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The importance of Smart TV for SRG SSR

Switzerland’s public broadcaster, SRG SSR, is addressing the changes and challenges that have arisen from the growing streaming market by enhancing its own streaming offer and looking at ways of optimising its reach via Smart TV.

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SRG-SSR building in Zurich. Credit: Roland zh/Creative Commons

SRG SSR is shifting its content distribution strategy to become 50:50 between broadcast and non-linear methods. It comes after the broadcaster’s dedicated streaming service, Play Suisse, reached the milestone of 500,000 registered users since its launch in November 2020.

With more than 3000 titles in its growing catalogue of Swiss-made content, it has fast become an alternative, interregional streamer to the international streaming giants like Netflix and Disney+.

With 1 in 5 viewers using Smart (or connected) TV to access Play Suisse, Smart TVs and digital transformation have become an increasingly important consideration for SRG SSR’s platform strategy.

Plans to further develop Play Suisse include encouraging closer collaborations with platform companies like Samsung and other big telecommunication operators, developing a “top-notch UX (user experience) as well as an increased focus on exclusive content,” Bakel Walden, Director of Development and Offering at SRG SSR, told PMA.

At the same time, the public broadcaster has plans to increase its “efforts regarding personalisation significantly to not only provide a strong viewing experience but to make it unique and personal for each user.”

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Nicaragua Continues Crackdown on Independent Media

VOA News: In recent years Nicaraguan citizens have seen many news media outlets shut down by the government of President Daniel Ortega. Recently, one of the oldest radio stations in the country was shut down alongside an iconic newspaper. For Houston Castillo and Donaldo Hernandez, Cristina Caicedo Smit narrates the story.

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Russia’s War

On the Media, NPR: Six months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, President Putin has rallied the Russian population around the brutal conflict. On this week’s On the Media, hear how the Kremlin’s crackdown on the press paved the way for war. Plus, a look inside the world of Russian propaganda, and how it influences people.

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GHANA: Media urged to raise awareness on dangers of irregular migration

GBC News: Secretary General, Ghana Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Mrs Ama Serwaah Nerquaye-Tetteh, has urged media practitioners to raise awareness on risks of irregular migration to deter the youth from engaging in such voyages.

KENYA: MCK reveals why joint media tallying of election results failed

KBC: Efforts by the media to organise a joint tallying of Presidential election results started too late, the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) says.

KENYA: Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenya’s media: a bitter-sweet affair that didn’t end happily

The Conversation: The relationship between the state and media soured just months into the Kenyatta regime.

MALAWI: Malawi Media Advocacy Group Concerned After Closure of Media Houses

VOA News: Malawi’s government has closed three television stations and six radio stations for failing to pay annual license fees. The country’s media authority is expected to revoke the licenses of up to 30 broadcasting outlets by the end of the year.

MOZAMBIQUE: Urgent action needed to safeguard press freedom and democracy

IPI: Following four-day visit, IPI remains alarmed by situation of press freedom and independent journalism in the country.

NIGERIA: Nigerian Court Stops Regulator From Revoking Licenses Of Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Media Africa: In Nigeria, the Federal High Court has stopped the National Broadcasting Commission from revoking the licenses of 53 broadcast stations and shutting down their stations.

NIGERIA: Radio station closures and arbitrary arrests signal press freedom decline in Nigeria

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed about a decline in press freedom Nigeria, where 53 public and privately-owned radio stations have been suspended and are threatened with permanent closure, and at least 15 journalists have been arrested (and five physically attacked) in the past three months, according to RSF’s tally.

NIGERIA & MALAWI: Malawian and Nigerian broadcast regulators threaten to shut down stations defaulting on their broadcast operating licences – A fair move or undue pressure?

Balancing Act: Regulating media in general (and broadcasting in particular) is always a deeply ‘political’ activity in Sub-Saharan Africa. This week Russell Southwood looks at moves by the regulators in Malawi and Nigeria to shutdown broadcasters over the non-payment of their operating licences.

SOMALIA: Shooting of Somali TV reporter by elite police unit’s officers goes unpunished

RSF: A Somali TV reporter was badly wounded when two members of an elite police unit fired on him as he tried to cover the recent hotel siege in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and yet they were released within hours. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for a full police investigation into this flagrant case of impunity.


SABC: SABC Video Entertainment is excited to invite producers/ content creators to submit content and programme proposals to the SABC from the 19th of August 2022 until the 16th of September 2022.

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa’s Regulator – Icasa – And Signal Carrier – Sentech Accused Over ‘Rip-off’ Prices By Broadcaster

Broadcast Media Africa: eMedia Investments, eTV parent company, has accused the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) of allowing the state-owned broadcasting signal distributor (Sentech) to abuse its monopoly to the detriment of broadcasters for decades.

SUDAN: Sudanese journalists form independent union to defend freedoms

The New Arab: Campaigners said the formation of Sudan’s first independent professional union in decades was an important step towards re-establishing freedoms after a military coup.

TIMOR-LESTE: Journalists in Timor-Leste face charges for exposing corruption and abuse, tainting media freedom (15 August)


ZIMBABWE: Four Zimbabwean journalists beaten, forced to delete footage by ruling party supporters

CPJ: Zimbabwean authorities should investigate the brutal assault of four journalists working for private media outlets, bring the perpetrators to justice, and ensure that party supporters do not attack members of the press covering political rallies, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. 

AFGHANISTAN: AFJC records 245 cases of media violation during the first year of Taliban rule

IFEX: A new report by the Afghanistan Journalists Center shows that over half of 600 media outlets, including radio and television, print and online, have ceased operations and over 60% of journalists and media employees have not been able to work since the Taliban took power.

CHINA: Chinese State Media Defend Covid Zero, Warn Against ‘Lying Flat’ (Paywall)

Bloomberg: China’s state media defended the country’s increasingly costly zero tolerance approach to Covid-19, saying inactivity from “lying flat” would be disastrous, as outbreaks in its tourism hotspots abate.  

HONG KONG: Hong Kong media credibility drops to new low, study finds

HKFP: Public trust in the credibility of Hong Kong’s media has fallen to its lowest level in two decades, according to a survey by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

INDIA: How Indian TV news became a theatre of aggression fanning the flames of populism

RISJ: A new report from the Network of Women in Media warns against the increasing toxicity of talk shows and stresses its political impact.

INDIA: Pro-government tycoon’s TV bid threatens media freedom

IFJ: Business tycoon Gautam Adani, who is considered close to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is set to buy a 29.18% share of NDTV (New Delhi Television Ltd), sparking fears about a further decline in media freedom in the country.

INDONESIA: Is Indonesia criminalizing journalism?

Coda Story: New regulations have been implemented, and more drafted, to enable the government to control digital discourse and free expression.

MALAYSIA: Ismail Sabri’s government is undermining fundamental freedoms

ARTICLE 19: One year after Ismail Sabri took over as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, ARTICLE 19 and CIVICUS are concerned about systematic attempts by his government to restrict and undermine fundamental freedoms, especially freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

MALDIVES: Greater efforts needed to confront obstacles for media, says IFJ

IFJ: Despite progress and promises made by the current Maldivian government to address press freedom, there are still obstacles for journalists in the country. During an evaluation mission in the Maldives, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) met with journalists, media leaders and union stakeholders and notes a critical need for the establishment of an industrial legislative framework for media and other workers in the country.

MYANMAR: Two media workers sentenced, detained amid rising attacks to press

IFJ: A freelance photographer was violently detained by junta troops and former photojournalist Ko Zaw Zaw was sentenced to three years in prison on August 20 and 24 respectively, amid rising attacks on media workers in Myanmar. 

PAKISTAN: Pakistan’s press gets caught in political tumult, again

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PHILIPPINES: Philippine media under pressure as Marcos Jr courts influencers

Al Jazeera: Critical journalists expected to remain in sights of administration as new president invites social media vloggers to the palace.

PHILIPPINES: Rappler continues to operate as a legal media organization

Rappler: Rappler’s chief legal counsel Francis Lim says the June 28 SEC order of revocation against Rappler is not yet final and can be appealed with the courts once more.

SOUTH KOREA: Board of Audit and Inspection, Decision to Start KBS Audit (Korean)

Mediaus: The Board of Audit and Inspection accepts the ‘People’s Audit Request’ from the conservative KBS labor union and civic groups and begins the KBS audit. KBS announced that it would faithfully participate in the audit, saying that it would decide whether the reasons for the public audit request were right or wrong. 

TAIWAN & CHINA: How Taiwan is countering Chinese disinformation

DW: As China ramps up its fake news campaign, the Taiwanese are finding ways to fight back. They’ve formed unique alliances with their government and are working to restore public trust.

THAILAND: Thai PBS – Prasar Bharati Indian Public Media Hand in hand to develop media – international content exchange (Thai – 17 August)

Thai PBS: On August 17, 2022 , Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wilasinee Pipitkul, Director of the Public Broadcasting Organization of Thailand (Public Broadcasting Organization) or Thai PBS signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the broadcasting business and broadcast with Ms. Suchitra Durai, Ambassador of India to Thailand Representative Director Prasar Bharati, Indian Television Station which is the public media of India At the 9th Meeting of Thailand – India Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JC) at the Grand Ballroom. Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok.

VIETNAM: New law restricts journalists from recording court proceedings

IFJ: Vietnam’s National Assembly has approved a new regulation, in effect from September 1, allowing authorities to fine journalists for recording court proceedings without receiving permission from the courts. 

AUSTRALIA: ABC board director under pressure over Digicel position

Sydney Morning Herald: ABC directors have raised concerns about a potential conflict of interest on the board of the public broadcaster, after one of its most recently appointed members accepted a position linked to one of its technology suppliers, Telstra.

AUSTRALIA: ABC Pacific – a new digital destination for stories from the region (Press release)

ABC: The ABC has launched the ABC Pacific digital platform to meet the needs of growing digital audiences across the Pacific.

AUSTRALIA: How does press freedom and national security co-exist? (Listen)

ABC Radio National: Could new media freedom laws work alongside Australia’s growing number of national security laws which Peter Greste argues are limiting legitimate public interest journalism?

AUSTRALIA: Man pleads guilty to harassing ABC’s Mark Willacy over reporting on alleged Afghanistan war crimes

The Guardian: A Victorian man who served with the Australian Defence Force has pleaded guilty to harassing the ABC journalist Mark Willacy after he reported on alleged war crimes committed in Afghanistan.

NEW ZEALAND: Pushback on public media legislation (Watch)

RNZ: The legislation for our new public media entity ANZPM is now before Parliament and the clock’s ticking on public input. This week media executives, experts and some legal eagles cast an eye over it – and they want changes to protect its independence and make it match the promise of the government’s policy.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ among media to secure news content deal with Google

RNZ: A handful of leading media outlets have reached an agreement with technology heavyweight Google about supplying news.

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Solomon Islands threatens to ban foreign journalists entry into country over ‘demeaning’ coverage (Watch)

ABC News: The Solomon Islands Government has seemingly confirmed it will block some foreign journalists from entering the country, declaring that reporters who are “demeaning” or engage in “racial profiling” by attacking its ties with China will be banned.

BELGIUM: Governors unhappy about abolishing regional morning programs on radio2 (Dutch)

VRT News: The provincial governors of Limburg and West Flanders find it unacceptable that VRT has decided to replace the regional morning programs on radio2 from next year with an overarching morning program, presented by Peter Van de Veire. That news was announced yesterday, but the two governors are not going to let that happen overnight.   

CZECH REPUBLIC: Elections 2022: Czech Television will offer three debates from the capitals as well as the Super Debate (Press release – Czech) 

Česká televize: Czech Television will offer three debates from Prague, Brno and Ostrava as part of its pre-election broadcast for the municipal elections

DENMARK: DR strengthens the news selection on podcast with a new title (Swedish)

Nordvision: “Tiden” should offer a deeper insight into highly current topics.

ESTONIA: Estonian media was hit by a strong cyber attack on Friday morning (Estonian)

ERR: Early Friday morning, cyber attacks on the websites of Estonia’s largest media outlets intensified and they were unavailable to readers for some time. 

FINLAND: Yle and Yle Areena continue to be among Finland’s most prestigious brands (Finnish)

Yle: Finns value Yle’s brands. Yle Areena is the fourth most valued of all Finnish brands and Yle the seventh most valued.

FRANCE: Radio France launches Pod’casting to bring out new talents (Press release – French) 

Radio France: Radio France continues to support young talents and their creations!

FRANCE: With Adèle Van Reeth, France Inter quietly enters a new era (French)

Le Monde: The former producer of France Culture succeeds Laurence Bloch at the head of the public station, which, like all radio stations, inaugurated its new programs on August 29.

GERMANY: Criticism of public law: The Schlesinger case (German)

Deutschlandfunk: More and more allegations surfaced, the criticism became louder and louder: the Schlesinger case has developed into a scandal. Now the former RBB director, who had previously been recalled, has been dismissed without notice. The debate about the supervisory bodies and the future of the station continues. 

IRELAND: Average pay at RTÉ totalled €60,686 last year

RTÉ: The number of RTÉ staff members earning over €100,000 increased to 119 last year, according to new figures published by national broadcaster.

NETHERLANDS: First traineeship for journalistic talent at public broadcaster starts (Dutch)

NPO: On Monday 29 August, ten journalistic talents will start a long-term supervised training program at various journalistic programs of the public broadcaster. The traineeship stems from the broadcaster-wide Action Plan Cultural Diversity and should contribute to a better influx of young journalistic talent from all corners of society.

NORWAY: NRK makes its own threat assessment (Norwegian)

NRK: For the first time, NRK is making its own threat assessment through a separate report. The aim is to gain an overview of conditions that threaten NRK in carrying out its mission.

RUSSIA: Russian authorities detain journalists, media workers on extortion, fraud charges

CPJ: Russian authorities should immediately release journalists and media workers recently arrested on extortion and fraud charges and ensure that the country’s judicial system is not used to silence critical voices, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday.

SLOVENIA: Hopes for Slovenia’s Public TV Reset Challenged

VOA News: Slovenia’s new center-left government is facing obstacles as it seeks to usher in reform that it says will shield the public broadcaster RTV from interference.

SWEDEN: Free speech day continues this autumn (Press release – Swedish)

SVT: Sveriges Radio, SVT, UR and local newspapers around the country once again jointly invite all sixth graders to a free digital lesson on freedom of expression, source criticism and social media. Free Speech Day was presented in its current form in autumn 2021 and interest was record high in spring 2022.

SWEDEN: SVT’s Barnkanalen in constant change for 20 years (Swedish)

Nordvision: This year the children’s channel on SVT turns 20 years old! Safa Safiyari, client at SVT children is most proud of the fact that SVT children manages to change all the time during the 20 years. 

UK: All3Media CEO Jane Turton Says PSB Debate Should Be “Reframed” As British Indie Bosses Debate PSB Future, Privatization & “Profoundly Depressing” Plethora Of Reboots – Edinburgh TV Festival

Deadline: All3Media CEO Jane Turton has said the debate around British public service broadcasting needs to be “reframed” as the biggest indie bosses in the country debate future PSB, privatization and the plethora of reboots.

UK: BBC Journalists Considering Strike Action Over News Channel Merger

Variety: BBC journalists are considering whether to strike over the merger of two of the network’s news channel teams, which will see up to 70 jobs axed. 

UK: BBC says ‘in no way’ did government prompt it to censure Emily Maitlis

The Guardian: A BBC executive has said “in no way” did the government prompt the broadcaster to censure Emily Maitlis.

UK: Emily Maitlis says ‘active Tory party agent’ shaping BBC news output

The Guardian: Emily Maitlis has said a BBC board member is an “active agent of the Conservative party” who is shaping the broadcaster’s news output by acting “as the arbiter of BBC impartiality”.

UK: Fact sheet on enhanced protections for journalism within the Online Safety Bill

Gov.uk: In recognition of the need to protect the invaluable role of a free press in our society and democracy, the government has made a number of amendments to the Online Safety Bill in relation to content published by a recognised news publisher.

UK: New podcasts help drive record number of weekly users on BBC Sounds (Press release)

BBC: The latest data shows there were 392 million plays of all audio on BBC Sounds, with a total of 177 million plays for on-demand radio and podcasts in this quarter.

UKRAINE: Eyewitness Ukraine Project Shows Journalists’ Experiences of War (Watch)

Balkan Insight: BIRN’s new video project features interviews with Ukrainian journalists about how the Russian invasion has changed their work and personal lives, creating a record of media workers’ experiences during the war.

UKRAINE: MFRR partners reiterate call for safety and support of media 6 months after invasion

ECPMF: Today, 24 August, marks both the Ukrainian day of Independence and six months since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression. 

REGIONAL: How Are Public Service Broadcasters Financed in Europe?

Statista: France is scrapping its television licence fee after almost 90 years. The €138 ($142) annual charge per household will be replaced by a VAT increase, intended to lessen the burden of taxes on the public in the wake of the cost of living crisis.

ARGENTINA: Radio Nacional celebrates the Argentine Broadcasting Day with a 52-hour federal “marathon” (Spanish)

Télam: It is a “marathon” in which all public media stations participate, including LRA36 Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel from Base Esperanza in Argentine Antarctica.

BRAZIL: Press freedom groups call for Brazilian presidential candidates to ensure safety of journalists covering elections

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 10 other civil society groups and press freedom organizations this week in a letter to all Brazilian presidential candidates, urging them, their political parties, and parties’ coalitions to commit to ensuring that journalists can report safely and freely during upcoming elections in Brazil.

CHILE: Chile battles flood of ‘half truths’ as constitution vote nears

Reuters: A Chilean constitution that bans private property and allows abortions in the ninth month of a pregnancy. Private companies counting votes. A flood of prisoners and recent migrants allowed to vote in the upcoming constitutional referendum.

MEXICO: Mexican journalist killed as media death toll jumps

Swissinfo: A Mexican journalist was shot to death in his car Monday in the Pacific coastal state of Guerrero, authorities said, amid the bloodiest year on record for Mexican media workers.

MEXICO: Risk and Reward

VOA News: In covering violence in Tijuana, Mexico, the city’s journalists give voice to a community demanding change.

NICARAGUA: ‘We Will Survive’ Says Radio Director, as Nicaragua Ramps Up Harassment

VOA News: Anibal Toruno is defiant despite a decision by the Nicaraguan government to revoke the license of one of the country’s last independent radio stations.

REGIONAL: CBU 53rd Annual General Assembly News Release

Caribbean Broadcasting Union: The region’s premier media association has renewed its commitment to advancing the media sector through a structured engagement with the CARICOM Secretariat.

REGIONAL: ‘Facts Matter’ – CARICOM Secretary-General Stresses Media, Information Literacy

St. Lucia Times: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Dr. Carla Barnett has stressed that facts matter and emphasised the importance of media and information literacy in a virtual address Tuesday to the 53rd Annual General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU).

REGIONAL: Press Freedom under Siege in Central America

Washington Office on Latin America: Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua are going through one of their worst democratic governance crises in recent years. Their populations are the most affected by authoritarian practices that translate into a lack of opportunities and the absence of a dignified life. In addition, fundamental rights such as political participation, access to information, and freedom of expression have been deeply violated and are rapidly deteriorating.

IRAQ: Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Arrests to Deter Protest

HRW: Kurdistan regional security forces arrested dozens of journalists, activists, and politicians on August 5 and 6, 2022 in advance of planned protests, Human Rights Watch said today.

SYRIA: Emergency state shackles media workers in northern Syria

Enab Baladi: Media activist Louay Younis was not aware that he would be subject to arrest by the military police along with a woman and her two children from a nearby house on the evening of 5 August in the town of Jindires in the Afrin region, north of Aleppo, without any charges being brought during the raid.

TURKEY: Condemnation of attacks and threats against journalists from RSF (Turkish)

DW: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Germany condemned the increasing attacks and threats against journalists in Turkey. 

TURKEY: Restore independent newspaper’s right to publish advertising

ARTICLE 19: ARTICLE 19 and 18 press freedom, freedom of expression and human rights organisations call on the Turkish Press Advertising Agency (BİK) to withdraw without delay its alarming decision to revoke the right of independent newspaper Evrensel to receive and publish public advertisements, a vital source of financial income for the publication. 

YEMEN: Five years of violations in eastern Yemen’s Hadramout province

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the many press freedom violations in the Yemeni province of Hadramout under Farag Al-Bahsani, who has just ended a five-year stint as its governor, and calls on his successor to ensure that journalists are protected.

YEMEN: RSF and two Yemeni NGOs call for release of journalists held in Yemen

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and two Yemeni NGOs – Marsadak and the Insaf Centre – call for the immediate release of three Yemeni journalists, each of whom is being held in one of three main warring regions in which Yemen is now divided. 

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada’s Annual Public Meeting to focus on youth (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada is inviting all Canadians to its Annual Public Meeting on Wednesday, September 28 at 4:30 p.m. ET. This year’s theme will focus on how the national public broadcaster is fulfilling our strategic priority to engage with young audiences across the country.

CANADA: News from Radio-Canada, always relevant, diversified and accessible (French – press release)

Radio-Canada: L’info de Radio-Canada pursues its essential mandate of informing and enlightening the public. With the geopolitical conflicts, the global social, health and economic crisis, the Quebec election campaign and the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race that will take place this fall, the news is not about to slow down.

US: America needs public radio more than ever  (20 August)

NPR: August 20th is National Radio Day. Today is a good day to remember the vital role public radio plays in providing the information we all need to fully exercise our rights in our democracy. 

US: American Public Television CEO Cynthia Fenneman to retire (Paywall)

Current: Cynthia Fenneman, president and CEO of America Public Television, a syndication and program exchange service, will retire from the organization next year.

US: Four station leaders share how they’re setting priorities after taking the reins

Current: GMs and CEOs who have stepped into their roles within the past two years told Current about how they’re seeking to build teams, improve workplace culture and strengthen community service.

US: NBC is mulling over a move that could change broadcast TV

Poynter: The network is considering turning over the 10 to 11 p.m. prime-time hour to local affiliates. Here’s what that could mean.

US: NPR adds podcasts to YouTube (23 August – Paywall) 


US: Trump’s VOA chief paid ‘extravagantly’ to investigate critics: Watchdog

Georgia Public Broadcasting: Former President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee the parent agency of the Voice of America paid a prestigious private law firm so extravagantly to investigate his own agency’s senior executive officials that it constituted a “waste or gross waste of government resources,” a federal watchdog concluded Friday.

10 reasons you should hire a journalist

Poynter: What journalists’ skills and values could mean to your organization as another round of layoffs hits the industry.

Backsliding on freedom of expression around the world needs to end (Opinion)

The New Humanitarian: Internet blackouts. Strategic lawsuits against journalists. Regulations restricting the activities of NGOs. The weaponisation of health and security policies. These are all strategies that governments around the world are increasingly using to curtail the right to dissent, protest, and even just access information. 

Calling all media experts: join a network to help young children have better news diets

Journalism.co.uk: The News Literacy Network wants to help the next generation make sense of the news – and it calls for experts in solutions journalism, slow journalism and fact-checking to help out.

Climate: media treatment that no longer passes (French)

Le Monde: More environmental journalists would like the causality between events and climate change to be more systematic.

CPJ joins letters urging U.S. government to hold NSO Group accountable on spyware

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists joined human rights and press freedom organizations in separate actions in August urging the United States government to hold NSO Group accountable for providing Pegasus spyware to governments that have used the tool to secretly surveil journalists around the world.

Netflix Eyes $7-to-$9 Price for Its New Ad-Supported Plan (Paywall)

Bloomberg: Netflix Inc. is considering pricing its new advertising-supported tier at $7 to $9 a month, half as much as its current, most-popular plan, which costs $15.49 monthly with no commercials. 

Sara Kehaulani Goo, editor-in-chief of Axios, on “smart brevity” in text articles

Journalism.co.uk: The news US outlet has built its success (and earned recent investment) through breaking the status quo of classic news writing: out with inverted pyramids, in with summaries and bullet-points. 

Streaming Impact On Broadcast TV Revealed In Latest Ofcom Study

Silicon: Young adults now watching two thirds less broadcast TV than in 2012, as scale of streaming challenge to broadcast media is made clear

Workshop: How newsrooms can fight online harassment (Event)

IJ4EU: Newsrooms are often the first line of defence for journalists targeted with online harassment and abuse. To bolster newsrooms’ ability to protect their staff, IPI has developed an online masterclass for editors, newsroom managers and heads of audience.

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