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World Press Freedom Day and the increased risks of journalism in Africa

France 24: World Press Freedom Day was a chance to take stock of some of the continent’s success stories. The Seychelles is one of the rare African countries where most journalists are women. Elsewhere, the profession still poses life-threatening risks. Also, there are calls for the government in Congo Brazzaville to do more to identify and support those suffering from mental illness. It’s a neglected issue across the continent and the fallout can have devastating consequences. And we head to Benin to hear from some of the companies prioritising the environmental and social well-being of their employees and customers over profit.

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How do elections impact public media?

Media: Uncovered: An examination of three countries which show how changes in government can often mean drastic changes for public media organisations. Presented: Harry Lock. Guests: Carolina Barreto, Helena Milinkovic, and Terry Flew. Music: Lucas Thompson, Rachel Still, Tom Brazier.

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CAMEROON & CÔTE D’IVOIRE: Cameroon’s Ivorian Public TV Inks Partnership With Cameroon Radio Television Ahead Of Afcon 2023

Broadcast Media Africa: Cameroon Radio Television Corporation (CRTV) has signed a partnership agreement with Ivorian Radio and Television (RTI) for the live broadcast of the African Cup of Nations in 2023 in Côte d’Ivoire.

GHANA: Dwumfour is GJA President-elect

Ghana Business News: Mr Albert Kwabena Dwumfour has been elected as the new President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).

KENYA: CPJ joins letter calling on Kenya to ensure internet access is maintained throughout election

CPJ: In a joint letter addressed to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, June 21, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined 51 other organizations calling on authorities to ensure free and secure internet access during the country’s upcoming general elections, scheduled for August 9.

NAMIBIA: Namibia moves closer to access to information law

MISA: This is a communique on Namibia`s Access to Information Bill which is progressing to the National Council before it is sent to the president for signing into law.

NIGERIA: Attacks on journalists in Nigeria continue in June

IPI: Concerns about the safety of journalists in Nigeria are rising further as attacks on the press have continued in June unabated ahead of the country’s 2023 general elections. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Male voices dominated South African COVID reporting: that has to change

The Conversation: The onset of the COVID pandemic and the many months of uncertainty, anxiety and push for scientific breakthroughs sent journalists all over the world on the hunt for expert voices. They wanted sources who could explain to audiences what was happening and why.



SOUTH AFRICA: Zuma abused his powers by enriching Guptas’ media empire via SABC, inquiry finds (Paywall)

Daily Maverick: The SABC lost money through the business dealings. The State Capture inquiry has estimated that the SABC lost R4.3m due to its involvement in The New Age newspaper’s business breakfast briefings. 

ZIMBABWE: ZBC suspends corruption whistleblower instead of investigating allegations; workers threaten strike over unpaid Covid allowances, salary increase

New Zimbabwe: The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) workers committee secretary general was promptly suspended last Friday, a day after circulating to all staff members an explosive memorandum to the Board alleging – among other charges – mismanagement and abuse of funds.

REGIONAL: Democracy and the New Media: The Impact of Citizen Journalism in Africa

Vanguard: The 20th century saw a massive transformation in journalism. Some of its greatest inventions such as the advent of the internet, rapid advancement in technology, and the creation of social platforms, brought with it a momentous evolution which set the ball rolling for a paradigm shift that has challenged and supplanted the dominance of traditional media.

REGIONAL: World Press Freedom Day and the increased risks of journalism in Africa (Watch)

France 24

AFGHANISTAN: Blacklisted and downtrodden: Afghanistan’s exiled female journalists still searching for a safe space

The New Arab: The Taliban’s takeover made many female journalists a target meaning they had to immediately leave Afghanistan, with little chance of returning home to their families. But seeking safe asylum elsewhere has not been easy. 

AFGHANISTAN: Women: a new radio show from BBC News Afghan service in Pashto and Dari (Press release)

BBC: The BBC News Afghanistan service in Pashto and Dari has launched a weekly radio programme, Women (Mermen in Pashto, and Zan in Dari). The 30-minute show will go on air at 19:00 Kabul Time in Dari and at 20:00 in Pashto (14:30 and 15:30 GMT) every Friday.

HONG KONG: A year on from Apple Daily’s closure, what’s left of Hong Kong’s free press?

The Guardian: With the newspaper’s founder and senior editors jailed, other pro-democracy media outlets shut and 1,000 journalists out of work, can press freedom survive in the territory?

HONG KONG: Hong Kong press freedom bruised a year after Apple Daily shutdown

Nikkei Asia: Other newspapers meet same fate as self-censorship spreads.

INDIA: Journalist bodies demand Alt News co-founder Zubair’s immediate release

The Hindu: Condemning the arrest of Muhammad Zubair, co-founder of the fact-checking website Alt News, journalist bodies have demanded his immediate release.

INDIA: Press freedom: The journalists who fought back in Uttar Pradesh

Scroll.in: Exposing misgovernance is risky for reporters in the state. This March, in the town of Ballia, some staked their freedom and did so anyway.

INDIA: Twitter ‘Withholds’ Rana Ayyub Tweet on Gyanvapi, Two Farmer Protest Accounts

The Wire: Ayyub’s tweet, which is not available to be viewed within India, was her response to a lower court allowing a survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi. 

INDIA & PAKISTAN: ​​India bans Twitter accounts of several Pakistani embassies, journalists

Geo: India has blocked the flow of information to the country’s Twitter by banning the official accounts of several Pakistani embassies, journalists and some prominent personalities on the micro-blogging site, under  India’s Information Technology Act, 2000.

INDONESIA: Student journalists harassed for investigative reporting

IFJ: Members of student press organisation LPM Lintas, at the State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) Ambon, have faced ongoing threats and intimation after publishing an investigative story on sexual harassment. 

KASHMIR: Press freedom chilled in Kashmir as reporting is ‘criminalized’

NBC News: Journalists in the disputed Indian territory say they face an atmosphere of intimidation that is hampering their work or driving them out of the profession altogether.

KYRGYZSTAN: ‘Only Death Can Stop Us’: Kyrgyz Journalist Fights for Freedom

Whistleblowers Blog: The international campaign in support of politically targeted Kyrgyz journalist Bolot Temirov grew earlier this month with a public appearance by his wife at the World Justice Forum.

MYANMAR: Cover Stories and Burner Phones: How Myanmar Journalists Report Under Military Rule

VOA News: From cover stories to burner phones, Myanmar’s journalists are resorting to unconventional methods to report on life under military rule.

NEPAL: Two journalists detained, five others threatened and attacked

IPI: The IPI global network is alarmed by recent attacks on media freedom in Nepal after seven journalists and media workers have faced arrests, threats, or attacks in separate incidents in the past month. We call on the government to cease its harassment of independent journalists and to safeguard freedom of the press.

PAKISTAN: Media faces immense challenges, certain truths remain unsaid in Pakistan

ANI News

PAKISTAN: ‘Strong media needed in times of conflict’

Business Recorder: Social media has erased the line between truth and lies, and this in my view is extreme reporting. 

PHILIPPINES: In the Philippines, Will Marcos Give the Media Hell Like Duterte Did?

Nieman Reports: The rise of hyper-partisan influencers has made it easier for those seeking power to control the flow of information

PHILIPPINES: Two Philippine news sites blocked over absurd “communist-terrorist” claim

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate restoration of access to two Philippine news sites that have been blocked for the past ten days for supposedly supporting “communist-terrorist groups.” 

TAJIKISTAN: Release Bloggers, Respect Media Freedom

Human Rights Watch: A court in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, has ordered two independent bloggers to be detained for two months as they await trial on charges of cooperating with banned organizations and political parties, and the alleged beating of a police officer. 

THAILAND: ALTV opens a learning space to everyone. Inspiring road show at Phibun Upatham School, Bangkok (Press release – Thai) 

Thai PBS: ALTV Channel 4 Fun learning TV together with the audience council and listeners of the Thai PBS program Together with the Regional Partnership Development Department, Thai PBS organized a great activity “ALTV opens learning spaces for everyone, roadshows” : inspirational episodes, finding passions for the right career. 

VIETNAM: Vietnam falls far short of its committment to freedom of expression, report says

RFA: Vietnam has a long way to go before it can realize its goal of joining the UN Human Rights council, according to the Vietnam Human Rights Network (VNHRN).

AUSTRALIA: ABC comment on China coverage

ABC: The ABC has issued this comment in response to media requests this morning. There are no ABC “directives” on coverage of China.

AUSTRALIA: ABC staying put in Ultimo as Rowland eyes broadcasting review

The Sydney Morning Herald: Communications minister Michelle Rowland has dismissed calls for the ABC to relocate from its Ultimo offices and opened the door to a sweeping review of the nation’s broadcasting sector.

AUSTRALIA: Ita Buttrose puts Chris Kenny in his place as Sky News’s ABC doco draws blanks

The Guardian: The Sky News host, who tried unsuccessfully to interview the ABC chair, had little luck with a more direct approach.

AUSTRALIA: The ABC launches lecture celebrating Chinese Australian contribution to Australia (Press release) 

ABC: The inaugural Wang Gungwu Lecture premieres Wednesday 29 June at 8pm on ABC Australia and on ABC iview.

FIJI: Media restrictions and vilification of activists intensifies climate of fear in Fiji

CIVICUS: The state of civic space in Fiji remains rated as ‘obstructed’ by the CIVICUS Monitor.

NEW ZEALAND: Gavin Ellis: An open letter to the incoming media minister (Opinion)

Asia Pacific Report

NEW ZEALAND: Public media: new name, new law, new minister, old questions

RNZ Mediawatch: Draft legislation for a new public media entity was finally made public this week  – and the new broadcasting minister also made his first appearance in that role in Parliament.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ-TVNZ mega-entity named ‘Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media’ in draft legislation

RNZ: Draft legislation which would see state broadcasters RNZ and TVNZ subsumed into a new entity has been published ahead of its introduction to Parliament.

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ and RNZ bosses non-committal on applying to head Aotearoa NZ Public Media

Stuff: The chief executives of TVNZ and RNZ are playing it cool over whether they will put their hats in the ring to head merged entity Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media next year.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: ​​PNG election misinformation ‘worse than ever’, says journalist

Asia-Pacific Report: As the Papua New Guinea elections approach next month there are increasing worries about the spreading of false information.

BELGIUM: RTBF Journalist Johanne Montay Harassed Online

Safety of Journalists Platform: On 17 June 2022, Johanne Montay, a journalist for the public broadcaster RTBF, decided to file an application with the Brussels Court of First Instance over online harassment.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Bosnian journalist Nataša Miljanović-Zubac’s car destroyed, authorities investigate on suspicion of arson

CPJ: Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina should swiftly and thoroughly investigate the alleged arson attack on journalist Nataša Miljanović-Zubac’s car, hold those responsible to account, and ensure her safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.

BULGARIA: Bulgarian TV crew attacked with stones while investigating pollution at Serbian mine

CPJ: Serbian authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate the recent attack on a TV crew for the Bulgarian public broadcaster BNT, and ensure that reporters covering environmental issues can work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. 

CROATIA: Croatian broadcaster HRT deploys Dejero technology for live news, sports

TVB Europe: Croatia’s public broadcaster HRT (Hrvatska radiotelevizija), is using solutions from Dejero for its live news, sports and events coverage.


EBU: As HRT prepares to host the EBU General Assembly in Dubrovnik, Robert Šveb, Director General of HRT, speaks to Radka Betcheva, EBU Head of Member Relations CEE.

DENMARK: More fixed formats in the audio content (Swedish)

Nordvision: DR’s goal is for nine out of ten under the age of 25 to use at least one of the company’s content by 2025.

ESTONIA: Estonian media landscape and freedom of the press over the years

ERR: Estonia ranked fourth out of 180 countries in the 2021 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index. While Estonia has consistently been close to the top of the RWB ranking, fourth place is the country’s highest to date. ERR News discussed media freedom in Estonia with head of news for ERR Anvar Samost. 

FRANCE: Franceinfo, partner of the citizen consultation #MieuxSinforma (French)

France Info: Franceinfo is associated with De facto, a European project bringing together researchers, journalists and actors in media and information education, around the citizen consultation “How to allow everyone to be better informed”. 

FRANCE: Public-sector journalists protest Macron plans to end media tax over fears for independence

France24: Some FRANCE 24 programming will be disrupted on Tuesday due to a strike across France’s state broadcasting sector over President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to abolish the TV licence fee and fund public media broadcasters through general taxation.

GERMANY: ZDF Studios announce five brand new nature documentaries from affiliate Doclights (Press release)

ZDF Studios: Distribution start for ‘Bee Wild!’, ‘Wild Netherlands’, ‘Pantanal – Brazil’s Natural Miracle’, ‘Lydia and the Giants – Into the Wild Pantanal’ and ‘Coming Home – Back To The Wild’. 

GREECE: Transparency authority must comply with court ruling on media advertising campaign

IPI: Continued concealment of documents has serious implications for access to information and media freedom.

GREECE: Tsipras says Greek PM is fake ‘modernist’ who controls media, justice

Euractiv: In Europe, conservative Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis presents himself as a pro-European modernist but in Greece, he is creating a “regime” aiming to control the media and justice, former prime minister and main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras told EURACTIV Network in an exclusive interview.

HUNGARY: Hungary’s Media on Alert Over State of Emergency

VOA: Moves by Hungary’s Viktor Orban to impose a state of emergency just weeks after embarking on his fourth consecutive term have many of the country’s journalists on edge.

IRELAND: Delay of Future of Media Commission report criticised

RTÉ: It is understood that the report of the Future of Media Commission will go to Cabinet in two weeks’ time.

IRELAND: Suzanne Kelly on Why Public Media Matters


KOSOVO: New DG for Kosovo’s RTK

Broadband TV News: Shkumbin Ahmetxhekaj has been elected the DG of the Kosovan public broadcaster RTK on a permanent basis. According to the EBU, of which RTK is a member, this follows a five-month period as acting director, with Ahmetxhekaj’s appointment coming into effect on June 20.

MALTA: High time Malta guarantees full independence of public service media – EFJ General Secretary

The Shift News: In a tweet calling out a number of countries including Malta, the General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists, Ricardo Gutiérrez wrote that it is high time these countries “guarantee the full independence of public service media governance and funding in these countries”.

MOLDOVA: Moldova starts DTT consultation

Broadband TV News: The Moldovan regulator ANRCETI has published three draft decisions on the award of DTT channel licences in the country.

THE NETHERLANDS: Threats sent to public broadcasting leader over plans to sanction “fake news” production

NL Times: The authorities took extra security measures around NPO board chairman Frederiek Leeflang due to serious threats she recently received, Leeflang’s spokesperson confirmed to BNR. 

RUSSIA: Facial recognition software used to target journalists

IPI: Repressive technologies add to Kremlin’s tool box against critical reporting.

RUSSIA: Russian TV Protester Caught in ‘Information War’ 

VOA: When Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova stormed a live TV broadcast to denounce the war in Ukraine, she expected a backlash from Russia — but not so much from the rest of the world.

RUSSIA: War censorship laws continue to suffocate independent media

IPI: Legal basis for repression continues to evolve.

SLOVENIA: The parliamentary committee for culture rejected the SDS’s proposal to call a referendum on the law on RTV Slovenia (Slovenian)

RTV Slovenia: The parliamentary committee for culture rejected the SDS’s proposal to call a consultative referendum on a proposal to amend the law on RTV Slovenia, according to which the RTV contribution would no longer be mandatory. 

SPAIN: Atresmedia, Mediaset & RTVE drama chiefs talk windows, reach & global appeal

TBIVision: Drama chiefs at Spanish free-to-air giants Atresmedia, Mediaset España & RTVE have said streamers are “extending the financial life” of their scripted output, on the final day of Conecta Fiction in Toledo.

SWEDEN: Digging journalists – hard-working and invaluable (Blog – Swedish)

SVT: More than one person in power has sighed and ducked. For digging journalists are hardworking and stubborn. When it comes to exposing abuses of power, corruption or general waste, they are indispensable.

SWEDEN: The project was completed in 2016 (Blog – Swedish)

Sveriges Radio: Starting in 2014, a French company would develop a new text system for Swedish Radio. The project was suspended in 2016 before the system was taken into use. Cilla Benkö and Björn Löfdahl write about security aspects that have been brought up due to an article in Dagens Nyheter.

SWEDEN: The Swedish Championship week is produced with the help of 5G technology (Press release – Swedish)

SVT: During the week, TV production takes place with the help of a private 5G network.

SWITZERLAND: Swiss press freedom under scrutiny at the United Nations

Swissinfo: The United Nations Human Rights Council is pointing its finger at Swiss media law. Current legislation protects the banking sector from whistleblowers in the banking sector.

UK: Agreement reached between BBC and Mark Killick (Statement)

BBC: Following publication of the Dyson Report last year, the BBC and former BBC Panorama Senior Reporter / Producer, Mark Killick, today announce that a settlement has been reached between them.

UK: BBC opens public interest test consultation on future of iPlayer 

Digital TV Europe: The BBC has opened a public interest test consultation on the future of BBC iPlayer, its popular on-demand and catch-up offering.

UK: Channel 4 working on new ITN deal as bosses fight privatisation plan

The Guardian: Government increasingly annoyed by broadcaster’s tactics in ‘phoney war’ before potential sale.

UK: New research indicates BBC News is the most trusted news outlet for teenagers as broadcaster launches campaign to help young people navigate fake news

BBC: New survey for BBC Bitesize suggests that the BBC is the most trusted news source for young people among traditional and digital media channels.

UK: Statement: How Ofcom regulates the BBC

Ofcom: Since the BBC Charter was put in place, there have been significant changes in how UK audiences watch and listen to content. 

UKRAINE: How will independent journalism survive the war in Ukraine?

DW: Independent journalists in Russia and Ukraine work in violent, life-threatening conditions. They also must fight against propaganda, division and polarization. A panel at the Global Media Forum discussed their work.


Uni Global Union: Tomorrow on 28 June, on the same day as the first session of the newly elected French National Assembly,  workers at France Télévisions and other public broadcasters will strike to defend the economic and political independence of public service broadcasting and its role in French life, culture and democracy.

REGIONAL: Critical Voices in the Balkans Still Feel the Heat

Balkan Insight: Online violations that undermine freedom of expression and threaten the safety of journalists, cases of gender-based violence and hate speech, were among the incidents recorded in the first half of June.


EBU: The EBU has signed an agreement with ESA, the European Space Agency, to work together on developing solutions that leverage 5G systems and so-called ‘edgecasting’ to put Europe at the vanguard of media delivery technology.

ARGENTINA: RTA will have its space in the Itinerant Museum Train (Press release – Spanish)

RTA: The public media company will have a car set in this train that has already traveled more than three thousand kilometers; As part of the agreement, the visibility of the national railway historical heritage will be promoted.

BRAZIL: Absence of the State increases risks for journalists in the Amazon region, where British reporter Dom Phillips was murdered

LatAm Journalism Review: The disappearance and murder of British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian Indigenous affairs expert Bruno Pereira on June 5 have drawn national and international attention to the Amazon region, where the borders between Brazil, Peru and Colombia meet. 

BRAZIL: Google News Initiative Opens Applications for Journalism Business Acceleration (Paywall – Portuguese)


BRAZIL: Rio de Janeiro bids farewell to UK journalist murdered in Amazon

La Prensa Latina: Rio de Janeiro on Sunday bade farewell to British journalist Dom Phillips, who was murdered in the Brazilian Amazon region along with indigenous activist Bruno Araujo Pereira and whose remains were cremated amid protests over his death and demands for justice from his family, friends, colleagues and rights activists.

COLOMBIA: RTVC testimonials: this is how we connect with Colombia and build community (Watch – Spanish)

RTVC: RTVC’s social impact on its audience encourages it to continue working to reach all regions of the country with a decentralized, cultural and informative proposal. Learn about the testimonies of four Colombians who reveal to us first-hand the links they have built with the public media.

COLOMBIA: The Colombian Public Media System, a benchmark in Latin America (Spanish)

RTVC: ‘This is how we connect with Colombia’, is the campaign that RTVC has these days on the screens of Señal Colombia and Canal Institucional and on its Radio Nacional and Radionica stations, and which highlights, in the voices of citizens from all over the country, the work carried out by the Public Media System, especially in the most remote regions. Infrastructure and technology are its great tools.

COLOMBIA: We ask Rodolfo Hernández to respect the independence of the public media and participate in the debate (Statement – Spanish) (16 June)

FLIP: The candidate Rodolfo Hernández has extended his participation in public debate spaces. This, three days before the elections, is alarming. This strategy prevents the media from covering their proposals in depth.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Sectors threaten freedom of the press in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Today: For the Dominican Society of Newspapers (SDD), the Dominican Association of Journalists (CDP) and the National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) it is “striking and dangerous” that through various laws, sectors seek to affect, consistently, freedom of expression and the exercise of journalism in the Dominican Republic.

ECUADOR: Women journalists and human rights workers, the center of the latest attacks on the strike in Ecuador (Spanish)

Fundamedios: Women journalists have become the target of threats by protesters and, in many cases, of strong attacks. In the last hours there have been 10 attacks against communication workers, five of these cases have been attacks against women journalists. 

JAMAICA: J’can journalist urges Commonwealth to protect freedom of expression

Jamaica Observer: Veteran Jamaican journalist Dionne Jackson Miller had heads nodding in agreement in Kigali on Wednesday as she urged Commonwealth countries to call out fellow member states that are not doing enough to protect freedom of expression.

JAMAICA: Share price revised in Radio Jamaica’s planned acquisition of 1834 Investments

The Gleaner: The RJRGLEANER Communications Group says the proposed payout to shareholders of 1834 Investments, whose businesses are to be acquired by Radio Jamaica Limited, has been revised. 

PERU: Press associations in Peru criticize the bill that penalizes the dissemination of tax information (Spanish)

La Nacion: Several professional press organizations in Peru have expressed their rejection of the bill that the Government is preparing and that provides for sentences of up to four years in prison for disseminating tax information.

VENEZUELA: Journalist’s Day in Venezuela: the country faces censorship, official disinformation and the threat of a reform that seeks to attack the profession (Spanish) 

Infobae: “There is not much to celebrate, but there is much to claim”, is the assertion of Tinedo Guía, president of the National Association of Journalists (CNP), before the June 27 Day of the Journalist in Venezuela. 

REGIONAL: Change In Leadership At The CBU – New President is Dr. Claire Grant

CBU: At its meeting of June 2022, the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) officially noted the recent change of leadership of the organization.

REGIONAL: What is citizen participation in communication policies for? (Spanish)

Página 12: A study carried out in four countries shows that institutionalized social participation in communication generated important lessons for democracy but without managing to generate significant changes or reforms in most cases.

IRAN: Iranian television broadcasts barrage of misinformation to present Ronaldo as pro-Palestine

France24: With eight textbook examples of misinformation in just two minutes, Iranian public television channel IRIB broadcast a report on the football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on June 15. 

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: Israeli security forces fired bullets that killed Shireen Abu Akleh, UN says

The Independent: Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead on 11 May while covering a raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin.

ISRAEL & US: CPJ calls on Biden administration to investigate killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

CPJ: We at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a nonprofit press freedom advocacy organization, call on your administration to lead a thorough, independent, and transparent investigation into the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, whose death the United States has the authority and responsibility to fully investigate. 

QATAR & EGYPT: Al Jazeera journalists should be freed, RSF says

RSF: Following last weekend’s visit to Cairo by the emir of Qatar to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that four journalists with the Qatari TV broadcaster Al Jazeera are still being held by the Egyptian authorities and should be freed.

TURKEY: In Turkey, Erdoğan’s Crackdown on the Free Press Intensifies

Nieman Reports: As the country prepares for next year’s elections, the government is making it even harder for independent journalists.

TURKEY: IPI in solidarity with local journalism groups against ‘disinformation’ bill

IPI: International Press Institute (IPI) representatives joined journalism organizations, media professionals, and citizens who gathered in the heart of Ankara, Turkey, on June 22 to protest against a bill on disinformation submitted to the parliament by the governing alliance of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes landmark CRTC decision recognizing public broadcaster’s twin priorities of digital services and diversity (Press release) 

CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada welcomed today’s announcement by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regarding its new five-year licences, which will come into effect on September 1, 2022.

CANADA: ​​CBC Faces Minimum Spending Requirements for Program Diversity

The Hollywood Reporter: The Canadian public broadcaster will have to put at least 30 percent of its program expenditures into indie production by indigenous, racialized, disabled, bilingual and LGBTQ2 creators to help level an uneven playing field for content creators.

CANADA: The untold story of Canada’s journalism startups

The Conversation: The fifth anniversary of the launch of The Conversation Canada is an opportunity to reflect on an untold story of the Canadian news media.

US: How right-wing operatives took over my local California PBS station (Opinion)

San Francisco Chronicle: Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance is not shy about his fascination with authoritarianism in the mold of Hungarian President Viktor Orban. His campaign materials and public statements reflect these views, with their emphasis on the takeover of U.S. institutions, including universities and public media outlets.

US: Joy is a core value at NPR. So we’re creating a space to celebrate it

Wyoming Public Media: Today we’re launching a new series: I’m Really Into — a space to celebrate our unique hobbies and interests. Our journalists will share a hobby that brings them joy, what drew them to it, and what it says about their shared community. 

US: PBS board approves station dues increase for FY2023 (Paywall)


US: Public Broadcasters Applaud $40M Funding Increase Vote

TV Technology: APTS says subcommittee recommendation restores ‘$100M in lost purchasing power’.

US: Twitter is the go-to social media site for U.S. journalists, but not for the public

Pew Research Center: More than nine-in-ten journalists in the United States (94%) use social media for their jobs, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey of reporters, editors and others working in the news industry

US: VPR and Vermont PBS are now Vermont Public

Vermont Biz: Vermont Business Magazine Today, VPR (Vermont Public Radio) and Vermont PBS have changed their name and brand to Vermont Public. This reflects the unified mission of the state’s public media organization, which officially merged last year.

US: ‘We were seen as the enemies’: Journalists in Uvalde threatened by police (Paywall)

Washington Post

Ensuring media freedom and safety of journalists requires urgent concrete action backed by political will: UN expert

OHCHR: Media freedom and safety of journalists have declined dangerously around the world with grave negative impacts on human rights, democracy and development globally, a UN expert warned today.

‘Fake news was a gift from Trump to autocrats’: journalism under threat from Brazil to the US

The Guardian: Two hundred and thirty one years after freedom of the press was enshrined as a fundamental right in the first amendment to the US constitution, a new HBO Original documentary, Endangered, puts a harrowing spotlight on the challenges facing news outlets and journalists in the era of “fake news” and misinformation.

How objectivity got a bad rap and where do we go from here?

Journalism.co.uk: Journalists do not have a binary choice of ‘sticking to the facts’ versus ‘speaking their minds’. Most audiences would prefer you to sit somewhere in the middle.

How to adapt your writing for a global audience

Journalism.co.uk: English is the closest thing we have to a global language, but extra effort is needed to make sure English-language journalism can be understood globally.

It’s possible to be a journalist and a human

Poynter: The way journalists are told to perform objectivity is outdated. If we want to preserve public trust, the best thing we can do is tell the truth.

Justin Worland: Raising diverse voices on the climate crisis beat (Listen)

CJR: Should climate crisis coverage focus on the danger at hand, or on optimism and solutions at work? On what individuals can do, or industrial changes?

Reframing the story: our panel discusses how to keep audiences engaged at the US launch of the Digital News Report 2022

Reuters Institute: The news story is ‘the atomic unit of everything we do’, Monica Drake from the New York Times said at the US launch of the Digital News Report 2022. 


EBU: While the potential benefits of 5G technology in content production are well documented, and the appetite for those benefits in the industry is growing, the regulatory negotiations and frameworks are complex and yet to be completed. 

The Conversation that’s five years old

RNZ: A platform that promises academic rigour and journalistic flair is marking a major milestone, and making plans for bigger things to come.

“The differences seem to be growing”: A look at the rising generation of news consumers

Nieman Lab: Media organizations around the world can agree on one thing: Young people — despite being critical audiences for publishers and journalists, and to the sustainability of news — are increasingly hard to reach and engage.

Ukraine ‘fatigue,’ and what the press can—and can’t—do about it

CJR: OVER THE WEEKEND, as world leaders arrived in Germany for the latest G7 summit, Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, warned reporters about the durability of the so-far-united front of Western support for Ukraine in its war against Russia. 

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