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GHANA: Activists Concerned About Recent Arrests of Journalists in Ghana

VOA News: Ghana is normally seen as a beacon of press freedom in West Africa, where some governments keep a tight control on the media. But press freedom advocates note an alarming surge recently in arrests and assaults on journalists.

GHANA: GBC Staff Receives Training In Digital Content Creation (Watch)

GBC: Staff of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation have benefited from a training programme in new media, to step up content creation for Television and its social media platforms. 

GHANA: Ghana’s law on publication of false news is vague and easily abused – it should go

The Conversation: Ghana repealed its controversial criminal libel law two decades ago. Recent incidents have seen the Ghana Police Service use a different law to arrest and prosecute some media personalities. 

GHANA: Professor Amin Alhassan advocates cultural diversity as GBC launches Heritage Month 

GBC: Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Professor Amin Alhassan says GBC will use its platforms as ”points of convergence” that will factor in various ethnic groups in the country to promote the Ghanaian culture.

GUINEA BISSAU: MFWA, 15 other press freedom organisations petition President of Guinea Bissau to fight impunity

MFWA: The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and its partner press freedom organisations from fifteen West African countries have petitioned President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau to personally intervene to help improve the press freedom environment. 

KENYA: Kenyan media houses form team to ensure safety of journalists during elections

KBC News: Media houses in Kenya have formed an inter-media team to coordinate the safety and protection of media workers ahead of the 2022 General Election.  

KENYA: Journalists in Kenya Flag High Rates of Sexual Harassment in Newsrooms (Watch)

VOA: Journalists in Kenya report the highest rates of sexual harassment in newsrooms, according to a global media study involving 20 countries.

NAMIBIA: NBC conducts television skills training for Mines and Energy staff (Watch)

NBC: The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is conducting a three-day television skills training session for staff of the Mines and Energy Ministry. 

NIGERIA: Nigerian Radio Station Fights Suspension Over Popular Show

VOA News: Listeners and media rights groups decry six-month suspension of Vision FM’s popular ‘Truth to Power’ show

SOUTH AFRICA: Phathiswa Magopeni insists there was political interference, ‘bullying’ at SABC news

News24: Sacked SABC news head Phathiswa Magopeni maintains that she was targeted because she resisted political and editorial interference in the newsroom.


SABC: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) notes with concern the media reports claiming that the Corporation has destroyed the recordings of the disciplinary hearing of Ms Phathiswa Magopeni. The SABC categorically refutes these misleading allegations with the contempt they deserve.

SUDAN: Sudan Coup Media Curbs – Journalists Lament Mass Violations

Dabanga: Ever since Sudan’s progress from the oppressive Al Bashir dictatorship … toward a free and democratic society, was cut short by the military coup d’état of October 25, Radio Dabanga receives daily reports of human rights violations in general, and pressure, attacks, detentions, and harassment of journalists and news outlets in particular.

ZIMBABWE: MISA Pleads For Journalists’ Safety During Rallies

New Zimbabwe: The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has called upon political parties and law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of media practitioners who are carrying out their journalistic duties during election campaigns.

ZIMBABWE: ZBC radio stations listenership grows, ZAMPS

ZBC News: The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) flagship radio stations are dominating the airwaves after massive growth in listenership as revealed by the latest Zimbabwe All Media Products Survey (ZAMPS).

ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe’s First Licensed Community Radio Station Goes On Air

BMA: The ordinarily tranquil town of Chiredzi erupted in traditional Shangani music and dance when Zimbabwe’s first licensed community radio station, Avuxeni, debuted on the air.

REGIONAL: Journalism has changed. Education must reflect the reality (Opinion)

The Conversation: For more than a century, journalism education prepared young people for the role of full-time professionals employed by sizeable news organisations.

REGIONAL: MFWA Board bemoans democratic recession, worsening media freedom conditions in West Africa

Modern Ghana: The Board of Directors of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has expressed deep concerns about the apparent relapse of democratic governance and the deterioration of media freedom conditions in the West Africa region.

AFGHANISTAN: Radio Tajla stops functioning

Radio Info Asia: Radio Tajla, a private radio station in Afghanistan’s in central Maidan Wardak, has stopped broadcasting because of financial problems, according to a report in Pajhwok Afghan News (subscription required).

CAMBODIA: Journalists barred from reporting on harassment of union members

IFJ: Several journalists have been blocked from covering the alleged sexual harassment and detainment of members of the Labor Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees of NagaWorld (LRSU) by Cambodian police in Phnom Penh. 

CHINA: Foreign journalist group ‘dismayed’ at reporting conditions during Beijing Olympics

IFJ: A foreign journalist group has said that China tightened restrictions on reporters during the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, contrary to international Olympic regulations. 

INDIA: India’s Press Crackdown: The Silencing of Journalists in Kashmir

The Nation: Police charged Fahad Shah, editor in chief of The Kashmir Walla and a Nation contributor, with sedition. Under India’s anti-terrorism laws, he could face life in prison or the death sentence.

INDIA: Muslim Women Journalists in India Decry Rising Threats


INDONESIA: Hacking and Disinformation Attacks Against AJI’s Chairperson are a Threat to Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression (Statement)

The Alliance of Independent Journalists: The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) condemned the hacking and disinformation attacks against AJI Chairperson Sasmito Madrim. 

MALAYSIA: Journalist fined for breaching physical distancing rules during state election

IFJ: The International Federation of Journalists and its affiliate, the National Union of Journalists Peninsular Malaysia (NUJM), express concern over the Malaysian authorities’ penalising of journalists and media workers simply for carrying out their work.

MYANMAR: Detainments escalate as press freedom continues to decline under Myanmar’s military junta

IFJ: Attacks to press freedom and democracy continue to escalate in Myanmar, with two prominent writers and a student activist sentenced under an amendment to the Myanmar’s Penal code.  

PAKISTAN: Pakistan must stop censoring TV commentator Hamid Mir, RSF says

RSF: Nine months after leading Pakistani TV journalist and commentator Hamid Mir was forced off the air, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its local partner, Freedom Network Pakistan (FNPK), urge the government to end its silence about this censorship and tell Geo News he can resume hosting his show.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan’s tough stance on ‘fake news’ threatens basic freedoms

Nikkei Asia: Draconian measure meant to tackle rampant disinformation on social media

PHILIPPINES: Calida tells Comelec to scrap polls partnership with Rappler or risk court case

Philstar.com: The Comelec last week announced that it entered into a partnership with Rappler on “voter engagement and fighting disinformation in relation to the 2022 National and Local Elections.” […] But Calida questioned the partnership and claimed it “will unwittingly grant Rappler, a foreign-funded entity, the monopoly of truths arising from its claimed fact-checking accreditation from international entities.”

PHILIPPINES: Why ABS-CBN franchise, press freedom are election issues

Bulatlat: As Filipinos celebrate the 36th year since they toppled a dictatorship, journalists here said the issue of the non-renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise is an election issue that presidential aspirants should look into.

SOUTH KOREA: “I will lend you a KBS newsroom” Open to terrestrial platform local grassroots media (Press release – Korean)

KBS: KBS opens its terrestrial platform to local grassroots media. KBS announced that it would promote the “KBS Newsroom Rent ” project, which will be opened to local city and county media and journalists by setting up corners in 7 of 9 regional offices.

SOUTH KOREA: South Korea Presidential Candidate Questionnaire Responses

Human Rights Watch: HRW has compiled responses received from South Korean’s presidential candidates. Responses include answers to the question, “What are the greatest threats to freedom of expression and freedom of the press in South Korea and what steps would your government take to address them?”

THAILAND: Thai PBS wins 5 awards for “Human Rights Media” for the year 2021 (Press release – Thai) 

Thai PBS: The Public Broadcasting Organization of Thailand (SAT) or Thai PBS won 5 awards for “Human Rights Media” for the year 2021 organized by Amnesty International Thailand.

AUSTRALIA: Australia’s Standoff Against Google and Facebook Worked—Sort Of

Wired: A year after Australia forced tech giants to pay news outlets for the content they display, other countries want to follow suit.

AUSTRALIA & RUSSIA: Foxtel cuts broadcast of Kremlin-backed RT channel in Australia

The Guardian: The Kremlin-backed RT channel, which has reported that Russian troops are trying to liberate Ukraine, has been suspended by Foxtel in Australia.

AUSTRALIA: Now More Than Ever: Australia’s ABC (Press release)

ABC: Disregard the critics. Australia’s ABC, at ninety years of age, is demonstrably more valuable to Australians now than it has ever been.

AUSTRALIA: The need for Indigenous Australians to be their own narrators is more important than ever (Opinion)

The Guardian: Social media has allowed community to tell their stories their way, but non-mob must recognise cultural growth and adaption as well as tradition. 

NEW ZEALAND: Departing TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick: ‘If I had my time over again, I’d have gone faster

The Spinoff: The longest-serving CEO of a major NZ media company finished up yesterday. Duncan Greive talks to TVNZ’s Kevin Kenrick on his way out.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ, TVNZ merger decision made by Cabinet

RNZ: RNZ understands that a decision has been made by Cabinet on whether the merger of TVNZ and RNZ into a new public media entity will go ahead.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ Wins at the NZ TV Awards (Press release)

RNZ: RNZ series received three awards at the NZ TV Awards tonight, winning Best Factual Series and Best Original Score for Fight for the Wild and Best Pasifika Programme for Untold Pacific History.

NEW ZEALAND: The RNZ-TVNZ merger won’t address the real media challenges (Opinion)

Stuff:  The ”‘conscious coupling’ of TVNZ and RNZ is about to get the green light with Cabinet rubber-stamping it this week. Whether we call it a merger, a disestablishment, a re-alignment, or a waste of millions of dollars over several years – I have one clear message for the Government. It is not worth it!

NEW ZEALAND: Threats and violence against reporters from New Zealand’s “freedom convoy” protests

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, to prosecute those responsible for the threats and violence against reporters coming from the large crowd of demonstrators camped outside the parliament building in the city centre for the past two weeks in a protest against obligatory Covid-19 vaccination.

NEW ZEALAND: Wellington protesters’ extreme distrust of mainstream media

1 News: One feeling that unites many protesters with disparate views is a mistrust of mainstream media. News crews have faced chants of “tell the truth”, “media lies” and allegations that journalists covering the protest are paid government operatives.

NEW ZEALAND: What’s at stake in RNZ-TVNZ merger: a competitor’s view (Opinion)

Stuff: Generational change to our media sector is imminent. It appears the will-they-won’t-they courtship between TVNZ and RNZ has finally reached a resolution, two years after the first Cabinet paper on a proposed merger to create a stronger public media entity was tabled.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: MEAA condemns EMTV’s ‘assault’ on PNG journalists’ rights

Asia Pacific Report: The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance’s national media section committee of elected officials has condemned the suspension of 24 Papua New Guinean TV journalists who walked off the job in support of their colleague.

ALBANIA: Albanian media suffered in 2021, International Press Institute

Euractiv: Media freedom continued to suffer in Albania in 2021 as the government increased its grip on the flow of information while police’s “heavy-handed action” also raised concerns, according to the International Press Institute’s 2021 report.

BELGIUM: What place for international news in our news? (French)

RTBF: You regularly challenge us on the way we cover international news in our news. 

CYPRUS: President of journalists’ union faces serious criminal charges for his reporting

IFJ: Ali Kişmir, the President of the Cyprus Turkish Journalists’ Union, Basin-Sen, an International/European Federation of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) affiliate, faces a 10-year prison sentence for an article published a year and a half ago. 

CZECH REPUBLIC: Together for Ukraine: a CT benefit concert will take place tonight in the Czech Republic and abroad (Press release – Czech)

Česká televize: A total of two hundred performers will perform tonight at a special benefit of Czech Television Concert for Ukraine. 

DENMARK: DR is ready with the country’s first digital harassment officer (Press release – Danish)

DR: DR is taking the next step in the fight against digital harassment with the appointment of a digital harassment officer who will coordinate and gather initiatives across the organization.

ESTONIA: As of today, automatic subtitles can be selected for ETV live broadcasts (Press release – Estonian)

ERR: From March 1, Eesti Rahvusringhääling will introduce automatic subtitles, which will make it easier for the deaf to watch live broadcasts.

ESTONIA & RUSSIA: Russia threatens to close the Russian-language ERR portal in its country (Estonian)

ERR: The Russian Technical Surveillance Authority sent an official letter to the ERR threatening to shut down the news of the ERR’s Russian-language portal in Russia if the ERR does not take down the news that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba has announced that Russia has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

FINLAND: Accessibility of Yle Areena will be improved – more audio and subtitle options for Yle Areena’s live TV broadcasts (Press release – Finnish) 

Yle: Audio and subtitle options for live TV broadcasts will be added at Yle Areena.

FINLAND: Yle is the number one news player in Finland (Press release – Finnish)

Yle: The News Reviews 2021 survey has been completed and according to it Yle’s news is perceived as the most reliable news media in Finland.

FRANCE: Sibyle Veil: “I chose to appoint Adèle Van Reeth to replace Laurence Bloch at the head of France Inter” (French)

Le Monde: The president of Radio France explains, in an interview with the “World”, her choice to call on the producer of the “Paths of philosophy” of France Culture to direct the first radio station in France.

KOSOVO: Kosovo Defends Decision to Ban Russian TV Channels

Balkan Insight: Kosovo has temporarily outlawed the broadcasting of Russian television channels to prevent the spread of Russian propaganda about its war on Ukraine.

LATVIA & RUSSIA: Russian TV channels to be banned for years in Latvia

LSM: Latvia’s broadcast regulator has announced that several Russian television channels will have their right to be broadcast in Latvia suspended for years with immediate effect.

MALTA: ‘Entrench Media Freedom As The Fourth Pillar Of Democracy,’ Activists Say At Maltese Conference On Protection Of Journalists

Lovin Malta: Media freedom must be entrenched as the fourth pillar of democracy in Malta, activists urged in a conference held yesterday on the protection of journalists in the country.

POLAND & RUSSIA: Poland blocks Russian channels

Broadband TV News: Poland’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has decided to delete a number of Russian channels from the register of permitted TV services in the country.

RUSSIA: Digging Into the Disinformation Campaign Behind Russia’s War on Ukraine

GIJN: Has a campaign of disinformation been used too as a pretext for Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine?

RUSSIA: Moscow Warns Russian Media Over War Coverage

VOA News: Russia’s media regulator is warning independent news outlets to not report negatively on the war in Ukraine, including on troop causalities.

SERBIA: Serbia Sees Rise in Lawsuits to Silence Media and Activists: Report

Balkan Insight: There has been an increase in so-called SLAPP lawsuits launched by Serbian officials and public figures seeking to curb scrutiny by muzzling independent media and rights campaigners, says a new report.

SERBIA: Vucic’s media domination ‘hard to catch up’ in Serbia election campaign

Euractiv: The election campaign will be short – 46 days for the parliamentary elections and just over 30 for the presidential elections. However, the opposition will probably be unable to gain any ground in the media as the SNS has a tight grip on the entire media sector. Five televisions with a national frequency continue to act as billboards for promoting the current power, with the face of Vučić.

SLOVAKIA: Slovak pubcaster launches 24-hour news service

Broadband TV News: The Slovak public broadcaster RTVS has changed the operating structure of its third channel, making it a round-the-clock news service named Vysielanie:24 and focused on reporting the war in neighbouring Ukraine.

SLOVENIA: Paper against treating public TV as state media

STA: The newspaper Primorske Novice cautions against abusing and undermining public media, especially during an election campaign, and against silencing journalists.

SPAIN: RTVE and GRUPO SOCIAL ONCE sign an agreement to promote and facilitate social inclusion (Press release – Spanish)

RTVE: RTVE and the ONCE Social Group have signed this Tuesday a collaboration framework agreement with the aim of promoting and facilitating social inclusion and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families. 

SWEDEN: Listening to Swedish Radio reached record numbers in 2021 (Press release – Swedish)

Sveriges Radio: In 2021, 7.4 million people listened to Sveriges Radio on average a week, which is the highest figure measured in a full year since the total range for both linear and on-demand listening began to be measured in 2018.

SWEDEN: Swedish Radio continues with expanded reporting throughout the weekend on the war in Ukraine (Blog – Swedish)

Sveriges Radio: Deputy program directors Cajsa Lindberg and Olov Carlsson write about Swedish Radio’s continued coverage of the war in Ukraine. 

SWEDEN: SVT is investing further in journalism for children and young people (Press release – Swedish)  

SVT: The war in Ukraine raises big and difficult questions for many children. That is why SVT is now making a further investment in factual and educational journalism on platforms where children and young people are.

UK: New research highlights importance of impartial news

BBC Media Centre: Impartial news is more important than coverage that reflects people’s personal views, according to latest figures.

UK: What’s next for BBC news? Promise of freedom lures away more ‘big beasts’

The Guardian: The departures of Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel for Global, which operates LBC, are part of a wider talent drain as other broadcasters offer more independence.

UK: Whistleblowers call out Channel 4 News over ‘gagging orders’

The Observer: Campaign mounts against non-disclosure agreements to ‘silence’ female staff at the UK public-service broadcaster. 

UKRAINE: IFJ Calls on Unesco to Protect Journalists in Ukraine

IFJ: Since the outbreak of Russia’s armed conflict against Ukraine, the International Federation of Journalists has been in constant contact with its Ukrainian affiliates, NUJU and IMTUU, and has echoed warnings against journalists being seduced by disinformation. The IFJ and its affiliates around the world call on Unesco to do everything possible to protect journalists.

UKRAINE: The view from Ukraine, through the eyes of local journalists (Feature)


UKRAINE: Thousands donate to campaign to save Ukrainian media

The Guardian: The funds will enable independent media to continue to cover the war from neighbouring countries.

REGIONAL: EBU statement on Russian Members

EBU: The EBU Executive Board, in light of ongoing events in Ukraine, has decided to suspend representatives from its three Russian Members (RTR, Channel One and RDO) from serving in its governance groups, including the Executive Board and all Statutory Committees. 

REGIONAL: EFJ position: EC Draft Guidelines on collective bargaining for self-employed

EFJ: The European Federation of Journalists and its Freelance Expert Group has welcomed the European Commission’s initiative to address obstacles to collective bargaining on behalf of self-employed workers arising from competition law. 

REGIONAL: Nordic co-operation sets an all-time record in co-productions (Danish)

Nordvision: In a year with all the leg-spans that the pandemic brought, the partners in Nordvision nevertheless put a full flare during the collaboration. 

ARGENTINA: Paula de Luque and Marcelo Schapces: “It is remarkable how hegemonic discourses influence peoples” (Spanish) 

Página 12: Throughout 13 episodes that October TV broadcasts starting this Tuesday, “Mediapolis” is an exhaustive investigation into the relationship between the governments of the region and the media conglomerates, in a tour that analyzes the peculiarities that this link has in each Latin American country.

BRAZIL: Agência Pública launches Micro-grants for indigenous reporters (Portuguese)

Publica: The more than 300 indigenous peoples existing in the country have faced increasing challenges to resist multiple pressures. 

BRAZIL: With elections, communicators and journalists face a high-risk scenario in Brazil (Portuguese)

Carta Capital: Although the country is on red alert about the escalation of violence against the category, the protection program is still not effective as a measure to contain the problem.

CUBA: Cuba restores accreditations to EFE journalists (Spanish)

DW: The Cuban authorities restored this Monday (02.21.2022) the accreditations of three journalists from the EFE agency team in Cuba, withdrawn in November 2021, a decisive step towards the normalistion of the journalistic activity of the Spanish agency on the island.

HAITI: Haiti Police Open Fire on Demonstrators; Journalist Killed

VOA: Haitian police on Wednesday opened fire on demonstrators demanding higher wages and killed a reporter, according to witnesses and a hospital official in the impoverished Caribbean island nation.

HAITI & MEXICO: IAPA condemns murders in Mexico and Haiti (Spanish)

IAPA: The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) condemned the murders of two journalists in recent hours, one in Mexico and the other in Haiti. 

PERU: Aníbal Torres speaks out before accusations about state advertising: “I do not act outside the law” (Spanish)

Infobae: The president of the Council of Ministers, Aníbal Torres , responded to the public complaint by the PCM official who assured that the premier used state advertising “for political purposes.” Torres stated that he does not work contrary to the law, and defended his actions.

PERU: The Ombudsman’s Office asks the President of Peru to respect journalists (Spanish)

Infobae: The Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office reminded President Pedro Castillo on Wednesday that any limitation on journalistic coverage in the country “is an arbitrary restriction on freedom of the press.”

VENEZUELA: EU found structural deficiencies in Venezuelan elections (Spanish)

Bloomberg Linea: The European Union’s electoral observation mission said that last year’s regional elections in Venezuela showed improvements over previous votes, but that “structural deficiencies” persist, such as the prohibition of candidates, the use of public resources during the campaign and unequal access to public media. 

IRAN: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2022


IRAN: Why Is Iran Shaking up Its Media?

Media Power Monitor: In an attempt to better compete in the global news market, but also as a result of growing financial pressures, the Iranian government is revamping its media.

TURKEY: 3 int’l news outlets in Turkey face ban as deadline set by media watchdog expires

Stockholm Center for Freedom: Three international online news outlets operating in Turkey are facing an access ban as they have not applied for broadcasting licenses as demanded by the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), Turkish Minute reported, citing a RTÜK member.

TURKEY: Turkish journalist’s house attacked after Twitter threats

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) condemns the attack on February 23 on Turkish columnist Memduh Bayraktaroğlu in apparent retaliation for a tweet about the chairman of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party, Devlet Bahçeli. IPI calls on Turkish authorities to investigate the attack on Bayraktaroğlu and protect the journalist from any further threats.

TURKEY: VOA Statement on Turkish Media Regulator’s ‘Internet Broadcasting License’ (Press release)

VOA: On Monday, February 21, Turkish media regulator RTUK posted an official notice that the VOA Turkish language website would be blocked in 72 hours if VOA does not begin the process of applying for an “Internet broadcasting license.”

REGIONAL: Strengthening the safety of journalists (French)

IFJ: Together with its affiliates in the Arab World and Middle East region, the IFJ organized a series of safety trainings for journalists, in Baghdad on 22-23 January, in Amman on 16-19 February, in Irbid from February 21 to 22, in Damascus on February 20 and 21 and in Khartoum on February 23 and 24.

CANADA: Are you a Six Nations storyteller? Register for CBC’s community journalism workshops (Opportunity)

CBC: CBC Six Nations invites you to hear from Indigenous journalists working in TV, radio and digital on March 19.

CANADA: Canadian broadcasters to share in revenues from tech giants, heritage minister says

National Post: The Liberal government’s upcoming legislation to force Google and Facebook to share revenues with news publishers will include broadcasters, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said.

CANADA: CBC British Columbia dives deep into B.C. communities

CBC: At CBC British Columbia, we are committed to telling your stories and connecting deeply to B.C.’s many communities. That’s why CBC British Columbia has launched pop-up bureaus in three of B.C.’s most diverse and underserved communities. 

CANADA: NCM reporters highlight gaps in mainstream coverage of marginalized communities

New Canadian Media: Five NCM journalists shared their insights and tips on how to reframe the coverage of marginalized communities during a panel discussion at the 2022 NASH84 Canadian student journalism conference.

CANADA: RSF alarmed by hostility towards journalists covering protests in Canada

RSF: Alarmed by the mistreatment of journalists in Ottawa, Canada, where reporters have suffered hostile treatment, access denials, serious threats, and physical abuse, while covering the “Freedom Convoy” protests, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on authorities to end these abuses swiftly and ensure the safety of journalists on the field.

GREENLAND: Case study: How nxtedition helped KNR see the future of broadcasting is now

TVB Europe: Broadcaster has implemented nxtedition’s end-to-end system as its primary broadcast solution and now relies on this streamlined infrastructure and futureproof workflow to support all broadcast, web, and social media production needs.

US: Diversifying industry leadership with intention and knowledge sharing (Paywall)


US: Joan Ganz Cooney Center Announces Local Station Youth Content Grant Projects (Press release)

Joan Ganz Cooney Center: With CPB support, 12 stations will launch local projects for tweens and teens.

US: Lights, Camera, Impact! Making Media That Matters

PBS: This piece comes to us from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). To honor Black History Month, WCS and Nature are sharing five stories of nature and conservation.

US: More than just ‘the song and dance app’: Public media stations leverage new audiences on TikTok (Paywall)

Current: Amid the droves of young people dancing and lip-syncing to popular songs on TikTok, public media organizations are sharing local content on the app as they aim to reach audiences who may not be familiar with their traditional broadcast programming.

US: Public Media Company Receives Grants to Support Public Stations

TV Technology: The grants will enable the Public Media Company to help eight stations that service diverse or rural audiences.

US: SAG-AFTRA union reaches settlement with New York Public Radio (Paywall)

Current: The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union and New York Public Radio reached a settlement this week that withdraws an unfair labor practice claim filed with the National Labor Relations Board.

US: Union sees headway on DEI goals at NPR but highlights ‘a lot more work to do’ (Paywall)

Current: A report this month by NPR’s Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union found that network management has fallen short of meeting a majority of the union’s demands for measures to address diversity, equity and inclusion at the network.

US: With Boost from CPB, NPR to Ramp Up Coverage of Russian Invasion of Ukraine (Press release)

CPB: Corporation for Public Broadcasting provides $500,000 to boost coverage, security and travel to Ukraine

Call Out Bigotry in Reporting on the Ukraine Invasion

Nieman Lab: How journalists cover armed conflict shouldn’t hinge on the color of people’s skin or the color of their hair. 

Digital content curation: Journalists step in where platforms have no answers

LSE: LSE PhD researcher Eleonora Mazzoli discusses the role of tech platforms and their algorithms in the curation and promotion of news content, and lessons to learn from news organisations about ensuring that public interest journalism has a better chance to thrive.

Facebook takes down Ukraine disinformation network and bans Russian-backed media

The Guardian: Meta says network ran websites posing as independent news entities and created fake personas.

Grappling with the journalists’ trilemma: how to rethink news impartiality today (Opinion)

Reuters Institute: What can audience research tell us about the public’s perception of issues around impartiality in news, about how citizens approach it, and about some of the choices news media organisations have to face – what I call the journalists’ trilemma?

How do you say Kyiv?

NPR Public Editor: It’s a sign of respect when you learn to pronounce someone’s name the way they pronounce it themselves. The same is true for the capital city of Ukraine.

How to report on Ukraine’s history: guidelines from an Oxford historian

Reuters Institute: Researcher Dr Olivia Durand gives some historical background for international journalists reporting on Putin’s attack on the country. 

Let’s strengthen local reporting by 50,000 new journalists.

CJR: IN 2004, THE NUMBER OF NEWSPAPER newsroom staff topped 71,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Media4Women campaign: Safety for women journalists

Free Press Unlimited: On March 1st every year, Free Press Unlimited and partners launch the Media4Women (M4W) campaign. The two-week global campaign highlights the importance of gender equality in and through the media. This year the campaign focuses on safety for women journalists.

Public Service Broadcasting in its Second Century (Event)

LSE: With constant scrutiny of its public service remit, multiple new entrants in the market and changes in the way audiences consume content, what’s the future of the BBC? Tim Davie will be in conversation with Minouche Shafik, Director of LSE.

The old habits of news consumption died with the internet. What’s replacing them?

Nieman Lab: News organizations’ “attempts to keep audiences hooked through apps, newsletters, notification schemes and other things are an adaptation to an infrastructure not under their direct control.”

Tips from the ‘Guardian’ on live-blogging and covering breaking news on Ukraine

Reuters Institute: In March 2010, the Guardian launched a politics live blog led by journalist Andrew Sparrow as part of its coverage of the UK election.

Why autistic people can be great journalists

Journalism.co.uk: Diagnostic criteria often focus on the things an autistic person cannot do, rather than what they excel at. So, what are the benefits of being an autistic journalist?

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