The week in public service media

Our weekly round-up of public service media headlines and news stories from around the world.

22-29 August



NAMIBIA: Govt to regulate, punish media

By The Namibian: Government will regulate and punish the media using an instrument in the draft Access to Information Bill that allows for the formation of a regulatory body.

NIGERIA: Jega Seeks Broadcast Media Independence

By Channels TV: Calls by former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission has called for federal government to allow broadcasters to broadcast information without interference.

SADC: Reverse Downward Slide on Rights

By Human Rights Watch: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among its 15 member countries.

SOUTH AFRICA: Fear and Loathing at South Africa’s Public Broadcaster

By US News Best Countries: Concern grows that the SABC is beginning to resemble its apartheid-era predecessor.

SOUTH AFRICA: Media Transformation a Matter of Urgency – Minister Muthambi

Via All Africa: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says efforts must be doubled to expedite the transformation of the print media landscape in South Africa.

TANZANIA: Editors Push for Changes in Information Bill

Via All Africa

TANZANIA: Politicians Must Let Journalists Do Their Job

Via All Africa: On several occasions, journalists have found themselves at the receiving end of verbal attacks from politicians who treat them with contempt for asking the questions they deem misplaced…

TUNISIA: Tunisian president signs declaration on media freedom

By Press Gazette: Tunisia has become the second state to sign up to the Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World, hailed as a “turning point” for press freedom by the International Federation of Journalists.

ZIMBABWE: Social media is emboldening young Zimbabweans to finally stand up to Mugabe

By Quartz: Protests against the rule of Zimbabwe’s ageing president, Robert Mugabe, have become commonplace in recent months, aided by social media.



AFGHANISTAN: Afghan Media Crying Out for Female Voices

By the Institute of War & Peace Reporting: Women are being prevented from pursuing careers in journalism.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan Journalists Fear for Their Lives Amid Terror, Militant Insurgency

By Voice of America: The war in Afghanistan has long been a dangerous assignment for journalists, but groups say the country’s deteriorating security situation is making things more dire..

CHINA: Can Netflix expand into China’s censored media market?

By Newsweek: The streaming video service has footholds in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, but mainland China, and its vast potential, is much harder to penetrate.

CHINA: China launches 1st national new media open platform

By Xinhua: Forty-two Chinese media outlets were the initial members of the country’s first new media platform, after they inked an agreement Tuesday at a launch event at Xinhua News Agency headquarters, Beijing.

CHINA: China’s media watchdog campaigns against entertainment news

By Business Standard: China’s media watchdog has announced a campaign against social and entertainment news that lacks “positive energy”, correct values or high aesthetic value.

HONG KONG: HK independence activists claim harassment from pro-China media

By Reuters: Activists who have advocated independence for Hong Kong say they have been harassed or followed by pro-China local newspapers in recent months.

INDIA: DD India slot auction – Final bidders known by next week

By ABU: Balaji Telefilms, BAG Films & Media and Keylight Productions are the three production houses which submitted their bids to Prasar Bharati for the National programming slots.

INDIA: India Must Do More to Protect Its Small-Town Journalists, Says Media Watchdog

By The Wall Street Journal: Politicians and police need to do more to capture and convict killers that target journalists, report says

INDONESIA: Solutions to Boost Indonesia’s ICT and Media Industry to be Unveiled at Inaugural Communic Indonesia and Broadcast Indonesia

By Yahoo Finance: An international showcase of innovation and technology for the continued development of Indonesia’s digital landscape started on 31 Aug.

KAZAKHSTAN: Wrecking Ball Hits Independent Press Center

By Local authorities in Kazakhstan’s business capital, Almaty, have begun demolition work on a building used to host press conferences for political activists and independent journalists.

SINGAPORE: Mediacorp launches ‘world’s first’ cross media audience planning solution


THAILAND: Thailand among world top 10 in YouTube time

By Bangkok Post: Cheaper smart devices and burgeoning telecom infrastructure has placed the country among the top ten for number of YouTube users.

Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific


AUSTRALIA: Coalition rejects Labor’s call for media ownership review before changing laws

By The Guardian: Malcolm Turnbull’s government expected to bring forward its media reform package in opening week of parliament

FIJI: New Information Bill contested in Fiji

By PMA: A proposed Information Bill in Fiji may limit both media and citizens’ ability to access information.

FIJI: New mobile app launched to empower young women

By Pacific Media Centre: A new mobile application launched this week aims to empower young women and girls by providing them with vital health and well-being information.

NEW ZEALAND: Digital media upheaval prompts a tweak of the law

By Radio New Zealand: Digital technology has created huge upheaval in broadcasting, but there’s no bold change in the latest review of our mostly pre-internet regulations.

NEW ZEALAND: Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) to Face New Digital Media Laws in New Zealand

By The Country Caller: New Zealand plans to introduce content and classification requirement for SVoD services, similar to those followed by broadcasters

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: PNG Government Assures Transition from Analogue to Digital TV

BY EMTV: State Enterprise Minister, William Duma, has expressed strong government support for Papua New Guinea’s transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting.



GERMANY: Media Broadcast rolls out DVB-T2 network for ARD/ZDF

By Broadband TV News: German technical services provider Media Broadcast will set up and operate the DVB-T2 transmitter network for ARD and ZDF on which the public broadcasters will distribute up to 20 TV channels in Full HD quality

KOSOVO: Kosovo public broadcaster RTK hit by a second attack

By EFJ: The EFJ have condemned an explosive attack at the home of the head of Kosovo’s public broadcaster RTK on 28 August, the second such attack in a week.

SWITZERLAND: EBU hosts first digital news workshop in Geneva

By EBU: If digital is the new normal, what is the impact for news production and consumption trends?

UK: The BBC must improve how it reports statistics

By Democratic Audit UK: Opinion piece about the caution needed when scrutinizing and presenting statistics to the public

Latin America & the Caribbean


REGIONAL: How are Latin American fact-checkers paying for their work? Grants, events, services and crowdfunding

By Poynter: External fact-checking is growing in general and in Latin America in particular, but paying for this work remains a key concern.

REGIONAL: IAPA voices concern at press freedom violations in Latin America

By the Inter American Press Association (IAPA): The IAPA views with concern a series of actions taken against media and journalists in Costa Rica, Honduras and Venezuela in recent weeks that it said impair press freedom in the Latin American region.

BOLIVIA: Special Rapporteur of the IACHR finds discord and polarization between Bolivian government and critical media

By By Knight Center: Journalism in the Americas Blog: There is discord between the government of Bolivian President Evo Morales and a large sector of the media, as well as organizations defending freedom of expression

BRAZIL: Brazilian newspaper owner, fourth journalist killed in country this year, was writing about local corruption

By Knight Center: Journalism in the Americas Blog: Brazilian journalist Maurício Campos Rosa, owner of the newspaper O Grito, died on Aug. 17 after being shot five times.

CUBA: Seven signs Cuban media is moving toward openness

By Columbia Journalism Review: The mass media in Cuba for decades was exclusively run by a rigid state monopoly, and even now, the government controls most of the news that makes its way to citizens. But significant cracks may be opening.

MEXICO: IAPA protests attack and threats on journalists


VENEZUALA: Attacks continue against news media offices in Venezuela

By Knight Center: Journalism in the Americas Blog: Two Venezuelan news outlets suffered attacks from armed men.

Middle East


IRAN: Iranian Journalists Alarmed As Media Legislation Resurfaces

By Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Journalists in Iran are sounding the alarm over a government-drafted media regulation bill that is expected to be sent to the parliament for approval soon, after a two-year delay.

ISRAEL: Lieberman Slams Israeli Media: A Soldier Can’t Fulfill His Misson With a Lawyer Beside Him

By Haaretz: Defense Minister criticizes media coverage of military trials, saying that ‘convictions are made by a court of law and not by the media.’

JORDAN: Journalists should expose terrorism, radical groups — media experts

By The Jordan Times: Journalists in the Arab world need to be more courageous in exposing terrorism and radical groups as well as those who stand behind them, media experts said on Tuesday.

TURKEY: 23 staff members detained at Azadiya Welat newspaper

By EFJ: On 28 August, the police raided the main office of the Kurdish-language daily newspaper Azadiya Welat based in Diyarbakır. According to media reports, at least 23 staff members of the newspaper are currently detained

North America


CANADA: Limiting access for news photographers a ‘worrisome’ trend

By CBC News: Tragically Hip concert promoter barred news photographers from the event

USA: As user participation turns 10, media leaders discuss the future of audience engagement

By Poynter

USA: Greater Public donations help pubcasters after Louisiana floods

By Current: Donations are flowing to Greater Public to assist public broadcasters coping with the aftermath of this month’s disastrous flooding in Louisiana.

USA: Public TV sustainer growth may be slowing, but still shows progress

By Current: Public television’s recent focus on sustaining members is paying off — for now.



ABU General Assembly 2016 in Bali – Two months to go


An Olympic broadcast challenge

By MediaTel: How is the way we watch major sporting events changing?

The first company that wanted to ‘connect the world’ wasn’t Google or Facebook

Via LSE Media Policy Blog

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