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COP 27 climate coverage cop-outs

RNZ Mediawatch: The latest global climate policy summit in Egypt failed to create binding agreements on emissions reduction. But COP 27 did pave the way for compensating countries bearing the brunt of climate change. Commentators in our media were quick to claim ‘COP was a flop’ and proof that big international gatherings of governments and institutions are a waste of time and taxpayers’ money. 

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BURUNDI: European Union Pushes Burundi To Respect Media Freedom

Taarifa: Burundi journalists still suffer state inspired intimidation which directly affects democracy according to the European Union.

CAMEROON: Raphaël Nkoa appointed channel manager of Crtv Sports (French)

Actu Cameroun: The journalist was brought to the head of this Cameroonian public media television this Thursday, November 17, 2022.

DRC: DRC journalist Olivier Makambu jailed over broadcast following defamation complaint

CPJ: Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should immediately release journalist Olivier Makambu, drop all legal proceedings against him, and reform the country’s laws to ensure journalism is not criminalized, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. 

DRC: Two DRC radio stations suspended, transmitters seized over broadcasts criticizing politicians

CPJ: On October 25, 2022, Bono Emakitshi, administrator of the Lodji territory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s central Sankuru province, issued a directive suspending the operations of privately owned broadcasters Radio Losanganya and Radio Grand Tam-tam. Bono also ordered the outlets’ transmitters to be seized until further notice.

ETHIOPIA: Lawmakers fiercely oppose TV license fee, as state broadcaster doubles fee in revised bill

Addis Standard: Members of the House of People’s Representatives have expressed their fierce opposition against a proposed TV license fee outlined in a new draft bill to re-establish the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC).

GHANA: “Digital transformation in the media is inevitable and is accompanied by blessings and causes”

IFJ: The Executive Director of the Wassa Association of Communities Affected by Mining (WACAM – an environmental and human rights NGO) , Daniel Owusu Koranteng, said that digital transformation in the media is inevitable and is accompanied by blessings and causes.

NIGERIA: Media groups strategise on implementation of self-regulation platform for journalists

The Premium Times: Major media organisations in Nigeria have mapped out a strategy on how to implement a self-regulatory mechanism to check ethical and professional breaches by journalists.

NIGERIA: Uzodimma appoints Ify Onyegbule as Imo Broadcasting Corporation D-G

The Guardian Nigeria: Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo has appointed Ms Ify Onyegbule as the new Director-General of Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC).

SOMALIA: Journalist under strict bail terms in Somalia after arrest in crackdown

The Guardian: Abdalle Mumin was held after press groups said government edicts on coverage of offensive against al-Shabaab put them at risk.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC is finally a streaming platform, now it should act like a tech giant (Opinion)

IOL: According to historical records, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was allowed to introduce a television service in 1971. 

TUNISIA: New election rules threaten media freedom and independence

Article 19: ARTICLE 19 calls on Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) to withdraw its decision regarding audiovisual coverage of the elections because of the danger it poses to an independent media landscape and its blatant assault on the powers of the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HAICA).

ZIMBABWE: MISA Zimbabwe position on barring of NewsDay from covering national events

MISA: According to NewsDay, this came after “someone” from Parliament reportedly deleted the names of its two reporters from the list of reporters accredited to cover the SONA, thereby effectively barring them from covering the presentation of the 2023 National Budget the next day.

REGIONAL: Climate Change Journalism Fellowship: 10 Journalists Selected from 10 West African Countries

MFWA: Ten West African journalists have been selected for the 2022 Climate Change Journalism Fellowship (CCJF) of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). 

REGIONAL: ​​“I’d like African journalists to do African investigations supported by African people”

RISJ: Ugandan investigative journalist Solomon Serwanjja is the Executive Director and one of the founders of the African Institute for Investigative Journalism (AIIJ), a Ugandan-based media organisation focused on supporting investigative journalism in Africa.  

REGIONAL: IPI Africa Monitoring: DRC, Somaliland, and Ghana witnessed highest number of press freedom violations in September

IPI: Journalists across sub-Saharan Africa faced a range of pressures in September 2022, including physical attacks, arrests and imprisonment, and censorship. 

CHINA: China Covid: Chinese TV censors shots of maskless World Cup fans

BBC: The phrase “football is nothing without fans” has become so accepted as to be cliché among some commentators. But Chinese state TV has been testing that assumption to its limit throughout the World Cup.

CHINA & UK: UK condemns China for BBC journalist’s arrest at COVID protests

The Korea Times: Britain’s government on Monday condemned Chinese police after the BBC said one of its journalists was arrested and beaten while covering COVID protests in Shanghai, the latest incident to test relations between the countries.

CHINA & UK: Video shows BBC journalist’s arrest during Covid protest – video (Watch)

The Guardian: Video shared on social media shows the moment BBC journalist Edward Lawrence was arrested by Chinese authorities while covering an anti-lockdown protest in Shanghai. Lawrence was dragged away by police shouting “Call the Consulate, now.”

HONG KONG: Apple Daily journalists plead guilty to collusion charge

IFJ: Six former Apple Daily staff have pled guilty to collusion charges at Hong Kong’s High Court on November 22, with one set to appear at Jimmy Lai’s upcoming trial. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the arbitrary legal persecution of Apple Daily staff and urges the Hong Kong authorities to drop all charges against the media workers immediately.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong asks Beijing to intervene after top court blocks bid to stop media tycoon Jimmy Lai from hiring UK lawyer

HKFP: The announcement came hours after a ruling from the city’s top court upheld an earlier decision to allow a UK barrister to represent media tycoon Jimmy Lai in a high-profile national security trial that is set to open on Thursday.

INDIA: India’s Adani Defends Media bid After Press Freedom Fears

VOA News: Indian tycoon Gautam Adani said Friday that media should have the “courage” to support the government when warranted, after his hostile takeover bid for one of the country’s top broadcasters sparked press freedom fears. 

INDIA: Prasar Bharati to host general assembly of Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union

Dev Discourse: Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati is hosting a 59th General Assembly of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union that will see participation of around 300 international delegates from across 40 countries.

INDONESIA: RRI Elected as World Broadcasting Organization Secretariat (Indonesian)

Tempo: Radio Republik Indonesia or RRI was chosen as the secretariat of the association of world broadcasting practitioners after going through an assessment process by the secretariat general of members of the Admin Council – the association of broadcasting institutions in Asia Pacific countries (Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union / ABU).

KYRGYZSTAN: Expelled Journalist Should Be Allowed to Return from Russia

Human Rights Watch: Authorities Should Cancel Deportation Order of Investigative Journalist.

MYANMAR: Even journalists deemed close to the junta are no longer safe in Burma

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of two journalists who have been held ever since their arrest for asking unwelcome questions at an information ministry press conference in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyidaw, on 18 November.

PAKISTAN: Radio Pakistan launches its first English language channel

RadioInfo Asia: Radio Pakistan has launched Planet FM 87.6 – its first English language channel. It will broadcast programs on news, current affairs, entertainment, infotainment, education and interviews of renowned achievers from different walks of life.

PHILIPPINES: Impunity rampant on the anniversary of Ampatuan Massacre

IFJ: As impunity runs rife for crimes against journalists in the Philippines, November 23 marks the thirteenth anniversary of the nation’s Ampatuan massacre, the world’s deadliest attack against journalists. 

SOUTH KOREA: Korean journalists condemn Yoon’s office after MBC reporter receives death threats

Hankyoreh: Associations and unions of journalists and media workers placed the blame for threats of violence against the MBC reporter squarely on the president and his office.

SOUTH KOREA: Reporters Without Borders denounces Yoon’s media handling

The Korea Herald: Reporters Without Borders called on President Yoon Suk-yeol to reverse his decision to bar journalists with public broadcaster MBC from the presidential plane and also called for the reinstatement of the president’s daily meetings with the press.

THAILAND: Thai PBS podcast roaming found a network of broadcasting radio stations in the north (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: Thai PBS Podcast has organized a roaming project in the north to meet with a network of radio stations that broadcast programs to broadcast through educational radio stations and community radio.

AUSTRALIA: ABC in 2023 – Bright, bold and simply brilliant (Press release)

ABC: Next year, audiences will be treated to a line-up of unrivalled Australian content from across the country. Whoever you are or wherever you are, there’s something for you on ABC in 23.

AUSTRALIA: Editorial director Craig McMurtrie signs off after 30 years at the ABC, defends impartiality and importance of national broadcaster

ABC: “The ABC has never been perfect, but in these days of polarisation, misinformation and amplified outrage it is irreplaceable,” writes Craig McMurtrie.

AUSTRALIA: TV ratings spark fighting and soul-searching among executives

The Australian Financial Review: Australia’s year-end TV ratings figures have kicked off a war of words between rivals Seven and Nine over which network is really No.1 – and some soul-searching for the now fourth-placed Ten.

NEW ZEALAND: Bridges brushes off questions about job leading board of new public broadcaster

Stuff: Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive and former National Party leader Simon Bridges is staying coy on his prospects of leading a merged public media broadcaster.

NEW ZEALAND: Can merger of TVNZ and RNZ meet diverse needs of Pacific audiences? (Opinion)

Pacific Media Network: What does a Pacific man charged with threatening to kill a radio host have to do with the merger of TVNZ-RNZ? Commentator Samson Samasoni explains.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ-TVNZ public media merger: Private contractors paid $6000 per week on average

RNZ: Private consultants working on the public media mega-merger are on contracts worth up to almost $9000 a week, and an average of almost $6000 a week.

AUSTRIA: Alternatives to GIS: Two-thirds majority can protect against political intervention, says media ethicist Karmasin (German)

Der Standard: Push by the Greens for value-secured budget financing of the ORF: SPÖ Foundation Council sees more money needed, FPÖ wants fewer linear channels, Neos for fundamental debate.

AUSTRIA: ORF expects losses from 2024: GIS increase in 2022 is not enough, Weißmann signals (German)

Der Standard: In February, GIS program fees were increased by eight percent for the next five years. According to Weißmann, new financing from 2024 will require more funds.

BELGIUM: Board of Directors VRT approves Transformation Plan (22 November – Dutch)

VRT: The board of directors of VRT has today approved the submitted Transformation Plan of the public broadcaster. 

BELGIUM: Journalists attacked and insulted during riots (French)

IFJ: Following Morocco’s victory over Belgium in a soccer World Cup match, violent riots broke out in Brussels on Sunday (November 27th). 

BELGIUM: Overflows in Brussels on the sidelines of Belgium-Morocco: a dozen administrative arrests, RTBF reacts to the aggression of its teams (French)

RTBF: The situation is calming in the center of Brussels after the disturbances which followed the match Belgium – Morocco which ended in a victory 2 goals to 0 in favor of Morocco, within the framework of the World Cup in Qatar.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Smart TV usage grows in Czech Republic

Broadband TV News: The share of Czech homes using a TV with an internet connection rose from 34% to 44% in the two years to June 30.

FINLAND: Ismo Silvo: Yle’s independence is not a hundred years old! (Press release – Finnish)

Yle: Martti Soramäki’s book Censorship to Freedom of Speech – Yleisradio 1926–2022, which has just been published, is a thorough study of the relationship between Yle and political authorities over a hundred years.

FINLAND: Yle strengthens its regional presence and opens a new delivery in Varkaue (Press release – Finnish)

Yle: One journalist works at the new location. Yelle currently has similar small local deliveries (1-3 suppliers) in Kuusamo, Savonlinna, Rauma and Jämsä. The Varkaus branch opens its doors on November 30.

FRANCE: Deprived of the fee, the public audiovisual sector is worried (Paywall – French)

La Croix: While a parliamentary mission is working on their future, the public media hope to find sustainable and earmarked funding after 2024.

FRANCE: France’s Citizen Kane tests EU media freedom ambitions

Politico: Conservative billionaire Vincent Bolloré’s publishing takeover would make him a media titan just as the EU seeks to protect media pluralism.

FRANCE: TikTok pinned for its opacity by the French audiovisual police (French)

Ouest France: The French audiovisual policeman, Arcom, on Monday, November 28, called on social networks to make greater efforts and transparency in the fight against misinformation, pinning TikTok in particular, when they will soon have to apply new rules. more restrictive European ones.

FRANCE: Towards a merger of France Télévisions, Radio France and INA? The end of the audiovisual license fee is causing damage

Clubic: The boss of France Télévisions, Delphine Ernotte, believes that the limit has almost been reached in terms of budget reduction. It does not refute the idea of ​​a concentration of public audiovisual media.

GERMANY: ARD adds radio portal to smart TVs via HbbTV

Broadband TV News: ARD Audiothek, the radio portal from German public broadcaster ARD, is now available on smart TVs.

GREECE: How Free Is the Press in the Birthplace of Democracy? (Paywall)

The New York Times: Reporters under surveillance. Political opponents being wiretapped. The scandal is called the ‘Greek Watergate.’ But not enough people are paying attention.

IRELAND: Taoiseach says universal levy would be ‘more sustainable’ than TV licence

The Independent (Ireland): Replacing licence with taxpayer funding ‘not realistic’ – Micheál Martin.

ITALY: PM Meloni urged to drop defamation lawsuit against newspaper Domani

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) today joins the undersigned organisations in calling for the filed against the newspaper Domani by Italy’s new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to be dropped and for the Italian Parliament to adopt a comprehensive reform of the country’s defamation laws. 

KOSOVO & ALBANIA: CPJ joint mission finds press freedom concerns in Kosovo and Albania

CPJ: Between November 15 and 18, 2022, CPJ joined a delegation of press freedom groups on missions to Kosovo and Albania to meet with members of the media and officials. 

LATVIA: Decisions needed on unified Latvian public media

LSM: Latvia should finally make a decision on whether or not to merge Latvian Television (LTV) and Latvian Radio (LR) into a fully-integrated, single public media company, said head of the Council of Public Electronic Media (SEPLP) Jānis Siksnis in an interview with Latvian Radio November 25. 

RUSSIA: Journalists and independent monitors being silenced to stifle reporting of protests – new report

Amnesty International: The Russian authorities have developed a sophisticated system of restrictions and severe reprisals to crush public protests, which extends to suppressing any reporting of them by journalists and independent monitors.

SLOVENIA: Slovenians Back Bill To Depoliticise Public TV

Barron’s: Slovenians in a referendum on Sunday backed a bill to reduce political influence and restore editorial independence to the EU country’s public television.

SPAIN: Conference ‘Social participation in the public media’ by RTVE and its Advisory Council (Press release – Spanish)

RTVE: The  RTVE Corporation  and the RTVE Advisory Council are organizing the first conference on participation next Tuesday, November 29, in Prado del Rey. 

SWEDEN: It’s good that threats against P4 Dalarna’s employees are dropped (Press release – Swedish)

Sveriges Radio: At a trial at the district court in Mora this week, a man was sentenced to daily fines for illegal threats against P4 Dalarna’s employees. Threats against journalists must be addressed and law enforcement agencies must act.

SWITZERLAND & UKRAINE: ‘You can’t cover a war from afar,’ says Swiss reporter in Ukraine

Swissinfo: A Kyiv correspondent for Swiss public broadcaster RTS has received two awards this autumn for her humane and unvarnished reporting on the war in Ukraine. Maurine Mercier explains her drive to confront reality.

UK: BBC confirms changes to simplify complaints process (Press release) 

BBC: The BBC is further improving its complaints process to support greater transparency and maintain trust with audiences.

UK: BBC to complete rollout of BBC One HD regional versions by Spring 2023

Broadband TV News: The BBC has confirmed plans to introduce HD versions of BBC One in England for the first time. 

UK: DCMS Secretary: ‘BBC a national asset’

Advanced Television: UK culture secretary Michelle Donelan has told Sky News that the BBC is a “national asset” and confirmed that she is “working very closely” with fellow public service broadcaster Channel 4 as to whether it should be sold off or not. 

UK: Journalists will struggle to speak truth to power if the power isn’t showing up

Index on Censorship: Rishi Sunak’s decision to end the traditional morning media round is a mistake, says our CEO Ruth Smeeth.

UK: Senior media figures call for law to stop oligarchs silencing UK journalists

The Guardian: Editors urge ministers to end ‘endemic’ use of Slapps – legal cases designed to hinder investigations.

UK: The role of the BBC in creative clusters (Report)

BBC: We are delighted to present this report, quantifying the BBC’s role in the development and growth of Creative Clusters across the UK, and the onward benefits of creative clusters to the UK economy.

REGIONAL: A renewed commitment to public service media for strong democracies

EBU: The Council of Europe and the EBU have re-asserted the important role that public service media play in supporting strong democracies at their joint conference ‘Public service media for Democracy’.

REGIONAL: Building trust among media and scientists in Central- and Eastern Europe (Watch)

Free Press Unlimited: The regional conference brought together journalists, academics, fact-checkers, the representatives of national governments and civil society from across the Central and Eastern European Region to tackle the challenges related to reporting on science and challenging the false narratives around it.

REGIONAL: Online Threats and Hate Speech Show no Signs of Decline

Balkan Insight: Journalists and politicians suffer more online attacks in Serbia and Hungary; no lull in hate speech targeting minorities in North Macedonia; fake news and frauds occur in several digital spaces.

REGIONAL: The dilemma facing broadcasters

Digital TV Europe: How should national broadcasters respond to the ongoing decline in linear viewing and the rise of streaming?

REGIONAL: The pitfalls of the EU’s media freedom law, as reviewed by an expert

Euractiv: Economic sustainability, lack of ‘teeth’ and underdevelopment of the geopolitical implications are the most significant points for improvement highlighted in a soon-to-be-published study on the European Media Freedom Act.

REGIONAL: Threats against public media can make it extinct – interview

LRT: Public media is undergoing trust issues “throughout Europe and throughout the world”, according to Patrick Penninckx, head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe.

ARGENTINA: Gender equality in the media, a pending account (Spanish)

Canal Abierto: A panel of academics and union leaders met to discuss and demand the urgent implementation of the Law on Equity in the Communications Media, approved more than a year ago. Currently, there are only 30% of women communicators, although in careers they represent 70%.

BOLIVIA: Journalists Demand Police Stop Attacking Reporters (Spanish) 

ANP Diarios: Journalists from the department of Santa Cruz gathered on November 18 in front of the Police Command to condemn the attacks by riot agents against press workers deployed to cover a civic strike that began on October 22 in this region, while a total of 20 cases of attacks on reporters from private and state media were announced.

BRAZIL: Communication WG wants to remove EBC from the list of privatizations and talks about “Brazilian BBC” (Portuguese)

Brasil de Fato: Helena Martins, a member of the WG, says that the OECD suggested that Brazil strengthen the public communication system.

BRAZIL: Under attack, Brazilian journalism presses forward in the Bolsonaro years, but hesitates in the face of fascism and democracy 

LatAm Journalism Review: On Jan. 1, 2019, during the inauguration of president Jair Bolsonaro, journalists covering the event in Brasilia had a dog’s day, in the words of Folha de S.Paulo journalist Mônica Bergamo. Little did we know that it would be the first of many. 

CHILE: Controversial media plan: strategic issues for the Government and how Vallejo’s advisers operate (Spanish)

El Líbero: [Her] agreement “More breadth, more voices, more democracy” with three public universities has been harshly criticized by the National Press Association for violating freedom of expression. 

COLOMBIA: The best children’s team is Mi Señal Colombia (Press release – Spanish)

RTVC: Señal Colombia presents from Monday to Sunday, between 6 and 11 in the morning, the “Selección Mi Señal” to be in tune with the World Cup and meet the need for edu-entertainment in boys and girls during the holiday season.

COLOMBIA: Wilder Córdoba, social leader and regional journalist in Nariño, is assassinated

Infobae: He directed the private channel La Unión TV and was recognized for his complaints about insecurity in that department in southwestern Colombia.

EL SALVADOR: Ten Salvadoran journalists flee their country to avoid political persecution (Spanish)

IJNet: Aseries of legal modifications force Salvadoran journalists to choose between two paths: “play it” and continue investigating, or self-censor.

MEXICO: Another Mexican Reporter Gunned Down in Deadly Year for Local Media

VOA News: A part-time Mexican journalist was shot dead in Veracruz state, home turf of several violent drug gangs, adding to the death toll for the bloodiest year to date for local media workers.

VENEZUELA: The oldest radio station in Venezuela is only heard on the internet and “survives by force of will” (Spanish)

VOA News: The Venezuelan authority for telecommunications, Conatel, ordered RCR in 2019 to “immediately cease” operations by open signal, alleging expiration of the concession, but it has not renewed it.

REGIONAL: Journalists of the Americas use collaboration as a weapon against disinformation

LatAm Journalism Review

REGIONAL: New technological tools seek to curb disinformation in Latin America (Spanish)

VOA News: Some initiatives in Latin America try to curb disinformation with technological tools that serve the media and journalists to verify manipulated images and videos, but also to dismantle false campaigns and identify who disseminates the material and from where.

IRAN: Iran launches smear campaign against jailed journalists

DW: More female journalists are behind bars in Iran than ever before. Among them are Niloofar Hamedi and Elahe Mohammadi, both of whom have been accused of “conspiring against national security.”

IRAN: Names of journalists arrested in Iran’s anti-state protests

CPJ: CPJ has documented the names of journalists arrested in Iran amid protests over the death in morality-police custody of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, arrested for allegedly violating the country’s conservative dress law.

ISRAEL: Likud said looking to shut Kan public broadcaster’s news division

The Times of Israel: Party says move not part of coalition talks; Netanyahu, other party members have long opposed news division; opposition MK: ‘1st lesson in school of dictators… silence the media’.

LEBANON: Beirut: Regional Consultations on Media Freedom in the Arab World and the Middle East

IFJ: The Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, in cooperation with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), organised a consultative meeting on media freedom in the Arab world and the Middle East, on 16 and 17 November 2022 in Beirut, with the participation of Irene Khan, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

QATAR: IFJ calls on the authorities to stop obstructing journalists’ work

IFJ: The IFJ has listed the latest incidents reported by media workers covering the World Cup in Qatar since the beginning of the event.

TURKEY: In Turkey, social media platforms become complicit in censoring media and freedom of speech

Global Voices: This does not bode well for the elections coming in 2023.

TURKEY: New online censorship law’s impact on freedom of expression (Event)

ARTICLE 19: New highly controversial ‘censorship’ legislation foreshadows a draconian chapter for freedom of expression and access to information in Turkey. The timing of the legislation raises concerns that the government might attempt to muzzle online discussion in the run up to the 2023 general elections. 

CANADA: Between Us: Working together makes us stronger (Blog)

CBC/Radio-Canada: Catherine Tait provides an overview of the international partnerships, community consultations and abundance of compelling content that made November special.

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada’s second 2022–2023 quarterly report now available online (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: Financial Report for the Second Quarter Ended September 30, 2022.

CANADA: Get the facts: CBC/Radio-Canada is a bargain (Letter)

CBC/Radio-Canada: Despite what the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation and Sun newspapers want to believe, the facts still show that CBC/Radio-Canada is a great investment.

CANADA: ‘Keep a language alive’: CBC Cree unit celebrates milestone anniversaries

CBC News: Cree radio and television have been around for 50 and 40 years, respectively. Celebration happens Thursday.

US: Hate in the Headlines: Journalism & the Challenge of Extremism (Report)

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US: National contest honors Utah Public Radio and collaborative coverage of Great Salt Lake crisis

Cache Valley Daily: The Great Salt Lake Collaborative –represented here in Cache Valley by Utah Public Radio — has received national recognition for its reporting on possible solutions to an ongoing environmental crisis.

US: Online mobs are now coming for student journalists (Paywall)

The Washington Post: Young reporters are forced to contend with waves of abuse and harassment, driving some out of the industry before they even get started.

US: USAGM attracts record audience of 410 million (15 November)

USAGM: The measured weekly audience for U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) programming grew to 410 million people in fiscal year 2022, according to the agency’s Performance and Accountability Report submitted today to Congress.

Coverage of Climate Protests Brings Media Arrests

VOA News: As activists mar artwork displays in climate protests, journalists find themselves under police scrutiny.

Google and YouTube partner with Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network on $13.2 million grant for the global fact-checking community

Poynter: The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the nonprofit Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalistic excellence, announces a partnership with Google and YouTube to support fact-checking initiatives worldwide and reduce the harm of misinformation. Google and YouTube are providing the IFCN a $13.2 million grant, which includes a $12 million Global Fact Check Fund primarily for verified signatories to the IFCN’s Code of Principles.

Internet for Trust – Regulating Digital Platforms for Information as a Public Good (Event) 

UNESCO: The internet and social media have empowered society with enormous opportunities for people to communicate, engage and learn. However, digital platforms may be used as vectors for disinformation, hate speech and conspiracy theories and other content potentially harmful to democracy and human rights in which current regulatory systems have yet to catch up with. 

Journalists reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic relied on research that had yet to be peer reviewed

The Conversation: A story on gender inequity in scientific research industries. A deep dive into the daily rhythms of the immune system. A look at vaccine effectiveness for COVID-19 variants. These are a few examples of news stories based on preprints — research studies that haven’t been formally vetted by the scientific community.

Public Service Broadcasting Seeks Unity: Australia’s ABC, CBC/Radio Canada & RNZ New Zealand Bosses Talk Teaming To Combat Global Streaming


Ten recommendations for Elon Musk for combatting the “digital nightmare” and for reinforcing journalism and information

RSF: Elon Musk’s intentions regarding the fate of Twitter accounts is fuelling concern about the prospect of increasingly arbitrary decisions. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the billionaire to read the clear and precise recommendations in the latest report from the Forum on Information and Democracy : Accountability regimes for social networks accounts and their users.

What’s the best way to deal with a flood of misinformation? Maybe it’s time for some deliberate ignorance (15 November)

Nieman Lab: “It is only by ignoring the torrent of low-quality information that people can focus on applying critical search skills to the remaining now-manageable pool of potentially relevant information.”

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