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How China’s crackdown has changed Hong Kong (Interview)

DW: Three years ago, China enforced a new national security law in Hong Kong aimed at suppressing anti-government protests. DW talks to the editor-in-chief of one of the few remaining independent news media outlets in the city. The interview sheds light on the transformation in what was once regarded as a ‘bastion of press freedom in Asia’.

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Our podcast: Digital News Report 2023. Episode 3: Unpacking news participation and online engagement over time

Reuters Institute: In this episode of our Digital News Report 2023 podcast we look at levels of news participation such as commenting, sharing or posting news, and how this varies across the world. We also look at whether people have positive experiences of engaging in news online and offline, and whether people feel they need to be careful about voicing their opinions.

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CAMEROON: The Fight for Press Freedom

DW: We delve into the state of media freedom in Cameroon, where being a journalist is now more dangerous than ever.

EGYPT: Ten years of power for Sisi: Egypt has become one of the world’s biggest jailers of journalists

RSF: As President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his arrival to power, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) looks back at the relentless methods he has used to reshape the Egyptian media landscape in the past decade and turn Egypt into one of the world’s most oppressive countries for journalists.

ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia Launches Bid For New Telecoms Licence

BMA: Ethiopia’s communications authority recently announced the opening of a bidding for a second new telecoms licence bringing further competition to one of Africa’s largest marketplaces.

ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia’s Social Media Ban Brings Challenges

VOA: Four months into a social media ban, communications businesses and civil rights groups in Ethiopia are feeling the impact. Strict regulations are making it harder for them to reach audiences or verify information.

GHANA: Ghanaians support media’s watchdog role but are sceptical of news sources

Afrobarometer: Fewer than half of citizens trust information from private or state-owned outlets.

GHANA: Partner Parliament To Fight Press Freedom Violations – Speaker Urges Media

PeaceFm: The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has urged media practitioners to join hands with the legislature to fight against the violations of press freedom and freedom of expression by the political class.

KENYA: Harassment of female journalists still widespread in workplace – Survey 

KBC: A recently released report by the African Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) painted a grim image of the state of affairs in the fourth estate, especially as pertains to the treatment of female journalists in the region.

KENYA: Media houses up in arms over attacks by Ruto government

The Africa Report: Pressure groups in Kenya as well as the opposition coalition, Azimio la Umoja, are calling for the censure of Trade Minister Moses Kuria over his continued verbal attack on the media, which threatens freedom of the press.

MOZAMBIQUE: IPI calls on authorities to drop criminal defamation and slander case against journalist Leonardo Gimo

IPI: Authorities must cease harassment of journalists reporting on corruption.

SOUTH AFRICA: AmaBhungane ungagged to report on Moti files

GroundUp: A “gagging order” obtained by the Moti Group against investigative news agency amaBhungane has been set aside in its entirety.

SOUTH AFRICA: Journalists in crosshairs of politicians for exposing wrongdoing, says Sanef 

News24: Following former president Jacob Zuma’s unprecedented private prosecution attempt of journalist Karyn Maughan, the SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has set up a legal fund to help journalists fight people attempting to silence them through the courts.  

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC Is Owed US$2.3 Billion In TV Licence Fees – Minister Reveals

Broadcast Media Africa: In South Africa, Communications and Digital Technology Minister Mondli Gungubele announced that the public broadcaster is owed a whopping US$2.3 billion in television licence fees.

SOUTH AFRICA: South African investigative outlet wins key media freedom case

The Daily Star: A South African investigative journalism organisation on Monday won a legal battle against a powerful businessman in a case that tested the country’s media freedom.

SOUTH AFRICA: TikTok shakes up SA social media ‘Big Five’

Daily Maverick: The “Big Five” social media platforms in South Africa have been shaken up, as TikTok leaps past Instagram into second place, and challenges the dominant social network, Facebook, in several segments.

ZIMBABWE: CPJ calls for Zimbabwe president to reject ‘Patriot Bill’ threatening critical journalism

CPJ: Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa should not sign into law the overly broad Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Amendment Bill as it seriously threatens the rights to freedom of expression and media freedom in Zimbabwe, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday.

ZIMBABWE: ZBC Launches New Television Transmission System

BMA: According to industry reports, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) recently launched a new television transmission system that improves the quality of its content aired on DStv platforms.

CHINA: Expansions to China’s Espionage Law Create Anxiety for Foreign Media

VOA: Amendments to China’s counterespionage law that take effect Saturday could create even more challenges for foreign correspondents reporting inside the country, journalists and media analysts say.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong pro-democracy radio station closes citing ‘dangerous’ political situation

The Guardian: Citizens’ Radio to close on third anniversary of national security law that has led to demise of several other liberal media outlets.

JAPAN: Japanese journalist barred from entering Hong Kong ‘without clear reason’

Independent: Yoshiaki Ogawa arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday but officials sent him back to Tokyo.

JAPAN: NHK’s Nobuo Inaba (Interview)

WorldScreen: Like other public broadcasters across the globe, Japan’s NHK is firmly focused on maintaining its output of high-quality, informative content while grappling with catering to all audience demographics, rapid shifts in consumption habits and pressures on funding mechanisms.

INDIA: ‘Resistance is possible’: Ravish Kumar, the broadcaster risking his life to tell the truth about India​ today​ (Interview)

The Guardian: The eminent journalist’s fearless reporting on India under Narendra Modi cost him his job and freedom. Now broadcasting to millions on YouTube, he is the subject of a new documentary.

INDIA & HUNGARY: How to keep doing journalism under siege: five tips from editors in India and Hungary

Reuters Institute: Ritu Kapur and Peter Erdelyi explain how their outlets have managed to stay afloat amid the erosion of press freedom and democratic decline

INDONESIA: Beatings, lockouts, lawsuits: student journalism in Indonesia

THE: While college press has a special place in the nation’s psyche, a legal ‘loophole’ leaves it exposed.

MALAYSIA: Anxiety over ‘censorship’ mounts as Malaysian government faces state poll test

SCMP: Advocates have warned of creeping ‘censorship’ by the government after an opposition-linked news site suffered an unexplained outage

MYANMAR: Myanmar Junta Utilizes Telegram as Tool to Silence Criticism Online

Vision Times: Stepping up their hold on Myanmar, the country’s military junta has utilized the messaging app Telegram as their online weapon. Supporters of the regime have taken to the app to report on critics, resulting in several arrests, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.

PAKISTAN: The dangerous reality for journalists in Pakistan

IJNet: Journalists in Pakistan today face a wide array of safety risks due to the nature of their work. They contend with death threats, abduction, assault, violence and intimidation. 

PHILIPPINES: Marcos and the media: Platitudes, but what else again?

Rappler: While President Marcos Jr. has adopted a softer approach towards the media, issues persist: red-tagging, media consolidation by close political allies, hyperpartisan online influencers and networks.

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s ‘Fake News’ Law: Targeting Critics, Opponents

Asia Sentinel: Fake news is what the government says it is

SINGAPORE: Upcoming forum set to discuss how hate sites and internet brigades undermine free speech in Singapore

The Independent Singapore: Regional research organisation, The Asia Centre, is set to launch its latest report on how hate sites and internet brigades in Singapore impact freedom of expression in a forum co-organised by The Independent Singapore and Wake Up Singapore on Saturday, July 8, 2023.

SOUTH KOREA: Media Regulator to Vote on Motion Seeking to Change License Fee Collection

KBS: The Korea Communications Commission(KCC) will convene a full session on Wednesday and vote on revisions to an enforcement ordinance to separate the collection of television licence fees from household electricity bills.

TAIWAN: World News Media Congress opens in Taipei, returns to Asia after 10 years

Focus Taiwan: The World News Media Congress being held in Taiwan is a show of support for democracy and free press in the country, Fernando de Yarza, president of the event’s main organiser , said at the opening in Taipei Wednesday.

REGIONAL: 24th Central Asia Media Conference: “At a crossroads: Safeguarding Media Freedom to Protect Democracy”

OSCE: The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM) is hosting the 24th Central Asia Media Conference on 6-7 July 2023. The two-day event will bring together experts, journalists, and stakeholders to discuss and address key issues related to media freedom in the digital age.

REGIONAL: Defending press freedom: Rappler’s Glenda Gloria says courage always the first step needed (Opinion)

Rappler: Gloria adds that while courage is a ‘first step,’ journalists also need the support of those ‘who value the role of independent media in tempering power and greed’

REGIONAL: Repression and resistance in Asia: ‘Freedom will always win’

IFEX: June 2023 in Asia-Pacific: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s regional editor Mong Palatino, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

AUSTRALIA: ABC Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Plan 2023-26 (Press Release)

ABC: The ABC has launched the new Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Plan 2023-26, the framework that will both support and build on the strong workplace culture of inclusion and diversity at the ABC.

AUSTRALIA: ABC Radio National is welcoming Australia’s best and brightest young minds (Press Release)

ABC: The ABC has selected the pick of Australia’s dynamic early-career research talent for its 2023 TOP 5 media residencies.

AUSTRALIA: Australia may start fining Google, Meta and Twitter billions of dollars for fake news on their platforms

Firstpost: Australia is planning to start fining Big Tech and other social media platforms for failure to deal with fake news and misinformation on their platforms. The fines proposed in the new legislation are hefty and may run into billions of dollars. 

AUSTRALIA: Daryl Maguire’s lawyers accuse media of stalking, unsafe U-turns and spooking horses

The Guardian: Oddly worded statement attacks unnamed outlets for alleged behaviour after Icac findings against former MP and his former partner Gladys Berejiklian

AUSTRALIA: NITV and Yothu Yindi Foundation sign three-year Garma Festival deal (Press Release)

SBS: The Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF) and National Indigenous Television (NITV) are delighted to announce the signing of a three-year partnership that will see the broadcaster extend its support of the Garma Festival through until the end of 2025.

NEW ZEALAND: How to avoid America’s misinformation mistakes

Newsroom: Harmful misinformation and disinformation on the internet is a global problem, a visiting American expert says, but that doesn’t mean it has to play out in New Zealand the way it has in the United States.

PALAU & AUSTRALIA: ABC Radio Australia returns to the Republic of Palau (Press Release)

ABC: ABC Radio Australia will be heard in the Republic of Palau for the first time in more than five years.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Free media must always be the pinnacle of democracy in the Pacific

The Australia Today: PNG’s draft media policy, announced on February 6 this year, was designed to improve democracy, and support the country’s development, according to Mr Masiu.

AUSTRIA: Stop the press: Vienna newspaper Wiener Zeitung ends daily print edition after 320 years

AP: One of the world’s oldest newspapers, the Vienna-based Wiener Zeitung, ended its daily print run Friday after more than three centuries.

AUSTRIA: The new ORF contribution: who has to pay, how much and why (German)

Der Standard: Next Wednesday* the National Council will adopt a new ORF law with a new ORF contribution for everyone with the votes of the ÖVP and the Greens. It will replace the GIS from 2024. 

BELARUS: Amid authoritarian crackdown, journalists and the LGBTQ+ community face intersecting threats

IPI: In Belarus, journalists and members of the LGBTQ+ community face alarmingly restrictive landscapes. 

BELGIUM: As VRT, we have just more opportunities to create value with artificial intelligence (Press Release) 

VRT: Have a full text written based on a number of keywords? A chatbot that can answer the most pressing questions? Or receive personalized suggestions during a search for the ideal holiday? Consciously or unconsciously, artificial intelligence is an indispensable part of everyday life.

DENMARK: Søren shows around a department with pressure on – literally (Watch – Danish)

DR: What is a working day like at DR Tryk, which has, among other things, created the map in the program ‘The day of the war’ and the P3 socks you can win. Watch Søren Holm Kock talk about it.

ESTONIA: Estonia announced as new co-chair of Media Freedom Coalition

ERR: Estonia succeeds Canada as the Media Freedom Coalition (MFC) co-chair on July 1, 2023. Estonia has been a highly engaged member of the Media Freedom Coalition since joining in September 2019, the organization’s press release states.

FRANCE: Journalists attacked during public unrest

IFEX: At least seven journalists who had been sent to cover protests and riots in the Île-de-France region following the police killing of a teenager were attacked on 29 June.

FRANCE: France Télévisions: a new stage for the visibility of the Overseas Territories

FTV: France Télévisions brought together, on Tuesday, June 27, the 8th Monitoring Committee for the visibility of the Overseas Territories. On this occasion, the Group announced, through the voice of its president, Delphine Ernotte Cunci, a new stage for the promotion of overseas territories on its national branches.

GEORGIA: Georgian government strips independence from Adjara public broadcaster

OC Media: The Georgian parliament has passed legal amendments removing the last vestiges of independence from Adjara’s public broadcaster, subsuming it to the national public broadcaster.

GERMANY: High usage numbers due to coverage of Wagner uprising in Russia

DW: Coverage of the situation in Russia over the past weekend significantly increased usage figures – emphasizing the relevance of DW’s news offerings.

GERMANY: KiKA successful with cross-media orientation. ZDF director: “Children’s channel is a central building block for securing the future” (Press Release) 

ZDF: KiKA has been shaping the media biographies of children for more than 25 years. In its anniversary year 2022, KiKA achieved an average market share of 15.1 percent in linear TV and thus became the market leader among children’s channels

GERMANY & UK: BBC, ZDF Commission Adaptation of Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five

Worldscreen: The U.K.’s BBC and Germany’s ZDF have commissioned The Famous Five, an adaptation of Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series, from Moonage Pictures (The Pursuit of Love) and Nicolas Winding Refn.

IRELAND: Government is not seeking ‘revenge’ in its response to RTE payment debacle – TD

The Independent: Two Government representatives denied that widespread redundancies at the broadcaster are planned.

IRELAND: Payments crisis raises questions on funding for RTÉ and public service broadcasting

RTÉ: It began with a startling statement about the under declaration of the earnings of a star broadcaster.

IRELAND: Protection of journalistic sources ‘integral’ to free press, Supreme Court rules

The Irish Times: The Garda Commissioner has lost his Supreme Court appeal against a refusal to allow gardaí to examine a mobile phone seized from a journalist’s home in an investigation into a violent incident at a repossessed property in Co Roscommon.

ITALY: Support for Roberto Saviano in SLAPP case initiated by Giorgia Meloni (Statement) 

ECPMF: We, the undersigned international media freedom and journalists’ organisations, stand in solidarity with Roberto Saviano as he attended the fourth Court hearing in the SLAPP case initiated by the Prime Minister of Italy on 27 June 2023.

MALTA: ‘Little or no progress’ in Malta’s media landscape, issues to ‘urgently address’

The Shift: The Maltese media landscape’s lack of publicly accessible data dominated the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom’s country-specific report on Malta…

POLAND: Polish media vow to protect press freedom amid government influence fears

Reuters: The editors of dozens of Polish media outlets published a joint declaration in defence of press freedom on Wednesday following complaints by critics of the country’s ruling nationalists that they are attempting to limit it ahead of elections this autumn.

PORTUGAL: RTP elected the second European television with greater gender equality (Press release – Portuguese)

RTP: As a public media service operator, RTP assumes as part of its mission the promotion of a culture of social responsibility and justice through the principle of gender equality. This commitment, interventional and daily, is now recognized internationally through a Danish study, which places the public station as the second European television with greater gender equality.

RUSSIA: War Resistance and Independent Journalism: Russian Journalists in Exile

The Barents Observer: On 31 March 2023, Georgii Chentemirov, a Russian exile journalist with The Barents Observer in Kirkenes, Norway, was declared foreign agent by the Russian Ministry of Justice, due to his independent reporting (Nilsen 2023). 

RUSSIA: What happens when your media organisation is ‘undesirable’ in Russia (Opinion)

EU Observer: Last week, the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office declared our publication Novaya Gazeta Europe an “undesirable organisation”.

SLOVAKIA: RTVS is expanding its coverage with digital radio broadcasts in the DAB+ standard (Slovak – Press Release)

RTVS: RTVS, in cooperation with the service provider Towercom a.s., is expanding the coverage of the territory and population of Slovakia with a digital radio broadcast signal in the T-DAB+ standard. A new Prievidza location will be added to the existing locations Bratislava, Košice, Žilina, Banská Bystrica, Nitra, Trenčín, Rimavská Sobota and Borský Mikuláš.

SWEDEN: The county board’s assessment: no deficiencies (Swedish)

Sveriges Radio: The County Administrative Board in Stockholm has not found any flaws in Sveriges Radio’s security work. This is shown by the review that took place after the attention Sveriges Radio’s security work received in the summer of 2022, notes Sveriges Radio’s security and preparedness manager Anna Svedberg.

UK: BBC chair calls for board to re-establish confidence at broadcaster (Paywall)

The Financial Times: The new acting chair of the BBC has said the board needs to stand behind its creative output as the broadcaster re-establishes “the confidence and the ambition” after the departure of previous chair Richard Sharp.

UK: Netflix UK Policy Boss Warns Ofcom Could Become “Something Of A Global Policeman” Due To Media Bill

Deadline: Netflix’s latest attempt in its quiet campaign to soften the impact of the upcoming UK Media Bill took place this morning with UK and Ireland policy boss Benjamin King raising concerns regulator Ofcom could become “something of a global policeman” if plans are waved through.

UK: ‘The other side’ – preserving the integrity of news and current affairs, in an ever-changing media landscape

Ofcom: Earlier this week, Ofcom launched two new broadcast investigations into GB News and Talk TV. Here Ofcom Chief Executive, Dame Melanie Dawes explains how upholding standards of due impartiality and accuracy are crucial to preserving the integrity of news and current affairs, in an ever-changing media landscape.

REGIONAL: EU targets political social media ads with tough new regulation proposal

SIGHT: Throughout Europe, strict rules govern how traditional media operates during elections. Often that means imposing a period of silence so that voters can reflect on their choices without undue influence. In France, for example, no polls are allowed to be published on the day of an election.

REGIONAL: European broadcasters must address on-screen diversity

Journalism.co.uk: Media representation plays a vital role in shaping social attitudes and contributing to the discourse around diversity and inclusivity. 


EBU: On 29 June, the European Parliament’s committee for Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) adopted significant changes to the draft European Media Freedom Act. 

REGIONAL: Leading editors call for strong EMFA

IPI: Signatories urge EU bodies not to water down draft European Media Freedom Act

ARGENTINA: I Laboratory Workshop for Young Journalists in Mendoza (Press release – Spanish)

Argentina.gob.ar: Young spectators – journalists from tertiary and higher, public and private institutions in Mendoza and its surroundings can register, until August 13, to participate in the I Laboratory Workshop for Young Journalists of our only National Theater.

ARGENTINA: Public TV burns: Manager fired and denounced for harassment (Spanish) 

Urgente: Rosario Lufrano’s management is once again in the spotlight after a scandal on Public TV due to a complaint for workplace harassment of Facundo Capellini, who was the manager of RTA.

BAHAMAS: After Watson move, are there other positions in Davis’ administration needing a shuffle? (Opinion) 

The Tribune: WITH Independence almost upon us, it has been a time of taking stock – looking back over our 50 years and establishing our progress as a nation.

BOLIVIA: The Bolivian newspaper Página Siete closes surprisingly (Spanish)

VOA: The Association of Bolivian Journalists fears that other media outlets are also in danger of disappearing in the country in a difficult environment of working conditions and job and budget cuts.

BRAZIL: Peripheral journalists in Brazil create a community future for journalism (Portuguese) 

IJNet: Over the hills on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro are favelas, working-class neighborhoods, each with its own identity, culture and demographics.

BRAZIL: Social Communication Council denounces violence against journalists and broadcasters (Portuguese) 

Senado Notícias: Researchers and press workers denounced this Monday (3) the increase in the number of cases of violence against communication professionals in Brazil. 

COLOMBIA: “I intend to make RTVC a more competitive company”: Nórida Rodríguez (Press release – Spanish) 

RTVC: Nórida Rodríguez, manager of RTVC Public Media System since last May 30, is finishing the joint meetings with the different brands and areas of the entity, accessing information on the current state of the system, allowing her to make a diagnosis and consolidate the work plan for its administration.

ECUADOR: Ecuador’s Journalists Confront Increased Risk, Report Finds (Watch)

VOA: Journalists in Ecuador are under increasing risk, facing threats, letter bombs and attempted killings, says a new report. VOA’s Cristina Caicedo Smit has the story.

PARAGUAY: Analog blackout: this Friday Paraguay begins the transition to 100% digital TV (Spanish)

La Nacion: Finally, the analog blackout will begin to take shape as of this Friday, July 7, 2023, which had been approved in 2021 with a transition plan from analog to digital television, thus establishing the system change for Asunción, Central and some cities close to the Central department, in principle.

PERU: IRTP: new administration generates earthquake in key press and management positions (Spanish) 

El Comercio: One month after the appointment of Ninoska Chandia as executive president of the National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru ( IRTP ), journalists who were part of the teams of Tv Perú and Radio Nacional have denounced sudden dismissals and requests for resignation by the high direction.

PERU: TV Perú: pressures and dismissals in the State channel, by Rodrigo Salazar, director of the Peruvian Press Council (Spanish) 

El Comercio: A TV Peru journalist recently received an order from Ninoska Chandía , executive president of the National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (IRTP), to reduce the on-screen exposure of the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), a critic of the government of Dina Boluarte.D

REGIONAL: Peru rejects “gag law”, concerns & high expectations in Guatemala, and alarming unrest in Argentina

IFEX:  A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Laura Vidal, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

IRAN: 3 women journalists go on trial as rulers continue with crackdown

Al-Monitor: Repression of journalists has worsened since widespread protests began in Iran last year, and the government is also restricting use of VPNs.

IRAN: Husband of Jailed Iranian Journalist Says Wife Denied Meeting With Lawyer

VOA: The husband of jailed Iranian journalist Niloufar Hamedi says there has been no response from Iranian authorities despite his wife’s written request to meet with her lawyers.

IRAQ: KJS reports 44 cases of media rights violations in first half of 2023

IFJ: There were 44 cases of media and journalists’ rights violations during the first half of 2023 in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, according to a report published by the Kurdistan Journalists’ Syndicate (KJS).

IRAQ & UK: Iraqi Kurdish journalist facing deportation fears being killed if sent home

Middle East Eye: An Iraqi Kurdish journalist has said he fears being killed in his home country if he is deported from the UK on Saturday as planned.

ISRAEL: Media blindsiding, rampant anti-Israel bias in the media (Opinion)

The Jerusalem Post: Media all over the world have consistently misrepresented Israel over time. As a result, an erroneous anti-Israel narrative has become mainstream.

ISRAEL: ‘Fight the fake’: Public Diplomacy Ministry video warns against foreign media

The Times of Israel: The newly created Public Diplomacy Ministry has put out an English-language video on social media warning international audiences not to trust foreign journalism.

TURKEY: EFJ demands release of journalist Merdan Yanardağ

EFJ: Journalist Merdan Yanardağ, editor-in-chief of Turkish broadcaster TELE1, was arrested on 27 June following a judicial investigation into his televised remarks about imprisoned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) demands his immediate release.

TURKEY: EU to prioritise media freedom reforms and human rights in relations with Turkey, ask journalists’ groups

IFJ: The undersigned organisations call on the incoming Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union to place media freedom and human rights front and centre of relations with the newly re-elected Government of Turkey.

TURKEY: Local journalist briefly detained for reporting on sexual harassment of child in SE Turkey

SCF: A local journalist has been briefly detained for sharing a video of an elderly man sexually harassing a 2-year-old girl in Turkey’s southeastern Şanlıurfa province in violation of a reporting ban, Turkish Minute reported.

TURKEY: Reuters appeals Turkish court order to remove news article

Turkish Minute: Reuters said on Monday it has appealed a Turkish court order to remove a news article on the agency’s website that said US and Swedish prosecutors are studying a graft complaint naming a son of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

TURKEY: Turkey blocks access to 93 news articles about int’l probe involving Erdoğan’s son

Turkish Minute: An İstanbul court has ruled to impose an access ban on 93 news articles including a special report by Reuters which earlier this week reported on an international probe that involves the son of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Bianet news website reported.

REGIONAL: Independent media in an Arab world still dominated by state sponsored narratives (Opinion)

Raseef22: In an era where access to information is critical, the role of independent media in the Arab world cannot be overemphasised.

CANADA: Google to remove news links in Canada in response to online news law

CBC: Google said Thursday it will remove Canadian news content from its search, news and discover products after a new law meant to compensate media outlets comes into force.

CANADA: UBC journalism professor critical of media legislation in wake of tech giant pushback

Global News: Tech giants Google and Meta are pushing back on federal legislation limiting Canadian news content on their platforms, but Alfred Hermida, a University of British Columbia (UBC) journalism professor, says Bill C-18 does not equate with the needs of Canadians in getting reliable, accurate and local news.

CANADA: When will Canadian news disappear from Google, Facebook? What the Bill C-18 rift means for you (Explainer)

CBC: How will you get the news now? That’s a question many Canadians may be asking after tech companies Google and Meta, which owns the social media giants Facebook and Instagram, vowed to remove links to Canadian journalism. 

CANADA & BELGIUM: Radio-Canada and RTBF join forces as part of a podcast content exchange partnership (Press release – French) 

Radio-Canada: Radio-Canada and RTBF (Belgian Radio-television of the French Community) are joining forces to offer their listeners the best French-language podcasts and promote their productions on both sides of the Atlantic.

CANADA & US: Canadian Broadcasting Corp must face WE Charity defamation lawsuit, U.S. court rules

Yahoo! Finance: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) must face a defamation lawsuit by a U.S. charity alleging the publicly funded news outlet repeatedly aired false claims that it deceived its donors, a Washington, D.C., federal judge has ruled.

US: ‘Hugely damaging’: Most Americans are being harassed online when using Facebook, Twitter and Reddit

USA Today: Online hate and harassment rose sharply in the United States this year across demographics, leading to the highest rates in the country since 2020, according to a new study released Tuesday.

US: St. Louis Public Radio staffers form union after successful vote (Paywall) 

Current: The St. Louis Public Radio Guild formed a union with the Communication Workers of America.

US: What AM radio’s waning reach means for the future of politics and public safety (Watch)

PBS: In recent years, podcasts and streaming internet content have been challenging AM radio for listeners. Now, there’s another threat: electric automakers are installing radios without the AM band in new vehicles…

US & RUSSIA: US envoy to Russia meets jailed journalist Gershkovich

Reuters: American ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy was granted access on Monday to jailed Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, the U.S. State Department said, in the second such visit since his pre-trial detention in March on espionage charges he denies.

Content moderation for UGC in the world of generative AI

T_HQ: Can content moderators unpick the reality of generative AI content? Possibly not.

Fighting for the truth in an age of disinformation

EU NeighboursEast: Phones buzzing, sun blazing and cameras everywhere. Such was the day-to-day at the 2023 Global Media Forum (GMF) – Deutsche Welle’s annual event for journalists, politicians and civil society to meet and discuss the state of media across the globe.

Generative AI Might Make It Easier to Target Journalists, Researchers Say

VOA: Since the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT launched last fall, a torrent of think pieces and news reports about the ins and outs and ups and downs of generative artificial intelligence has flowed, stoking fears of a dystopian future in which robots take over the world.

How journalists from 10 countries investigated organized crime in the Amazon in memory of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira (Spanish)

Adepa: The first scene of the trailer for the  Bruno and Dom Project shows the moment when members of the Union of Indigenous Peoples of the Javari Valley (Univaja) find the press card of British journalist Dom Phillips buried in the mud on the banks of the Itaquaí River, in Atalaia do Norte, in the Brazilian state of Amazonas.

How to fix journalism? Our Journalist Fellows discuss potential solutions at our annual event

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: What we learnt from our Journalist Fellows Symposium, featuring reporters from across the world. 

Human Rights Council Hears that Digital, Media and Information Literacy Programmes Should be Considered an Integral Part of Education Efforts Given their Importance for the Exercise of Rights in the Digital Age

UN: The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a panel discussion on the role of digital, media and information literacy in the promotion and enjoyment of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. 

IBAHRI applauds victory for media freedom in landmark war crimes defamation trial

IBANET.org: The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) commends the Federal Court of Australia’s recent ruling in the case of Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media as affirmation of international human rights standards upholding media freedom and freedom of expression. 

International Press Freedom Awards Honorees Announced

VOA: Journalists from Georgia, India, Mexico and Togo will be honored this fall at the 2023 International Press Freedom Awards, which celebrate courageous reporters from around the world.

Musk pulled Twitter’s ‘state-affiliated’ badge — but it still hurts journalism (Opinion)

EU Observer: Elon Musk’s Twitter caused a stir two months ago when it labelled several public broadcast media outlets, including National Public Radio (NPR) in the US, BBC in the UK, and Canada’s CBC, as “state-affiliated” or “government-funded.” 

SLAPPs, Pride bans, and fewer journalists to persecute

IFEX: June 2023 in Europe and Central Asia: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Cathal Sheerin, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

What journalists can do to prevent and fight SLAPPs

Journalism.co.uk: With intimidation lawsuits on the rise, reporters need to strengthen their legal knowledge and collaborate with peers to counter censorship attempts

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