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ALGERIA: A critical moment for press freedom in Algeria 


EGYPT: Egypt mulls new broadcasting tax

Advanced Television: Egypt’s public broadcaster, the Egyptian Radio & Television Union (ERTU), has been technically bankrupt for many years. It has been kept afloat by annual handouts from the Egyptian government.

ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: BBC reporter Girmay Gebru detained by military

BBC News: The BBC reporter in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit region of Tigray has been detained by the military.

GHANA: Ghana judicial body orders media to remove “hateful” content amid election challenge

IPI: Media must be free to cover and criticize judiciary

MALAWI: Simbuleta’s sexual harassment assault investigations delays over Covid-19 scare – MHRC

Nyasa Times: Malawians will have to wait a little longer to know findings of the investigations into allleged sexual harassment of female workers at the public broadcaster, the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).

NAMIBIA: Telecom Namibia announce collaboration – NBC (Watch)


NIGER: Journalist’s Home Set Ablaze Amid Niger Violence

VOA: The home of a Radio France International (RFI) reporter was burned down Thursday during post-election violence in Niger’s capital, Niamey.

SOUTH AFRICA: Make SABC A “Public Service Media Entity” Funded By Household Tax – Says Minister

Broadcast Media Africa: The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) should be declared a “Public Service Media Broadcaster” and be directly funded through a newly imposed household tax. This is according to a recent proposal by the deputy minister in the South African department of communications and digital technologies, Ms Pinky Kekana.

SOUTH AFRICA: More SABC employees than anticipated will be without jobs: Bemawu

SABC News: The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) says many more employees at the SABC will be without jobs than initially anticipated.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC funding takes centre stage as broadcaster presents annual report

Times Live: Funding the SABC became a hot topic in parliament again when the public broadcaster presented its annual report on Tuesday.

TANZANIA: We Value Media Freedom – Magufuli

Daily News: President John Magufuli yesterday assured the public that the government will continue to cherish press freedom by working hard in strengthening rights and responsibilities of the media in the country.

TOGO: Media freedoms further restricted in Togo

Via IFEX: Togolese journalists Charles Kponwadan, Anani Vidzraku and Romuald Lansou were arrested for interviewing a prominent government critic without authorization.

ZIMBABWE: “I don’t care if they kill me today. I only care about how I’m going to be remembered”

Reuters Institute: Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono on using social media to fight censorship and to speak against corruption.

ZIMBABWE: Journalists start receiving Covid-19 vaccine jabs

The Chronicle: The vaccination of journalists against Covid-19 started yesterday following Tuesday’s Cabinet decision that they be included among frontline workers being vaccinated under Phase One of the programme.

REGIONAL: Radio: New FM Bands To Facilitate Digital Sound Broadcasting In Africa

Broadcast Media Africa: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ‘s Radiocommunication Bureau, in collaboration with the African  Telecommunication Union (ATU), organised the first virtual frequency planning and co-ordination meeting last week with the focus of helping African nations strengthen their FM radio broadcasting platform and services.

BANGLADESH: BTV gets new Director General (8 February)

Daily Bangladesh: Sohrab Hossain, Additional Secretary to the Local Government Department, has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of the state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV).

CHINA: China: Key Tibetan news source dies from ill-treatment whilst in detention

RSF: Kunchok Jinpa, a key news source from the autonomous Chinese region of Tibet, has died of ill-treatment after having spent almost eight years in detention. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the international community to increase pressure on the Chinese regime to release all detained press freedom defenders.

CHINA: Foreign journalists in China see ‘rapid decline in media freedom’ – survey

Swissinfo.ch: China used coronavirus prevention measures, intimidation and visa curbs to limit foreign reporting in 2020, ushering in a “rapid decline in media freedom,” the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) said on Monday.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Budget 2021: Funding for public broadcaster RTHK cut by 4.6 per cent

HKFP: Move follows criticism of broadcaster from the government and pro-Beijing figures.

HONG KONG: There’s no freedom without restraint: new RTHK head

RTHK: New Director of Broadcasting Patrick Li on Monday vowed to uphold editorial independence, while at the same time emphasising the importance of RTHK “fulfilling its editorial responsibilities”, adding that there’s no “freedom without restraint”.

INDIA: Clooney Foundation Bats for Jailed Kashmiri Journalist, Will Monitor Trial

The Wire: George and Amal Clooney join a growing list of international celebrities who have reacted to the Modi government’s handling of dissent and press freedom.

INDIA: Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) in FM-Band Live On-Air in Delhi for Comprehensive Trial by All India Radio (AIR) (Press release)

DRM: As of mid-February 2021, a full-featured DRM digital radio transmission with 3 audio services and Journaline advanced text information is live on-air in Delhi in the FM band, alongside the existing analogue FM radio transmissions.

INDONESIA: Strengthen Disaster Information BMKG Collaborates with RRI (Indonesian)

RRI: The community needs to watch out for the rainy season, considering that natural conditions can experience unfriendly changes at any time. It is urgent that the public knows about weather, climate and earthquake conditions, including tsunami early warnings.

JAPAN: NHK may soon be able to surcharge delinquents on viewing fees after Cabinet OKs law revision

The Japan Times: Suga’s Cabinet adopted a revision to the broadcast law Friday that would enable NHK to collect a surcharge from households with television sets that are not paying viewer fees.

MALAYSIA: A Setback for Media Freedom in Malaysia

IFJ: A coalition of Malaysian and international media organisations and freedom of expression groups, including the Centre for Independent Journalism, Gerakan Media Merdeka and the National Union of Journalists Peninsula Malaysia, and global partners International Federation of Journalists, Article 19, Reporters Without Borders and the Centre for Law and Democracy are concerned that the Malaysian Federal Court’s 19 February 2021 conviction of online news outlet Malaysiakini on contempt of court charges will have a serious chilling effect on media freedom and freedom of expression.

MYANMAR: Myanmar: Mass arrests of journalists covering protests

IFJ: Journalists covering protesters standing against Myanmar’s military coup have been detained by security forces with reports of up to 25 journalists arrested since the military junta seized power on February 9.

PAKISTAN: Govt asked to legislate for ensuring freedom of press

Dawn: The participants of a seminar have demanded of the federal government to legislate for ensuring freedom of press, protection of rights of journalists and financial support to sacked media persons. 

PAKISTAN: Resolution in Punjab PA condemns attack on Jang/Geo offices

The News International: Condemning the attack on the Jang/Geo office in Karachi, a resolution was submitted in the Punjab Assembly by PML-N member Hina Pervez Butt here on Monday, criticizing the evil elements which attacked the staff, broke down furniture and other equipment.

PHILIPPINES: Campaign Aims to Amplify Rappler’s Reporting in Philippines 

VOA: Under the hashtag #AmplifyRappler, the international journalism community has come together to support a news outlet by highlighting the very reporting authorities in the Philippines have tried to silence.

SOUTH KOREA: KBS launches new digital services in celebration of its 48th anniversary (Press release – Korean)


AUSTRALIA: ABC correspondent Kathryn Diss on covering the US Capitol riot, the Trump presidency and COVID-19 (Watch)

ABC News: 

AUSTRALIA: Australia passes media law as Facebook defends news blackout

DW: Facebook says it was asked to pay a “potentially exorbitant price” in a dispute with Australia over payments to media groups. Australian lawmakers have now officially passed the newly amended media law.

AUSTRALIA: Four days reporting on the devastating Perth Hills bushfire (Watch)

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AUSTRALIA: Who won the standoff? Facebook or News? (Watch)

ABC News: The Federal Government is reviewing the media code as Facebook promises to restore news. Michael Slezak explains.

NEW ZEALAND: NZ covid: ‘We should be TikToking information’, says Pacific advocate (Watch)

Asia Pacific Report: The New Zealand government is being told to roll out clearer and smarter communications around the latest covid-19 community outbreak, to make sure they are reaching into every corner, and culture of the country.

NEW ZEALAND: Ten years after: Marking a major milestone in Christchurch (Listen)

RNZ: Commemorating the anniversary of the deadly Canterbury quake was a huge undertaking for the media this week. 

REGIONAL: Sheldon Chanel on Pacific journalism and diplomatic stoushes in Fiji

JNI: Sheldon Chanel says he always wanted to be a journalist, to hold power to account and make a meaningful contribution to society by reporting on critical issues.

REGIONAL: Why Pacific Communities Rely on Facebook for Access to News

The Diplomat: Facebook is set to reverse its block of news in Australia, but the interruption highlighted deeper information problems across the Pacific.

ALBANIA: Albania Contributed 5% of Media Violations out of 29 Countries in 2020

Exit News: The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) monitored 378 violations of media freedom across 29 EU Member States and candidate countries in 2020.

AUSTRIA: Austria: Plans to restrict media reporting on leaked judicial information threatens press freedom

IPI: Contentious idea by governing Austrian party would undermine work of investigative journalists.

BELGIUM: 2nd independent investigation into impartiality shows: the VRT and Flemish media provide a balanced picture of Flemings (Dutch)

VRT: Follow-up research by VUB and UA shows that the VRT is committed to impartiality every day.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: International Community: Cyber-attacks on Online Media endanger Media Freedom in Bosnia

Sarajevo Times: Following the recent hacker attacks on media portals Zurnal and Buka, the OSCE Mission to BiH, the European Union Delegation and European Union Special Representative, the Embassy of the United Kingdom, the Embassy of the United States, and the Office of the High Representative call on authorities in BiH to investigate all attacks on media websites as they represent a clear danger to media freedom.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Television continues to strengthen its information service. Newly, it will summarize current government measures in the form of short programs (Press release – Czech)

Czech Television: Live broadcasts from government press conferences translated into sign language, all-day news service ČT24, evening specials and web news. The information service on the current pandemic situation will be supplemented by short programs summarizing the government measures in force. For the first time, the information service Epicentrum will appear in the broadcast of Jednička České televize today, immediately after the sports show Branky, body, steše.

DENMARK: DR launches new learning platform (Press release – Danish)

DR: DR Lær contains freely accessible play and learning courses for the country’s educators and teachers.

DENMARK: Interview with Maria Rørbye Rønn, Director General, Danish Broadcasting Corporation (Interview)

EBU: Maria Rørbye Rønn, Director General of Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), talks to Marie-Soleil Levéry, EBU Member Relations for the Nordic Members.

FRANCE: Banned from broadcasting in the United Kingdom, CGTN, the international Chinese state television, defers to France (French)

Le Monde: The Superior council of audio-visual must evoke the case of the channel to determine if it falls or not within its competence.

FRANCE: The reality of menopause explored on France Culture and Arte Radio (French)

Le Monde: The program “LSD, the Documentary Series” and a podcast by Valérie Ganne are investigating a long taboo subject that concerns some 14 million French women.

GERMANY: It concerns us all: Alliance “Media for Diversity” founded (Press release – German)

ARD: On the initiative of the Bremen State Media Authority, the media houses ARD, ZDF, Deutsche Welle, Deutschlandradio, Mediengruppe RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE founded the new alliance “Media for Diversity”. 

GERMANY: WDR rents Astra transponder for regional windows in HD

Broadband TV News: German public broadcaster WDR will transmit all regional windows of its TV channel WDR Fernsehen in HD quality on Astra (19.2° East) from March 3, 2021.

GERMANY & HUNGARY: German broadcaster resumes Hungarian service amid free press fears

Reuters: Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has begun producing material in Hungarian for the first time in decades, driven by concerns at declining media plurality and press freedom in the fellow European Union member.

MALTA: First hitman conviction an important step on road to full justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

IPI: IPI welcomes sentencing and new indictments but warns of long fight for justice ahead

RUSSIA: How Investigative Journalism Flourished in Hostile Russia

The New York Times: A new wave of news outlets has used conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of Putin’s power.

SERBIA: Abuse of Journalists Rarely Punished by Serbian Courts: Report

Balkan Insight: Only one in ten criminal complaints about threats to or attacks on journalists results in a court verdict, and any sentences are mostly suspended, says a new report by a Serbian media freedom NGO.

SLOVENIA: Slovenia Criticised for Suspending National News Agency’s Funding

Balkan Insight: A government decision to halt payment to the Slovenian state-funded news agency STA for a second time in recent months sparked allegations that Prime Minister Janez Jansa’s administration is trying to threaten its independence.

SPAIN: A disappointing deal (Statement – Spanish)

El Consejo de Informativos de TVE: The TVE News Council observes, with deep disappointment, how the renewal process of the RTVE Board of Directors is culminating.

SPAIN: Perez Tornero named RTVE president

Advanced Television: Spain’s public broadcaster RTVE has a new president and a new board of directors following an agreement between the country’s main political parties, the socialist PSOE and the conservative PP. José Manuel Perez Tornero, a journalist and Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, will replace the sole administrator Rosa María Mateo in the role.

SPAIN: Who is who in the new board of RTVE (Spanish)

El País: The ten new councilors have been elected after the appearance in Congress of 87 candidates, out of 95 applicants for the public competition.

SWEDEN: Listening in focus for Sveriges Radio’s new brand campaign (Press release – Swedish)

Sveriges Radio: Swedish Radio has given the Swedish people more voices and stronger stories for almost 100 years. On March 1, a brand campaign will start that focuses on listening as a path to development, knowledge and new perspectives. The aim is to get even more people to discover Sveriges Radio’s rich program content.

SWEDEN: The most important thing is to listen to the audience (Blog – Swedish)

SVT: SVT’s CEO Hanna Stjärnes writes about her lessons from a year of corona surveillance.

UK: BBC sets out plans to become industry gold standard for workplace diversity and inclusion (Press release)

BBC Media Centre: The BBC will create the most inclusive and diverse workforce in the media sector, under ambitious plans announced [on 23 February].

UK: BBC Three to return as a broadcast channel in January 2022 (Press release)

BBC Media Centre: The BBC today confirmed the return of BBC Three to TV screens. The move is part of our drive to deliver more value to audiences.

UK: Benefits for everyone: Making the case for a universal BBC (Opinion)

BBC Media Centre: This year has already brought plenty of debate about the future of the BBC and the licence fee. It’s a debate we always welcome. But too often it focuses simply on the issue of how the BBC is funded and ignores the question of why. In other words, what it is that our current funding model delivers for UK audiences and the UK as a whole?

REGIONAL:  Despite the pandemic: 2020 second-best year in the TV collaboration’s history

Nordvision: The Nordic public service TV and media collaboration is in the midst of a golden age. With a cornucopia of drama productions for children, young people and adults, the five Nordvision countries pooled their resources to produce 77 Nordic TV series last year. Now the collaboration is growing further. 200 new series have already gone into production.

REGIONAL: EBU Rolls Out Innovative News Monitoring Tool For Members

EBU: The EBU has made available a new beta service News Monitoring Tool for Members of the Eurovision News Exchange, providing real-time insight into the diverse range of online news from across Europe’s public service media (PSM) newsrooms.  

REGIONAL: Online Media Needs More Self-Regulation – not Interference: BIRN Panel 

Balkan Insight: Media representatives and legal experts from the region told an online BIRN debate on Wednesday that effective online media regulation requires stronger self-regulation rather than government bodies controlling their work.

ARGENTINA: SEDRONAR and Public Media will open a national contest for audiovisual scriptwriters on problematic consumption (Spanish)

Argentina.gob.ar: SEDRONAR and the Secretariat of Media and Public Communication of the Nation today signed a framework agreement to carry out joint actions to promote and develop audiovisual content on problematic substance use, from a human rights and care for people perspective.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: The pandemic: An earthquake for the media (Spanish)

Listín Diario: The written press in pandemic: a period of metamorphosis.

EL SALVADOR: El Salvador: APES denounces restrictions on journalism during legislative and municipal elections (Spanish)

IFJ: The Association of Journalists of El Salvador (APES) has denounced different types of restrictions and attacks on the press during the electoral process that took place on Sunday, February 28. These attacks take place in an increasingly acute climate of aggression and stigmatization of journalists.

GUYANA: Gov’t to establish National Broadcasting Academy

Stabroek News: Budget 2021 has paved the way for the establishment of a National Broadcasting Academy and provided opportunities to increase capacity building for the state media, Minister of Public Affairs within the Prime Minister’s Office, Kwame McCoy told the National Assembly on Monday during his presentation.

GUYANA: Government and state media (Editorial)

Stabroek News: It was the turn of Mr Kwame McCoy, who is Minister of Public Affairs within the Prime Minister’s Office to make his contribution to the budget debate on Monday. What he had to say gave rise to the apprehension that far from modifying the traditional approach of the governing party to the media, it was the intention of the administration to entrench it.

JAMAICA: RJRGLEANER group working closely with Health Ministry following COVID cases at Lyndhurst Road location

The Gleaner: The RJRGLEANER Communications Group is working closely with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to assess response mechanisms after three of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

NICARAGUA: CPJ joins call for Nicaragua government to stop restricting press freedom

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined three other human rights organizations in a joint statement commemorating Nicaragua’s national Day of the Journalist and calling on authorities to end the widespread harassment of members of the press, and ensure media outlets and press freedom organizations can work safely.

REGIONAL: Digital Analytics & Traditional Media Webinar

CBU: The CBU recently held a webinar on “Digital Analytics & Traditional Media” which was attended by over 40 employees from our member organizations in Anguilla, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent/Grenadines and Suriname.

REGIONAL: Press freedom is under attack in Latin America. Biden can help defend it (Editorial – Paywall)

The Boston Globe: The United States must step back into its traditional role defending the free press in the hemisphere.

IRAN: Iran amends law to further stifle freedom of expression

Via IFEX: New amendments to Iran’s Islamic Penal Code will empower authorities to further choke free expression and target religious and ethnic minorities, while providing fertile ground for arbitrary arrests and detentions, says ARTICLE 19.

IRAN: Iranian journalist wins International Press Freedom Award

Insider: Mohammad Mosaed, an Iranian freelance journalist who has twice been arrested by the government for his investigative reporting and criticism of Iranian officials, was detained by Turkish border officials earlier this year after fleeing Iran following a prison summons. 

SAUDI ARABIA: New YouTube research highlights viewing trends in Saudi Arabia

Arab News:  YouTube held its first online festival for advertisers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where it unveiled new research on audience viewership in Saudi Arabia.

SAUDI ARABIA & US: US finds Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi murder but does not sanction him

The Guardian: Biden administration to target ‘counter-dissident’ activity and Saudi official but not Mohammed bin Salman personally.

SYRIA: Syrian journalist tops ‘10 Most Urgent’ list of press freedom cases focused on women (Opinion – Paywall)

The Boston Globe: The One Free Press Coalition, a united group of pre-eminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide, today issued its 25th monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of press freedom cases around the world. This iteration focuses on women in anticipation of International Women’s Day observed March 8.

TURKEY: Turkey has a disturbing history of cracking down on press freedom – now it’s worse than ever

The Independent: 

TURKEY: Turkish government’s fact-checking app brings concern, ridicule

Al-Monitor: Turkey’s information tsar Fahrettin Altun’s announcement of a “next-generation application” to combat “false facts” raised fears of further control over social media.

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada’s third 2020–2021 quarterly report is now available online (Press release)


CANADA: Facebook exploring potential news licensing agreements in Canada: source

Reuters: Facebook Inc is exploring potential licensing agreements in the coming year with Canadian media outlets and expanding its investment in local journalism initiatives, a source familiar with the company’s thinking said on Wednesday.

CANADA: Radio-Canada marks International Women’s Day (French)

Radio-Canada: March 8 is an important annual meeting that allows us to reflect and speak about the condition of women all over the world. Here are some initiatives put forward by RADIO – CANADA to contribute to this important reflection. Do not miss this rich offer consisting, among other things, of original programs on ICI PREMIÈRE , a 100% female day on ICI MUSIQUE and documentaries on ICI TÉLÉ and ICI ARTV.

CANADA: Talking lockdown with teens on MAJ and L’EFFET SECONDAIRE’s young stars (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: Without a doubt, young people are among the hardest hit by current lockdown measures. The adverse effects on high-school students, and on their mental health, have been seen for months. Now, MAJ and the popular program L’EFFET SECONDAIRE are coming together to help teens get through this period of isolation with a series of five videos posted on [‘On jase confinement’].

US: How KQED is using AI to explore the future of news audio

Current: Radio reaches more Americans every week than any other platform. Public radio stations in the United States have over 3,000 local journalists, and each day they create audio news reports about the communities they serve. But news audio is in a similar place as newspaper articles were in the 1990s: hard to find and difficult to sort by topic, source, relevance or recency. News audio can not delay in improving its discoverability. 

US: Journalists don’t always cover anti-racism protests as fairly as they think they do

Nieman Lab: Anti-racism protest stories about police brutality or the removal of Confederate statues were more often portrayed negatively, framed with an emphasis on the violence and destructiveness of protests, and relied more on officials than protesters as sources.

US: Noland Details ATSC 3.0 Transition Costs for Public TV Stations

TV Technology: APTS Public Media Summit previewed advantages of NextGen TV for public broadcasters.

US: NPR Announces 2021 How I Built This Fellowship Application (Opportunity)

NPR: NPR is pleased to announce this year’s How I Built This Fellowship with Guy Raz, which offers an opportunity for one Fellow to receive a $50,000 grant for their business venture. Applicants can submit their application at summit.npr.org/fellows starting Monday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m. ET and closing at 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 31st.

US: Public Media Campaign Raises $98.3 Million to Modernize Minnesota Radio

Radioworld: “Inspired by You” exceeds $75 million fundraising goal in effort to build more equitable and accessible public radio.

US: US Agency for Global Media reinstates employees dismissed under Trump

The Hill: The agency overseeing Voice of America has reinstated five whistleblowers who were all fired on the same day last year by Trump officials.

US: Why public radio is on the threshold of a new era (Column – Paywall)

Current: We often don’t recognize the significance of important historical moments while we are living through them. I believe public radio is at one of those moments right now — a hinge point that marks the end of one era and the beginning of another.

US & CANADA: Global signs up National Public Media for DAX

Radio Today: National Public Media, the sponsorship subsidiary of NPR in North America, has signed up to use the Digital Ad Exchange from Global.

Here’s one way you can have a direct impact on the future of newsroom diversity


Journalism: digital giants paying for content is good news, but will it support local press?

The Conversation: That the internet has all but destroyed the business model that has always supported journalism is not news. But what has made the news around the world recently is that the Australian government has attempted to do something about it.

Mixing public media and digital news startups can amplify the strengths of both — but not without risk

Nieman Lab: One side has institutional heft, established revenue streams, and a broadcast pace; the other brings hustle, an entrepreneurial spirit, and digital savvy. Here are the hurdles to watch for when cultures combine.

Monthly ‘10 Most Urgent’ List Spotlights Female Journalists Ahead Of International Women’s Day

Forbes: More and more female journalists, in an industry long dominated by men, are telling important stories and reporting the news for their communities. Women face a unique set of challenges and threats in this line of work. More than 70% have experienced more than one type of harassment, threat or attack, according to a 2018 report published by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and online threat monitor Trollbusters. Given the social stigmas tied to gender-based violence, many women may choose not to report incidents or to leave the profession.

Most women journalists in history haven’t been ‘notable’ enough for Wikipedia. We’re changing that.


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