criminalise leaking government documents with up to seven years’ jail will have a chilling effect on public interest journalism, a leading journalist and representative on a Pacific body for media standards has warned. 

ALBANIA: Targeted: The journalists reporting politics and crime in Albania (Listen)

Aljazeera: In Albania, reporting on corruption and the links between politics and organised crime can have serious consequences.

AUSTRIA: Deficits found in Austria’s press freedom (German

Horizont: According to journalism researcher Irene Neverla, in many respects Austria can be regarded as a “belated nation” in press freedom.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Women journalists and online harassment: the resistance in Bosnia

OBCT: A daily occurrence in Balkan newsrooms and a risk factor for press freedom according to international bodies, online harassment against women in the media is on the rise everywhere. 

FRANCE: A season of changes for French television (French)

Le Monde: The changes in the audiovisual season underline the challenges of the channels in the face of the reduction of the average time spent facing a traditional television.

FRANCE: French police obstruct reporters during G7, RSF seeks firm measures

RSF: More than ten French and foreign journalists who went to cover an “alternative summit” in the adjoining town of Bayonne on 24 August were subjected to unwarranted obstruction by the police, who were often very confrontational.

GERMANY: SWR Intendant Boudgoust: “The public-law system is more important than ever today (Interview – German)

SWR3: For twelve years Peter Boudgoust steered the destiny of the SWR. He remodeled the transmitter on a multimedia basis, successfully merged two orchestras and made public broadcasting socially acceptable again, even for younger generations. An interview.

RUSSIA: The new Russian media take refuge on the Internet (Spanish)

El País: The Kremlin dominates the televisions and maneuvers to silence the broadcast channels that are beyond its control in the Network.

RUSSIA: Russia urged to protect journalists covering Moscow protests

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, has joined a coalition of Russian and international journalist and press freedom groups in calling on the Russian authorities to end the harassment of journalists covering the recent protests in Moscow.

SERBIA: Serbia, Maja Pavlović’s hunger strike

OBCT: It’s her third hunger strike over a year. The reason is always the same: to draw attention to the terrible state of the Serbian media, in particular her Kanal 9, one of the first private broadcasters in Serbia

SERBIA: Serbia: journalists physically and verbally attacked by football fans

EFJ: The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) condemned physical attacks & threats against TV journalists by football fans in Belgrade (Serbia), while they were reporting, on Wednesday. The IFJ and EFJ called on the Serbian authorities to identify and prosecute the perpetrators.

SPAIN: Díaz Ayuso, on Telemadrid: “It is no longer an essential public service” (Spanish)

El País: The president of the Community will review the accounts of the entity and asks to prioritise other expenses. 

SPAIN: Plan to move news to Prado del Rey triggers crisis in RTVE (Spanish)

El País: The government’s interim performance has led to a financial deterioration and a drop in the audience

SPAIN & LUXEMBOURG: Spain’s RTVE expands to Luxembourg

Broadband TV News: The RTVE channel Star HD has been launched on PostTV, the IPTV platform operated by Post Luxembourg.

SWEDEN: 50 years of Swedish-Finnish sounds on Sveriges Radio (Blog – Finnish)

Swedish Radio: The 50th anniversary of Sveriges Radio’s first broadcast in Finnish today, September 1st. It’s worth celebrating. Over the past decades, Swedish radio has been involved in not only creating a Swedish-Finnish channel, but also documenting the emergence of a minority group. Managing Director Cilla Benkö. 

SWEDEN: New report on media consumption (Swedish)

MPRT: In our new report Media Development 2019 – Media Consumption, you can read about how the Swedes’ media consumption continues to change and that age gaps are increasing. The younger ones are becoming increasingly digital in their consumption and the older ones are still mainly in the more traditional media.

SWITZERLAND: Swiss Radio Day 2019: Cake, compliments and cooperations for the 20th anniversary (German

SRG SSR: Around 400 radio producers followed the invitation to the Swiss Radio Day in Zurich on Thursday. There was not only a lecture and discussion, but also celebrated: For the 20th time this year, the most important industry meeting took place.

UK: Boris Johnson pulled interview after criticism by head of news, says Channel 4

The Guardian: Broadcaster says team flew to Biarritz but were denied access over Dorothy Byrne’s comments.

UK: Open letter: Rights organisations call on UK authorities to protect press freedom

ECMPF: After the recent attack on The Guardian columnist Owen Jones, the ECPMF has joined Scottish PEN, ARTICLE 19, English PEN, Index on Censorship, National Union of Journalists Scotland and Reporters Without Borders in an open letter, calling on the UK authorities to take all necessary actions to investigate the attack on Owen Jones and protect press freedom in the UK.

UKRAINE: Ukraine ends pre-trial detention of RIA Novosti journalist

EFJ: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have today welcomed the pretrial release of RIA Novosti journalist, Kirill Vyshinsky, in Kyiv, Ukraine.

REGIONAL: 20 CSOs develop MIL in the Western Balkans with small-scale projects

SEENPM: Almost 150 project proposals submitted by civil society organisations (CSOs) in five Western Balkan countries aiming to increase their capacities for promotion of media and information literacy (MIL) were evaluated and 20 of them selected for implementation within the sub-granting scheme of the regional project Media for Citizens, Citizens for Media. 

GENERAL: China wants to bring state broadcasters to Europe (German)

ORF: China wants to get a foot in the European media landscape in the door. A TV production facility of China Global Television Network (CGTN) is due to open shortly in London. The goal: English-language coverage of politics and economics “from a Chinese perspective”. 

ARGENTINA: Emphasis on freedom of expression (Editorial – Spanish) 

Los Andes: The Association of Argentine Journalistic Entities (Adepa) celebrated 25 years of constitutional reform which strengthened press freedom. 

BOLIVIA: 65 attacks on the press were recorded in 2018, the State is the main aggressor (Spanish) 

Página Siete: The State is the main aggressor of journalists in eight Latin American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, says the 2018 report made by the Voces del Sur civil society collective. For the Bolivian case, most of the attacks, 21 of 65, were for “stigmatizing speech.”

BRAZIL: Newspapers from Brazil’s Northeast form network to share content and strengthen regional journalism

Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas: Amid the crisis that has shrunk readers, diminished ads, and cut teams, three newspapers in the Northeast of Brazil have joined forces to maintain the breadth of their coverage without incurring new costs. 

BRAZIL: Private or state (German)

Deutschlandfunk: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro believes in far-reaching privatization in the economy, including in the media industry. But now the government recognizes the media power of public broadcasting – and uses its influence in the supervisory bodies.

BRAZIL: Brazilian journalist Adecio Piran threatened after reporting on fires in Amazon

CPJ: Brazilian journalist Adecio Piran from the local newspaper and website Folha do Progresso told CPJ that local groups of rural producers distributed a leaflet that contained his photo and written attacks on him and his reporting through social media and WhatsApp groups. 

BRAZIL: Congress overturns Bolsonaro veto and keeps jail time for creation and spread of false news during electoral campaigns

Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas: In a joint session of Congress on the night of Aug. 28, deputies and senators overturned Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s veto of an article of law criminalizing the spread of false news in the context of elections.

COLOMBIA: Colombian court decision worries organizations who say it could establish prior censorship of news media

Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas: A ruling by the Criminal Chamber of the Superior Court of Cali, Colombia, against the newspaper El País generated concern among press freedom organizations that believe it could set a precedent for prior censorship in the country.

CHILE: Chile Must Investigate Military Spying On Investigative Journalist

Transparency International: Civilian authorities in Chile must urgently investigate the reported spying on investigative journalist Mauricio Weibel Barahona by the country’s military, who, according to reports was followed and his phone was tapped in 2016 while he was investigating corruption in the armed forces.

HONDURAS: Broadcast journalist who received death threats is killed in western Honduras

Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas: Broadcast journalist Edgar Joel Aguilar was shot and killed in a barbershop in La Entrada, Copán in western Honduras on Aug. 31, 2019. According to a police spokesperson, Aguilar was being watched and followed by unknown people the day before his death and then went to authorities to request protection.

HONDURAS: IAPA applauds elimination of penalties for insult and slander of the new Penal Code (Spanish) 

La Prensa: The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) described this Friday the elimination of several articles that penalized journalists and media for jail and slander as a “substantial advance” for the freedom of the press in Honduras. 

MEXICO: Are we worried about press freedom? (Survey – Spanish)

Milenio: When questioning the population about the origin of threats to journalists to report certain information, it is observed that just over half of the population (53%) considers that organized crime is the cause of these threats, while 34 percent think it is the government. 

MEXICO: Mexican authorities powerless as murders of journalists continue

RSF: Two more murders in August have brought the number of journalists killed in connection with their work in Mexico in 2019 to at least ten, confirming Mexico’s status as the world’s deadliest country for the media. 

MEXICO: Mexico tightens its belt, and the press feels the squeeze

Aljazeera: AMLO’s plan to cut more than 50 percent of government media advertising comes amid mounting concerns over press freedom.

NICARAGUA: Joint report on freedom of the press in Nicaragua  (Spanish)

El Nuevo Diario: Violeta Diarios Foundation, Inter-American Press Association and the IFEX Network, have structured a report that plots the state of press freedom in Nicaragua during the last ten years. The report was presented to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. 

PERU: Press freedom under attack (Opinion – Spanish) 

La Marea: The last few years witnessed the rise of extreme right-wing political parties and ultra-conservative groups that, propelled by social networks, promoted the favorite discourse of democratically elected leaders: journalists are “dishonest beings” and “enemies of the people.” 

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Freedom of Speech Risky Business (Editorial) 

Trinidad Express: Almost five decades after it last emerged as a matter of headline public concern, the charge of sedition once again signals a deplorably negative official attitude towards freedom of expression. 

REGIONAL: TCPalm free through Hurricane Dorian coverage

TC Palm: As Hurricane Dorian on Wednesday and Thursday tracked toward Florida, TCPalm lifted its paywall so everyone can access important local storm-related information.

IRAN: Iran is the world’s biggest jailer of women journalists

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by a new wave of arrests and interrogations of women journalists since the start of August in Iran. The Islamic Republic is now the world’s biggest jailer of women journalists, with a total of ten currently held.

ISRAEL: Israel tech ‘facilitating press freedom abuses around the world’

Middle East Monitor: Israel has been charged with enabling attacks on media freedom around the world by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), after export controls on surveillance technology were eased.

ISRAEL: Report: Israel’s targeting of Palestinian photojournalists increasing

Middle East Monitor: Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ) announced on Monday that the Israeli violations against Palestinian photojournalists are increasing, the Anadolu Agency reported.

PALESTINE: “Women journalists have rights to be protected” campaign

MADA: The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) launched a media campaign on social media yesterday, on the protection of the rights of women journalists in Palestine under the title “Women journalists have rights to be protected”.

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudis switch from TV to mobile video

Arab News: More Saudis watch short online videos than traditional TV, a new study suggests. Researchers found that more than 85 percent of Saudis viewed videos lasting less than 10 minutes at least once a day. 

TURKEY: IPI calls for IPI calls for immediate release of journalists detained in Turkey immediate release of journalists detained in Turkey

IPI: Reporters arrested while covering protests against dismissal of mayors in pro-Kurdish cities

TURKEY: Turkey: Now also streaming services and Internet media are decoupled (German

Der Tagesspiegel: A law in force since Sunday subordinates audiovisual Internet services to Turkish media supervision.

YEMEN: Journalist escapes from his captors in eastern Yemen

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very worried about Yahya Al-Sowary, a Yemeni photographer who has escaped his captors after being detained for 56 days in Ghaydah, the capital of the far-eastern province of Mahrah. RSF holds the province’s authorities responsible for his safety.

CANADA: André Journault, Reviser, Linguistic Services (Blog)

CBC/Radio-Canada: If your public broadcaster can communicate with you in both official languages, it’s all thanks to our Linguistic Services team. We had a chat with André Journault, the team’s longest-serving member.

CANADA: Ethnic media outlets aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians (Paywall)

The Globe and Mail: Zuhair Alshaer spends most of his day editing articles and organizing interviews with politicians for his Ottawa-based Arab Canada newspaper, to introduce Arabic-speaking new Canadians to federal politics.

CANADA: Media Crisis: CBC wants to be “part of the solution” (French)

TVA Nouvelles: Faced with the current crisis affecting most Quebec media, Radio-Canada wants “to be part of the solutions”, without giving up the share of the advertising base that benefits the public broadcaster.

CANADA: What future for news media? (French

Radio-Canada: The governments of Quebec and Canada must help the media in an unprecedented crisis, have hammered all week the guests of the commission on the future of the news media.

UNITED STATES: A Former Slur Is Reclaimed, And Listeners Have Mixed Feelings (Blog)

NPR: As language shifts, terms take on new meanings. But when is it appropriate for media organizations to reflect those changes?

UNITED STATES: CPB Announces $1.9M Grant to Fund Public Radio Effort Infusing Local Perspectives in 2020 Election Coverage

CPB: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has awarded Kansas City public radio station KCUR a $1.9 million grant to lead “Election 2020: Listening to America,” a nationwide public radio community listening and engagement project.

UNITED STATES: Hispanic journalist group returns Fox News conference money

AP: The nation’s largest Hispanic journalist group is rescinding Fox News’ sponsorship of its upcoming annual conference in Texas and returning nearly $17,000 to the network in response to a radio host’s comments about Latino immigrants.

UNITED STATES: New York Times drops sponsorship of oil conference

The Guardian: The New York Times has scrapped plans to sponsor one of the world’s biggest oil industry conferences after pressure from climate campaigners including Extinction Rebellion.

UNITED STATES: NPR’s news chief says priority is ‘owning the audio space’ (Paywall)

Current: NPR news chief Nancy Barnes told public radio program directors Wednesday that the network is making its priority “audio first” amid growing competition from commercial media.

Alan Rusbridger: ‘we not only need more positive news, but also more positive views!’

GEN: As the climate emergency intensifies worldwide, the line between reporting and campaigning needs to be redefined.

Amazon ‘looking to expand TV reach’ with more Fire launches in Europe

Digital TV Europe: Amazon is planning to launch its Fire TV offering in additional markets in Europe outside the UK and Germany in order to drive take-up of its Amazon Prime Video service, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Could language be the key to detecting fake news?

The Guardian: Purveyors of disinformation can be caught out by the particular words they use, according to new research

Covering Climate Now signs on over 170 news outlets

CJR: MORE THAN 170 NEWS OUTLETS from around the world with a combined audience of hundreds of millions of people have now signed up for Covering Climate Now, a project co-founded by CJR and The Nation aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis.

Daphne Caruana Galizia: The woman who ‘broke the mold’

Deutsche Welle: A dedicated investigative journalist and fearless fighter for human rights, Daphne Caruana Galizia would have been 55 on August 26, 2019. Remembering her talents two years after she was murdered for her work. 

Facebook hiring journalists to curate its new News Tab

Arab News: Facebook on Tuesday confirmed plans for a News Tab that will be edited by seasoned journalists, in a departure from its longstanding practice of letting algorithms dictate a user’s experience.

Mainstream media need to make news more accessible more relevant and entertaining to attract next generation of consumers

Reuters Institute: Broadcasters and newspapers that are struggling to reach under-35s will need to think differently about content, formats and platforms if they are to engage a generation that has fundamentally different expectations. This is the key conclusion of a new report commissioned by the Reuters Institute and authored by strategic consultancy Flamingo.

More must be done to encourage women into media

Broadcast Now: The industry is improving but still needs to invest time and energy into increasing the female work force, says Lorraine Ruckstuhl

Oncoming online onslaught of paid political ads? (Listen)

RNZ: Recent elections overseas were won by narrow margins amid claims voters were influenced by messages injected in their social media feeds from political parties.  Is all this coming to an election near you in 2020? And why are you picking up the bill for the kind of political ads that now have a bad name around the world?

People avoid consuming news that bums them out. Here are five elements that help them see a solution

Nieman Lab: “It is important that journalists take the time to fully explain the issue and the response before exploring implementation, results, and insights.”

Press freedom in danger: Ten ‘most urgent’ cases in September

Deutsche Welle: Imprisoned, assaulted, murdered with impunity and other crimes against journalists: press freedom is ignored and in danger around the world. One Free Press Coalition is highlighting the current ten most urgent cases.

RSF Announces Nominees for Press Freedom Awards 2019 ahead of ceremony in Berlin

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will hold its Press Freedom Awards in Berlin on September 12. Nominees from 12 countries have been shortlisted for three international awards.

Should journalists be climate activists? Antidote festival grapples with big ideas

The Guardian: Tim Flannery, Maria Ressa and Denise Ho speak truth to power at Sydney Opera House event that electrifies audience

Too Many People Think Satirical News Is Real

The Wire: Researchers found that many false stories that people believed weren’t trying to intentionally deceive readers, but came from satirical sites.

Visa pour l’Image returns with a focus on press freedom and fake news

British Journal of Photography: The 31st international festival of photojournalism delivers a programme of hard-hitting reportage in an era when increasing hostility threatens freedom of the press

Why doctors need to fight misinformation online (Listen)

RNZ: The internet is a great place for information, but in this post-truth world how can you tell what’s real and what’s not? When it comes to medicine or health, there’s a vocal anti-science community online. Dr Ed Mariano from Stanford University believes physicians need to counteract this cacophony of fake news, by being active on social media.

YouTube challenges BBC with educational shows for UK viewers

The Guardian: Company commissions series on science, philosophy and history in part to refresh image.

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