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BURKINA FASO: Supporting freedom of expression and the media: DW Akademie opens new office in Burkina Faso (Press release) 

DW Akademie: Despite difficult security conditions in Burkina Faso, DW Akademie is strengthening its commitment there to media freedom and the fight against disinformation, and on March 28, 2022 will open an office in Ouagadougou.

ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia urged to uphold press freedom and release reporter (Paywall)

The Independent: Ethiopia is being urged to uphold its international commitments to the freedoms of expression and the press by releasing journalists it has imprisoned.

KENYA: KBC appoints Samuel Maina as Corporation’s acting Managing Director

KBC: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Board of Directors has appointed Samuel Maina as the Corporation’s acting Managing Director (MD).

KENYA & INDONESIA: KBC signs MoU with Indonesia News Agency

KBC: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) and Indonesia News Agency (ANTARA) have Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on News Exchange and Technical Cooperation.

MALI: MFWA deplores the deterioration of media freedom in Mali

MFWA: The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is concerned about the suspension of RFI and France24 on 16 March 2022 in Mali, adding to a recent series of the government’s hostile actions towards the media.

RWANDA: Rwanda to revise media policy after 11 years

The New Times: The Ministry of Local Government has embarked on consultations with media practitioners and activists to revise the media policy that was established in 2011.

SOUTH AFRICA: ‘Analogue Switch-Off Is Untimely’ – Says South Africa’s Public Broadcaster

Broadcast Media Africa: The South African Government and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are up in arms concerning the government’s plans to turn off analogue television broadcasting on 31 March.

SOUTH AFRICA: Communications minister slams SABC for wanting to delay analogue TV switch-off (Paywall)

News 24: Communications Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has hit out at public broadcaster the SABC for wanting to delay SA’s analogue switch-off deadline, saying further postponements would change nothing.


SABC: The SABC Board has noted public concerns about the Analogue Switch Off deadline of 31 March 2022 and its potential impact on the public and all  the public broadcaster’s stakeholders.

SOUTH SUDAN: Ensure accountability for attacks on media

Article 19: ARTICLE 19 and Free Press Unlimited made this statement during the interactive dialogue with the Commission on South Sudan at the 49th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

TANZANIA & DRC: Victory for press freedom in Tanzania, but DRC bans newspaper

News24: A newspaper banned in Tanzania five years ago, has been allowed to publish again, while in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), another newspaper has been suspended for the next six months.

TUNISIA: Tunisian journalists to go on strike April 2 over risk to press freedoms

The New Arab: Tunisian journalists will go on strike on April 2 to protest at the president’s “attempts to control public media”, union officials said on Wednesday, amid fears for the right to free speech.

ZIMBABWE: Restrictive media regulation undermines public trust in media’

News Day: American media lawyer, Denise Leary has cautioned the Zimbabwean government against imposing restrictive media regulation, saying it has a bearing on freedom of speech and the media.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban bars BBC TV programmes from schedules

BBC: BBC TV programming has been taken off air in Afghanistan, after the Taliban ordered local channels not to broadcast content from international partners.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban takes repressive steps against Afghan women, international media

PBS: Taliban hard-liners are turning back the clock in Afghanistan with a flurry of repressive edicts over the past days that hark back to their harsh rule from the late 1990s.

CHINA: New research underlines Beijing’s attempts to sway international perception through media

RSF: New research by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) reveals that Beijing had stepped up its efforts to influence international perceptions about China through the means of expanding Chinese media networks in international markets.

CHINA & RUSSIA: Chinese State Media Is Pushing Pro-Russian Misinformation Worldwide (Paywall)

Foreign Policy: Beijing has spoken of its neutrality and desire for peace in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine – but Chinese state-affiliated media outlets have kept on spreading Kremlin propaganda, even as European Union countries and social media platforms has moved to ban Russian state media due to misinformation.

HONG KONG: RSF accounts two years of government assault on Hong Kong’s press freedom

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has reconstructed an exclusive two-year timeline of government assault on Hong Kong’s press freedom following the Chinese regime’s enactment of the National Security Law in 2020. 

JAPAN: NHK’s program is re-edited shortly and distributed online, a new service “NABE” for younger generations (Japanese)

Mainichi: NHK will start a new service “NABE” (reading: Nabe) for the younger generation. “Cursed content”, which is a short re-edited version of various programs using the Internet method, will be broadcast as a program and will be developed on SNS.

MALAYSIA: 76th anniversary: RTM must always be competitive to remain relevant: Annuar

The Sun Daily: Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), which is celebrating its 76th anniversary on April 1, must remain competitive in its broadcast of news content and TV programmes, including using the latest technology, to ensure the station remains relevant, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

MYANMAR: ‘Press Freedom is Dead Already in Burma,’ Journalist Says

VOA: All reporters in Myanmar are at risk of being jailed just for doing their job, says a veteran journalist now in exile. The comments from Ye Wint Thu come after a military-run court in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw sentenced two more journalists to prison this week.

NEPAL: Nepali government wants to censor online videos

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Nepal’s government to immediately rescind a new decree that, on the pretext of “regulating” online videos, has the effect of preventing media outlets, journalists and ordinary citizens from posting video news reports on the Internet.

PAKISTAN: Media bodies demand PM Imran prove ‘anti-govt drive is funded’

Dawn: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the media has challenged the prime minister to prove his “scandalous allegations” that media houses have been bought by political parties and some are being funded by foreign sources.

PHILIPPINES: Philippine DOJ takes aim at independent press

Poynter: In early March, the Philippine government continued a longstanding campaign against the press by exploring fresh legal pathways to shackle the coverage of publications critical of the administration. 

THAILAND: Channel 5 chief removed after Russia news exchange plan

Thai PBS World: The chief of TV Channel 5 was today sacked, just over one week after he met the Russian ambassador to Thailand to discuss news cooperation between the army-run broadcaster and Russian news agencies.

THAILAND: Thai PBS won the award “Safe and Creative Media Innovations” from The Visual (Press release – Thai)

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REGIONAL: CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati calls upon Asia-Pacific broadcast community to lead standardization efforts towards digital innovation

News on Air: Prasar Bharati CEO and ABU Vice President Shashi Shekhar Vempati on Monday, March 21, 2022, addressed the opening session of the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2022. During his address, the Prasar Bharati CEO called on the Asia-Pacific broadcast community to lead standardization efforts towards digital innovation.

AUSTRALIA: ABC funding should be safeguarded against government influence, Rod Sims says

The Guardian: The ABC should have a guaranteed five-year funding cycle and its budget and board should be at arm’s length from government influence, former competition tsar Rod Sims has said in a speech.

AUSTRALIA: ABC and SBS partnerships, tax breaks among recommendations to ensure regional newspapers’ future

ABC: Tax breaks and fostering partnerships between the ABC and SBS have been listed among key recommendations by a federal parliamentary committee to ensure the survival of regional newspapers.

AUSTRALIA: Concert for Ukraine + ABC Gives Ukraine Appeal (Press release)

ABC: The ABC will this Wednesday broadcast the star-studded Concert for Ukraine, a two-hour event bringing together leading names from the music world raising money for victims of the humanitarian disaster.

AUSTRALIA: From Invasion Day to the Hottest 100: what does the Coalition really want from the ABC?

The Guardian: Imagine the ABC if its funding had not been cut, if its governance had not been so politicised, if it had not been sucked into the culture wars. What would that look like?

AUSTRALIA: Grants for flood-affected local and independent media

Judith Neilson Institute: The Judith Neilson Institute and the Local and Independent News Association (LINA) have created a flood impact fund to support local and independent news organisations that have been financially affected by the recent floods.

AUSTRALIA & CHINA: Australian journalist Cheng Lei to be tried in Beijing on state secrets charges next week

ABC: An Australian television journalist detained in China for more than 19 months will be put on trial, likely in a closed court, on state secrets charges that could see her face anything from a short sentence to life behind bars.

MARSHALL ISLANDS: New media freedom advocacy institute formed in Marshall Islands

Asia Pacific Report: The first media freedom advocacy group has formed in the Marshall Islands. Organisers this week were in the initial phase of outreach to launch the Pacific Media Institute, which was incorporated last month as a non-profit organisation.

NEW ZEALAND: Media merger raises stakes for NZ journalism

RNZ: “The platform at RNZ and TVNZ is strong enough to support change, it’s whether or not the willingness sits within the newly-formed company,” – Media academic Richard Pamatatau.

NEW ZEALAND: NZ’s Public Interest Media Fund not media bribe but deal of the century (Commentary)

Asia Pacific Report: A media bribe? More like the deal of the century. Fifty-five million dollars does sound like a lot of money. It could buy you a fantastic jet-setting lifestyle, homes around the world and certainly the freedom to never work again. But what it won’t buy you is influence over a near 200-year-old industry that costs billions to run every year.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ-TVNZ public media shake-up: What you need to know

RNZ: Explainer – Billed as the biggest shake-up of broadcasting in more than 30 years, the government is proposing to combine RNZ and TVNZ, its radio and television broadcasting companies. But what is the plan, what is it aiming to achieve, how will it avoid making things harder, and what will it all cost? RNZ is here to clear it all up.

NEW ZEALAND: The big media merger question is: Will state broadcasting ever be truly independent? (Opinion)

Stuff: There is a long tradition of government interference in public broadcasting, and there is no reason to suppose that the new entity to be created from the merger of TVNZ and RNZ will be more independent than any of its predecessors.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Possible shutdown of public broadcaster BHRT

BHRT: The Board of Directors of BHRT decided by a majority vote to address the domestic and international public regarding the impossibility of continuing business caused by the blockade of business accounts.

BULGARIA: IPI report shines light on hidden alliances and vested interests behind media capture in Bulgaria

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) today published a new report on media freedom and independence in Bulgaria. The report explores the capture of media by vested business and political interests and the corrupting relationship between media owners and politicians as they compete for power and profit.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Television is also launching a new iS broadcast for mobile phones (Press release – Czech)

Česká televize: On Thursday, Czech Television will offer all viewers a new mobile application iVysládání for smart devices. It will thus follow up on the launch of the new generation of iVysíla from December last year. The new version will enable clearer sorting, faster search and a more stable environment.

CZECH REPUBLIC: New government must help strengthen media independence and pluralism

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) has published a new report on media freedom and independence in the Czech Republic. The report focuses on the spread of media capture under the former government of Andrej Babiš and sets forth recommendations for the new government of Petr Fiala to reform and strengthen independence and pluralism in the media sector.

ESTONIA: ERR starts competitive process for next board chair

ERR: A public competitive process will go ahead to elect the next board chair of public broadcaster ERR, the broadcaster’s supervisory board announced on Tuesday.

FINLAND: The State of Press Freedom in Finland

Fair Observer: In Finland, there is a desire to protect national security and ensure press freedom. 

FRANCE: France Télévisions consolidates the visibility of the Overseas Territories on its antennas (Press release – French)

France Télévisions: France Télévisions brought together, on Tuesday March 22, the 6th Monitoring Committee of the Pact for the visibility of the Overseas Territories. On this occasion, the Group reaffirmed its commitment to developing the visibility of the Overseas Territories, on all channels – linear and digital – through all types of programmes. 

FRANCE: France Televisions’ Manuel Alduy Unveils Pubcaster’s Prestige International Shows, Greater Gender Parity


FRANCE: TF1-M6 plan to take full control of Salto

Broadband TV News: TF1 and M6 have revealed the two companies intend to buy out France Télévisions share in streaming platform Salto once their merger is complete.

FRANCE: The future digital platform common to France Bleu and France 3 already disputed (French)

Le Monde: The information offer of France Bleu could be affected all week by a protest movement against Here, the digital platform common to radio and France 3 announced by Roselyne Bachelot.

GEORGIA: Georgian Public Broadcaster Accused of Pro-Russian Censorship

Civil: Former anchor Imeda Darsalia and journalists – Tamta Janadze and Sopo Zedelashvili – have accused the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) of interfering and censoring their work at the weekly analytical TV show “Akhali Kvira” (New Week), which has been off-air since December 2021.

GERMANY & RUSSIA: RSF makes Deutsche Welle website accessible again in Russia

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) used its Operation Collateral Freedom mirror site technology today to enable access to German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle’s Russian-language news website, which the Kremlin had been blocking within Russia since 4 March.

GREECE: Greece facing a systemic press freedom crisis, say the Media Freedom Rapid Response and RSF

RSF: Within the framework of their December 2021 joint mission, MFRR and RSF have concluded that the main challenges that the Greek independent media landscape has been facing, including the increase of the reporters’ insecurity, impediments to public interest journalism, and abusive lawsuits constitute systemic issues which call for public action. In light of these considerations, both NGOs have submitted recommendations to the Greek authorities and to the European community.

HUNGARY: Viktor Orban reaps benefits of tight grip on Hungary’s media ahead of election (Paywall)

The Financial Times: Independent voices struggle to be heard after decade in which government has increased its control.

ICELAND: Why Iceland is punching above its weight on the international drama scene

Screen Daily: Icelandic fishing quotas do not sound like the stuff of must-see TV, so it is just one sign of the strength of the Icelandic TV boom…

IRELAND: RnaG at 50: A radio station created by the people for the people

Irish Times: Raidió na Gaeltachta has had a profound effect on the Gaeltacht over the last 50 years, but it didn’t happen overnight. 

IRELAND: RTÉ’s funding situation  ‘unsustainable’ as report warns more public money needed

Irish Examiner: The country’s broadcasting watchdog has been warned the funding situation at RTÉ is “unsustainable” and a major public funding boost will be required.

MALTA: How the public broadcaster is letting us down (Opinion)

The Shift: If Television Malta (TVM) were your only source of news, there’s a good chance you’d be largely unaware or only partially aware of the controversies and reports of improper behaviour currently hounding Prime Minister Robert Abela.

POLAND: Complaint filed against Polish public TV over “EPP – European Putin’s Party” report

Notes from Poland: Three members of the council that oversees Polish public broadcaster TVP have issued a formal complaint against the station over its criticism of the main opposition party and its leader Donald Tusk during news programmes, saying that this violates Poland’s broadcasting law.

RUSSIA: Russian journalists quit over Putin ‘propaganda’

France 24: While the Russian military seems to be failing to capture key cities, President Vladimir Putin is intensifying his two-decade crackdown on information. 

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: Fifth journalist killed in line of duty in one month

IPI: Russian journalist Oksana Baulina killed while on assignment in Kyiv.

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: Russians use abduction, hostage-taking to threaten Ukrainian journalists in occupied zones

RSF: Ever since the start of the war in Ukraine, the Russian armed forces have been bullying and threatening journalists and local media in the conquered territories to prevent them reporting the facts and get them to spread Kremlin propaganda. 

SLOVENIA: RTV Slovenija collected nearly EUR 97m through licence fee in 2021

STA: Public broadcaster RTV Slovenija’s revenue reached almost EUR 132 million last year, which is EUR 4.7 million less than its expenditure, the latest annual report shows. RTV Slovenija collected nearly EUR 97 million from licence fee. Labour costs topped EUR 81 million.

SLOVENIA: Public broadcaster staff complain of pressure by leadership (Paywall)

STA: Reporters at public broadcaster RTV Slovenija have accused the management and the programming council of exerting pressure on them, which they say has created impossible work conditions.

SWEDEN: This is how SVT strengthens the war coverage (Swedish)

SVT: After a month of war of aggression from Russia against Ukraine, SVT is now making a number of changes to its offer to strengthen the war coverage and make it sustainable.

SWEDEN: What do I get for my money? (Swedish – Watch)

SVT: Everyone who pays tax in Sweden also pays the fee for public service. In 2021, SVT broadcast 22127 hours and here is an attempt to summarize both the year and what the audience got for their money.

UK: Charlotte Moore talks BBC licence fee debate: “We’ve got a long way to go”

Radio Times: The broadcaster’s Chief Content Officer discusses the future of the corporation in a new interview with Radio Times.

UK: If you care for the BBC, start worrying: Michael Grade is a threat in plain sight (Opinion)

The Guardian: No 10 and its culture secretary were looking for someone willing to bully and chastise the corporation. Finally they have their man.

UK: Lord Michael Grade chosen as Ofcom chairman

BBC: Lord Grade, the TV executive, businessman and former BBC chairman has been chosen as the new chairman of UK media regulator Ofcom.

UK: Michael Grade faces tough questions over fitness to lead Ofcom

The Guardian: MPs vetting peer’s appointment as chair of media regulator raise impartiality and business concerns.

UK: ‘Turn off’ study to prove BBC’s value (Paywall)

The Times: The BBC has deprived a group of households of its services as part of a study designed to prove the value of the licence fee as it comes under threat.

UK, RUSSIA & UKRAINE: BBC welcomes government funding to support independent and impartial journalism in Russia and Ukraine (Statement)

BBC: Welcoming the Government’s announcement of £4.1m emergency funding, BBC Director-General Tim Davie says: “I am hugely proud of our coverage and the bravery and resilience of our colleagues reporting this difficult and complex story, day in, day out.

UKRAINE: Efforts underway to evacuate journalists, boost safety in Ukraine

Euractiv: As covering the war in Ukraine becomes increasingly dangerous for journalists, media organisations are scrambling to offer aid and assistance and in many cases are turning to the public to extend support to those on the ground. 

UKRAINE: How is Ukraine fighting the media war? (Watch)

Al Jazeera: Weapons in Ukraine’s media war: a TV-ready president and digitally savvy citizens. Plus, North Korean defectors turned YouTubers.

UKRAINE: “They are not ‘fixers’. They are journalists”: in the light of the war in Ukraine, three field producers discuss the challenges of their job

Reuters Institute: Journalists who’ve worked extensively in México, Gaza and Eastern Europe discuss low pay, safety issues and lack of credit and respect.

REGIONAL: ‘Russia-Ukraine war is the biggest event since the fall of Berlin Wall’, says BBC News head Jonathan Munro

iNews: Speaking to Ian Burrell, the BBC’s interim director of news said safety is a ‘massive concern’ and always the priority as reporters continue to cover the conflict.


EBU: Public service media (PSM) funding in the EBU area shrank by 0.9% in 2020 – a drop of more than EUR 320 million.

REGIONAL: How (some) EU states are copying Putin’s media playbook (Opinion) 

EU Observer: The Russian media landscape has made it easy for president Vladimir Putin to unleash an important weapon in his war against Ukraine: propaganda.


EBU: Music brings people together. It speaks to identity and self-expression, inspires solace and solidarity, can comfort and restore. During the horrors of war, this matters more than ever.  

REGIONAL: Questionable censorship (German)

Taz: With the ban on the Russian broadcasters RT and Sputnik, the EU may have exceeded its competences. RT France’s lawsuit could succeed.

REGIONAL: U.S. SVOD Operators Gaining Ground in Europe as Public Broadcasting Funding Declines

Variety: Despite expectations to the contrary, the share of Europe’s audiovisual market controlled by U.S. players grew by only four percentage points from 1996 to 2020, reaching 31%, according to the European Audiovisual Observatory’s 2022 Key Trends report.

ARGENTINA: The MMGyD and RTA work against gender-based media violence (11 March – Press release – Spanish)

Argentina.gob.ar: Within the framework of the National Day for the Fight against Gender Violence in the Media, which is commemorated every March 11 as of Law 27,176, and a few days after the International Day of Working Women, the coordinator of the Accompanying Program of the Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity (MMGyD), Claudia Perugino, participated in the meeting organized by Radio and Television Argentina (RTA) that distinguished women and LGBTI+ who work in public media.

BRAZIL: EBC workers maintain mobilization while awaiting disagreement (Portuguese)

FENAJ: At a joint meeting in São Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, journalists and broadcasters from Empresa Brasil de Comunicação (EBC) decided, on Thursday (24), to maintain the mobilization while waiting for the unfolding of the collective bargaining. 

CHILE: Public media system versus business control (Spanish)

diarioUchile: Winds are blowing in favor of the public dimension of the media.

NICARAGUA: International organisations condemn conviction of independent journalists, members of the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation and La Prensa in Nicaragua

IFEX: We condemn the judicial farce taking place in Nicaragua by which Judge Luden Martín Quiroz in the Ninth Criminal District Court of Managua has sentenced independent journalists and workers for the now-defunct Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation (FVBCH) to between 7 and 14 years in prison.

REGIONAL: Information pollution significantly impacts online debates on COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP and Constella study warns

UNDP: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Constella Intelligence released today a first-of-its-kind joint publication that details some of the key debates that have been unfolding in the online public sphere of Latin America and the Caribbean around COVID-19.

REGIONAL: Latin American Newsrooms Develop Creative Strategies for Survival

NACLA: From strengthening their bonds with their readers to redefining their workflows, newsrooms in the region are determined to keep their editorial work going despite media monopolies, and organizational or financial challenges.

REGIONAL: Three South American journalists covering the war in Ukraine

LatAm Journalism Review: When the bombing of Kiev intensified during the early days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Argentine journalist Sol Macaluso had to leave the city with her colleagues. 

REGIONAL: Trend Media, Gleaner, Trinidad Express, form C’bean Publisher Alliance (16 March)

Loop News: Regional media entities collaborate to promote and protect the indigenous Caribbean media industry.

REGIONAL: UNDRR-WBU Caribbean Co-Production Virtual Workshop (Event)

CBU: Media practitioners, take note of our upcoming virtual workshop brought to you by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and World Broadcasting Unions to explore the role media can play in saving lives through disaster risk reduction.

ISRAEL: Israeli journalists call for spyware exemption after Israel denies illegal Pegasus use

CPJ: As Israel grapples with the aftermath of explosive allegations that police illegally spied on dozens of Israelis, the country’s journalists are calling to be exempt from possible future legislation to oversee surveillance of citizens through spyware.

LEBANON: Information Minister: Agreement with French Embassy to archive data of Tele Liban, Radio Lebanon

MTV Lebanon: Information Minister Ziad Makary revealed in an interview on Friday morning that a protocol agreement with the French embassy will be signed on April 5, 2022, to archive the data of both the Lebanese TV and Radio, promising that “all archives will be preserved electronically for the benefit of the Ministry of Information.”

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia confirms Mecca and Medina broadcasts will continue after backlash over ban

Middle East Eye: Ministry of Islamic Affairs had announced ban on filming and broadcasting from mosques during holy month, sparking criticism.

SYRIA: Syria’s Assad approves new law tightening freedom of speech

Middle East Eye: The new law would impose a six-month jail sentence for citizens residing in the country accused of spreading disinformation that undermines the ‘prestige of the state’.

TURKEY: Turkey Threatens to Jail Journalists Reporting Critically on Companies

Balkan Insight: Draft bill, condemned by the opposition and rights groups, threatens to imprison journalists who allegedly harm companies’ reputations by publishing critical news reports.

YEMEN: Latest killing leaves journalists fearing for their lives

Middle East Eye: Photojournalist Fawaz al-Wafi was stabbed to death in Taiz, the latest victim in a country where those trying to report on the conflict often pay a very high price.

CANADA: CBC Quebec community bureaus: What are they?

CBC: We’re sending journalists out to simply listen. Could your neighbourhood be next?

CANADA: Research shows Canadians trust print and digital newspaper ads

News Media Canada: Half of Canadians (52%) say they trust the ads they find in their print and digital newspapers.  A credible media environment often boosts the trust level in ads, particularly in a transparent and regulated newspaper environment where the content is produced by credible journalists and vetted by editors.

CANADA: Web giants soon to be forced to fund small Canadian media (French)

Le Devoir: The Trudeau government will soon ask Google and Facebook to invest in a “diverse news media ecosystem” so that its Australian-inspired revenue-sharing model doesn’t just benefit big news outlets, it said.

CANADA: Why are female experts underrepresented in the media? (French)

Le Devoir: Mediated expert speech in Quebec was given twice as much to men as to women during the long pandemic crisis, according to an analysis by Le Devoir . The gender ratio looks roughly the same in other countries around the world, according to a survey by King’s College London that served as the inspiration for our compilation. Can we then speak of a structural media sexism?

US: Biden FCC Budget Puts More Focus On Enforcement; 15 More Staffers Focused On Pirate Radio.

Inside Radio: There would be added personnel in the Media and Enforcement Bureaus, with a greater focus on pirate radio enforcement under President Biden’s proposed budget for the Federal Communications Commission released Monday. The administration’s spending plan for fiscal 2023 calls for raising total FCC spending by 4.3% to $390,192,000. That would be an increase of more than $16 million from the current year’s $374 million budget.

US: CPB Statement on President Biden’s FY23 Budget Request for Public Media (Statement)

CPB: Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), released the following statement today regarding President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget request, which proposes $565 million in FY 2025 for CPB’s advance appropriation; $60 million for the public broadcasting interconnection system and infrastructure; and $29.5 million for the Department of Education’s Ready To Learn program in FY 2023. 

US: For the First Time in History, Public Television Workers in Chicago Are Out on Strike

In These Times: Technicians for the local PBS affiliate WTTW have walked off the job to make sure their workplace remains a union shop.

US: Grants to Colorado radio stations will aid community engagement, elevate Indigenous voices (Paywall)

Current: The Colorado Media Project grants will support initiatives at Rocky Mountain Community Radio, KSJD and KSUT.

US: Inaugural PBS diversity report highlights BIPOC contributions to programming (Paywall)

Current: The network said that in fiscal year 2021, 51% of its nationally programmed prime-time schedule “included diverse on-screen talent; was produced, written or directed by diverse makers; and/or explored diversity-related topics.”

US: National Advertisers Spend Nearly As Much On Digital Audio As Broadcast Radio, Analysis Shows.

Inside Radio: The gap between digital and AM/FM radio continues to close, at least when it comes to where national advertisers are placing their dollars. 

US: USAGM statement on President’s FY23 Budget Request (Statement)

USAGM: The President today released his Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request, including $840.0 million for the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) to deliver fact-based and compelling journalism in support of freedom and democracy.  

US: Your Right to Film the Police Is Under Attack

Vice News: Republicans in several states have introduced legislation—and in some cases, passed it—that could ultimately punish people for recording the police.

AVOD Platforms Are Here to Stay, Say Series Mania Experts

Variety: Advertising revenue makes up 60% of all online video revenue, with the online video market reaching $236 billion last year, while free platforms continue to dominate the video market, Maria Rua Aguete, senior research director at Omdia, said Thursday at a discussion about AVOD at Series Mania TV festival in Lille, France.

How the Pandemic Impacted Pro Audio

TV Technology: It is often difficult to see the scope of major change when one is living through it. As professional video continues its rapid pace toward smaller, better quality and cheaper production gear, pro audio has expanded even further—at a similar lightning-speed pace.

How to produce and measure impact on your journalism

Reynolds Journalism Institute: It is about tracking a wide variety of aspects from story pitch to execution to promotion, to make sure your stories can affect the communities they’re created in service to

Publishers: Read the comments to find misinformation you need to debunk

Digital Content Next: A media organization’s comments section is the perfect place to identify issues that need to be fleshed out and contextualized, because that’s where your eager audience will post its questions first. The added bonus is the comments also reflect what readers actually want to know about.

Journalism should take a cue from entertainment — diversity grows audiences (Opinion)

Poynter: If we take lessons from industries that have embraced diversity, we can create journalism that’s relevant to the communities we cover.

Mali banned two French broadcasters. What does that have to do with Russia’s war in Ukraine?


New report puts a price tag on journalism’s survival

European Journalism Observatory: Journalism continues to struggle around the world at a time when holding power to account and providing accurate facts are more important than ever.

Telling people before you begin builds trust. Telling people only after you’re done erodes it (Resource)

Reynolds Journalism Institute: A guide for turning private conversations into public resources through community consent

The rise and (maybe) fall of BuzzFeed News — and larger dreams for digital journalism (Paywall)

Washington Post: The announcement of sharp cut-backs this week indicate reined-in ambitions at a site that transcended lightweight origins to win a Pulitzer.

U.S. SVOD Operators Gaining Ground in Europe as Public Broadcasting Funding Declines

Variety: Despite expectations to the contrary, the share of Europe’s audiovisual market controlled by U.S. players grew by only four percentage points from 1996 to 2020, reaching 31%, according to the European Audiovisual Observatory’s 2022 Key Trends report.

Webinar on current and future ethical standards in journalism (Event)

Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe: The Media Councils in the Digital Age project invites you to attend a webinar on the current state and future challenges for the ethical codes of the European media councils, on 31 March from 12.00 to 13.00 (CET).

Who’s behind this website? A checklist (Resource)

CJR: This checklist is meant to be used as a reporting tool to help journalists and researchers when trying to find out who published a website. This is meant to be used in conjunction with offline reporting techniques.

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