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The Inside Story – A Free Press Matters, Countering Censorship | Episode 137

VOA: This week on The Inside Story: American journalists remain jailed in Russia with no end in sight. Explore the challenges facing the hope for a free media in Venezuela. Front line journalists give updates on the third year of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

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20 years of Whakaata Maori

RNZ: Mapuna looks back at 20 years of Whakaata Maori with CEO, Shane Taurima, and Ngatapa Black who was a young production assistant back in 2004 who then went on to do “a gazillion” different jobs at the station. Nowadays Whakaata Maori is an established and popular part of Aotearoa’s media landscape and on March 28 it will celebrate 20 years since its launch.

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ANGOLA: Angola’s proposed national security law threatens press freedom, puts journalists at risk 

CPJ: Angola’s proposed national security law could hinder the public’s right to information and severely undermine press freedom, further exposing journalists to harassment, intimidation, and censorship by authorities

CAMEROON: Trial of slain Cameroon reporter suspects opened, adjourned

France 24: The trial for the killing of a popular Cameroonian journalist opened on Monday with 17 people in the dock, including an ex-secret service chief, but was immediately adjourned until April 15. 

DR CONGO: Freed DRC journalist says he was imprisoned as warning to others

RFI: Prominent Congolese journalist Stanis Bujakera, released from prison this week after spending six months behind bars, has accused the government of fabricating the charges against him as part of a campaign to intimidate reporters looking into the death of an opposition politician.

ESWATINI: From Our Experience: “For Africa’s Public Service Broadcasters, Strong Linear TV Is Still Paramount” – By Mlamuli Dlamini, CEO Of Eswatini TV

BMA: In an era dominated by ever-evolving media consumption patterns and technological advancements, broadcasters face a crucial challenge: investing in quality content that aligns with their mandate and resonates with their audience while navigating infrastructure complexities, particularly in regions like Africa.

GAMBIA: Draft cybercrime bill threatens online dissent (Statement)

Article 19: ARTICLE 19 is deeply concerned that a draft cybercrime bill (the Draft Bill) currently under consideration in the Gambia will serve to effectively crush online freedom of expression and dissent. 

KENYA: Kenya’s long walk to media freedom

The Standard: It was America’s respected icon of democracy, the third president Thomas Jefferson, he who penned the 1776 Declaration of Independence for the US, who wrote that “our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the Press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it”. However, many Kenyans, for very strange reasons, have concluded that despite that strong call from one of the fathers of modern democracy the press is not an essential part of our liberty and democracy. 

KENYA: Tough Times For The Media, But Resilient Ones Will Remain 

Capital News: By and large, it’s not an interesting time for journalists in Kenya. Journalism in Kenya, just like in the rest of the world, is going through a challenging time technologically, economically, and professionally; hurdles that call for a deeper reflection by all and sundry.

LIBERIA: Liberian law enforcement officers arrest, beat journalist Kesselee Sumo 

CPJ: Liberian authorities should investigate the law enforcement officers who tear-gassed and beat to unconsciousness journalist Kesselee Sumo, and drop all legal proceedings against the talk show host

NIGER: Niger Gov Advocates Censorship Of Social Media

Leadership: Niger State Governor Mohammed Bago has advocated measures to check fake news on social media and its attendant effect on the peace of the nation.

NIGERIA: Adenike Aloba: Lessons from Nigerian media’s ‘state of emergency’ in record elections year

Media Makers Meet: A new report paints a bleak picture of the state of the media in Africa’s most populous nation. The Media’s Agenda-setting Role: Insights from the Coverage of Nigeria’s 2023 Elections stresses the media’s role in educating and informing voters and presenting diverse voices amid a flood of vitriol and false information on social media. 

NIGERIA: Amnesty kicks as police declare Nigerian journalist wanted 

Premium Times: Amnesty asked the Nigerian police to stop intimidation against the journalist. 

NIGERIA: FirstNews Editor released after two weeks in military custody 

IFJ: The editor of FirstNews, an independent digital news network, Segun Olatunji, was abducted by at least ten armed men ‘two of them in military uniforms’ from his home in the Iyana Odo, Abule Egba area in Lagos on 15 March. Olatunji was released on 28 March by the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA). 

RWANDA: New Times journalists win Rwanda’s first-ever AI journalist challenge 

New Times: The challenge targeted local media and content creators, and was organised by the German Development Agency (GIZ) in partnership with the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Innovation (MINICT) and the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa to nurture and encourage high-quality coverage of AI and its related implications on society in Rwanda.

RWANDA: VOA Launches New FM Station in Rwanda (Press release) 

VOA: Voice of America launched its second FM radio station in Rwanda on March 28. Broadcasting to Rwanda’s Western Province, which averages a population of three million people, the new station (93.3 FM) also serves the large refugee camp in Kiziba.

SENEGAL: A crucial election for Senegal’s press

Columbia Journalism Review: A decade or so ago, following his election as president of Senegal, Macky Sall promised that no journalist would be jailed for their work on his watch. Over the years, Sall has reiterated the pledge. 

SENEGAL: Tax amnesty for Senegal’s media

IFEX: President Macky Sall’s decision to cancel the tax debts of media outlets is aimed at easing political tensions in the country.

SENEGAL: The election of Bassirou Diomaye Faye, a new era for the media in Senegal? (French) 

RFI: A detailed review of the media landscape and the state of press freedom in Senegal, almost a week after the election of its president Bassirou Diomaye Faye.

SOUTH AFRICA: New CEO promises brighter future for state’s media development agency 

GroundUp: After years of management issues and dismal financial performance, the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) has a new CEO who says she is committed to steering the agency in the right direction. 


SABC: As the country gears up for the General Elections and celebrates 30-years of democracy, SABC News fuses experience and youthful energy in its new line-up. SABC News proudly stands tall as the trailblazer, the trendsetter and the country’s news leader as it retains its top position in both the satellite and free to air news market.

SOUTH AFRICA: SOS, MMA, and SANEF express concern over the legal opinion obtained by the PPCC and its failure to address the constitutionality of the SABC Bill (Statement) 

SOS: The SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), and the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) acknowledge the legal opinion provided by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications and Digital Technologies regarding the SABC Bill. 

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa’s Media and Digital Platforms Markets Inquiry Kicks off Public Hearings

Tech Policy.press: Last week, the Competition Commission of South Africa probed Google over the financial impact of its dominance on news publishers in the country, adding to the push to make tech platforms pay for news.

TOGO: Togo journalist Apollinaire Mewenemesse detained for defamation 

CPJ: An investigating judge charged Mewenemesse, publishing director of the privately owned weekly newspaper La Dépêche, with numerous defamation, incitement, and anti-state offenses on March 28 in the capital, Lomé, according to Mewenemesse’s lawyer, Darius Atsoo, and La Dépêche editor, Ricardo Agouzou, who spoke to CPJ.

ZIMBABWE: Drafting of Media Amendment Bills at advanced stage

The Herald: Drafting of the Zimbabwe Media Commission Amendment Bill and Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill are at an advanced stage and two pieces of legislation will be tabled before Parliament soon. 

REGIONAL: “We are in a context where journalists are on the front line”. (Listen – French) 

RFI: Reporters Without Borders has announced the creation of a network of lawyers to protect journalists in West Africa. RSF has mobilised around ten of them. 

AZERBAIJAN: Toplum TV – latest victim of Azerbaijan’s persecution of journalists

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrests of five more journalists in Azerbaijan on trumped-up charges of “foreign currency smuggling,” on which they face up to eight years in prison.

BANGLADESH: 40 journalists faced violence, intimidation in March

Daily Star: At least 40 journalists were subjected to various forms of attacks, intimidation, threats, and harassment in 15 incidents in the last month, according to a report by the Manabadhikar Shongskriti Foundation (MSF).

BANGLADESH: Minister warns of shutting down YouTube, Facebook in Bangladesh for spreading rumours

The Business Standard: “These social media platforms do not take action against rumours and cyber crimes despite complaints from the government,” the cabinet committee’s chief and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque told reporters at a press briefing today (31 March) following a meeting. 

CAMBODIA: End of an Era as the Phnom Penh Post Closes Its Doors

The Diplomat: “With the advent of AI… we are in very scary, uncharted waters,” says co-founder Michael Hayes.

CHINA & US: China turns to AI in propaganda mocking the ‘American Dream

Al Jazeera: Chinese state media’s A Fractured America series shows how AI is beginning to shape Beijing’s influence campaigns.

CHINA & US: China’s Advancing Efforts to Influence the U.S. Election Raise Alarms

The New York Times: China has adopted some of the same misinformation tactics that Russia used ahead of the 2016 election, researchers and government officials say.

HONG KONG: Radio Free Asia shuts Hong Kong bureau over new security law 

DW: Article 23, enacted last week, gives Hong Kong authorities greater powers to crush dissent. The Hong Kong government has slammed several international media outlets for their coverage of the new law.

INDIA: India’s media – captured and censored (Watch)

Al Jazeera: Across almost every form of media in India – social, broadcast and print – Narendra Modi and the BJP hold sway.

INDIA: Social media influencers are India’s new election campaigners

The Hindu: India has more than 800 million internet users and the world’s largest takeup of Instagram and YouTube, so courting top influencers to wave party political flags makes sense.

INDONESIA: More government ads no panacea but deemed necessary for Indonesia’s local media

Asia News Network: Media experts say government support through regulations and budget spending is crucial to ensure a level playing field amid increasingly dominant tech platforms, but the industry must adapt as well.

JAPAN: Tiny Desk Concerts Come to NHK WORLD-JAPAN 

EQS News: NHK WORLD-JAPAN is set to produce and air tiny desk concerts featuring Japanese musicians. “tiny desk concerts JAPAN” will be an adaptation of the series originated by the American public broadcaster, NPR.

MONGOLIA: Symposium on ensuring gender equality in media takes place in Mongolia

AKI Press: A symposium dedicated to ensuring gender equality in the media was held on March 28.

MYANMAR: Crackdown on Freedom of Expression with 24-hour Monitoring 

Article 19: In its latest effort to completely obliterate freedom of expression in the country, Myanmar’s junta, the State Administration Council (SAC), has established a committee tasked with cracking down on “fake news”, pornographic material, content incompatible with “traditional Burmese culture” and “political criticism”. 

PAKISTAN: SC stops FIA from arresting journalists

The Express Tribune: A three member bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday not to arrest any journalist till the next hearing of the suo motu case against the alleged harassment of journalists.

PAKISTAN: UNESCO Director-General condemns killing of journalist Jam Saghir Ahmed Lar in Pakistan

UNESCO: Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, has condemned the killing of journalist Jam Saghir Ahmed Lar in the city of Khanpur, in the Punjab province of Pakistan on 14 March 2024.

PHILIPPINES: Journalists in Manila slam China’s manipulation claims: ‘Barefaced lie’

Rappler: Journalist groups in the Philippines on Wednesday, March 27, criticized China’s foreign ministry and its embassy in Manila over claims that journalists who embed in the Philippines’ rotation and resupply missions to Ayungin Shoal “manipulate” their work to “project the Philippines as a victim.” 

SOUTH KOREA: South Korean censorship obscures vital information

East Asia Review: In January 2024, North Korea deleted much of its online presence, with eight websites going offline and most of its social media accounts disappearing. The extensive South Korean state censorship of North Korean media has hindered accurate reporting on North Korea, leading to late, shallow analysis or underreported stories in both local and international news coverage.

SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka Urged To Drop Probe On Two Journalists

Mena FN: Sri Lankan authorities must immediately drop their investigations into journalists G.P. Nissanka and Bimal Ruhunage and allow them to report without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

TAIWAN: How Taiwan breaches censors’ barriers 

VOA: Breaking the barriers of censorship in China, Myanmar and North Korea is a daunting task, as these countries have built almost impenetrable firewalls against outside news and information. But Radio Taiwan International is successfully using shortwave radio to break through.

TIMOR-LESTE: Assessment of media development in Timor-Leste

UNESCO: This Report assesses the overall state of media development in Timor-Leste, based on UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators: a framework for assessing media development. 

AUSTRALIA: Fears grow Meta will block news on Facebook and Instagram as Australian government faces pressure to act

The Guardian: Meta will either reduce the amount of news people see or block it entirely on Facebook and Instagram, experts and publishers warn, as the government faces pressure to require Meta to show news content and pay for it.

AUSTRALIA: MEAA finds half of Australian musicians earned less than $6,000 last financial year

ABC: A survey by the the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) shows musicians think conditions are getting worse post-pandemic. The survey found half the country’s musicians earned less than $6,000 last year, forcing many to quit the industry.

AUSTRALIA & INDIA: YouTube blocks ABC Foreign Correspondent episode after Indian government’s demand

ABC: YouTube has blocked two ABC videos in India about the killing of a Sikh separatist after a demand from the Indian government.

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: AAP partners with Google to launch fact-checking program

Mediaweek: Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Google have partnered to combat misinformation and disinformation in Australia and New Zealand.

NEW ZEALAND: Celebrating 20 years: How Whakaata Māori changed the game

The Spinoff: Twenty years ago today, Māori Television launched after much controversy.

NEW ZEALAND: Peters sends media minister back to the drawing board

Newsroom: If there’s one thing Winston Peters won’t stand for, it’s his coalition partners getting ahead of the Cabinet process. And he’s wasted no time in making that clear to a broadcasting minister struggling to keep up with the wrecking ball sweeping the media industry.

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ cuts: Staff rally outside broadcaster’s HQ in opposition to proposed cancellations

NZ Herald: TVNZ staffers are rallying outside the broadcaster’s Auckland HQ today in a bid to save Sunday, Fair Go and the Midday and Tonight news shows from being pulled off air.

NEW ZEALAND: Whakaata Māori and the future of Māori media

The Spinoff: While creating a slate of world-class shows, Whakaata Māori also developed a generation of world-class creatives.

PACIFIC: Time to get in quick for the fast looming deadline for Pacific media conference

Asia Pacific Media Network: Time is running out for media people and academics wanting to tell their innovative story or present research at the 2024 Pacific International Media Conference in July.

ALBANIA: Albanian government to create commission against foreign influence, disinformation 

Euractiv: The Albanian government has announced plans to set up a special parliamentary commission to fight against foreign interference and disinformation in the public sphere, according to Interior Minister Bledi Çuçi.

ALBANIA: Albanian PM accused of trying to intimidate journalist Ambrozia Meta 

CPJ: Albanian government officials must stop undermining press freedom by using abusive language and intimidating behavior against journalists who ask critical questions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

AUSTRIA: Chat’s blue ORF hopeful – and how the FPÖ wanted to dismantle the ORF (German)

Der Standard: Turn off ORF 1, go away with state studios, FM4 should go, the ORF fee too, but only later, and the management has to go in any case: The governing party FPÖ had a lot of plans for the ORF in 2019, when the Ibiza video was published in May 2019 just forestalled the ÖVP and FPÖ’s planned ORF law.

AUSTRIA: New ORF code of ethics regulates part-time jobs and social media appearances (German)

Der Standard: Also objective, impartial, factual on social media: new rules for ORF employees will be officially published on Tuesday

BELGIUM: Response from VRT management after consultation with the unions: external bridge builder must restore trust (Press release – Dutch) 

VRT: During the social consultation on Thursday afternoon, the VRT management proposed appointing an external bridge builder. This must restore trust within the organisation.

BELGIUM: Shot by AI: AI is a great opportunity for creative media makers (Press release – Opinion – Dutch) 

VRT: Artificial intelligence helps media makers work more creatively, efficiently and more accessible. The quality of new AI tools, such as Sora, is surprisingly strong. How do we view this as a media and production sector? 

BELGIUM: VRT NWS is launching a fact-check marathon in the run-up to elections (Press release – Dutch) 

VRT: VRT NWS will step up a gear in the coming weeks to fact-check political statements together with other news editors from Flanders, French-speaking Belgium and the Netherlands.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: ‘No Criminal Can Scare Me’: Bosnian Journalist Defies Death Threats 

Balkan Insight: Intimidating messages, a torched car, a mutilated Barbie doll: Bosnian investigative journalist Natasa Miljanovic Zubac has been repeatedly targeted for her reporting about organised crime, while the authorities have failed to provide protection.

CROATIA: Is Croatia’s new whistleblower law a danger for journalism? (18 March) 

DW: Despite protests, Croatian lawmakers have passed a controversial law against whistleblowers, making the work of journalists more difficult. Other changes from Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic also give cause for concern.

FINLAND: International conference on media in Helsinki on 25 and 26 April – wide-ranging discussions about Yle, Finland and Finns (Event) 

YLE: The Yle 100 research program is holding an international conference called Northern Narratives and Digital Horizons at Iso Paja in Pasila, Helsinki, from 25 April to 26 April 2024. The event has three core themes: Digital Horizons, Media and National Identity, and Navigating Nordic Voices.

FRANCE: FranceInfo and Ouest-France launch “l’info et vous” to open the debate on the treatment of news with citizens (Press release – French) 

RadioFrance: There is a great information fatigue but paradoxically, citizens express their essential need to be informed. Faced with this observation, it is essential for traditional media to recreate links and dialogue with those who listen to them, watch them or read them.

FRANCE: “HugoDécrypte” launches its job ad site to bring young people and companies closer together (French) 

Le Monde: The online medium, popular with the under-30s, is further diversifying its model by turning its attention to youth employment. Struggling to capture the attention of this audience, several major groups have pounced on the opportunity.

FRANCE: Journalists train ministers to “speak out” to the media (French) 

Le Monde: Members of the government, such as Dominique Faure and Sabrina Agresti-Roubache, were trained in 2023 by journalists working for major media outlets, under a contract with Expression Conseil.

GERMANY: Germany’s AfD on TikTok: The political battle for the youth

DW: More and more politicians are courting young voters on TikTok. In Germany, one party is more active than any other: the far-right Alternative for Germany. And they’ve already scored some success.

GERMANY: History in the original: ARD archive radio provides historical audio documents (Press release – German) 

ARD: Countless audio documents from the radio stations in the ARD network are safely stored in the archives of the ARD media companies. Südwestrundfunk founded the “SWR2 Archivradio” in 2007 to make such historical recordings available to the public. 

IRELAND: Thousands of Irish viewers boycott licence fee after presenter salary scandal – what this says about the future of public broadcasting 

The Conversation: The future of free-to-air publicly funded television is currently under the microscope in Ireland, Great Britain, Australia and Canada. And it seems as though each country is struggling with answers about where funding will come from, whether the public needs it, and if it should survive.

ITALY: Rai drops from the Towers : 15% sale close (Italian) 

Il Giornale: Rai is ready to reorganize Rai Way. In recent days, Viale Mazzini has apparently accelerated the possibility of selling 15% of the subsidiary. An intention that had aroused strong disappointment in the shareholder funds, which had raised many protests in a letter addressed to the board of directors of the state television.

POLAND: ​​Another journalist leaves TVP. “At the end of the month I left this Titanic. The rock is close” (Polish) 

Onet: Monika Borkowska, a well-known journalist of Telewizja Polska, decided to end her cooperation with public media. She announced her departure on Monday on the X platform.

POLAND: Polish Television integrates marketing activities (Press release – Polish) 

TVP: Telewizja Polska is expanding its Advertising Office with a marketing department. The existing marketing activities will be combined within one Advertising and Marketing Office under the management of Marcin Gudowicz.

POLAND: TVP is suing Telewizja Republika. Tomasz Sakiewicz: I talked to the president (Polish) 

Onet: TVP demands one million zlotys from Telewizja Republika for Michał Rachoń’s controversial program “Jedziemy”. The leader of the right-wing Republika, Tomasz Sakiewicz, responds to the lawsuit in this case, denying what was reported by Telewizja Polska in the official statement.

ROMANIA: Four Elections Looming, Romanian Public Radio Staff Strike over Pay 

Balkan Insight: Staff members at Romania’s public radio say they are not paid enough or offered any real career development path.

RUSSIA: A series of arrests of journalists from independent media in Russia (French)

Le Monde: One of them was beaten and threatened with sexual violence by the police, according to a witness to the scene quoted by the NGO OVD-Info.

RUSSIA: Distance No Guarantee of Safety for Russia’s Exiled Journalists 

VOA: Threats to journalists, inside and out of Russia, have increased since the invasion of Ukraine, watchdogs say, and independent media in the country quickly found themselves bound by new laws that effectively made coverage impossible.

RUSSIA: Ex-Mediazona Publisher Sentenced In Absentia In Moscow 

RFE/RL: A Moscow court on April 2 sentenced Pyotr Verzilov, the former publisher of the independent media website Mediazona, to eight years and four months in prison in absentia in a retrial on a charge of distributing fake news about Russian troops involved in the invasion of Ukraine. 

RUSSIA: Moscow Court Charges Journalist Who Covered Navalny’s Trials 

RFE/RL: A court in Moscow on March 29 formally charged Russian journalist Antonina Favorskaya with participating in an extremist organization in connection with alleged posts to websites and social media platforms tied to the foundation founded by late opposition politician Aleksei Navalny.

RUSSIA & US: Russian court extends detention of jailed American RFE/RL journalist 

VOA: A Russian court on Monday extended the pre-trial detention of jailed American journalist Alsu Kurmasheva until June 5, according to media reports.

SLOVAKIA: European Commission must intervene in the STaR wars (Statement) 

Article 19: ARTICLE 19 is deeply concerned about the Slovak Government’s legislative proposal concerning public service media – the Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS).

SLOVAKIA: Opinion of DG RTVS Ľuboš Machaj on the invitation to participate in the 8th meeting of the Committee of the National People’s Republic of Slovakia for Culture and Media (Press release) 

RTVS: Director General of RTVS Ľuboš Machaj this afternoon refused an invitation to participate in the 8th meeting of the Committee of the National Council of the Slovak Republic for Culture and Media (“media committee”) with the only agenda item “Explanation of Director General of Radio and Television of Slovakia Ľuboš Machaj regarding the circumstances of his personal bankruptcy”.

SLOVAKIA: Slovakians form human chain around threatened public broadcaster

VOA: Protesters in Slovakia formed a human chain around the country’s public television and radio building Wednesday in anger over a takeover plan by the government whose populist, pro-Russia prime minister recently labeled several private media outlets his enemies.

SPAIN: Court Suspends Its Previous Order to Block Telegram in Spain (25 March)

Bloomberg: A Spanish court suspended an order it issued earlier to block instant messaging service Telegram in the country as part of an investigation on users illegally sharing TV and video content.

SWEDEN: SVT is nothing if we are not seen (Blog – Swedish) 

SVT: It is more important than ever that SVT’s content and services are easy to find and take advantage of. SVT is already difficult to find for many people today, and it risks becoming even more difficult if the Riksdag and government do not act. 

UK: Rise of internet and social media dashes beautiful dream of BBC Radio 5 Live

The Guardian: Nation’s first easy-access rolling news and sport channel celebrates its 30th anniversary but its voice has been eroded

UK: The Guardian view on the future of the BBC: uncertain but necessary and all to play for (Opinion) 

The Guardian: Hearts and minds must be won in the run-up to the renegotiation of a charter that will determine the next decade of public service broadcasting

UKRAINE: Why mental health support for journalists and newsrooms in Ukraine is critical 

IJNet: Thousands of journalists and editors are going through the same challenges as the population they are serving and experiencing extra pressure because of the higher social responsibilities and stress coming from trauma-related reporting.

REGIONAL: 30 leading European news publishers on TikTok in 2024 

The Fix: For news publishers, TikTok has become a vast opportunity to reach new audiences and raise brand awareness. And they have been using it. 


EBU: In this guest blog, Milen Mitev, Director General of Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), writes about the importance of advocacy and how the right laws and regulations for public service media help them to deliver on their mandate to inform, educate and entertain every citizen.

REGIONAL: EFJ joins call for EU to prioritize rule of law 

EFJ: The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined 38 other media freedom and civil society organisations on Wednesday in calling on the European Commission to strengthen its fifth annual rule of law report, which assesses media freedom in European Union member states.

REGIONAL: EU Commission probes Alphabet, Apple, Meta; issues guidelines for addressing digital risks to elections (Brief)


REGIONAL: Sustainable democracies need a sustainable media sector, says Jourová 

Euractiv: Our democracies need a sustainable media sector, Věra Jourová, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency, told participants of the recent Stars4Media conference in Brussels.

ARGENTINA: For the first time in Democracy, the public media did not cover the marches of the 24th (Blog – Spanish) 

Marcelo Sapunar: This March 24, the date on which every year the streets and squares of the country vibrate with the cry of ‘Never Again’, will also be the first time that the public media will not be officially present with their coverage.

ARGENTINA: Télam workers continue with the suspension: “For the moment it is with pay” (Spanish) 

El Miercoles: After the suspensions of the workers of the national news agency Telam, to this day they continue without exact definitions of their job positions. 

ARGENTINA: They assign millionaire salaries to officials so that they can adjust to Public TV and National Radio (Paywall) 

Clarín: Eduardo González is appointed as coordinator of Radio and Television Argentina with a salary of $4 million per month. Also two managers with salaries of $3.5 million per month each. In the new organizational chart, 57 public media addresses are eliminated.

BRAZIL: Almost 90% of Brazilians admit to having believed in fake news (Portuguese)

Agência Brasil: Almost 90% of the Brazilian population admits to having believed false content. This is what research by Instituto Locomotiva reveals and obtained exclusively by Agência Brasil.

BRAZIL: EBC launches TV Brasil Internacional, a channel for audiences abroad (Press release – Portuguese) 

EBC: From March 26th, Brazilians living abroad will have another source of information, culture and entertainment to connect with the country. 

BRAZIL: EBC reviews programming and seeks focus on evangelicals (Portuguese)

O Globo: State will give more space to ministers and expand the dissemination of government actions on CanalGov; changes are also planned for TV Brasil and the radio station network


UDP: The Diego Portales University and the Ministry General Secretariat of Government (SEGEGOB) signed a collaboration agreement for the development of the project “Strengthening community media in Chile”, an initiative that occurs within the framework of the program “Strengthening public media and communities in Mexico and Chile.”

COLOMBIA: Mistrust and self-censorship: the editorial crisis in RTVC, the largest public media system in Colombia (Spanish)

El País: Several journalists point out that the radio and television where they work were at the service of propaganda for the Government and they risk losing their contract if they oppose it. The manager denies political bias and denounces harassment against her

COLOMBIA: Official advertising used to censor media and to ‘self-promote’ leaders in Colombia, according to FLIP 

LatAm Journalism Review: In Colombia, “the misuse of official advertising is the main reason for censorship in the media after violence,” Jonathan Bock, director of the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, for its acronym in Spanish), told LatAm Journalism Review (LJR).

CUBA: Journalists and activists unite to demand free elections (Spanish)

Diario Las Américas: Journalists from Camagüey and human rights activists in Cuba came together to sign a joint declaration in which they propose political and economic changes on the island, as a way out of the current crisis.

ECUADOR: Eight years in prison for two teenagers for attack on TC Televisión

Primicias: Almost three months after the Los Tiguerones criminal group attacked the TC Televisión facilities in the north of Guayaquil, a judge from the Minor Offenders Unit sentenced two minors to eight years in prison for the crime of terrorism.

GUATEMALA: The situation of Guatemalan journalists exiled in the last four years is “very critical”

EFE: Journalist and defender of freedom of expression Evelyn Blanck warns that the informants who have been forced to leave Guatemala are in a “very critical” situation and that there are still no conditions for them to return to the country

HAITI: Escalating violence in Haiti is threat to journalists covering it (Watch) 

VOA: Violence and instability in Haiti are a threat to the country’s citizens and to the journalists reporting — at personal risk — on the latest developments.

MEXICO: PRI complaint to INE for factious use of public media; They promote Sheinbaum and attack Xóchitl

Cronica: The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) denounced before the Radio and Television Committee of the National Electoral Institute (INE) the use of the State media, under the direction of Jenaro Villamil , to propagandize and promote the presidential candidate of Morena and her allies, Claudia Sheinbaum , and negatively affect Xóchitl Gálvez , standard bearer of the Fuerza y ​​Corazón por México coalition.

MEXICO & ARGENTINA: Notimex and Télam: requiem for two state agencies (Opinion – Spanish)

DW: The closure of the Mexican state agency Notimex, in 2023, and now, of the Argentine agency Télam, means that numerous national media must feed on transnational agencies, writes Günther Maihold.

IRAN: Iran’s Campaign of Terror: Journalists Targeted and Threatened Worldwide

IranWire: The Friday assault on Pouria Zeraati, a journalist and host of Iran International TV, by unidentified individuals in London has rekindled concerns over threats posed by the Islamic Republic.

IRAN & UK: Iran International journalist stabbed outside London home

The Guardian: An Iranian journalist working for a Persian-language news channel has been stabbed outside his London home, sparking an investigation led by counter-terrorism police.

IRAN & UK: Tehran denies involvement in London attack on TV presenter

The Guardian: Met police say investigation into stabbing of Iranian journalist near home in Wimbledon is being led by counter-terrorism officers

ISRAEL: Netanyahu vows to ban Al Jazeera broadcasts in Israel 

VOA: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday vowed to ban Al Jazeera broadcasts inside Israel.

ISRAEL & GAZA: Attacks, arrests, threats, censorship: The high risks of reporting the Israel-Gaza war

CPJ: Since the Israel-Gaza war began on October 7, journalists and media across the region have faced a hostile environment that has made reporting on the war exceptionally challenging. 

ISRAEL & GAZA: Journalists injured in al-Aqsa hospital air strike

BBC: Seven journalists, including a freelancer working for the BBC, have been injured in an Israeli air strike in the courtyard of a hospital in Gaza.

ISRAEL & QATAR: Al Jazeera condemns new Israeli law, rejects Netanyahu’s ‘lies’

Al Jazeera: Al Jazeera has condemned a new Israeli law that could shut down its operations in Israel and said “lies” spread by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu incited against the safety of the media network’s journalists worldwide.

TURKEY: Deepfakes, censorship and media pressure ahead of Turkey’s local elections (Watch) 

France24: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not on the ballot, but he looms large over Sunday’s local elections in Turkey. 

CANADA: Despite its problems, the CBC may turn out to be the hero we need (Opinion)

Rabble: The CBC is a unique Canadian cliffhanger. It’s unclear why it’s there and why it survives but the thought of its demise provokes anxiety. 

US: A Baltimore bridge collapsed in the middle of the night and two metro newsrooms leapt into action

Poynter: Coverage from The Baltimore Sun and The Baltimore Banner had much in common but with some marked differences — especially in visuals.

US: American magazine “Life” resurrected (French) 

Le Monde: This flagship of photojournalism will once again be published regularly in both print and digital formats, it has been announced by Bedford Media, a company chaired by model and businesswoman Karlie Kloss.

US: American Public Media restructures APM Studios, eliminates positions (Paywall) 

Current: APM Studios will move away from being a standalone podcast studio. 

US: How The Wall Street Journal is keeping Evan Gershkovich in the news

Nieman Lab: Friday, March 29 will mark the one-year anniversary of reporter Evan Gershkovich’s wrongful imprisonment in Russia. His employer, The Wall Street Journal, says it won’t rest until he walks free.

US: Jack Corbett named visual host of ‘Planet Money’ TikTok (Press release)

NPR: NPR announced today that Jack Corbett has been named visual host of Planet Money’s TikTok account. Corbett will be Planet Money’s first visual host.

US: KCUR staffers seek to unionize (Paywall) 

Current: “As KCUR continues to grow and develop to better serve the community, we seek a more active role in the shared future of this organization,” the employees said.

US: Missouri AG sues Media Matters as Republicans take on critics of Musk’s X 

The Guardian: Move follows similar lawsuit by Texas attorney general, raising fear that news outlets could be next targets

US: More than ever, we need to rethink our election coverage (Paywall) 

Current: “Surely, we are capable of changing when the stakes are so high and the consequences of failure so dire. And make no mistake: the stakes are high.”

US: ‘Nova’ pairs with stations to help viewers experience total solar eclipse

Current: The April 3 PBS debut of “Great American Eclipse” will do its part to get viewers excited and ready for a total solar eclipse. The documentary and clips taken from it are key elements of the education and engagement plan that launches into action this week. 

US: Oregon Public Broadcasting voluntarily recognizes union of content staff (Paywall) 

Current: More than 60 employees will be part of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union.

US: PBS proposes 4% increase in station dues to balance 2025 budget (Paywall) 

Current: A proposal to be forwarded to stations allocates $7.6 million of PBS’ own funds for strategic priorities.

US & RUSSIA: Evan Gershkovich: US ‘working every day’ to free US journalist held in Russia, Joe Biden says

Sky News: The Wall Street Journal reporter was accused of stealing state secrets by Russian intelligence officials, who have not provided evidence, but he only went to Russia “to do his job as a reporter”, according to Mr Biden.

7 challenges to consider before venturing into the media business in Europe (Analysis)

The Fix: We live in troubled times for newsmaking  — media organisations face declining revenues, rising polarisation and frequent workforce shortages. It is not easy to keep a passion project alive and well in such an environment. Yet idea-driven newsrooms keep on finding sustainable ways and motivation to deliver news to the communities they are serving. 

A very bad year for press freedom

Vox: Russia’s year-long detention of Evan Gershkovich is one part of a very grim picture for journalism.

AI sparks hopes and fears for local media 

IJNet: Here’s how local newsrooms and journalists are using AI to stay in business, and the potential fears that accompany integrating this new technology into their work:

Artificial intelligence and infoxes: “Social networks are not really playing the information game”. 

RFI: In the midst of the war in Ukraine, this phenomenon of external attacks, particularly Russian, coincides with the arrival of AI, which gives colossal power to malice and the desire to destabilise the European elections next June. Gérald Holubowicz, journalist, lecturer at Sciences Po and specialist in synthetic media, is the founder of the Synthmedia.fr newsletter.

How to take the news to young people 

IJNet: Young people consume news coverage differently than older generations. Having grown up on social media, they are more likely to turn to social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram for their news.  

Hundreds of journalists go into exile every year. These are the problems they face and how to tackle them 

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: At least 460 left their home countries in 2023. Exiled reporters from Afghanistan, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Ukraine discuss their challenges

Journalism schools must move beyond reporting to prepare graduates for modern media roles (Opinion)

Poynter: The field of journalism is evolving. Journalism schools are a crucial part of that process, as they teach students the necessary skills to get starting jobs that hopefully turn into blossoming careers.

Solutions journalism course: finding solutions while putting out fires (Course) 

The Fix: Journalists often get bogged down in reporting on problems. But growing evidence shows that readers want coverage of solutions. We’re republishing the first instalment from The Fix’s course on solutions journalism by Emma Löfgren. 

The Outlook: Find out what your audience wants from your journalism with user interviews (Analysis)

IPI: Wondering what your audience needs from you? Ask them!

We must find a new way to fund investigative sports reporting

CJR: The sports industry, which accounts for 2 percent of global GDP, is made up of several publicly subsidized, self-regulating bodies. Each has near-complete control over its sector. 

What can news organisations do to win over consistent news avoiders?

Journalism.co.uk: A new book looks at the audiences who never read the news. Co-author Dr Benjamin Toff says that newsrooms must think about fitting around the lives of busy, anxious and alienated people. 

Yo! How a content-free social network briefly fascinated the world (and the news media)

Nieman Lab: Ten years ago today, a new app arrived to strip the “media” out of social media, reducing messaging to two little letters. It burned bright, but not for long.

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