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Why India banned the BBC’s Modi documentary

Al Jazeera – The Listening Post: The Indian government’s decision to ban a BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat riots, which left more than a thousand people dead, has become its own story. It has drawn global attention to Modi’s record in office and the subsequent decline of media freedom in the world’s largest democracy.

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Fiji’s new government outlines plans to scrap ‘draconian’ media laws, as head of public broadcaster removed

ABC: For the past decade Fiji’s media have operated under tight restrictions and scrutiny, with strict rules governing how stories can be reported. 

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ALGERIA: Q&A: Khaled Drareni on a worrying moment for press freedom in Algeria

CJR: ON CHRISTMAS EVE LAST YEAR, shortly after midnight, plainclothes policemen walked into the home of Ihsane el-Kadi, an Algerian journalist, and arrested him.

CAMEROON: Cameroon’s Media Community Mourns Killing of Radio Journalist (Watch)

VOA News: Cameroon journalists are calling for an investigation and say their profession is in danger after a popular radio host investigating government corruption was found dead.

CAMEROON: CRTV-URTI: creating an audiovisual center of excellence

CRTV: Two major points marked the audience granted by the Director General of CRTV to his URTI counterpart this Tuesday…

COTE D’IVOIRE: Audiovisual communication: the legislation in force concerning bloggers and influencers (French)

Abidjan: The rapid development of the Internet in our country, with an access and penetration rate of +65%, led the government to draw up, in 2017, a legal framework aimed at regulating the use channels of communication and to curb the harmful consequences on life in society.

EGYPT & INDIA: India, Egypt sign pact to exchange TV, radio programmes

Indian Express: India’s public service broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, presently has 39 such MoUs with foreign broadcasters for cooperation and collaboration in the field of broadcasting.

ESWATINI: Maseko’s murder deserves thorough, independent investigations

MISA: Maseko was reportedly shot and killed at his home in Mbabane on 21 January 2023. 

GHANA: When you silence one journalist, you silence dozens’ voices – Portia Gabor

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RWANDA: ‘Suspicious death’ of Rwandan journalist prompts calls for investigation

The Guardian: Two weeks on from the death of government critic John Williams Ntwali, police have failed to answer questions over the alleged road accident in which they say he was killed. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Ramaphosa yet to approve new SABC Board (Watch)

SABC: President Cyril Ramaphosa is yet to approve the 12 recommended candidates to serve on the SABC Board despite the National Assembly unanimously approving the list last month. 

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC letter demands TV licences for computer monitors

My Broadband: The SABC has started demanding that South Africans pay TV licence fees for computer monitors, even if they are not receiving broadcast signals on these devices.

TUNISIA: Prior ban on broadcasting is an attack on media freedom

ARTICLE 19: ARTICLE 19 condemns the Tunisian judiciary’s decision to censor a television programme, which was issued on Thursday, 26 January 2023. The ruling violates international standards regarding freedom of expression and media freedom, as well as Tunisia’s Constitution. 

UGANDA: TV presenters suspended for ‘mocking’ Parliament over minister Namuganza censure

Monitor: A Ugandan TV station said on Friday it had suspended three employees over the airing of a satirical clip criticising the country’s parliament.

REGIONAL: Ugandan Journalist: Investigative Reporting has ‘Power to Transform Lives’

VOA: Ugandan journalist Solomon Serwanjja has seen first-hand how investigative reporting can bring change. His coverage of shady foreign adoptions led to legal reform.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan’s Media Landscape Amid Taliban Rule (Listen) 

USIP: One of Afghanistan’s biggest achievements following the toppling of the Taliban in 2001 was the vast expansion of freedom of expression and the emergence of a vibrant free press. 

AFGHANISTAN: RFE/RL Beams Its Way Back into Afghanistan

Radioworld: Radio Azadi, the Dari- and Pashto-language service, of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty can once again be heard in Afghanistan. 

BANGLADESH: Bangladesh orders telecoms division to block 191 online portals over ‘anti-state news’

BD News 24: The government has ordered the telecoms regulator to block 191 online news portals over “misleading anti-state content”.

HONG KONG: Making a point: Hong Kong journalists regroup abroad

Al Jazeera: Journalists have found it increasingly difficult to report in Hong Kong since the imposition of the national security law in 2020 and the subsequent crackdown on media outlets.

INDIA: I&B Ministry orders private channels to undertake public service broadcasting for 30 mins every day

The Free Press Journal: The Ministry’s guidelines, among other things, require private broadcasters to undertake public service broadcasting for 30 minutes every day.

INDIA: Indian ban on BBC Modi film puts Musk’s Twitter ‘free speech’ to the test

The Guardian: The response by the Indian government was quick and draconian. Days after a BBC documentary examining the role that Narendra Modi, now prime minister, had played in 2002 communal riots in Gujarat was released, the information ministry announced that all links to the footage were to be banned on social media.

INDIA: Indian police detain students over Modi documentary screenings

Al Jazeera: Police have detained many students in the Indian capital, New Delhi, over the screening of a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged role during the deadly Gujarat sectarian riots in 2002. 

INDONESIA: Bombing Underscores Need for Task Force, Indonesian Journalists Say

VOA News: Journalist associations in Indonesia are demanding greater efforts to protect media from attacks after a bombing outside the home of an investigative reporter.

JAPAN: New NHK president committed to earning viewers’ trust

NHK: On his first day in office, new NHK President Inaba Nobuo told reporters what he expects from the public broadcaster and the contributions it can make.


Civicus Monitor: The state of civic space in Japan is rated ‘narrowed’ by the CIVICUS Monitor. Restrictions on press freedom and censorship as well as discrimination against the LGBTQI+ community have been documented. The government has also imposed tougher penalties for criminal defamation. 

KYRGYZSTAN: Lawsuit Seeks to Shut Independent Media Outlet

HRW: The Kyrgyz Ministry of Culture has filed a lawsuit to try to terminate the operation of “Azattyk Media,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Kyrgyz service, Human Rights Watch said today. 

MYANMAR: Anti-journalist terror has grown in every way in two years of military rule in Myanmar

RSF: Since Myanmar’s military seized power two years ago, the figures for their press freedom violations have been truly appalling, says Reporters Without Borders (RSF). To cover up their massacres of civilians and impose their authority, the military – known as the Tatmadaw – have arrested, jailed, tortured and even eliminated journalists who could undermine their control over news and information.

PAKISTAN: Activities to revamp state broadcaster being pursued

Pakistan Observer: Radio Pakistan has been progressing expeditiously in multiple domains for the enhancement of the efficiency and effectiveness of its broadcasts as well as the well-being of human resources.

TAIWAN: Influencers’ funding needs scrutiny: researcher

Taipei Times: Pro-China content that is externally funded is by law ‘commercial speech,’ and should be investigated by the government, a law professor said. 

TAIWAN: PTS Welcomes All to INPUT 2023!

PTS: The International Public Television Conference (INPUT) has been established for more than 40 years, with the mission to promote the social contribution of public television broadcasters.

UZBEKISTAN: Uzbekistan detains seven journalists in secretive raids

Eurasianet: Seven journalists in Uzbekistan have been arrested on extortion charges in the biggest raid targeting media workers since President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took office in 2016.

AUSTRALIA: Australia to Introduce Streaming Quotas by Mid-2024

ABC: Australia will introduce content quotas for video streaming platforms from the middle of next year, the federal government said on Monday. But its policy statement left all detail on streaming issues to further discussion.

AUSTRALIA: SBS highlights how its people can ‘BE the Difference’ in new online campaign (Press release)

SBS: Multicultural and Indigenous public broadcaster SBS has launched a new online campaign showcasing SBS as an employer of choice and highlighting how its people can “Be the Difference”.

AUSTRALIA: ‘The government has listened’: Australia’s peak bodies praise $300m federal arts policy

The Guardian: Australia’s arts industry has welcomed the federal government’s $300m national cultural policy Revive, which was launched on Monday by the prime minister, Anthony Albanese.

AUSTRALIA: The impact of community broadcasters recognised in Australia’s new cultural policy

RadioInfo: The community broadcasting sector has welcomed the launch of a new national cultural policy, Revive: a place for every story, a story for every place.

FIJI: FBC welcomes new board

FBC: It is a new dawn, and the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation Board will now embark on a new direction.

FIJI: Fiji’s new government outlines plans to scrap ‘draconian’ media laws, as head of public broadcaster removed

ABC: For the past decade Fiji’s media have operated under tight restrictions and scrutiny, with strict rules governing how stories can be reported. 

FIJI: Good news for media freedom

The Fiji Times: After two Fiji First government terms, the controversial Media Industry Development Authority Act is finally undergoing a review.

FIJI: Sacked FBC chief ‘earning more than PM’, says new broadcaster chair

Asia Pacific Report: Fijian Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) chief executive officer Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s employment status has been terminated, new board chair Ajay Bhal Amrit confirmed today.

NEW ZEALAND: Media marriage on the rocks? Public weigh in on RNZ-TVNZ merger (Watch)

TVNZ: The merger of TVNZ and RNZ is expected to be one of the first policies on new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ chopping block and public support for it is flat, according to an exclusive 1News Kantar Public Poll.

NEW ZEALAND: Proposed TVNZ-Radio NZ merger plan is outdated and disturbing, Sir Peter Gluckman think tank says

NZ Herald: Scientist and public academic Sir Peter Gluckman says disturbing flaws have persisted in the bill to create a merger between TVNZ and Radio New Zealand.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ CEO and top broadcaster clash in leaked recording over TVNZ merger spending

NZ Herald: A top RNZ host has gone head to head with the organisation’s chief executive over recent spending decisions related to the potential TVNZ merger. 

ALBANIA: MFRR and Safe Journalist Network condemn attack on journalist Elvis Hila and his wife

ECPMF: The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) and the Safe Journalists Network today condemn the shocking physical attack on Albanian journalist Elvis Hila and his wife in Lezhë and urge state law enforcement authorities to swiftly detain the suspected perpetrators and ensure that all those responsible face justice.

BELARUS: Belarus’ Oldest Outlet Epitomises Struggle for Press Freedom

IWPR: In one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters, mere dissent can lead to years in jail.

CZECH REPUBLIC: The would-be president and the press (that he owns)

IPI: Former PM Babiš, who owns influential Mafra publishing house, faces second round run-off in closely watched presidential election.

DENMARK: DR’s new Youth Council gathered for the first time (Press release – Danish)

DR: 12 selected young people from all over Denmark are now given the floor in a Youth Council. The council must make recommendations on how DR can ensure renewal of both the local and national public service. We attended the first workshop.

FINLAND: Confidence in Yle’s news has increased further (Press release – Finnish)

Yle: As many as 85 percent of respondents in a recent survey state that they trust Yle’s news. Compared to a corresponding survey in 2021, confidence has increased by a few percentage points, Yle Uutiset reports .

FINLAND: Finnish reporters found guilty of revealing classified intel

Al Jazeera: Press freedom groups, Finnish media warn ruling could have a chilling effect on reporting in the Nordic nation.

GERMANY: Control in front of an audience (German – Paywall)

Süddeutsche Zeitung: According to the law, broadcasting councils and the ZDF television council meet in public. But how can you specifically track what is going on? An overview.

GERMANY: In the RBB, the scandal clarification is now also a problem (German)

Süddeutsche Zeitung: The investigation into the money wasted at RBB continues for months – and is becoming more and more expensive. In the Broadcasting Council, some are calling for the test to be stopped.

IRELAND: RTÉ director general: Credible media may die out if support continues to be delayed

Irish Examiner: Credible public service media sources providing accurate news may die out if the Government keeps dithering over financial supports to prop them up.

MALTA: Addressing media capture critical for European Media Freedom Act success

The Shift: The International Press Institute (IPI) has published its position on the European Media Freedom Act (EMFA) draft proposal detailing its recommendations to help ensure the Act’s success.

RUSSIA: Moscow Helsinki Group Ordered To Shut Down As Campaign Against Civil Society Continues

RFE/RL: The Moscow City Court has ruled in favor of a Justice Ministry motion to dissolve the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG), Russia’s oldest and one of its last independent human rights organizations, amid a Kremlin campaign to muzzle criticism of the war in Ukraine.

RUSSIA: Russia outlaws Meduza in attempt to stamp out independent news

The Guardian: Russia has declared the news outlet Meduza an “undesirable organisation”, in effect outlawing one of the country’s best-known sources of independent reporting on the Kremlin and war in Ukraine.

SLOVENIA: Public broadcaster to generate surplus this year

STA: The supervisory board of the public broadcaster has adopted a financial plan for 2023 under which RTV Slovenija is to generate a surplus of 3,000 euros, a plan that staff representatives consider unrealistic.

SPAIN: Sánchez (RTVE) will abide by the opinion of the courts on his appointment: “My respect for his decisions is absolute” (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: The interim president of the Board of Directors of RTVE, Elena Sánchez, has assured this Wednesday in the Senate that she will abide by and accept what the courts rule in relation to her appointment at the head of the public Corporation, after the departure of José Manuel Pérez Tornero.

SWEDEN: SVT continues to invest in minority language news (Swedish – press release) 

SVT: This autumn, SVT starts the in-depth program 15 minutes from Nyhetstecken.

UK: Another threat to UK media freedom (Opinion)

Financial Times: A loosely worded bill conflates journalists and whistleblowers with spies.

UK: Digital U.K. Renamed Everyone TV as Outside the Box Conference Reignites Public Service Broadcasters vs Streamers Debate

Variety: Digital U.K., the platform operator of Freeview and of its satellite twin Freesat, which provide free British television, has been renamed as Everyone TV, it was revealed at the 2023 Outside the Box conference in London on Thursday.

UK: How iPlayer handled a record-breaking World Cup

Broadcast Sport: BBC director of digital distribution Richard Cooper and director of product engineering David Andrade speak to Broadcast Sport about streaming Qatar 2022.

UK: Review of BBC economic coverage finds concerns but no systematic bias

BBC News: A review of the BBC’s reporting of government financial policies has said it is not biased towards one particular political position, but there are things “that put impartiality at risk”.

UK: The public or the state: who calls the shots at the BBC?

The Conversation: The row over the BBC Chairman’s relationship with former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has opened fresh questions about the level of political influence and independence at the broadcaster. 

REGIONAL: IPI position on the European Media Freedom Act

IPI: Overall, IPI and our global network welcome the proposal for the EMFA as a crucial move to address serious threats to media freedom and pluralism in the European Union.

REGIONAL: Nordic unions to quit global journalists’ body IFJ, citing ‘corruptive activity’

Reuters: Finnish, Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic unions will quit a global media federation on Tuesday in protest at “corruptive activity”, including allowing Russian state media journalists in Ukraine to stay as members, the Finnish union said.

GENERAL: MFRR Summit 2023: Press Freedom on the Line (March 29 – 31, 2023)

IPI: The MFRR Summit is back, and this year we’re holding our conference under the title of “Press Freedom on the Line” from 29 – 31 March 2023.

ARGENTINA: “We returned the local programming to the National Radio stations” (Spanish – Listen)

Radio Nacional: The president of Radio y Televisión Argentina (RTA) visited the studios of LRA30 Nacional Bariloche , within the framework of a tour that she has been doing through all the stations in the country and highlighted the role of public media.

BRAZIL: Brazilian Government responds to demands from press freedom organizations and creates the National Observatory on Violence against Journalists

LatAm Journalism Review: The Brazilian government announced the creation of the National Observatory of Violence against Journalists, a demand from organizations defending press freedom and journalists in the country.

BRAZIL: During 2022 there was one attack per day against journalists (Spanish)

IFJ: According to the annual report prepared by the Federação Nacional dos Jornalistas (FENAJ) presented on January 25, last year there were at least 376 attacks against journalists and the media. 

BRAZIL: Police identify mastermind behind deaths of journalist and indigenous activist (Spanish)

Swissinfo: The Brazilian Federal Police (PF) affirmed on Monday that Rubens Villar Coelho, known as “Colombia”, was the intellectual author of the murders in the Amazon of the British journalist Dom Phillips and the indigenista Bruno Araujo Pereira.

CHILE: Chilean journalist Felipe Soto Cortés convicted of criminal defamation

CPJ: Chilean authorities should not contest journalist Felipe Soto Cortés’ appeal of a recent criminal defamation conviction and should stop using criminal defamation laws against members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

COLOMBIA: The actress Jennifer Steffens would be the new manager of the Rtvc Public Media System (Spanish)

Diario La República: The actress and film director Jennifer Steffens was appointed as the new general manager of the Rtvc Public Media System, as confirmed by Senator Gustavo Bolívar to W Radio, where he also stated that Steffens is a person who knows the medium.

CUBA: Right to communication and freedom of the press: notes on a Bill

On Cuba News: The Social Communication Bill, an unprecedented legislation in Cuba that will soon be submitted for discussion, contains vague terms and inconsistencies that are not mere details.

JAMAICA: RJRGLEANER Group dominates PAJ Awards nominations (20 January)

Jamaica Gleaner: The RJRGLEANER Group has dominated the nominations for the 2022 Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) National Journalism Awards, with at least one nomination in all 23 categories. 

MEXICO: Article 19 condemned AMLO’s stigmatization of a journalist: “Distortion is not a response to impunity” (Spanish)

Infobae: The president was questioned by Jorge Sánchez who demanded justice for the cases of journalists murdered in Veracruz; the reporter is the son of a victim.

PARAGUAY: Radio Cáritas denounces threats against its work (Spanish)

DW: Miguel Ángel Ortiz assured that since the return to democracy in Paraguay, it is the first time that the radio has received threats.

PERU: Radio Nacional del Peru turns 86 today on the air, always at the service of the country (Spanish)

Radio Nacional del Perú: Radio Nacional del Perú celebrates 86 years on the air today, disseminating informative, cultural, educational and healthy entertainment content with the inalienable objective of expressing Peruvian identity and always at the service of the country.

VENEZUELA: In Venezuela, fact-checking coalition created to show how disinformation works

LatAm Journalism Review: A group of media and digital rights organizations in Venezuela created in November 2022 the fact-checking coalition C-Informa, which seeks to produce content to show how disinformation works in this South American country. 

REGIONAL: Journalism in Latin America is Under Attack by Spyware

Wilson Center: The proliferation of spyware, a new form of electronic spying, haunts journalism and freedom of expression worldwide, including in Latin America.

REGIONAL: Xi Jinping’s tentacles in Latin America extend beyond his ideological allies (Spanish)

El Debate: Beijing is managing to co-opt and influence the countries of the region thanks to mechanisms of psychological warfare, misinformation, political and economic pressures.

ISRAEL: Israeli broadcast staff protest planned budget cuts

France 24: Hundreds of employees of Israel’s public broadcaster protested Wednesday in Tel Aviv against a minister’s threat to cut funding to its radio and television services, an AFP correspondent said.

ISRAEL: Leading music stars join protest against government plan to shut public broadcaster

The Times of Israel: Some 200 leading Israeli musicians have signed a petition against the government’s plans to shutter the public broadcasting authority, promising “to fight to preserve democracy.”

ISRAEL: Netanyahu’s Plan to Kill Israel’s Media Enters Its Next Phase

Haaretz: The new communications minister plans to shut Israel’s public broadcaster among other media authorities and supervisory bodies. The new government also aims to block publication of ‘sensitive information’.

PALESTINE: 605 Violations against media freedoms in Palestine in 2022, the most serious of which is the killing of two female journalists

MADA Center: The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” published the findings of its annual report on media freedoms in Palestine in 2022.

SAUDI ARABIA & US: Pompeo’s attack on Khashoggi’s reputation is a gift to enemies of press freedom (Opinion)

CPJ: In the week that CPJ reported a near-50% surge in the killings of journalists worldwide, the former head of the CIA and the U.S. State Department dismissed the reaction to one of the most brazen murders of journalists in the past half century as “faux outrage…fueled by the media.”

TURKEY: Turkish Party Officials Criticized Over Journalist’s Treatment

VOA News: Media organizations this week expressed concern about the harassment of a VOA journalist who tried to question the leader of the Turkish far-right Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP.

REGIONAL: BBC Arabic Radio: Station Goes Off Air After 85 Years Of Broadcasting, Industry Reacts

Deadline: The corporation announced the closure of BBC Arabic and Persian radio in September as part of a wider plan to cut costs to World Service channels and shift focus on digital content production.

CANADA: Between Us: New year, same vital mandate (Blog)

CBC/Radio-Canada: New Year celebrations, Correspondents’ Week and trusted news: the public broadcaster is part of what connects this country and strengthens our democracy.

CANADA: Canada’s newspapers are being plundered by monopoly capitalism (Opinion)

CBC News: Federal regulators must step up to break the chains.

CANADA: CBC News stands by Coutts story despite statement from Danielle Smith’s office (Blog)

CBC/Radio-Canada: On Wednesday, the office of Alberta Premier Danielle Smith issued a statement demanding an apology and retraction of a story CBC News broke several days earlier.

CANADA: CRTC must ‘look around the corner’ in changing digital landscape, says new chair who wants to ‘meet the needs of Canadians’ (Paywall)

The Hill Times: Vicky Eatrides, the newly appointed chair of Canada’s telecom regulator, says growing the organization’s capacity and expertise to handle a changing digital landscape is a “top of mind” priority, but cautioned it will be a challenge given “just how busy” her office is with the complex files already on its plate.

CANADA: ‘People have noticed us’: CBC launches permanent bureau in Nanaimo, one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities

CBC News: The new bureau is part of a CBC initiative to expand its commitment to local news, with the public broadcaster creating 14 journalism positions in smaller communities across the country since spring 2022.

US: 7 ways to inform news coverage of immigration at the southern U.S. border

The Journalist’s Resource: We share insights for well-rounded immigration coverage from five experts — plus, a trove of resources to inform your immigration reporting.

US: Former public media employees describe the burnout and frustration that drove them away (Paywall)

Current: As stress, workplace culture and other factors drive people out, stations increasingly struggle to find and keep staffers.

US: Lessons from Southern Oregon’s local news collapse

The Seattle Times: U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said the shocking situation will be used to make another push for legislation to support local journalism, including a bipartisan proposal to provide temporary tax credits for outlets retaining or adding newsroom jobs.

US: Looking back on the coverage of Trump

CJR: Seven and a half years ago, journalism began a tortured dance with Donald Trump, the man who would be the country’s forty-fifth president—first dismissing him, then embracing him as a source of ratings and clicks, then going all in on efforts to catalogue Trump as a threat to the country (also a great source of ratings and clicks).

US: News Crisis: Can Local Public Radio Help Fill the News Gap Created by the Decline of Local Newspapers?

Harvard Kennedy School: New study by HKS media scholar proposes ways for local stations to expand their newsroom teams to meet community information needs.

US: With ‘City Island,’ PBS Kids leans into animated shorts to show how communities work (Paywall)

Current: Aaron Augenblick’s kooky cartoon creates a neighborhood that’s “friendly, inviting, and … really fun to hang out in.”

Avery Anapol, commissioning editor of The Conversation, on engaging younger audiences with academic content

Journalism.co.uk: Academic writing can be complex, lengthy and dry – but that does not make it any less important. To make it accessible to the masses, the UK publication The Conversation features articles written by academic contributors and translated into plain language by a team of editors.

City, University of London to launch Podcasting MA

Podnews: City, University of London is driving a revolution in podcast education with the launch of the UK’s first dedicated MA in Podcasting and a Centre of Podcasting Excellence.

EBU, Warner Bros. Discovery aim for improved content promotion in Olympics deal

SportBusiness: The European Broadcasting Union and Warner Bros. Discovery intend to discuss greater cross promotion of Olympic content following the pair’s joint four-Games rights deal in Europe.

FT’s Rana Foroohar: What the Davos Crowd Doesn’t See (Listen)

CJR: After two decades of attending the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering of business elites in Davos, Rana Foroohar, associate editor of the Financial Times, stayed back this year.

How Rising Temperatures Are Becoming a Labor Story

Nieman Reports: Labor reporters are increasingly focusing on how extreme heat kills workers — and what should be done about it.

In 2023, the climate story is more urgent than ever. Will journalists rise to meet the moment?

CJR: When covid-19 struck in 2020, news outlets around the world rapidly transformed to meet the moment. 

Journalist Deaths Jumped 50% in 2022, Led by Ukraine, Mexico

VOA News: Killings of journalists around the world jumped by 50% in 2022 compared to the previous year, driven largely by attacks in Ukraine, Mexico and Haiti.

PSB’s vital for regional stories, says ‘Sherwood’ creator James Graham

TBI Vision: BBC crime drama Sherwood would never have been picked up by a global streaming service, said show creator James Graham, discussing the role and future of British public broadcasters.

Reporters Shield: New Program Launches to Help Investigative Reporters Tackle Lawsuits

GIJN: Legal harassment has long been a tool used by the rich and powerful to silence investigative journalism. SLAPP suits (“strategic lawsuits against public participation”), in particular, often framed as defamation or privacy cases, aim to intimidate journalists, prevent publication, and punish independent media. 

Today’s trust tip: Help your audience avoid news fatigue

Trusting News: As journalists, we want to keep people informed. And part of that involves making sure they know how to navigate the news for themselves.   

Twitter will soon let news outlets lay visual claim to their staffers’ accounts. Should they?

Nieman Lab: Who owns a journalist’s Twitter account: the journalist or their employer?

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