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Public media is in peril and facing many challenges. Social media platforms are presenting an existential crisis to public service media. Governments are trying to extend their control and influence on the editorial output of the broadcasters. Funding systems for many are up in the air. Journalists are facing threats, attacks and harassment, both online and in-person. But it’s also an exciting time for public service media – digital platforms provide new opportunities to reach audiences, technology means public broadcasters can be innovative in how they provide a public service.

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Taiwan PTS Launches Golden Vtube Awards to Promote Taiwan’s VTuber Industry

An online awards ceremony will be held at the end of the year to celebrate Taiwan’s burgeoning VTuber industry.

The Goden Vtuber Awards in Taiwan. Credit: PTS Taiwan.

VTubers are virtual YouTubers who use avatars to create video content. They are typically operated by real people who use motion capture or other technologies to control their avatars’ movements and expressions. VTubers can be found on a variety of platforms, including YouTube, Twitch. Taiwan Public Television Service (PTS) announced on 22 September that the “Golden Vtuber Award”, a VTuber-exclusive awards show, is now open for submissions. The awards ceremony will be held online on December 31, 2023.

Taiwan PTS said that Taiwan’s VTuber industry has been booming in recent years, with over 100 new VTubers debuting each year. To encourage more talented creators, PTS and KOKURA COMPUTER CO. have expanded the existing VTuber New Year’s Eve Asian Vtuber Showcase into the “Golden Vtuber Award”. The awards will feature five categories: Award for the Best Male VTuber, Award for the Best Female VTuber, Award for the Best Original VTuber Song,Award for the Best VTuber Project,Award for the Rising Star VTuber.

Read more: PTS plans to launch new children’s channel

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Why misinformation on Israel-Hamas conflict is a growing concern

CBC: With the increased use of social media and the need for speedy, real-time information, there are critical challenges to covering a warzone. Former war correspondent Arwa Damon says journalists need to be vigilant in verifying what’s real and what’s not during times of conflict, including the current Israel-Hamas war.

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Helping teenagers understand social platforms, with Sophia Smith Galer 

Journalism.co.uk: A journalist with half a million TikTok followers developed a content creator literacy programme that lifts the lid on how narratives spread on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. 

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BURKINA FASO: ‘Good morning, children’: Burkina Faso radio station aids learning amidst jihadist disruption

The Guardian: Nord region broadcasts allow flexible learning for pupils who fear further visits by armed extremists

ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia’s press freedom crisis — Arrests, exile of journalists intensify amid political turmoil

All Africa: For decades, Ethiopia has been closely scrutinized by international organizations advocating for journalists’ rights. The country’s long-standing struggle with freedom of the press has been a cause for concern, particularly during periods of political turmoil like the one unfolding over the past four years.

GHANA: Electoral Commission advocates for social media regulation to safeguard peace, democracy during elections

Modern Ghana: The chairperson of the electoral commission has expressed support for the establishment of a regulatory framework to govern the use of social media during elections to safeguard the peace and security of the nation. 

GUINEA: Guinean journalists arrested, attacked at protest over blocking of news website 

CPJ: Guinean authorities must identify and hold accountable those officers responsible for arresting and assaulting journalists during an October 16 demonstration calling for authorities to lift restrictions on the privately owned news website Guinée Matin, and drop all legal proceedings against the journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.

KENYA: Attacks, bad laws, misinformation threaten press freedom, study says

The Nation: Restrictive laws, attacks on journalists, financial challenges, a docile civil society and digital platforms spreading misinformation aimed at eroding trust in journalism still pose a direct threat to media in Kenya, a report says.

KENYA: Elite Kenyan police unit goes on trial in the killing of a prominent Pakistani journalist last year 

ABC: An elite Kenyan police unit went on trial Tuesday on charges of wrongful death in the killing of an outspoken Pakistani journalist in Nairobi a year ago. The case was jointly filed by the journalist’s widow and two Kenyan journalists’ unions.

NIGER: Authorities putting rights at risk (press release)

Amnesty International: Nigerien authorities have arbitrarily arrested dozens of officials from the ousted government and cracked down on critical media and peaceful dissent since the military coup on July 26, 2023, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. 

NIGERIA: Robbers vandalise Radio Nigeria- Harmony FM station in Kwara

Radio Nigeria: Radio Nigeria Harmony FM, Idofian Kwara State was on Tuesday vandalized by suspected robbers.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC bill ‘constitutionally sound’, Parly committee hears 

Eyewitness News: The Chief State Law Advisor says the SABC Bill, which will introduce a “household levy” to replace the TV licence, is “constitutionally sound”.

SUDAN: Those who killed woman journalist in Sudan must be held to account

RSF: No investigation has yet been opened into the death of a Sudanese woman journalist who was run down by a vehicle of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces 20 days ago, on 10 October. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls the Sudanese authorities to identify the persons responsible and bring them to justice.

UGANDA: New report highlights gross human rights violations against female journalists

Pulse:  A study conducted by the Uganda Media Women Association (UMWA) has highlighted some of the key human rights violations female journalists are facing.

TANZANIA: Broadcasting sector subscriptions hit 3.6 million in first quarter 

Daily News: A number of television service subscriptions in the country has increased from 3.34 million in June 2023 to 3.63 million in September this year, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA)’s quarterly report reveals.

ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe journalists ordered to delete photos of VP collapsing at rally.

The Standard: Media watchdogs and journalists in Zimbabwe are fuming after members of the vice presidential security detail ordered journalists to delete photos and video of Second Vice President Kembo Mohadi collapsing at a campaign rally Saturday.

AFGHANISTAN: Freed journalist recalls ordeal in Afghan prison 

VOA: An Afghan-French journalist who spent 284 days imprisoned in Afghanistan has recalled how he was beaten, nearly choked, and interrogated. 

CHINA: China’s fake press problem 

China Media Project: Controls on news and information in China, seen as key to protecting the CCP regime, are perhaps the strictest in the world. So how — and why — are entirely spurious media outfits operating right under the nose of authorities?

CHINA: How China mourned Li Keqiang online, until the censors stepped in

The New York Times: They posted videos on social media of the time he promised that China would remain open to the outside world. They shared photos of him, standing in ankle-deep mud, visiting victims of a flood. 

INDIA: Apple alerts Indian opposition leaders and journalists to ‘state sponsored’ phone threat

Chennai Print: In a recent development, Apple has issued a warning to several prominent leaders of India’s opposition parties and a group of journalists about a potential ‘state-sponsored’ attack on their phones. 

INDIA: In Modi’s India, truth tellers are now enemies of the state (Opinion)

The New York Times: Prison. It’s just a word. But when you are using it to describe your own possible future, it leaves the lips with a heaviness and a bitter taste, like bile. Until a few years ago, ending up in an Indian prison because of my work or things I said seemed as unimaginable as my death — a grim but distant prospect. 

INDONESIA: Police close investigation into bomb attack on journalist Victor Mambor 

IFJ: On October 14, West Papuan journalist Victor Mambor was informed that the police investigation into an explosion outside his home in January had been terminated months prior. 

JAPAN: NHK broadcast in China interrupted during report on former premier’s death

NHK: An overseas broadcast of NHK was temporarily suspended for viewers in China during a report covering the death of the country’s former premier Li Keqiang.

KYRGYZSTAN: CPJ calls on Kyrgyzstan parliament to reject Russian-style ‘foreign agents’ bill 

CPJ: Kyrgyzstan’s parliament should reject Russian-inspired legislation that would classify externally-funded media rights groups and nonprofits that run news outlets as “foreign representatives” and could force many nonprofits to close, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

MALAYSIA: Malaysia warns TikTok, Meta over alleged block on pro-Palestinian content 

Reuters: Malaysia’s communications minister warned on Thursday he could take firm action if social media firms TikTok and Meta (META.O) are blocking pro-Palestinian content on their platforms.

MYANMAR: Myanmar junta shutters independent news outlets in Rakhine state

Radio Free Asia: Myanmar junta troops raided and shuttered an independent news outlet in Rakhine state on Sunday, arresting one reporter and a guard, while the rest of the staff went into hiding, relatives of the employees said.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan no safer for journalists despite legislation: report 

Friday Times: Around two years ago, Pakistan made history as the first country in the world to legislate specifically on the safety of journalists and against impunity for their attackers. But the situation has, in some cases, only worsened with attacks rising, stated an annual report on journalist safety.

PHILIPPINES: Freelance journalists’ guild launched in Manila

IFJ: Freelance media workers from the Metro Manila area launched a guild dedicated to their professional rights on October 21, following years of research, advocacy, and organising from the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP). The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate, the NUJP, congratulate the guild on its successful launch and send a message of solidarity to the organisation and its membership.

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s ‘fake news’ fixer risks undermining public confidence (Opinion)

East Asia Forum: Touted by the Singaporean government as a way to protect society in an increasingly polluted digital environment, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) has both addressed the ‘scourge of fake news’ and shielded the government from criticism.

SOUTH KOREA: Posts falsely claim South Korean broadcaster promoted ‘fundraiser for Hamas’

AFP fact check: South Korean public broadcaster MBC has rejected suggestions it promoted a fundraising campaign for Hamas after the false claim emerged on social media as the Israel-Hamas war rages. 


UNI Global Union: Representatives from UNI Global Union’s Media, Entertainment & Arts sector joined South Korean affiliate the National Media Workers Union (NUMW) at a news conference today in Seoul to urge the Korean government to engage with trade unions in the country – and to stop its attacks on public broadcasting and press freedom.

SRI LANKA: Freedom House highlights Sri Lanka’s attempts to censor Tamil Guardian

Tamil Guardian: Freedom House has deemed internet freedom in Sri Lanka as only “partly free” in its annual report, highlighting attempts to censor the Tamil Guardian and the detention of Tamils over social media posts.

TAIWAN: Open the new cross-platform of PTV Children’s Education. Cross ethnic groups. Cross-language service will produce nine major categories of programs in the future to enrich Taiwan’s original content production for children and teenagers (Press release – Chinese) 

PTS Taiwan: For 25 years, Public Television has been promoting dedicated channel services and planning online platforms and TV channels with children as the main body. On June 21 this year, amendments to some provisions of the “Public Television Law” were announced and implemented. 

THAILAND: Thai PBS raises social trends in 2036: Thai people “must have a home” (Press release – Thai) 

Thai PBS: Thai PBS raises social awareness. In 2036, Thai people “must have a home” to reduce inequality, create justice in society. The Minister of Home Affairs nails Housing For All and is ready to accept the matter of solving the problem of Din Daeng flats – Khlong Prem Prachakorn.

THAILAND: Thai PBS takes lessons from the HACKATHON activity for people with disabilities.

Thai PBS: Thai PBS takes lessons learned from the HACKATHON activity for people with disabilities, following along with 8 innovative projects to increase employment for people with disabilities. Hopes that disabled people will have sustainable work and stable income.

AUSTRALIA: Ex-commando to receive $400,000 payout after being defamed by ABC

The Guardian: A former commando defamed by the ABC will receive more than $400,000 despite giving false evidence in court, but he shouldn’t expect an apology from the broadcaster.

AUSTRALIA: Interview with senior Hamas leader ‘editorially justified’, ABC boss tells Senate grilling

The Guardian: The ABC managing director, David Anderson, has defended the broadcaster’s coverage of the Israel-Hamas war, including an interview with Basem Naim, the Hamas head of international relations.

AUSTRALIA: NITV announces high-definition launch and evolution of beyond 3% initiative (Press release) 

SBS: After the biggest year in NITV’s history, which included the launch of a 12-market broadcast signal and celebrating a decade of being available free-to-air, Australia’s dedicated Indigenous broadcaster will be launching as a high-definition channel on 5 December 2023.  

AUSTRALIA: SBS Audio announces new destination channel for Australia’s South Asian community (Press release) 

SBS: SBS Audio will continue its rapid digital evolution in 2024 with the world’s most linguistically diverse audio network outlining a number of major announcements aimed at positioning it as a clear leader in the digital audio space.  

AUSTRALIA: SBS Audio demands different with Australia’s most distinctive podcast line-up (Press release) 

SBS: 2024 will see SBS’s award-winning podcasting reach new audiences with the announcement that the multicultural and First Nations broadcaster will launch a new Insight podcast, with a twist on the television format.

AUSTRALIA: SBS to let streaming viewers block gambling, alcohol and fast food ads

Sydney Morning Herald: Hybrid public broadcaster SBS is introducing controls for viewers to avoid gambling, alcohol and fast-food ads on its digital streaming platform SBS On Demand as part of its responsible advertising practices.

FIJI: Media Council formed: ‘A historic day,’ says deputy Kamikamica

Fiji Times: The Fiji Media Council was announced this morning by Deputy Prime Minister Manoa Kamikamica at The Fiji Times headquarters, Suva. He said the formation of the council after a lapse of 14 years was “a historic day for Fiji”.

NEW ZEALAND: Reporter with cerebral palsy breaks barriers with story for Whakaata Māori

NZ Herald: Whakaata Māori has made media history by having a journalist affected by cerebral palsy produce a story for television with his voice and subtitles.

NEW ZEALAND: Three’s 7pm show The Project set to be axed

NZ Herald: Three is set to axe its 7pm weekday news show The Project – one of the highest-profile casualties of a challenging media and economic climate.

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ reports big drop in profit

The Spinoff: TVNZ’s profit fell 78% year-on-year, with the state-owned broadcaster reporting a profit of $1.7m for the year ending in June. That’s down from $7.9m the year prior.

NEW ZEALAND: Whakaata Māori to host 2024 World Indigenous Content Conference (Press release)

Stoppress: Whakaata Māori (Māori Television), in partnership with World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (WITBN), is set to host Hawaikirangi – 2024 World Indigenous Content Conference, a global gathering of Indigenous storytellers.

REGIONAL: US vows to support ‘free media’ in the Pacific as concern over China influence grows

The Guardian: Regional media has emerged as a new front in the contest between the US and China in the Pacific, as Washington said it will support “free media” while warning of the dangers of Beijing’s efforts to manipulate information around the world.

ALBANIA: Albanian Journalist Receives Death Threats After Reporting Alleged Rape 

Balkan Insight: Afrovita Hysaj said she was sent death threats after she reported an alleged rape in her city – after the TV station Channel 6+1 posted a Facebook message attacking her.


EBU: The EBU’s Brussels hub, AISBL EBU-UER, will help organize a European Festival of Journalism and Media Literacy.  

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Media freedom in survival mode

IPI: Following a press freedom mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 22-25 October 2023, the International Press Institute (IPI) today joins in partners in the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) in warning that media freedom in the country is in decline against a backdrop of new restrictive laws, hostile rhetoric and denigration of journalists by public officials, and ongoing systemic challenges to the independence of public service media.

BULGARIA: Assessing the quiet press freedom gains in Bulgaria

IPI: In the last two years, Bulgaria has undergone a subtle yet steady period of improvement in press freedom. Long ranked among the worst countries in the EU for media freedom, the Eastern European country is finally now experiencing an upward trajectory after years of stagnation.

FINLAND: Yle’s new principles of responsible artificial intelligence provide guidance on the use and development of artificial intelligence throughout the company (Press release) 

YLE: Yle has developed and implemented new principles of responsible artificial intelligence. The principles provide guidance on the use and development of artificial intelligence throughout the company.

FRANCE: France Télévisions once again partnering the “Donnez à lire” operation (Press release – French) 

France TV: France Télévisions is proud to renew its commitment to young people at the 8th edition of the Donnez à lire operation, supported by the Syndicat de la librairie française and independent bookshops. 

GEORGIA: Georgian parliament reinstates controversial powers to sanction broadcast media 

CPJ: Georgia’s president should veto legislation bolstering the state regulatory body’s powers to sanction broadcast media, and authorities should work with stakeholders to devise a regulatory framework that enjoys broad industry support, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. 

GERMANY: Deutsche Welle: Significant increase in usage figures in 2023 (Press release) 

Deutsche Welle: In 2023, DW generated 320 million weekly user contacts with its journalistic offerings, an increase of 29 million (or ten percent) from last year.

GERMANY: Private radio manager and former WDR radio director Valerie Weber: “I believe that there will be no more news on the hour.” (German) 

Deutschlandradio: Private radio manager Valerie Weber speaks in the “Culture Questions” program about the future of radio and changes to the classic news block.

GERMANY: ZDF adopts AI principles for the first time (Press release – German) 

ZDF: ZDF has adopted principles for the editorial use of generative AI. The topic of artificial intelligence is classified into a total of nine points. The most important message: Generative AI tools can support the work of editorial teams, but cannot replace them.  

IRELAND: RTÉ Statement 28.10.23 (Press release) 

RTÉ: “RTÉ wishes to clarify that, contrary to a number of media reports today regarding RTÉ’s prior knowledge of the details relating to payments to Ryan Tubridy, these are not new revelations…”

ITALY: Board of Directors, on November 20th we will vote for the Director chosen by the employees (Press release – Italian) 

Rai: The Rai Board of Directors met today in Rome under the chairmanship of Marinella Soldi and in the presence of the CEO Roberto Sergio. During the session, the guidelines of the 2024-26 corporate Sustainability Plan were illustrated and approved. 

NORTH MACEDONIA: Fragile progress on media freedom in North Macedonia (Report)

IPI: IPI publishes joint report following fact finding mission to Skopje by international groups

NORTH MACEDONIA: North Macedonia Investigative Media Outlet Condemns Guilty Verdict as SLAPP 

Balkan Insight: Media rights groups have slammed a court verdict favouring a wealthy businessman and former Vice Premier in his case against an investigative media outlet, calling it a classic SLAPP.

POLAND: Opposition taking power threatens “free speech and media pluralism”, warn Polish public media

Notes from Poland: Media organisations and journalists linked to the ruling national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party – which is set to lose power after this month’s elections – have warned that media freedom will be threatened if the opposition takes power and carries out its promised reforms.

POLAND: Poland’s unfair election reinforces demands for Europe-wide Media Freedom Act

ECPMF: The recent elections in Poland underscore the need for a strong EMFA. The opposition won a majority, despite the fact the governing PiS party “enjoyed clear advantage through its undue influence over the use of state resources and the public media”, according to an interim report by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

ROMANIA: Media freedom groups demand renewed investigation into crimes against Romanian journalist 

IPI: In an open letter to the Romanian General Prosecutor IPI joins seven other journalists and media freedom organizations in condemning the negligent and error-strewn investigation into the crimes committed against journalist Emilia Șercan.

RUSSIA: IPI demands immediate release of Alsu Kurmasheva 

IPI: The IPI global network calls on Russian authorities to immediately release journalist Alsu Kurmasheva, who was detained in the city of Kazan on October 18.

SERBIA: Serbian Parliament adopts disputed media laws

N1: The Serbian Parliament on Thursday passed the two disputed media laws which would allow the state to resume ownership of media outlets despite pledges to the contrary.

SLOVENIA: At RTV Slovenia, we are celebrating the anniversary of the public media service (Press release – Slovenian) 

RTVSLO: This year is special for RTV Slovenia, as the public institution is celebrating 95 years of Radio Slovenia and 65 years of TV Slovenia.

SPAIN: RTVE statement (Press release – Spanish) 

RTVE: The management of RTVE reports on the actions it is carrying out in relation to the partial ruling of the Social Chamber of the National Court 106/2023 in which several elements of the bases of call 1/2022 are declared null and void

SWEDEN: SVT and KTH in exchange of knowledge about AI (Press release – Swedish) 

STV: Artificial intelligence, its pervasive impact on society and the risk of infiltration of important societal bodies – including newsrooms. These were some of the topics that were discussed when the managers of SVT’s news and sports division recently gathered at KTH Innovation in Stockholm.

SWITZERLAND: Media Quality Yearbook: once again high quality scores for SRG radio, television and online (Press release – German) 

SRG SSR: With the “Media Quality Yearbook”, the Research Center for Public and Society (Fög) at the University of Zurich is once again publishing an assessment of media quality in Switzerland this year. There is once again a lot of praise for the SRG formats.

SWITZERLAND: SWI swissinfo.ch reaffirms its commitment to reader trust and quality (Press Release) 

SwissInfo.ch: SWI swissinfo.ch, the international service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), has secured the prestigious Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) certification for the second time, marking a milestone in its trust and transparency measures.

UK: Celebrating Black pioneers in our industries for Black History Month (Press Release) 

Ofcom: To mark Black History Month we’re looking at some of the Black pioneers who have helped to blaze a trail in some of the sectors that Ofcom looks after as a regulator.

UK: Creating a safer life online for people in the UK (Press Release) 

Ofcom: Today, the Online Safety Act received Royal Assent, meaning Ofcom’s powers as online safety regulator have officially commenced.

UK: New plans to promote media freedom and protect journalists (Press release)

Gov.uk: In Journalism Matters Week, new plans are being set out to boost protections for reporters against rising threats and abuse.


EBU: A comprehensive report, released during Global Media and Information Literacy Week by the EBU’s Media Intelligence Service, sheds light on a critical lack of digital skills among European adults, with just 54% of 16–74-year-old Europeans having basic (or above) digital skills. 

ARGENTINA: Sipreba calls to vote for Massa “in defense of democracy and labor rights” (Spanish)

Télam: With the participation of more than 150 workers from 25 private, public and self-managed media, the Buenos Aires Press Union held an extraordinary general assembly that resolved to support the Unión por la Patria candidate. 

BOLIVIA: Study: Eight out of ten journalists live in a situation of job insecurity (Spanish) 

Correo Del Sur: The president of the National Association of Journalists of Bolivia, Zulema Alanes, has raised her voice to denounce the “precarious and desperate” employment situation that journalists face in the country.

BRAZIL: Knight Center offers free online course on how journalists in Brazil can avoid lawsuits (Workshop) 

LatAM Journalism Review: The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is pleased to announce a new free online course in Portuguese that will give Brazilian journalists the knowledge and tools they need to navigate the complex landscape of civil liability, privacy rights, right of reply, source confidentiality and more.

CHILE: El Mercurio fires 76 workers from different media (Press release – Spanish) 

International Federation of Journalists: The Edwards family’s multimedia holding company dismissed 76 people from different media and companies. The National Federation of Media Workers (FENATRAMCO) attributed the employer’s decision to poor administration and requested the intervention of the Ministry of Labor.

COLOMBIA: Finally, public television! (Opinion – Spanish) 

El Espectador: It is hardly obvious that the rich, the politicians and the journalists of the VIP media are irritated that the State shows anonymous Colombians through RTVC, as it did on September 27 in the call to mobilize everywhere to demand their right to agrarian reform, health, education and against climate change. 

GUYANA: Broadcasters urged to comply with regulations

Starbroek News: Chairperson of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority [GNBA], attorney-at-law Latchmie Rahamat, on Wednesday, underscored the importance of local broadcasters’ compliance with regulations.

HONDURAS: UN: Violence against human rights defenders and journalists is alarmingly high in Honduras

Infobae: Violence and criminalization against human rights defenders and journalists continue to be “alarmingly high” in Honduras, the UN special rapporteur for the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression said this Friday. opinion and expression, Irene Khan, who called for decriminalizing “crimes against honor.”

JAMAICA: Data Protection Act to be phased in

Jamaica Observer: CABINET member with responsibility for digital transformation Dr Dana Morris Dixon has moved to allay the fears of business operators who will not be ready to meet the full requirements of the Data Protection Act (DPA) when it takes effect on December 1.

JAMAICA: UPDATE: Still no reports of deaths or significant damage after earthquake

Jamaica Observer: …In a release, the Jamaica Public Service said the company is still in the process of evaluating the full extent of the damage to its power distribution network but says initial assessment has revealed damage to several transmission and distribution lines which resulted in the “automatic shut-down of at least one substation and two generating plants, as part of the system’s built-in protection mechanism.”

MEXICO: Mexico’s Televisa swings to net loss in third quarter 

Reuters: Mexico’s largest broadcaster Televisa (TLEVISACPO.MX) on Thursday posted a 4.9% dip in third-quarter revenues that swung its earnings into a net loss driven down by SKY, its satellite television unit.

MEXICO: The Mexican communities that now tell the solutions from their territories

El País: Twelve teams of community communicators from eight states of the Mexican Republic share in a series of podcasts their stories of struggle and defense of the territory from a narrative focused on their achievements and what is possible. 

SURINAME: Media association condemns gunshots fired at radio station

Loop News: The Surinamese Association of Journalists (SVJ) has “strongly condemned” the attack on a radio station here as police continue their investigations into the circumstances that led to bullets being fired upon the private radio station on Tuesday. 

VENEZUELA: Journalists build network amidst threats and precarious conditions in the Venezuelan Amazon 

LatAm Journalism Review: Censorship cases, news deserts, threats from criminal groups, disinformation spread by the government, financial problems: theose are some of the many challenges facing those who insist on doing independent journalism in Venezuela, as dozens of articles published over the years by LatAam Journalism Review (LJR) show.

REGIONAL: IDEI 2023: Criminalization and violence against community and indigenous media in Latin America and the Caribbean – Challenges and Responses (Hybrid Event) 

UNESCO: Hybrid event to be held on 1 Nov. 12hs (Washington, DC) at Room Y402, American University Washington, College of Law.

REGIONAL: ​​Misinformation about conflicts and risks for journalists will be a priority in the IAPA General Assembly (Spanish) 

VOA: The 79th General Assembly of the Inter-American Press Association, which will be held in Mexico next month, will discuss disinformation in war conflicts and the safety of journalists among its main topics.

REGIONAL: Panelists at third Latin American Conference on Diversity in Journalism push for intersectional approaches in their news coverage (Event Review) 

LatAm Journalism Review: “What has happened these two days has been truly inspiring. We are inspired by good journalism, communities and how stories can be produced when we link different realities, walk the territories and come together respecting differences,” 

IRAN: Editors condemn prison sentences for Iranian journalists

WAN-IFRA: Iranian journalists Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi were arrested in September 2022 following their coverage of the death of Mahsa Amini while in police custody.

IRAN & RUSSIA: Jailing journalists will not extinguish the desire for freedom (Opinion) 

The Washington Post: Alsu Kurmasheva, who works for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and holds dual Russian and U.S. citizenship, went to Russia in May to deal with a family emergency. 

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: 74% of viral X disinformation on Israel-Hamas war came from ‘verified’ accounts – report

Rappler: NewsGuard, a website providing tools and analysis to counter disinformation, released a report on October 19 saying “verified” accounts on X are superspreaders of disinformation about the Israel-Hamas war.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: Journalist casualties in the Israel-Gaza conflict

CPJ: The Israel-Gaza conflict has taken a severe toll on journalists since Hamas launched its unprecedented attack against Israel on October 7 and Israel declared war on the militant Palestinian group, launching strikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: Reuters, Al Jazeera journalists ‘targeted’ in Lebanon strike: Press group

Al Jazeera: A Reuters journalist killed in strikes near the Israel-Lebanon border was deliberately targeted along with six other media workers injured in the attacks, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has said.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: The BBC’s Shayan Sardarizadeh on how he fact-checks misleading posts about the Israel-Hamas war (Opinion) 

Nieman Lab: Combatting the onslaught of misinformation and disinformation about the Israel-Hamas war circulating online has been one of the biggest challenges for journalists covering the conflict.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: The silence and the noise

CJR: Late Friday, Gaza was plunged into darkness. Phone and internet lines went down across the territory, stopping the outside world from communicating with its residents and its residents with one another. 

KUWAIT: Don’t stifle press freedom lest becoming ‘Brethren of Purity’

The Arab Times: IT seems that Kuwait, or rather the current government, is determined to change the nature of society by proposing a unified media law, which received a lot of disapproving reactions based on its contents.

CANADA: Canada’s CRTC shakes up the digital broadcasting landscape: Sometimes a “broadcaster” isn’t just ‎a broadcaster

DLA Piper: Streamers, podcasters, platforms, social media sites, news, radio services and even adult websites—all falling within the broad concept of an “online undertaking”—need to pay attention to the latest from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), as the regulatory scope is expansive to say the least. 

CANADA: Go behind the headlines at CBC/Radio-Canada’s Annual Public Meeting (Event)

CBC: This year, the APM takes you behind the headlines and into the inner workings of our newsrooms.

CANADA: How, when and why CBC News investigates claims of Indigenous identity  (Editor’s Blog)

CBC: Reporter Geoff Leo and the flagship investigative journalism program of CBC News, The Fifth Estate, reported today on the claims and contradictions of Indigenous identity made by singer Buffy Sainte-Marie over her long and much-celebrated career. 

US: Austin stations receive $1.5 million gift for news and music

Current: The gift will support news and music services at the station over three years.

US: For the Chicago-based Investigative Project on Race and Equity, training the next generation matters as much as the reporting

Nieman Lab: In the past decade alone, Chicago has proven itself to be a crucible for digital media innovation among American cities.

US: ‘Little Bird’ brings unique story of Indigenous identity to PBS

Current: The six-part drama has a “social consciousness that can really appeal to younger viewers,” says Jessica Turk of Nashville Public Television.

US: PBS KIDS embraces AI to launch new era of children’s educational TV

Mashable: From the personalized compassion shown in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Sesame Street, to the direct-to-camera problem-solving found in millennial favorites like Dora the Explorer and Blue’s Clues, children’s educational television presents the young viewer and the main character as equals. 

US: Statement from External Organizations in Support of Public Radio Music Day (Statement)

NPR: Public radio music stations are a resource that the music community deeply treasures. These stations provide an unmatched platform for musicians representing the full diversity of genres and community traditions, elevating emerging voices and local scenes, connecting artists to devoted music listeners, helping to build sustainable careers.

US: Utah pubcaster to acquire KCPW (Paywall)

Current: The format on KCPW’s 88.3 FM signal will switch to bilingual programming.

US: Yolanda López Stepping Down as Acting VOA Director (Press release)

VOA: Earlier this month, Yolanda López, Voice of America’s acting director, announced her departure from the news organization to take a position outside the federal government.

10 worldwide opportunities with deadlines in November (Opportunities) 

IJNet: Although there are only two months left in the year, it’s not too late to learn a new skill or apply for a new job. Check out our list of opportunities for media professionals globally, with deadlines next month. 

An illustrated guide to the basics of interviewing

Poynter: How closely do I stick to my list of questions? What do I do if the source is in a really bad mood? Do I record on my phone or take physical notes?

Crisis-hit Haiti fails to deliver justice for murdered journalists

CPJ: No one has been brought to justice in nearly 80% of the 261 cases of journalists murdered in retaliation for their work in the past decade, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) 2023 Impunity Index, a tally of countries where journalists are murdered and perpetrators elude justice.


EBU: A comprehensive report, released during Global Media and Information Literacy Week by the EBU’s Media Intelligence Service, sheds light on a critical lack of digital skills among European adults, with just 54% of 16–74-year-old Europeans having basic (or above) digital skills.

Here’s what our research says about news audiences on Twitter, the platform now known as X

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: According to our data and despite undergoing many changes, the use of Twitter for news has remained remarkably stable in the last decade

How podcast creators transform big ideas into compelling stories

Current: Almost 10 years ago, a political reporter at WNYC pitched a podcast to the station. She was going through a tough time in her life, and she pitched the show she wanted to hear — about “the things we think about a lot and need to talk about more.” 


EBU: Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a powerful force shaping many aspects of our lives. I would argue that one domain where its impact is particularly significant – but has yet to be fully investigated or appreciated – is media literacy.

Reflections on covering terrorism’s consequences for women, from ICFJ Knight Award winner Mariam Ouédraogo

IJNet: Burkinabè journalist Mariam Ouédraogo is dedicated to covering war and its devastating consequences on civilians in her native country of Burkina Faso.

Shaping the future of journalism: insights for the next generation

Journalism.co.uk: Between record newsroom layoffs, plummeting public trust and the disruptive impact of artificial intelligence, it is clear that journalism is facing an existential crisis.

The State Media Monitor 2023 Study Released: A Bleak Reading

MJRC: In a world dominated by government-controlled state and public media outlets, the looming specter of a series of intensifying conflicts presents an alarming peril to democratic societies just before a crucial election year, when people will elect their leaders in some 50 nations worldwide.

What El Tímpano learned training 100+ Latino immigrants on disinformation defense

El Tïmpano: Like a virus, misinformation spreads by individual actions. Sharing a post on WhatsApp or Facebook, repeating a rumor in conversation with relatives or colleagues. These individual decisions have ripple effects through social circles, workplaces, and entire communities. 

What journalists should know about AI-generated disinformation

IJNet: Fears of AI-generated disinformation are rampant. Journalists and experts warn that it can be used to deceive audiences, profoundly sway viewers and incite violence. Although these concerns are widely vocalized, the precise impact of AI-generated disinformation remains unclear. What is evident, however, is that we can expect a surge in disinformation due to AI.

Why Elon Musk is obsessed with casting Twitter/X as the most “authentic” social media platform

Nieman Lab: “Threads’ vibes may have been cheerful and friendly at the outset — disingenuously so, according to Musk — but it may well prove that, eventually, all social media sites regress toward the meanest.”

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