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BOTSWANA: Authorities must refrain from harassing journalists, uphold press freedom

IPI: Two journalists arbitrarily arrested and detained; security forces confiscated their work equipment.

BURKINA FASO: Alarming escalation of press freedom violations in Burkina Faso

Civicus Monitor: Since the Monitor’s last update, press freedom violations have escalated at an alarming pace. In the past few months, two media outlets were suspended, foreign correspondents were expelled and journalist subjected to threats, including death threats, smear campaigns and attacks.

EGYPT: Al Jazeera slams naming of its journalists on Egypt ‘terror’ list

Al Jazeera: Al Jazeera Media Network denounces the Egyptian move to reinstate a number of its journalists onto a ‘terrorism’ list.

GHANA: Regulator Announces Kick-Off Of Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) Trials

Broadcast Media Africa: In Ghana, National Communications Authority (NCA) has announced that the pilot schemes for its Digital Audio Broadcasting platforms will kick off in Accra and Kumasi to harness digital signals to enhance sound quality.

IVORY COAST: Promotion of the audiovisual work: Côte d’Ivoire launches an international fair to “fill a void” (French)

Fratmat.info: “For an African audiovisual and cinematographic ecosystem, job provider in the digital age”. This is the theme of the first edition of the Abidjan International Audiovisual Content Fair (Sica), scheduled for November 20 to 22, 2023, on the shores of the Ébrié lagoon.

MOROCCO: Increasingly authoritarian Morocco urged to free journalists on Throne Day

RSF: On the eve of Throne Day in Morocco, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on  King Mohammed VI about the alarming state of press freedom in his country and requests the release of imprisoned journalists Taoufik Bouachrine, Soulaimane Raissouni and Omar Radi.  

NIGER: Threats and attacks against journalists in Niger since last week’s coup

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by the signs of a decline in respect for press freedom in Niger since the military coup on 26 July, with at least three incidents involving threats and violence against local and foreign journalists in the space of four days. The right to report the news must be respected, RSF says.

NIGERIA: Here’s why Nigeria’s improved press freedom ranking is insignificant

MFWA: The assessment by the RSF goes to the heart of the superficiality of Nigeria’s improved ranking on the 2023 press freedom index – it was more the case of the algorithms aligning in favour of the country than the press freedom situation in Nigeria really improving.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC Says More Shows May Be Axed Due To Budget Constraints

Broadcast Media Africa: Following the cancellation of 7de Laan on SABC 2, the South African public broadcaster (SABC) says other shows will be axed. Lala Tuku, SABC head of content for video entertainment, said that the SABC is reviewing its entire TV offering across all channels, SABC 1, SABC 2 and SABC 3.

SOUTH AFRICA: South African journalist barred from covering Russia- Africa Summit

IPI: The IPI global network condemns the recent decision by Russian authorities to revoke accreditation for Daily Maverick journalist Peter Fabricius for the Russia-Africa summit taking place this week in St. Petersburg. The Summit’s Organising Committee did not provide reasons for the revocation nor did they afford the journalist an avenue to appeal the decision.

UGANDA: At least 7 Ugandan journalists assaulted, robbed at news conferences

CPJ: Ugandan authorities should investigate and prosecute those responsible for assaulting, robbing, and harassing seven journalists at two separate news conferences, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday.

UGANDA: NAB halts ban on coverage of Government activities

Pulse: Broadcasters, represented by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), have temporarily paused the restriction on the coverage of Government activities pending resolutions from a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni on August 10th.

ZIMBABWE: State media breaching Constitution – says CCC; slams Information Deputy minister’s lies

New Zimbabwe: ​​OPPOSITION Citizens Coalition for Change has described the coverage of this year’s elections by State media as unconstitutional, biased, manipulated and unjustifiably skewed in favor of the ruling party Zanu PF.

REGIONAL: “Politicians across Africa use social media to target their critics. Platforms are complicit”

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Award-winning Nigerian journalist Hannah Ajakaiye is on a mission to fight misinformation and its harmful impact across Africa.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan Journalists Wary of Taliban Registration

VOA News: Journalists in Afghanistan are facing a new requirement from the Taliban’s Ministry of Information and Culture to register and obtain identification cards in order to verify their identities and professional affiliations.

BANGLADESH: BJIM expresses concern about police treatment of journalists (Press release)

BJIM: Bangladeshi Journalists in International Media (BJIM) expresses deep concern over law enforcement officials harassing journalists while covering a political event in Dhaka on Thursday (July 27, 2023). 

BANGLADESH: EU concerned over human rights, DSA, media freedom in Bangladesh

The Business Standard News: The European Union has called upon Bangladesh to ensure a strong human rights environment in the country, expressing specific concerns about the Digital Security Act (DSA) and media freedom ahead of the upcoming national election.

CHINA: TikTok Has Pushed Chinese Propaganda Ads To Millions Across Europe

Forbes: According to TikTok’s newly public advertising library, ads from China’s largest state media outlets touting everything from China Covid lockdowns to tourism in the troubled Xinjiang region have been broadcast to millions of the platform’s European users.

INDIA: MIB urges private satellite TV Channels to fulfill public service broadcasting duties

Storyboard 18: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting(MIB) has issued an advisory on Tuesday, once again drawing the attention of all private satellite TV channels to undertake Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) in accordance with Clause 35 of the Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Satellite Television Channels in India, dated 09.11.2022.

INDONESIA: Minister asks broadcasting industry to create quality child programs

Antara: Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Bintang Puspayoga encouraged the broadcasting industry in Indonesia to create quality programs for children.

NORTH KOREA: What Reporting From Pyongyang Taught US Journalist About North Korea

VOA News: As first American journalist to run news bureau in Pyongyang, Jean Lee had rare glimpse of life inside North Korea.

PAKISTAN: Power and people: AI and human-journalism

IFJ: The implications of generative AI on Pakistan’s complex media landscape must be fully understood through changes in journalism, media ownership, and state interference. 

PHILIPPINES: No mention of press freedom, media issues in Marcos’ 2023 SONA

Rappler: This marks the second State of the Nation Address where Marcos skipped media issues, despite continued attacks on journalists and rampant disinformation.

SINGAPORE: In Singapore, loud echoes of Beijing’s positions generate anxiety

The Washington Post: As China accelerates efforts to build its global power, President Xi Jinping has laid out an extravagant vision for overseas ethnic-Chinese communities that he hopes will “give shape to a powerful joint force for advancing the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”

SOUTH KOREA: “Are you afraid of normalizing broadcasting?” (Watch – Korean)

MBC News: The battle between the ruling and opposition parties is intensifying over the nomination of Lee Dong-gwan, a special advisor for foreign cooperation in the presidential office, as the new chairman of the Korea Communications Commission.

SOUTH KOREA: Attempts to replace public broadcasting executives, blatant control over broadcasting (Editorial – Korean)

Hankyoreh News: The Korea Communications Commission cites ‘reckless management of Korean Broadcasting Corporation’ and ‘illegal use of corporate cards’ as the superficial reasons for pushing for the dismissal of Chairman Nam. However, the actual goal is different.

SRI LANKA: Journalist assaulted and detained at protest

IFJ: Freelance journalist Tharindu Uduwaragedara was detained and assaulted by police while reporting on a union-led protest in Colombo on July 28. 

TAIWAN: Can Taiwan become a hub for journalists fleeing mounting authoritarianism in Asia?

Global Voices Advox: Taiwan is rated as one of the freest societies in Asia, which makes it an attractive location for NGOs, journalists, and activists from neighbouring countries where local governments are cracking down on independent media and civil society, such as Hong Kong, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

THAILAND: Thai PBS joins ABU CON-FEST 2023, promoting public media for social change through digital platforms. (Thai – Press release) 

Thai PBS: Thai PBS joins ABU CON-FEST 2023, promoting public media for social change. via digital platform offered to co-produce an international children’s program, while Path of Punch: Victory Out of the Ring It was screened in Europe.

UZBEKISTAN: Media Trials in Uzbekistan Put Ethics, Corruption in Spotlight

VOA News: Two journalism trials taking place in Uzbekistan this month have put issues of media freedom and ethics front and center.

VIETNAM: Vietnam Orders Social Media Firms to Cut ‘Toxic’ Content Using AI

VOA News: Vietnam’s demand that international social media firms use artificial intelligence to identify and remove “toxic” online content is part of an ever expanding and alarming campaign to pressure overseas platforms to suppress freedom of speech in the country, rights groups, experts and activists say.

GENERAL: Radiodays Asia 2023 Programme announced

RadioInfo Asia: The draft Programme for Radiodays Asia 2023, to be held on September 5 and 6 in Kuala Lumpur, has been announced. On Monday, September 4, there will be a Podcast Design Workshop with DW Akademie and Public Media Alliance.

REGIONAL: Engendering Media: Findings from Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei

New Naratif: Given the increasingly hostile climate for media workers in Southeast Asia, New Naratif’s Media Freedom Insights publications set out to better understand their lived experiences. 

AUSTRALIA: ABC chases its fountain of youth despite stagnant funding

Sydney Morning Herald: The ABC’s quest to woo younger audiences is being hamstrung by its stagnant budget and a structural shift towards streaming that threatens to undermine the public broadcaster’s ability to compete with the likes of Netflix.

AUSTRALIA: Australian-made children’s TV content found to have collapsed between 2019 and 2022

The Guardian: Locally made Australian children’s television content decreased by more than 84% between 2019 and 2022, shrinking from 605 hours to just 95 hours, a new report shows.

AUSTRALIA: Heston Russell defamation case: ABC journalist tells court he had permission to show confidential source’s face

The Guardian: The ABC journalist Mark Willacy was given permission to show a confidential military source’s face on television and online but not to reveal his name or location, the federal court has heard.

AUSTRALIA: Heston Russell: former commando tells court he altered invoice he gave to ABC journalist as proof he paid charity

The Guardian: Heston Russell has admitted to altering an invoice before giving it to an ABC journalist who asked for proof the former commando had paid a veterans’ charity the money he said he had raised for it.

AUSTRALIA: If You’re Listening podcast launches a video version as audiences increasingly want to watch as well as listen

ABC News Backstory: Trying to make something that works as both a podcast and a TV show has been tried before — and failed. But the ABC’s If You’re Listening podcast team is testing that theory.

FIJI: Broadcaster ahead of its financial target (18 July)

The Fiji Times: FIJI Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) has achieved an unaudited figure of $1 million in sales for the first six months, says Assistant Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Sakiusa Tubuna.

NEW ZEALAND: Allan’s resignation sparks another at RNZ (Listen)

RNZ: A board member at RNZ appointed less than a month ago quit this week after making public comments on Kiri Allan’s downfall and criticising media coverage of it. RNZ had asked Jason Ake to stop and the government said he breached official obligations of neutrality, but he was unrepentant.

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Solomon Star promised to ‘promote China’ in return for funding

Asia Pacific Report: A major daily newspaper in Solomon Islands received nearly US$140,000 in funding from the Chinese government in return for pledges to “promote the truth about China’s generosity and its true intentions to help develop” the Pacific Islands country, according to a leaked document and interviews.

REGIONAL: Media freedom important to fight corruption

FBC News: One of the pressing challenges faced by the media in the Pacific and around the world is a lack of freedom.

AUSTRIA: Attacks on media – ORF needs 2 bodyguards for demo (German)

Heute: A camera team, which was on site for “Today”, among other things, reported continuous attacks on media representatives. Again and again you came between the fronts, which is why the ORF team was there with two bodyguards as a precaution. Despite this, the radio, accompanied by chants from the “Lügenpresse” (“Lying Press”), was repeatedly the target of disabilities and physical assaults.

ARMENIA: Government must put an end to online harassment of journalists

IFJ: The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ-EFJ) join its affiliate in Armenia, the Union of Armenian journalists (UAJ), in condemning the campaign of insults and harassment launched by government supporters on social networks and in certain online media following Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s press conference in Yerevan on 25 July, in a climate of tension following the events in Karabakh. We call on the Armenian authorities to publicly denounce these threats and to prosecute and punish the perpetrators.

AZERBAIJAN: Freedom of movement for journalists in Karabakh must be guaranteed

IFJ: Police violence, restricted freedom of movement, repression of freedom of expression, over-regulation by the new state media agency… Azerbaijani journalists face a particularly hostile working environment.

BELARUS: Belarusian journalist sentenced to 6 years in prison for reporting on the opposition

The Independent: A prominent journalist in Belarus has been sentenced to six years in prison, the latest step in a years-long crackdown on opposition figures, independent journalists and human rights activists

BELGIUM: “Deploying groundbreaking technologies for VRT programs on a daily basis, that makes my work unique” (Press release – 17 July – Dutch)

VRT: A changing media landscape brings with it new expectations, which we work with in various creative ways. For example, video game technology enables new experiences within the media sector.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: UN experts alarmed by re-criminalisation of defamation in the Republika Srpska entity

UN: UN human rights experts* expressed alarm about the recent adoption of amendments to the criminal code in the Republika Srpska entity that re-criminalise defamation and risk to adversely impact freedom of expression in Bosnia and Herzegovina and contribute to a climate of shrinking civic space in the country.

CROATIA: Bill on Media is intolerable and must be fought

IFJ: Croatia’s draft media law poses a significant threat to free expression. If adopted, it would ban journalists from criticising actions by the country’s courts, or the state attorney’s office, proscribe how state advertising money can be spent, require journalists to disclose their sources, and create a council for the media whose composition is in the gift of the government. It would also maintain a register of journalists, entry on which would be in Government control.

DENMARK: Criticism of article about Russian disinformation is not accepted (Danish – Press release)

DR: DR’s choice of angle and source in the article about Russian disinformation was within DR’s own ethical framework, but DR could have advantageously provided more information about the source of the article – the EU’s unit ‘EUvsDisinfo.eu’ and thus kept a critical distance from the source, which is not in the article. This is what the editor of the listeners and viewers writes in the latest appeal case and rejects the complainant’s criticism.

FRANCE: French journalists press on with strike against far-right editor

The Local: Journalists at France’s sole dedicated national Sunday newspaper have vowed to press on with a strike in protest at the appointment of a young new editor close to the far right, pursuing the longest such action in French media for almost half a century.

GERMANY: About the current debate on public broadcasting (German – Listen)

Deutschlandfunk: The broadcasters have announced their needs. The recommendation of the KEF is still pending. Deutschlandradio director Stefan Raue comments on political proposals.

GERMANY: RBB crisis: What the interim boss hands over to the successor (German)

Süddeutsche Zeitung: The processing of the scandal and the realignment will take a long time. Another debate about the amount of the license fee has been going on for a long time. Possible consequences are vaguely indicated at the RBB.

ISLE OF MAN: Reporter vows to ‘fight for media freedom’

Manx Radio: Isle of Man TV founder says IoM Gov’t dispute hasn’t been handled the right way.

ITALY: Journalist Roberto Saviano suspended from public television RAI

IFJ: Following statements against the Italian Vice President of the Council of Ministers Matteo Salvini (far right), journalist Roberto Saviano saw the program he was due to present in the autumn on public television abruptly canceled by the directors of Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), appointed in the spring. Italy’s far-right government has been accused of leaning on the public broadcaster to axe his anti-mafia television programme. 

KOSOVO: Kosovo Journalists Protest After Govt Suspends TV Station’s Permit

Balkan Insight: After the Kosovo government suspended Klan Kosovo TV’s business permit, journalists took to the streets of Pristina to protest about what they called a blow to freedom of the media.

MALTA: Caruana Galizia public inquiry: Two years later no legislative amendments to address recommendations

Newsbook: Two years have passed since the public inquiry report into the circumstances into the death of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, and the government has not yet presented alternative proposals to the ones it shot down relating to corruption and organised crime, the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation said on Saturday.

MALTA: Norma Saliba resigns as TVM head of news

Times of Malta: Norma Saliba has resigned as head of news at TVM, she said on Tuesday in a Facebook post which denounced a “character assassination” against her.

NORWAY & RUSSIA: In Norway, Russians Keep the Free Press Flame Alive

VOA News: In a place far above the Arctic Circle, a group of Russian journalists are working with Norwegians to break through the strict state controls that have gripped the media in their homeland.

RUSSIA: Russia must stop designating media as ‘undesirable’

IPI: Latest decision targets television broadcaster TV Rain.

UK: BBC achieves £112m investment into diverse TV & Radio content one year ahead of target (Press release)

BBC: The BBC has broadcast a huge array of TV programmes across the year which authentically reflects our audiences, nurturing diverse voices and working with diverse casts and crews.

UK: BBC Commissioning Supply report demonstrates positive impact of BBC in 2022/23 (Press release)

BBC: The BBC commissioned more original content in this year than the year before, and continued to drive its ambitions across the UK; significantly growing TV commissioning spend in the Nations and English regions.

UK: BBC Radio invites applications for Indie Development Fund

Radio Today: The BBC is launching the second year of the Radio Indie Development Fund with £250,000 to back independent production companies.

UKRAINE: At least 3 journalists injured while covering Ukraine war

CPJ: Russian and Ukrainian authorities should swiftly investigate the recent attacks on journalists reporting in Ukraine and ensure that members of the press are not targeted while covering the war, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

REGIONAL: A European Media Freedom Act worthy of its name?

Social Europe: Amid a sea of online misinformation, in a ‘polycrisis’ world reliable public-interest journalism has never been more essential.

REGIONAL: Murdered Maltese journalist’s son blasts EU media freedom law

Politico: Andrew Caruana Galizia says new anti-SLAPP law would not have helped his mother.

ARGENTINA: “There is no democracy without public media” (Spanish)

Agencia Télam: The director and creator of the documentary “En el Medio” shows the working conditions of workers who work in situations of precarious employment and the emptying of Argentine media such as cooperatives.

ARGENTINA & BRAZIL: RTA, Télam and Contenidos Públicos signed cooperation agreements with the Brazilian company EBC (Spanish)

TV Pública: The authorities of the Argentine public media and the head of the Brazil Communication Company (EBC) signed a cooperation agreement this Monday at the Casa Rosada that will allow the articulation of policies, the exchange of information and content between both countries. 

COLOMBIA: Hollman Morris took over as assistant manager of television at RTVC (Spanish)

Infobae: After months of speculation about the future of Hollman Morris, on July 26 the journalist and former Bogotá councilor took office in the television sub-management of RTVC Sistema de Medios Públicos.

COLOMBIA: In Tuluá, Valle del Cauca, at least seven journalists are threatened by the criminal group “Cancerberos” (Spanish)

Revista Semana: The pamphlet was sent through social networks and delivered directly to several of them through WhatsApp. 

COLOMBIA: Nórida Rodríguez: “The public media have tried not to step on calluses. Now they must generate opinion “ (Spanish – Paywall)

El País: The actress appointed by Gustavo Petro as manager of the public media company, RTVC, considers that the private media are oriented towards the political right and the state media have been too comfortable.

ECUADOR: Journalists from the digital media outlet La Posta leave the country after serious threats (Spanish)

Fundamedios: After several threats of attacks against their physical and personal integrity, journalists Mónica Velásquez and Andersson Boscán left Ecuador, bound for a safe country.

EL SALVADOR: OUDH points to patterns of aggression against journalists (Spanish)

La Prensa Gráfica: The University Observatory for Human Rights made a report in which it showed violations of the press in legal matters, espionage and exile.

GUATEMALA: Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora celebrates a “difficult” year in prison (Spanish)

EFE: The Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora Marroquín served one year in prison this Saturday since his arrest on July 29, 2022, only five days after launching strong criticisms of corruption against the government led by Alejandro Giammattei.

GUATEMALA: Press Freedom on Trial in Guatemala by Christophe Deloire & Jose C. Zamora (Opinion)

Project Syndicate: The imprisonment and conviction of Guatemalan publisher José Rubén Zamora on fabricated money-laundering charges are part of a government-led campaign to silence independent journalism. When a government systematically undermines press freedom, all other freedoms are in jeopardy.

HAITI: Haitian broadcaster Radio Antarctique burned down in gang attack

CPJ: Haitian law enforcement must thoroughly investigate the July 23 arson attack on independent local station Radio Antarctique and ensure that journalists can work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

HONDURAS: International organizations reject the attacks against journalists and human rights defenders in Honduras (Spanish – Statement)

FLIP: Honduras is a country where defending human rights and exercising freedom of expression can even cost life, distancing the country from a democratic reality. In the past we have observed how in Honduras violence has been on many occasions the response of the State when listening to critical voices […]

MEXICO: With two journalists murdered in one week and seven so far this year, Mexico’s press cries out for justice and protection (21 July)

LatAm Journalism Review: Matus was the director of Lo Real de Guerrero, a popular digital news outlet specializing in the nota roja beat [crime news] as well as citizen complaints in Acapulco and its surroundings. The journalist became the seventh communicator murdered in Mexico so far in 2023, and the second in Acapulco in less than three months.

NICARAGUA: ‘Not a single independent media outlet’: Nicaragua lost press freedom. Other countries are too

USA Today: Their governments labeled them ‘enemy.’ They had to flee their home countries to keep reporting.

PERU: Journalist was injured with 5 pellets to the face and body during a protest against Dina Boluarte (Spanish)

La República: The National Police fired tear gas and pellets at the protesters on Abancay avenue. A freelance journalist was affected and was taken to hospital.

VENEZUELA: Opponents and organizations from Venezuela asked to release the journalist Roland Carreño who has been in prison for a thousand days (Spanish)

Infobae: The also political activist, member of the Voluntad Popular party, was arrested by the Maduro regime in 2020. They denounce that the trial of the case “has been flawed, full of inconsistencies and falsehoods”

REGIONAL: CBU 54th Annual General Assembly (Event)

CBU: The CBU 54th Annual General Assembly takes place from Monday, August 14, to Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at the Royalton Antigua Hotel, Antigua and Barbuda.

ISRAEL: Bill floats government-controlled media watchdog that could levy heavy fines

The Times of Israel: A plan by the communication minister to rework Israel’s media market will include vesting a government-influenced regulatory panel with the right to impose hefty fines on media outlets, according to a legislative memorandum.

ISRAEL: Israel’s new broadcasting bill: The winners and losers

Globes: Among Minister of Communications Shlomo Karhi’s proposals are a slimmed down regulator and advertising for everyone – except IPBC. How will they affect the market, and Israel’s lively production industry?

IRAQ: Surge in harassment of journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by a surge in press freedom violations in Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region in northern Iraq where several journalists have just been arrested arbitrarily and freelance journalist Sherwan Sherwani’s jail term has just been extended.

PALESTINE: MADA condemns the flagrant violations against media freedoms in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (Press release)

MADA Center: The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) condemns the escalation of violations against media freedoms in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which have increased significantly over the past few days.

JORDAN: Jordan Calls Time on Free Speech (Opinion)

OCCRP: The Jordanian parliament is discussing a draconian draft law on Thursday, which will deal a severe blow to free speech in the country.

TURKEY: Stop systemic detention of journalists

Article 19: The undersigned media freedom, freedom of expression and human rights organisations strongly condemn Turkey’s detention of T24 editor Sibel Yükler, Mezopotamya Agency (MA) reporters Delal Akyüz and Fırat Can Arslan, Bianet editor Evrim Kepenek, and freelance journalist Evrim Deniz in Turkey on 25 July.  

TURKEY: Turkish Journalists’ Detention for Reporting Judicial Couple’s Transfer Condemned

Balkan Insight: Media organisations have slated the arrest of a journalist for reporting about the new posting of a judicial power couple responsible for jailing dozens of journalists – four others detained for retweeting the report have since been released.

CANADA: Radio-Canada partners with the Montreal Pride Festival (Press release – French)

Radio-Canada: Radio-Canada is joining forces with the Montreal Pride Festival as a major partner for the 2023 edition, which will take place from August 3 to 13, 2023 . More than ever, the public broadcaster wants to act as an important cultural partner by supporting events that enliven its immediate neighborhood and promote culture in all its forms.

US: CPB Statement on Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (Statement)

CPB: Patricia Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), made the following statement today on the Senate  Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-H) Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 funding bill, which provides $535 million for CPB’s FY 2026 advance appropriation and $60 million for system interconnection and infrastructure for FY 2024.

US: Grant Funded Opportunity: Strengthen your organization and increase your impact (Opportunity)

Current: Through Impact for All, a grant-funded initiative from Public Media Company, smaller stations can get the insight and guidance they need to increase their sustainability and local impact.

US: How journalists’ rights fared at the Supreme Court this term

RCFP: This year saw important First Amendment victories and dangerous close calls.

US: PBS stations experiment with local sponsorship, membership spots on Passport and video app

Current: Stations have yet to earn much from the pilot program, but participants remain hopeful for phase two and the future.

US: Shining bright: 22 Rising Stars whose ideas and skills are redefining public media

Current: Current’s new initiative to shine a spotlight on public media’s up-and-coming talents drew an amazing response.

US: US House Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Local News

VOA News: New legislation that would support foundering local newsrooms across the United States has been introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill would create advertising tax credits and payroll tax credits for five years.

Draft Global Cybercrime Treaty a Worry, Advocates Say

VOA News: A global cybercrime treaty that has backing from countries including Russia, China and Venezuela is concerning some democracies and civil liberty organizations.

Generative AI in Media & Journalism: Think Big, But Read the Small Print First

Generative AI in the Newsroom: Terms of Use — typically hidden away at the bottom of a page, barely readable with the naked eye and notorious for their use of legalese– are where the use of generative AI systems is currently being governed.

How publishers are experimenting with Meta’s Twitter rival Threads

Press Gazette: Three weeks on from the launch of Threads, the Twitter rival created by Facebook and Instagram owner Meta, and news publishers are beginning to take stock of their experiments on the platform.

How Reuters uses AI to speed up discoverability of video news content

Journalism.co.uk: While the media is obsessing about ChatGPT, Reuters has been quietly innovating its Connect marketplace that provides client newsrooms with photo and video materials.

In collaboration with its partners, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) launches an international committee for an “AI Charter in Media”

RSF: The rapid deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) in the media industry presents a major threat to information integrity. In response to this unprecedented challenge, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partners are launching an international committee to develop a charter aimed at regulating the use of AI in media.

Lessons from Spain: Why outlets need to unite to make Big Tech pay for news

European Journalism Observatory: Meta and Google made headlines around the globe when they threatened to drop Canadian news from their platforms after the Liberal Senate passed the C-18 bill, which will require the tech giants to pay for news distributed on Facebook, Instagram and Google. 

Mapping out curriculum development (Resource)

DW Akademie: A well-designed curriculum is core to any training program. This step-by-step guide gives trainers ideas and tips and assists them in developing a curriculum for their media and journalism education trainings.

Q&A: Why newsrooms need to embrace project management

Poynter: Robin Kwong’s new resource guide lays out best practices for each stage of a successful editorial project’s lifecycle. 

Reporters Guide to Investigating War Crimes: Combatants and Others Engaged in Hostilities (Resource)

GIJN: This is a chapter excerpt from GIJN’s Reporter’s Guide to Investigating War Crimes, and it contains some graphic details about sexual assault and other atrocities. The guide will be released in full this September at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference.

Twitter Threatens Legal Action Against Nonprofit That Tracks Hate Speech

The New York Times: The Center for Countering Digital Hate said it had received a letter from X, Twitter’s parent company, accusing it of trying to hurt the social platform with its research.

What one journalism school learned after taking over a rural weekly newspaper

Nieman Lab: In the first 18 months, The Oglethorpe Echo added digital products, won awards, tripled advertising, and doubled subscriptions. An unmitigated success, right? It’s a bit more complicated than that.

WhatsApp expands its Channels feature for broadcasting to seven more countries

TechCrunch: WhatsApp has expanded its Channels features for broadcasts in seven more countries, including Egypt, Chile, Malaysia, Morocco, Ukraine, Kenya and Peru.

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