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ALGERIA: Algiers journalist arrested, TV channel told to stop working

RSF: Sofiane Merrakchi, who is a reporter for Al Mayadeen TV and at the same time a producer for several foreign TV channels including France 24 and RT, was arrested on 22 September by gendarmes, who searched his office in Algiers.

EGYPT: Egypt arrests 3 more journalists amid crackdown

CPJ: Journalists Alaa Abdelfattah, a blogger and Mada Masr columnist, Nasser Abdelhafez, an arts columnist at the government-owned Akhbar Al-Youm newspaper and Engi Abdel Wahab, a reporter at the privately owned daily Al-Masry Al-Youm have been imprisoned for their reporting. 

GHANA: Media Stakeholders Propose Ways for Effective Implementation of RTI Law

MFWA: It was a ground-breaking move in March when Parliament finally passed the transformative Right to Information (RTI) Act, a law that ended a decade-long advocacy from activists who pleaded that government codifies access to information. But four months after President Akufo-Addo assented the bill into law, policy advocates question what measures are being put in place to ensure an effective implementation of the law.

MOROCCO: Moroccan journalist receives one-year prison sentence for ‘illegal abortion’ (Watch)

France 24: Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni was sentenced in a Rabat court Monday to one year in jail for having had an “illegal abortion” and sexual relations outside marriage.

NAMIBIA: Crisis at Namibia’s public broadcaster spreads as it turns off two other private TV channels on its digital broadcasting platform as a desperate negotiating ploy

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NIGERIA: NBC Issues Fines To 45 Stations For Violating Nigeria’s Broadcast Code

Via Broadcast Media Africa: The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has sanctioned no less than 45 broadcasting stations which allegedly violated its code in the second quarter of 2019, according to the Commission’s Director-General, Mallam Ishaq Kawu.

NIGERIA: Ogunleye, Durodola and Ibanga Join IPC’s Governing Board, as it Clocks 20 Years

MFWA: The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria, has announced the reconstitution of its Governing Board, as the organisation prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of its establishment in October, 1999.

SOMALIA: FESOJ Worries Increasing Harassments & Attacks Against Journalists & Media Houses In Somalia

Radio Dalsan: Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ) strongly protests against renewed acts of intimidation against journalists in South West State, following arrest of broadcast journalist in Baidoa town of Bay region and recent decision imposed by Puntland authority to independent media ordering all media outlets to register with the Ministry of Information by 15 October a way which it aimed at monitoring the daily output and activities of media practitioners.

SOUTH AFRICA: Bailout will help realise SABC’s strategic goals: Board Chairperson

SABC News: SABC board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini says the bailout it has been seeking from government will help it realise the SABC’s strategic goals.

SOUTH AFRICA: Irregular expenditure at SABC has declined: Van Biljon (Watch)

SABC News: The SABC has revealed in its 2018/2019 annual report that irregular expenditure at the public broadcaster had declined significantly to R336 million from R570 million the previous year.

SOUTH AFRICA: Why South Africa needs to fix its troubled public broadcaster (Opinion)

The Conversation: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the country’s legislated public broadcasting service, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent times. The extent of its woes were laid bare in testimony at the judicial commission investigating allegations of corruption at various state institutions under former President Jacob Zuma.

SUDAN: Sudan signs international undertaking for media freedom

Radio Dabanga: On Wednesday, the Sudanese government signed the International Undertaking for Media Freedom during a session of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York.

TANZANIA: Tanzania slaps harsh sanctions on three online TV channels

RSF: The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority imposed fines of approximately 2,000 euros on two online TV channels – Kwanza TV, Millard Ayo TVand Watetezi TV– on 27 September and suspended one of them, Kwanza TV, for six months.

UGANDA: Uganda’s Solomon Serwanjja wins BBC World News Komla Dumor award

BBC News: Ugandan investigative reporter and news anchor Solomon Serwanjja has won the 2019 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

ZAMBIA: ZNBC Director-General Richard Mwanza To Leave His Post

Via Broadcast Media Africa: The Director-General of the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), Richard Mwanza is to leave the national broadcaster this week following the expiration of his contract.

GENERAL: “Distribution Of Broadcast Content Is Cost-Efficient Today Because Of Satellite Technology”–Christoph Limmer, Eutelsat (Q&A)

Broadcast Media Africa: Christoph Limmer, the Senior Vice President for Global Business Development, Video at Eutelsat, says that the distribution of TV content has never been as cost-efficient for broadcasters as it currently is, and it’s all thanks to satellite technology.

AFGHANISTAN: BBC radio programmes in Dari and Pashto to air on Radio Television Afghanistan network

BBC News: The BBC’s flagship radio news programmes for Afghan audiences are now rebroadcast live by Afghanistan’s national broadcaster, Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA).

AFGHANISTAN: On eve of Afghanistan’s poll, RSF calls for more protection for journalists

RSF: As Afghanistan prepares to hold a presidential election on 28 September amid tension and the threat of violence, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for more protection for the country’s journalists, the guarantors of a free, transparent and democratic electoral process.

CAMBODIA: Cambodia ‘fake news’ laws tighten noose on press freedom

IPI: Last month, Cambodia’s Information Ministry took to the Internet to step-up its public warnings to news organizations in the Kingdom over the dissemination of so-called “fake news”.

CHINA: Citizen-journalist serving life imprisonment nominated for top human rights award

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) praises the nomination of Uyghur citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti, currently serving a life sentence in China, for the Council of Europe’s Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police fire pepper spray, projectiles at journalists covering protests

CPJ: Yesterday, near the Wan Chai MTR station, police fired non-lethal projectiles at journalists standing apart from protesters, hitting Veby Mega Indah, an editor at the local Indonesian-language Suara Hong Kong News, in the face, according to local daily the South China Morning Post and a statement by Veby’s law firm, Vidler & Company Solicitors, which CPJ reviewed.

INDIA: Broadcasters want mandatory DD channels to be part of NCF base pack

Indian Television: Prasar Bharati and other private broadcasters want the 25 DD mandatory channels to be part of 100 FTA channels permitted in the Network Capacity Fee of Rs 130. The public broadcaster is of the view that the channels notified by the central government should be made available to subscribers without any additional monetary burden on the subscribers.

INDIA: Indian reporter who covers corruption beaten, left for dead

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an independent investigation into this week’s severe beating of a reporter in India’s east coast state of Andhra Pradesh who has repeatedly criticized a local legislator and the corruption associated with the state’s sand mafia. Those behind this attack, the third this journalist has received in as many years, must be identified, RSF said.

INDIA: Prasar Bharati’s roadshow on DRM

Asia Radio Today: India’s public broadcaster Prasar Bharati held an outreach event on the various services it provides at Bengaluru on Sunday.

INDONESIA: Police attack Indonesian journalists covering protest in South Sulawesi

CPJ: Police attack Indonesian journalists covering protest in South Sulawesi

INDONESIA: Intimidation of journos in Papua condemned

Asia Pacific Report: Journalist organisations in Indonesia have condemned alleged discrimination towards their colleagues by police in West Papua.Three leading journalists in Papua were prevented from covering a protest by university students in Jayapura on Monday.

PAKISTAN: Censorship and online threats against the press spell trouble for the future of Pakistani journalism

Global Voices: Deaths, threats, layoffs, late salaries, censorship and bans on TV channels have become the norm for media professionals in Pakistan.

PHILIPPINES: How red-baiting undermines truth-telling in the Philippines

Via IFEX: To the many perils of truth-telling in the Philippines, where 165 journalists have been killed for their work since 1986, and hundreds more threatened, physically assaulted, and sued for libel to silence them, the Duterte regime has added that of red-baiting.

PHILIPPINES: New law lets online, broadcast journalists protect their sources (Watch)

Rappler: With President Rodrigo Duterte’s go signal, online and broadcast journalists will now enjoy the protection of the Sotto or shield law, which lets them protect their confidential sources.

SINGAPORE: World News Day: Journalism plays crucial role with rise of fake news, says ST editor

The Straits Times: In an increasingly complex world with misinformation on the rise, journalists play a crucial role in providing reliable information to support reasoned debate.

TAIWAN & CHINA: Can Taiwan control China’s keyboard warriors? (Paywall)

The Financial Times: Both want to crack down on online propaganda — but for different reasons

TAIWAN & CHINA: Taiwanese Man Gets Suspended Jail Term over Radio Broadcasts into China

Radio Free Asia: A Taiwanese businessman was convicted in a Thai court Thursday of illegally hosting a radio station that broadcast uncensored news to listeners in China and sentenced to eight months in jail, suspended for two years, his lawyer said.

GENERAL: Combatting disinformation in Asia Pacific: Intended – and unintended – consequences

IFEX: From blackouts to legislation, from fact-checking to education, Mong Palatino scrutinises some of the most popular responses to the problem of disinformation in his region.

AUSTRALIA: Apple News+ launches in Australia, offering a giant digital newsagency for popular magazines and newspapers

The Daily Telegraph: Apple will fling open the doors to a giant digital newsagency in Australia today when it launches a subscription service delivering hundreds of national and international magazines and newspapers for a single monthly fee.

AUSTRALIA: Attorney-General orders prosecutors seek his approval before charging ABC, News Corp journalists

ABC News: The Federal Attorney-General has granted limited protection that could shield ABC and News Corp employees from facing charges over their reporting.

AUSTRALIA: Australia signals possible intervention in media probes

The Financial Times:  Police investigation into journalists’ sources has sparked concern over press freedom

AUSTRALIA: Time for an ABC ‘TV tax’? (Opinion) 

The Sydney Morning Herald: In all the debate last year about allegations of political interference at the ABC, little attention was given to the structure that allows those claims to flourish. ABC is protected editorially by a charter of independence but financial challenges can make their way onto the newsroom floor.

NEW ZEALAND: Censor received death threat from US after banning Christchurch mosque shooter’s manifesto

New Zealand Herald: Chief Censor David Shanks has disclosed that he received a death threat after banning the Christchurch mosque shooter’s manifesto.

NEW ZEALAND: National refuses to follow Speaker’s order to remove videos from social media, in ‘interests of freedom of expression’

TVNZ: National is refusing to take down social media videos of the Government despite orders from Speaker Trevor Mallard, with Simon Bridges saying it was a move in the “interests of freedom of expression and against censorship”.

NEW ZEALAND: Who is watching NZ’s Chinese-language media?

Newsroom: Censorship among Chinese-language media is becoming a growing concern. New Zealand owes its Chinese community better scrutiny of what’s going on. 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Internet cuts in West Papua ‘repressive’ – rights groups

RNZ: Rights groups say an internet blackout in Indonesia’s West Papua marks a dangerous violation of free speech protections. The restrictions were imposed by Indonesia earlier this month as protests escalated in response to racism toward Papuans.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Intimidation of journos in Papua condemned

Asia Pacific Report: Police blocked three journalists who work for The Jakarta Post (Beny Mawel), Suara Papua (Ardi Bayage) and Tabloid Jubi (Hengky Yeimo) from covering a university student gathering in Jayapura. The journalists reported being forced not to cover the events, verbally abused by police and taken to the police station which journalist organisations in Indonesia have condemned. 

VANUATU: Radio Vanuatu begins upgrading infrastructure

Asia Radio Today: The Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC), which operates Radio Vanuatu has begun work on a $8.1 million infrastructure upgrade to improve radio and free-to-air television service throughout the pacific nation.

BOSNIA: Bosnia Journalists Protest After Thugs Storm News Outlet

Balkan Insight: Bosnian journalists staged a protest in Sarajevo over violence against media workers, after a group of football hooligans barged into a local radio station and threatened the staff.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: OSCE Media Freedom Representative Désir and BiH Head of Mission Kavalec condemn attack on Radiosarajevo.ba, call for better protection of journalists

OCSE: The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, and the Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kathleen Kavalec, condemned today the attack on two radiosarajevo.ba journalists and called on the authorities to ensure the better protection of journalists.

FRANCE: The government wants to unite public broadcasting within the same holding (French)

Le Monde: Soon, France Televisions, Radio France, the National Audiovisual Institute (INA) and France Media World (RFI, France 24) will be united under the same banner, it is the meaning of the reform that Franck Riester will insert in the audiovisual bill, which it is due to present in the Council of Ministers, in the autumn, and in Parliament, at the beginning of 2020.

GERMANY: Linear television is losing more and more viewers (German)

Der Tagesspiegel: According to a study, television stations are facing a growing decline in their viewership in their linear programs. 

GERMANY: RBB offers restart function and radio via HbbTV

Broadband TV News: RBB, the affiliate of German public broadcaster ARD serving federal states Berlin and Brandenburg, has extended the HbbTV offer available to viewers via the red button on the remote control.

GERMANY: RTL to launch new German TV channel VOXup

Broadband TV News: German broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will launch the new free-to-air TV channel VOXup on December 1, 2019.

IRELAND: Virgin Media wades into RTÉ funding debate

IBC: Virgin Media has warned the Irish government against “pandering yet again to RTÉ” amid debate over funding of the public service broadcaster. 

ITALY: Federation forges RAI deal

Rapid TV News: The sales arm of Italy’s public broadcaster, Rai Com, has enabled Federation Kids & Family to have worldwide distribution rights outside of Italy to award-winning animated TV special The Star of Andra and Tati.

ITALY: Italian journalist Paolo Borrometi receives Mackler Award for courage and ethics (French)

Le Monde: Italian journalist Paolo Borrometi received Wednesday the 25th of September, the Peter Mackler Award, which rewards courage and journalistic ethics, for his coverage of the Sicilian mafia, which earned him death threats and aggression.

MACEDONIA & UKRAINE: Disinformation wars: From the stupid to the malign

IFEX: Cathal Sheerin looks at disinformation across Europe – particularly in Macedonia and Ukraine – Russia’s role, and the harmful staying power of inaccurate information.

RUSSIA: Russian radio journalist could get seven years for commentary

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the way the Russian authorities are persecuting Svetlana Prokopyeva, a journalist based in the northwestern city of Pskov, over a radio commentary broadcast in November 2018.

SPAIN: The millions of people who still watch TV (Spanish)

El País: Despite the cultural dominance of payment platforms, the consumption of general content reaches a relative stability

SWEDEN: VLT hosted minister’s press conference, what do the Moderates want with public service? This year’s newspaper ad loss worse than expected (Swedish – Listen)

Sveriges Radio: Internal criticism when VLT informed the editorial board of the minister. Which route does the Moderates take for public service? Proposal for “narrower assignments”. DN on criticized China advertisement. Unexpected major media loss.

UK: Amal Clooney: give UN power to investigate journalist deaths

The Guardian: UK media freedom envoy speaks out after targeted killing of Jamal Khashoggi

UK: BBC reveals more details on Beeb voice assistant, confirms international and commercial availability outside UK

Digital TV Europe: The BBC has revealed more details on its upcoming Beeb voice assistant.

UK: ECU ruling on BBC Breakfast

BBC: Explaining the Editorial Complaints Unit’s decision on BBC Breakfast and President Trump’s comments.

UK: Naga Munchetty: BBC reverses decision to censure presenter

The Guardian: Director general Tony Hall emails staff to say he is overturning ruling over impartiality guidelines

UK: UK’s Cultural Secretary urged Ofcom to ‘think big’ for its upcoming PSB Review

InnoPSM: UK’s Cultural Secretary, Nicky Morgan, in her keynote address to the Royal Television Society Conference at the University of Cambridge urged Ofcom to ‘think big’ in terms of finding what might be needed to ensure that the PSB system can deliver to the audience needs, changing news environment and remains the “beating heart” of UK’s television industry. 

GENERAL: EBU appoints Liz Corbin as new Deputy Media Director and Head of News

Broadband TV News: Liz Corbin, a senior editorial leader with more than 18 years’ experience at the BBC across television and digital journalism, has been appointed Deputy Media Director and Head of News for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), effective from January 2020.

BRAZIL: Brazilian outlet AzMina faces criminal complaints, online harassment over abortion article

CPJ: AzMina published an article explaining safe methods for obtaining an abortion and the circumstances under which abortion is legal in Brazil. Damares Alves, Brazil’s minister for women, filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor’s Office of São Paulo, and it is possible that the magazine could be found guilty of “promotion of a crime” under Article 287 of Brazil’s criminal code and the AzMina journalists could be sentenced to a prison term of three to six months, or fined. 

CHILE: 181 journalists sign statement against harassment of female colleagues in Chile

Knight Centre: After a journalist covering Chile’s recent national celebrations was the subject of unsolicited touching and kissing while on camera, 181 journalists signed a letter expressing their firm rejection of sexual harassment and discrimination against female journalists in the country.

CUBA: Arrested Cuban journalist Roberto Quinones fights on, despite fear

Deutsche Welle: Just hours before his arrest, the opposition journalist told DW he feared he would soon be behind bars. Independent journalists in Cuba face arbitrary arrest, threats and psychological attacks, Quinones said.

CUBA: Cuban journalist detained in the United States receives asylum, but has yet to be released

Knight Centre: Cuban journalist Yariel Valdés González was granted asylum by a U.S. judge on Sept. 18 after spending five months in detention centers of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Washington Blade reported. However, the journalist has not yet been released.

COLOMBIA: Alvaro Cadena, the ‘serious threat’ for journalist who exposed Uribe’s alleged criminal activity

Colombia Reports: Alvaro Cadena is the brother of “gangstattorney” Diego Cadena and poses a “serious threat” to the journalist who exposed his brother’s alleged criminal activity, according to Colombia’s press freedom foundation

GUATEMALA: Police raid Mayan radio station Xyaab’ Tzuultaq’a in eastern Guatemala

CPJ: On September 26, police officers accompanied by soldiers from the nation’s army and officials from the Public Ministry raided the offices of Mayan community radio station Xyaab’ Tzuultaq’a, in El Estor, in Guatemala’s eastern Izabal department, according to news reports.

HONDURAS: UN asks to investigate threats against Honduran journalists (Spanish) 

La Prensa: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern about the death threats addressed to Honduran journalist Sandra Mirabel Sanchez and asked authorities to investigate the case.

JAMAICA: PAJ, Chuck in talks over possible repeal of ‘no photos at court’ law

Loop News Jamaica: Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has reportedly asked the Legal Reform Department within his Ministry to collaborate with the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) in preparing a submission that will guide the talks around the possible repeal of section 33 of the Criminal Justice (Administration) Act.

NICARAGUA: Miguel Mora and the Struggle for Press Freedom in Nicaragua (Opinion)

Havana Times: Reporter Miguel Mora, director of cable news channel 100% Noticias, was imprisoned for 172 days in maximum security in the El Modelo penitentiary outside of Managua. 

NICARAGUA:  Nicaragua’s Major Newspaper Calls It Quits

Q Costa Rica: Nicaragua’s national newspaper El Nuevo Diario called it quits, on Friday announcing its closure due to “economic, technical and logistical difficulties, which made its operation unsustainable”.

ISRAEL: Israeli journalist kicked out of Rouhani press conference in NY

Israel National News: An Israeli journalist was kicked out of a press conference by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations in New York Thursday.

KUWAIT: Mainstream media’s role essential amidst fake news: US envoy

Kuwait Times: US Ambassador Lawrence Silverman tells Kuwaiti media that they are the ultimate source of truthfulness amidst fake news and misrepresentations and misinformation.

LEBANON: Access to Information Law Stalled

HRW: Lebanese authorities have largely failed to comply with the country’s Right to Access to Information Law, and the government has not established the body designated to oversee its implementation nearly three years after its passage, Human Rights Watch said today. 

SAUDI ARABIA: “Press organ” protest outside Saudi consulate in Paris on Khashoggi murder anniversary

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) laid dozens of dismembered shop window models wearing “press” armbands outside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Paris today to mark Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul exactly one year ago and to highlight the regime’s violations of media rights, which give it such a terrible image.

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi crown prince denies ordering Khashoggi killing: Interview

Al Jazeera: Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman(MBS), Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, denied in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives nearly a year ago but said he ultimately bears “full responsibility” for what happened because he is the country’s leader.

TURKEY: Press freedom under fire in Turkey

Qantara: Threats, assault, or even armed attack – for journalists in Turkey the frequency of such incidents is increasing. One of the most recent cases occurred at the end of August when Levent Uysal, editor of the news site Yenigun, had just left his house when two men wearing helmets opened fire on him from a motorbike: they fired six shots before speeding off.

TURKEY: Turkey Free Expression Trial Monitoring Report September – 2019

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) in collaboration with the Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA), today published the third trial monitoring report on freedom of expression cases in Turkey.

CANADA: Journalist applauds ‘historic’ Supreme Court ruling that shields her confidential source

CBC/Radio-Canada: Marie-Maude Denis is hailing a Supreme Court of Canada ruling as a “historic” victory for freedom of the press. On Friday morning, the country’s top court tossed out an order that would have forced the Radio-Canada journalist to reveal her confidential sources.

CANADA: We’ve been recognized as a gender parity leader!

CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada has been recognized with a Platinum certification for gender parity—the highest level possible—by Women in Governance, a not-for-profit organization that supports women in their leadership development and career advancement. This is big news coming from a third-party organization because it validates our claim that we’re a gender parity leader.

U.S: Comings and goings: PBS welcomes new board members, NETA names Simmons content VP

Current: Five newly elected members joined the PBS board following its meeting this week in Arlington, Va. The new professional directors are Rob Dunlop, CEO of Cascade Public Media in Seattle, Susie Elkins director of broadcasting and GM FOR WKAR Public Media in East Lansing, Mich.; and Courtney Pledger, CEO of Arkansas Educational Television Network. 

U.S.: Locast launches countersuit against US broadcasters

IBC: Non-profit streaming service Locast has issued ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC with a countersuit accusing the four US broadcasters of engaging in antitrust conduct.

U.S: Partisans Remain Sharply Divided in Their Attitudes About the News Media

Pew Research Centre: After a year of continued tension between President Donald Trump and the news media, the partisan divides in attitudes toward the news media that widened in the wake of the 2016 presidential election remain stark, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data of 5,035 U.S. adults collected between Feb. 22 and March 4, 2018.

U.S: Press Freedom Week highlights power of collaborative journalism

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Journalists, advocates, lawyers and members of the public gathered in Los Angeles last week for the first-ever LA Press Freedom Week, to discuss the urgent need for press freedom and the challenges that many reporters around the world face.

U.S: Radio Ambulante’s audience is worldwide. Listening clubs help bring them together

Nieman Lab:  Radio Ambulante, distributed by NPR and taking a different format and approach than NYT en Español, has built its own loyal following through listener clubs to connect around stories of the Latin American experience. And yes, the team just launched a membership component to see if folks can chip in financially, as well.

U.S: Resignation of top SCETV officials reveals long-running clash over funding

Post and Courier: Nearly half of the state commission that oversees South Carolina’s public television and radio stations quit in protest this week, complaining that the private nonprofit that collects millions during pledge drives rebuffed suggestions to give ETV more control over the money.

CfP: RIPE@2020 – Public Service Media’s Contribution to Society (Event)

InnoPSM: The InnoPSM partner the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), together with the University of Fribourg, Department of Communication and Media Research (DCM), will co-organize the RIPE@2020 conference on October 28-30, 2020, in Geneva (Switzerland). The conference will bring together scholars and PSM professionals from all over the world to discuss Public Service Media’s Contribution to Society.

End front-page falsehoods and regain the public’s trust (Opinion)

The Guardian: Any vote on Britain’s future relies on the press presenting people with plain facts

Google plays hardball with European news publishers

CJR: While the US obsessed on Wednesday over what technically constitutes impeachment for a sitting American president, European news publishers were focused on something quite different: namely, a decision by Google to play hardball with French media companies when it comes to linking to their content in its search results.

This tool is going to shape the future of podcasting — and possibly misinformation

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We Need a PBS for Social Media (Paywall – Opinion)

The New York Times: Instead of breaking up Facebook, America should create a public alternative.

World News Day: Misinformation, mobile journalism and mental health

Journalism.co.uk: To mark the day which celebrates the impact of news organisations everywhere, Journalism.co.uk rounds up ten of the most important industry trends

Why death of war reporter Christopher Allen must be made visible

The Guardian: Allowing tragic murder to pass without rigorous investigation is to sanction killing of journalist

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