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BURKINA FASO: RSF condemns increase in threats, violence against journalists

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the latest cases of threatening and aggressive behaviour towards journalists in Burkina Faso – death threats by a sports official and use of physical violence by a member of the prime minister’s security. 

EGYPT: Egypt to prosecute 17 for ‘fake’ Covid-19 news

The New Arab: An Egyptian media watchdog has denounced ‘a series of persecutions’ targeting Egyptian journalists abroad.

EGYPT: Outspoken Egyptian photojournalist accused of terrorism-related charges, 15 days after being arrested

The New Arab: An outspoken Egyptian photojournalist has been accused of terrorism-related charges in a country classified as “the world’s third jailer of journalists”, with over 50 journalists currently behind bars.

ETHIOPIA: Ethiopian authorities arrest 11 employees of 4 independent media outlets

CPJ: Authorities have arrested at least 11 journalists and media workers since May 19 in Amhara state and the capital Addis Ababa as part of a broader crackdown that the state government calls a “law enforcement operation” that has resulted in the arrest of over 4,500 people for allegedly illegal activity.

GHANA: New media is the order of the day- Prof. Amin Alhassan

GBC News: The Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Professor Amin Alhassan says new media is the order of the day and has a lot of opportunities for businesses.

NAMIBIA: Journalist Opens Assault Case Against Police

New Era: One of the journalists who were hit with rubber bullets by the Namibian Police during a counterfeit goods protest at Chinatown in Windhoek recently, has laid assault charges against the force.

NIGERIA: Channels TV Wins Nigeria’s Most Admired Media Brand Award

Channels TV: Multiple award-winning station Channels Television has won the Brand Africa award as Nigeria’s Most Admired Media Brand.

NIGERIA: Nigeria’s Secret Service detain journalist for republishing article about Governor

MFWA: Today, Friday, May 27 marks exactly two weeks since the State Security Service (SSS) in Ogun state, Nigeria arrested Olamilekan Hammed, a journalist and publisher of online outlet EaglesForeSight, on undisclosed charges.

SOMALILAND: Two journalists jailed for reporting on a prison fight

IPI: The IPI global network calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Somaliland journalists Mohamed Adbi Sheikh Mohamed of MM Somali TV and Adijabar Mohamed Hussein of Horncable. The two journalists were sentenced to 16-month prison terms on May 23 by a court in Hargeisa for reporting on a prison fight at Hargeisa Central Prison.

SOUTH AFRICA: Govt. To Abolish Exclusive Sports Broadcasting Rights

Broadcast Media Africa: According to BMA sources, South Africa’s governing party, the African National Congress, has drafted a new policy document which calls for an end to exclusive broadcasting access to national sports events. 

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC to outsource TV licensing

ITWeb: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is looking to outsource its TV licence operations as part of the remodelling of its corporate structure.

TOGO: Togo’s Regulatory Authority Bets On Improved Data And Media Capabilities To Drive ICT Industry

Broadcast Media Africa: Togo’s Electronic Communications and Posts Regulatory Authority (ARCEP) has stated that it would bet on ongoing data and media capacity building to drive the country’s ICT industry.

ZAMBIA: OTT Streaming: “Value Prevails In Creating Quotas To Promote Local Content” (Watch)

Broadcast Media Africa: Independent Broadcasting Authority of Zambia’s (IBA) Director: Standards, Licensing and Compliance, Eustace Nkandu, recently participated in a panel discussion “The Role Of Regulators In Ensuring Fair Competition Within The African Markets”. 

ZIMBABWE: MISA Zimbabwe, ZACRAS and MAZ communique on the Broadcasting Services Act (Amendment Bill) Writeshop

MISA: The much-awaited alignment with the Constitution of Zimbabwe of the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA), the principal legislation regulating the broadcasting sector since its enactment in 2001 has reached advanced stages following the tabling of proposed amendments during a law drafting workshop (Writeshop) held in Gweru on 18 and 19 May 2022.

REGIONAL: “African Content Creators Must Be Equipped To Tell Our Stories To Global Audiences,” Says Multichoice Head Of Content Strategy

Broadcast Media Africa: According to Georginah Machiridza, Head of Content Strategy at MultiChoice, content creators in Africa should be empowered with the skills to effectively tell African stories. 

BANGLADESH: Planned Bangladesh Law Raises Freedom of Expression Fears

VOA News: Bangladesh is planning to introduce legislation, almost certain to be enacted, that experts say would curtail freedom of expression and the press and result in an effective government seizure of digital media.

CHINA: Chinese Is Manipulating Search Engines to Push Propaganda on COVID, Uyghur Muslims

CNET: Chinese state-media uses search engine optimization strategies to place stories about the country at the top of results pages outside of China, a new report says.

CHINA: Despite High Ambition, China’s Media Influence Operation Is Far From Successful

The Diplomat: A case study of CGTN reveals how bureaucracy and a flawed incentive structure is holding the state media outlet back from true influence power. 

INDONESIA & THE NETHERLANDS: Small Newsrooms in Quest of Allies to Keep Democracy Alive (Press release)

Netherlands And You: On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, the Dutch and Canadian Embassies in Jakarta supported the celebration of press freedom in Indonesia, in an event organized by our media partner Project Multatuli. 

MALAYSIA: Malaysia’s leader makes pledge to protect press freedom

The Jakarta Post: Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Sunday that his government would make efforts to protect press freedom and shield the media from outside interference.

PAKISTAN: Media workers attacked across the nation during political protests

IFJ: Multiple media workers were attacked during protests by members of political party Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) on May 25 and 26 in several cities across Pakistan. 

PAKISTAN: Pakistan police open multiple criminal investigations into four journalists

CPJ: Pakistan authorities must immediately drop their investigations into journalists Sami Abraham, Arshad Sharif, Sabir Shakir, and Imran Riaz Khan, and refrain from arresting and targeting journalists in retaliation for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

PAKISTAN: Radio Pakistan will continue to effectively project state narrative across world: DG PBC

Radio Pakistan: New Director General Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Samina Farzin says Radio Pakistan will continue to effectively project the state narrative across the world using modern technological tools.

PHILIPPINES: Media wary of possible limited access to president-elect Bongbong Marcos

Inquirer News: A day after Congress proclaimed him as the country’s next president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. held a news conference where he discussed a broad range of issues that his administration would be dealing with and announced additional members of his future Cabinet after he takes office on June 30. 

SOUTH KOREA: Audiences to Enjoy Easier Access to KBS Archives (Press release)

KBS: In March 2022, KBS launched an open-access visual archives platform, known as the Bada(bada.kbs.co.kr), as part of its key priorities for 2022.

TAIWAN: Communications scholar Hu Yuan-hui chosen as PTS chair (20 May)

Focus Taiwan: Communications scholar Hu Yuan-hui (胡元輝) was chosen to serve as chairman of Public Television Service (PTS) on Friday.

VIETNAM: Former RFA blogger in failing health in Vietnam jail

Radio Free Asia: A Vietnamese journalist jailed for writing articles that criticized Vietnam’s one-party communist government is in failing health, with prison authorities refusing family requests to send him outside the facility for medical treatment, RFA has learned.

AUSTRALIA: ABC complaints (Watch)

ABC Mediawatch: ABC to overhaul its complaints handling system, appointing an internal ombudsman to review contentious decisions

AUSTRALIA: Behind the scenes of the ABC’s coverage of the federal election in 2022

ABC: The ABC has been providing television coverage of federal election vote counts since 1958 while radio coverage dates back decades earlier. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the 2022 Australia Votes broadcasts on radio and TV.

AUSTRALIA: Comedy, crime, coming of age and more among this year’s Digital Originals contenders (Press release)

SBS: SBS, NITV and Screen Australia’s successful short-form drama initiative gets underway with creative teams taking part in exclusive industry workshop this week.

AUSTRALIA: Deliberate ploy: whistleblowers reveal why Facebook’s Australia news ban included non-news sites

The Guardian: Three hours into Facebook’s Australian news blackout on 17 February 2021, a concerned employee sent a note to colleagues at the social media company.

AUSTRALIA: The way we talk about First Nations issues is striking, as our analysis of 82 million words of Australian news and opinion shows

The Conversation: Our analysis revealed the relative attention our news and opinion pieces gave to First Nations peoples began to grow steadily from around 2005, with a huge peak in 2007.

AUSTRALIA: Your ABC…helping shape Australia for 90 years (Press release)

ABC: As we celebrate ABC’s 90th anniversary, our commitment to provide distinctive, diverse and world class Australian programs remains unrivalled.  ABC is thrilled to announce a new slate of shows set to entertain, engage and inspire audiences, throughout the year and into 2023.

FIJI: Lack of access concerns media association

Fijian Broadcasting Corporation: The Fijian Media Association has expressed concerns about foreign dignitaries who visit the country and dodge media engagements with both the local and international journalists.

NEW ZEALAND: ‘A slap in the face’: RNZ’s new theme music made in Australia

The Spinoff: RNZ’s recent “sonic refresh” has provoked outrage from the local music industry in Aotearoa, with critics calling the move “tone deaf” and “a slap in the face” from the publicly-funded broadcaster. 

NEW ZEALAND: A ‘sonic refresh’ is coming for RNZ

RNZ: Earlybirds tuning in to Morning Report will have a fresh wake-up call from Monday morning.

NEW ZEALAND: Investing in Māori media sector to support industry

DevDiscourse: “By capturing and sharing local stories and innovative Māori content with New Zealand audiences, across a range of platforms, we can continue to build our cultural and national identity,” Willie Jackson said.

NEW ZEALAND: More unanswered questions about public media plan (Listen)

RNZ Mediawatch: The government’s planned new Public Media Entity – backed with $109m a year in last week’s Budget – was debated in a virtual meeting this week.

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Media restricted from attending China ministerial visit

IFJ: Local and international media access was heavily restricted at the Chinese foreign minister’s visit to Solomon Islands on May 26, with only select news outlets permitted to attend. 

REGIONAL: Defend media freedom in Pacific, says USP’s journalism head

Asia Pacific Report: Pacific journalists must be allowed to do their jobs, says the head of journalism at the University of the South Pacific, Dr Shailendra Singh.

REGIONAL: Outcry as China stops Pacific journalists questioning Wang Yi

The Guardian: Journalists covering the Chinese foreign minister’s tour of the Pacific say they have been blocked from filming or accessing events, and that not a single question from a Pacific journalist has been allowed to be asked of Wang Yi.

ALBANIA: Women in Albanian Media: From Secondary Victimisation to ‘Slut-Shaming’

Balkan Insight: Codes of ethics mean little when it comes to the way Albanian media report about women, from victims of sexual abuse to holidaymakers in Dubai.

AZERBAIJAN: New Media Law Casts Shadow Over Azeri Media

VOA News: Azerbaijan’s journalists are used to working in tense conditions, but a media bill passed into law earlier this year has many of them on edge.

BELARUS: Exiled Belarusian journalists face terrorism charges; former journalist detained

CPJ: Belarus authorities should drop all charges against journalists Stsypan Putsila and Yan Rudzik, immediately release detained former journalist Aliaksandr Lyubyanchuk, and stop labeling media outlets as terrorists or extremists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

BELARUS: The free press continues despite attacks

BAJ: The chair of the Belarusian Association of Journalists says reporting is harder than ever because of government crackdowns and war in neighbouring Ukraine.

BELGIUM: National day of action at, among other things, public transport and VRT: there is nuisance here today (Dutch)

De Morgen: Today, a national day of action is being organized across the country at many government services, both federal, regional and regional. 

DENMARK: Intimate coordinator behind DR drama series: ‘There is a clear need for safety and security in the industry’ (Danish)

DR: Lea Helmuth is one of Denmark’s first intimate coordinators, and she has been part of the team behind the DR drama series ‘Salsa’. She ensures safety, security and firm appointments for the young actors and ensures that their intimate boundaries are not exceeded on the set.

FINLAND: Yle is looking for LGBTQIA + content ideas with an open search (Press release – Finnish)

Yle: The pilot project of Yle’s Creative Content and Media Development Department is based on the objectives of a survey of sexual and gender minorities and Yle’s diversity development.

FRANCE: France Télévisions tests 5G Broadcast and 5G Multicast during Roland Garros (French)

Alloforfait: Roland Garros is often a test period for France Télévisions. And this year, the public group is no exception to the rule by trying out 5G Broadcast and 5G Multicast.

GERMANY: Who and what do the media reach in the fight against disinformation? (German – Listen)

Deutschlandfunk: Propaganda, disinformation, false claims: Our listener Robert Müller thinks that fact checks should get even more attention in the media. He sees them as important editorial help for people like him who want to refute false claims and propaganda in private conversations – for example the Russian propaganda surrounding the attack on Ukraine. 

IRELAND: Par-European rights watchdog alerted after Irish opposition leader sues broadcaster

Euractiv: An alert has been registered in the Council of Europe’s (CoE) press freedom platform after the head of Sinn Fein, Ireland’s largest opposition party, launched a defamation suit against broadcaster RTÉ.

ISLE OF MAN: Government will provide TV licence fee for over 75s for another year

Manx Radio: Government has announced it will continue to meet the cost of TV licences for elderly residents. It applies to those who are over 75 and don’t receive income support until the end of 2023.

ITALY: Concern after authorities search Report editorial office and home of journalist

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) and partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today express serious concern over the searches carried out by police at the offices of Rai 3’s investigative programme ‘Report’ and the home of investigative journalist Paolo Mondani. 

MALTA: Justice for slain Maltese journalist ‘excruciatingly slow’, complains MEP

Euractiv: The process of justice for murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been “excruciatingly slow and half-hearted”, Sophie In’t Veld said on Wednesday following a three-day rule of law mission by a European Parliament delegation to Malta.

MALTA: Media battle for access to public information

IPI: Press freedom groups raise concern over unprecedented FOI obstructions.

NETHERLANDS: NPO scores an 8 for public value (Press release – Dutch)

NPO: The Dutch public rates the public value of the NPO’s television programs with an average of 8.0. This is shown by independent GfK research into the public value of television programming in 2021.

POLAND: 1.5 million Polish homes to only have access to state TV after broadcast system switchover

Notes From Poland: As Poland introduces a new broadcasting system for terrestrial television, an estimated 1.5 million households that still have old receivers have lost or will soon lose access to most TV stations, including the country’s two main private broadcasters, TVN and Polsat.

RUSSIA: Russian Parliament Passes Bill Allowing Moscow to Close Western News Bureaus

VOA News: Russia’s parliament on Tuesday passed a bill giving prosecutors powers to shut foreign media bureaus in Moscow if a Western country has been “unfriendly” to Russian media, following the closure of some Russian state news outlets in the West.

SERBIA: Tendering process of national FTA TV licences must be open and transparent

IPI: Press freedom groups raise concern about lack of independence in broadcast media regulator.

SLOVENIA: Hopes for Reset as Slovenia’s New Leader Pledges Media Protections

VOA News: As Slovenia transitions to a new prime minister, the country’s media look for signs of a reset after the hostile rhetoric and pressure that many say they experienced under the outgoing administration.

SPAIN: Devastating report to the RTVE Audit Committee denouncing serious economic lack of control in the corporation (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: The former dean of the College of Telecommunications Engineers denounces waste, unjustified payments, excessive subcontracting that leaves the workforce without work.

SPAIN: The News Council of TVE ratifies the protection of Anna Bosch against the “intimidating ways” of the president of the corporation (Spanish)

El País: The agency presents the conclusions of its investigation and demands that management not resort to intimidation again.

SWEDEN: Investment in closer journalism in the interior of Västerbotten gave new perspectives and voices (Swedish)

Swedish Radio: Sveriges Radio makes an extensive investment in temporary newsrooms * in about 80 municipalities annually, which has meant that we have never been more present in our country than we are right now. 

SWEDEN: SVT fund provides time for audience experiments (Danish)

Nordvision: Now program editors at SVT can apply for money to experiment themselves and reach their target group in new ways. In return, it becomes a learning experience for others.

UK: CBBC’s move online could damage its identity, value and brand recognition

The Conversation: Lessons from putting the broadcaster’s other youth channel, BBC Three, online don’t seem to have been learnt.

UK: Plan to deliver a digital-first BBC (Press release)

BBC: The plan focuses on creating a modern, digital-led and streamlined organisation that drives the most value from the licence fee and delivers more for audiences.

UKRAINE: ‘Death to the enemy’: Ukraine’s news channels unite to cover war

The Guardian: State-backed broadcast has strategic and practical justifications but some see it as dangerous monopoly.

UKRAINE & FRANCE: French journalist for BFM TV Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff killed in Ukraine

EFJ: French BFM TV journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff was fatally injured today while covering the evacuation of civilians from the cities of Severodonetsk and Lyssychansk in Ukraine. 

UKRAINE: Ukrainian media agencies unite in call for support from the global market

The Drum: The Ukrainian media industry has penned a manifesto listing practical ways the global market can offer its support to Ukraine.

GENERAL: Analysis: European Drama Co-Productions Boom As Broadcasters Seek To Redress The Balance With Global Streamers

Deadline: As the U.S. streaming giants commission more and more shows from Europe, the continent’s traditional broadcasters now see co-productions as the best weapon in their armory. 

GENERAL: Prognosis for media freedom, journalist safety ‘grim’ without concrete action – UN Special Rapporteur

The Shift News: It is time to translate commitment to ensuring media freedom and journalists’ safety into “concrete action backed by political will”. This is the conclusion of the UN Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of the right to freedom of expression, Irene Khan, in her latest report on media freedom and the safety of journalists.

GENERAL: Renate Schroeder: Why we need a strong Media Freedom Act in Europe (Opinion)


BRAZIL: Globo group journalists protest against salary losses (Portuguese)

Poder360: Journalists from O Globo, Valor Econômico and other media companies held a demonstration this Wednesday (May 25, 2022) in Brasília for salary recomposition.

BRAZIL: One hundred years of radio in Brazil: the Brazilian priest who invented the radio (Portuguese) 

Agência Brasil: “Play the National Anthem!” These were the first words that the Brazilian priest Roberto Landell de Moura (1861-1928) said in the unprecedented public demonstration of radio transmission, on July 16, 1899.

BRAZIL: Radios MEC and Nacional open radio centenary celebrations (Portuguese)

Agência Brasil: To start the commemorations in honor of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of radio broadcasts in the country,  Rádio MEC and Rádio Nacional , public broadcasters managed by  Empresa Brasil de Comunicação (EBC) , organize a panel to debate the topic at the Municipal Theater of Rio January, tomorrow (31), at 18:00.

COLOMBIA: Colombia’s Indigenous ‘communicators’ face special challenges reporting for their communities

CPJ: Mabel Quinto Salas is a reporter for Radio Pa’yumat, a station in the Northern Cauca region of Colombia. But she doesn’t identify as a journalist. Instead, she calls herself a “community communicator,” a category that is common among Colombia’s Indigenous communities. 

MEXICO: Article 19 condemns audios in which former governor suggests ‘starving journalists to death’ (Spanish)

Article19: ARTICLE 19 categorically rejects statements made by Alejandro Moreno Cárdenas, current president of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, by its acronym in Spanish) against the press. 

NICARAGUA: Broadcasters’ Association denounces the situation in Nicaragua

Havana Times: The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB), which brings together radio and television stations of the three Americas, issued an urgent statement on the destruction of democracy in Nicaragua by the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.

REGIONAL: How did public media in Latin America promote education during the pandemic? (Spanish)

RTVC: During the pandemic, the media became the standard-bearer to support educational processes to mitigate the effects of preventive isolation. 

REGIONAL: Searching for stories from space: Journalists from the Americas create guide to analyze satellite images with artificial intelligence

LatAm Journalism Review: How can artificial intelligence and satellite imagery be harnessed to find potential news stories?

REGIONAL: Women journalists in authoritarian contexts face different challenges than their male colleagues when practicing journalism

LatAm Journalism Review: Practicing journalism in authoritarian contexts presents a challenge. But when the journalist is a woman, the level of vulnerability increases.

ISRAEL: Arab Reporter Assaulted in Sheikh Jarrah After Right-wing March; Two Arrested

Haaretz: Police arrests two Jewish suspects for assaulting a prominent Arabic-language journalist who had arrived in the East Jerusalem neighborhood after covering Jerusalem Day events. 

PALESTINE: Al Jazeera to refer killing of American journalist to war crimes court (Paywall) 

The Washington Post: The Al Jazeera news network said it would refer the killing of its longtime correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh to the International Criminal Court after accusing Israeli forces of fatally shooting the Palestinian American journalist, whose death sparked global outrage.

SAUDI ARABIA: ‘The Office’ Arabic Adaptation by BBC and MBC is Coming This Year

Egyptian Streets: The British Broadcasting Network (BBC), home to the original UK rendition of the beloved show, has teamed up with Saudi Arabia’s renowned Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) to bring you the very first adaptation of ‘The Office’ in Arabic — ‘Al Maktab’. 

SYRIA: Mandatory Union Membership Adds to Hurdles, Say Media in NE Syria

VOA News: A new requirement that journalists in northeast Syria join an official union to obtain press credentials is seen by critics as an attempt to regulate and restrict the region’s media.

TURKEY: Turkey’s Planned Internet Law to Criminalise ‘Spreading Misinformation’

Balkan Insight: Journalists unions have condemned the new draft internet law, which for the first time will define ‘spreading misinformation on purpose’ as a crime incurring a one-to-three year jail sentence.

UAE & URUGUAY: WAM signs cooperation agreements with three Uruguayan media outlets (Press release)

WAM: The Emirates News Agency (WAM) has signed cooperation agreements with three media outlets in the Republic of Uruguay, as part of its efforts to enhance joint cooperation in media exchange.

CANADA: #NotOK campaign launches new guide to protect and support journalists against online harm (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: The #NotOK campaign today announced the publication of its Newsroom Guide for Managing Online Harm. 

CANADA: Between Us: Focus on freedom of the press and Canadian creators (Blog)

CBC/Radio-Canada: Catherine Tait looks back on the month of May.

CANADA: CBC Quebec wins 9 RTDNA regional journalism awards

CBC News: Overall excellence in Digital, Excellence in Social, Best Podcast among nods for work in 2021.

CANADA: Journalism used to mean keeping mental stress, trauma to yourself. Thankfully, that’s changing (Editor’s blog)

CBC News: New survey of Canadian media workers finds a troubling amount of stress, anxiety, depression.

CANADA: KILUCRU ISLAND – A new children’s series from Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec (French – press release)

Radio-Canada: Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec are once again uniting their youth expertise to offer a daily news story populated by legendary creatures, interpreted by a line-up of highly talented actors: L’île Kilucru will accompany toddlers on ICI Télé and Télé-Québec from fall 2022.

US: Arizona PBS joins public media initiative to inform participation in 2022 elections

Arizona State University: Arizona PBS today announced that they will join America Amplified’s Election 2022 initiative. This national initiative plans to empower voters ahead of the 2022 mid-term elections and promote community engagement journalism. 

US: Engineers, GMs go the distance to keep Alaska’s remote stations on the air (Paywall)

Current: “There are no roads to here, so the only way you get in is by airplane or ship, or if you have a snow machine,” says Pierre Lonewolf, chief engineer of KOTZ in Kotzebue, Alaska.

US: How to avoid misinformation as you read about Uvalde and other mass shootings

Poynter: It pays to slow down and avoid sharing false or unverified information simply because it seems plausible and you want to be the first to share it.

US: Local Newspapers Fact Sheet

Pew Research Center: The transition to digital news consumption has hit the newspaper industry hard in recent years. Some national publications have managed to weather the storm in part by attracting digital subscribers, but many local newspapers have been forced to shutter their doors permanently, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

US: PBS Offers Special Coverage, Programming and Resources in Response to the Mass Shooting in Uvalde

PBS: PBS is providing audiences with a range of in-depth reporting, programming and content resources to address the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

US: What’s working for local TV stations on Facebook? Posting early, killing hashtags, skipping sports (16 May)

Nieman Lab: Local TV stations have huge audiences on Facebook, but they’ll need new ways to reach younger Americans who associate the app with their parents.

A free and independent press are vital to countering disinformation and propaganda (Speech)

Gov.uk: Statement by Ambassador James Kariuki at the UN Security Council Meeting on the Protection of Journalists

Digital News Report 2022 launch events (Event)

Reuters Institute: Our Digital News Report 2022 will be launched through a series of global events. Each panel features report authors speaking alongside prominent journalists from different regions. Some events are in person and some are online. 

How should publishers rethink reader revenue in a changing world?

Journalism.co.uk: Where is the ceiling for subscribers when it comes to reader revenue, and what can publishers do when they hit it? Experts from FT Strategies, the Guardian, Sifted and Tortoise share their insights

It’s Not Just Autocracies – Democracies Also Censor the Internet

CEPA: While it’s no surprise to see China, Russia, and North Korea ranking low on internet freedom, a growing number of restrictions in democracies is worrying.

Podcasts Reach The Globe, But There’s A Growing Focus On Local.

Inside Radio: Broadcasting may have always been a natural fit for podcasting, but one topic that had plenty of attention at last week’s IAB Podcast Upfront may work even more in their favor. 

Tech, journalism, community crucial in ‘battle for facts’: Nobel laureate

Focus Taiwan: Nobel Peace Prize laureate and renowned journalist Maria Ressa said Sunday that technology, journalism and community action are key factors in the current fight against disinformation, which she called the “battle for facts.”

These reader revenue models keep in mind people who won’t pay full price (yet)

Reuters Institute: As subscriptions become more common, news publishers for Sweden, Spain and South Africa are creating more inclusive schemes.

Why won’t some people pay for news?

Nieman Lab: Plus: The role of class in news avoidance, how local party leaders use partisan media, and what native advertising studios say to sell their work.

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