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ALGERIA: Algeria revokes accreditation of Saudi channel Al-Arabiya over allegedly spreading misinformation

CPJ: Algerian authorities should immediately reverse their decision to revoke the accreditation of Saudi news channel Al-Arabiya and ensure that the channel can operate freely in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

BENIN: Court’s decision to uphold conviction deals “unprecedented setback” to press freedom in Benin

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will support Beninese journalist Ignace Sossou’s appeals to regional or international jurisdictions following the grave and unprecedented decision by Benin’s supreme court to uphold the conviction that led to his being jailed arbitrarily for six months last year.

DRC: Alarming Crisis of Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists in DRC

IPS: The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most hostile and dangerous regions for journalists. A complex conflict, deeply rooted in the country’s past, allows very little freedom, both movement and the press.

GHANA: GBC Director-General says Corporation will continue to stand tall in Ghana’s electronic media industry as it clocks 86 years today

GBC Ghana: Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GBC, Professor Amin Alhassan, says the corporation is being repositioned strategically to play its public service role effectively in a pluralistic media environment.

GHANA: GBC to establish FM stations in newly created regions

GBC Ghana: The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), will soon establish FM stations in the newly created Regions.

NIGERIA: ‘The media cannot be captured’ ― Dr Nduka Otiono (Opinion)

Vanguard: A Professor at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, Dr. Nduka Otiono, has declared that the media cannot be caged or arrested. 

SIERRA LEONE: Press freedom in Sierra Leone: marked improvement made under President Maada Bio with hope for further progress

MFWA: In the last three years, much of it since Julius Maada Bio has been president, Sierra Leone has recorded 29 press freedom violations with the outbreak of COVID-19 and the 2018 elections being the key drivers of the violations and journalists as the main targets.

SOUTH AFRICA: Clause 24 in SABC employee contracts compromises workers’ privacy: Right2Know

SABC News: Advocacy organisation, Right2Know has raised concerns about a new SABC clause on employee contracts which allows the public broadcaster to intercept workers’ communications.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC celebrates 85 years since establishment

SABC News: It is exactly 85 years since the establishment of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC has played key role in promoting democracy and social cohesion : Ndabeni-Abrahams

SABC News: Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has played a key role in promoting democracy and social cohesion.

SOUTH AFRICA: The impact of the Netflix age: SABC wants limits on ad revenue for private broadcasters

News 24: The SABC has urged the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) to put limits on the amount and scope of revenue that private subscription broadcasters and over-the-top platforms can get from advertising, infomercials, and programme sponsorships.

TANZANIA: Don’t remain silent on attack, journalists told

Daily News: Journalists in the country have been encouraged to share their experiences of how they are threatened, abused, intimated or attacked, in efforts to protect their safety and profession.

REGIONAL: Covering the Pandemic – African Journalism in the Era of COVID-19

IPI: African journalism face arduous challenges in covering the pandemic.

REGIONAL: Key African broadcasters increase their YouTube footprint but Android app numbers drop away – Individual talent develops own channels

Balancing Act: In July 2020, we published an analysis of African broadcasters and their subscriber or follower numbers for YouTube, Android apps and Facebook. This year we provide comparisons for YouTube subscribers and Android App downloads. Russell Southwood looks at what has changed.

AFGHANISTAN: ‘Journalism is sacred work’: Afghanistan’s frontline reporters

Al Jazeera: Afghanistan ranks as one of the world’s worst countries for journalism. Yet despite targeted killings and an uncertain future, reporters are not turning away from the profession.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban take over TV station in strategic city as US airstrikes pound key positions in Afghanistan

CNN: The Taliban have taken over a TV station in Afghanistan’s strategic Helmand province, a source at the TV and radio station told CNN on Monday, marking the latest of a series of advances by the militant group in the country.

CHINA & UK: China accuses BBC of ‘fake news’ over floods reporting

France 24: Beijing on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the BBC, accusing it of broadcasting “fake news” and saying the organisation was “naturally unpopular” over its coverage of devastating floods in central China.

CHINA & UK : How dare China, the worlds’ number one propagandist, accuse the BBC of broadcasting “fake news”?

RSF: Yesterday, on 29th of July, the Chinese regime accused the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) of broadcasting “fake news”, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces the hypocritical stance taken by the worlds’ number one propagandist.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong media outlet, broadcaster and artist all quit city

France24: Hong Kong online news outlet Initium announced it was relocating to Singapore on Tuesday citing fading press freedoms, the first local media to quit the financial hub as authorities crack down on dissent.

HONG KONG: Veteran journalist flees ‘white terror sweeping’ Hong Kong (Paywall)

Financial Times: Beijing’s national security crackdown spreads as pop singer charged over 2018 election rally performance. 

INDIA: Expressions of Interest have been invited towards consultancy services for providing detailed project reports on establishment of an international channel for Prasar Bharati: Anurag Thakur

News on Air: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur has said that Expressions of Interest have been invited towards consultancy services for providing detailed project reports on establishment of an international channel for Prasar Bharati.

INDIA: Tax raids expose government’s media intimidation

Deutsche Welle: Raids on the Dainik Bhaskar newspaper and Bharat Samachar television network have sparked accusations of intimidation by a government angry with the media’s response to its handling of the pandemic.

MYANMAR: Bitter reversal: Myanmar military coup wipes out press freedom gains (Report)

CPJ: Myanmar’s junta has effectively criminalized independent journalism, arresting and charging journalists, closing news outlets, restricting access for international reporters, and driving journalists underground or into exile. 

NEPAL: Media Action Nepal calls for collaboration to sustain media, promote journalists’ safety

Himalayan Times: Media Action Nepal launched its report ‘Media in Nepal: Safety of Journalists, Sustainability and Gender Inclusiveness’ on Friday.

PAKISTAN: PBC to launch Podcast soon: DG

Pakistan Observer: Director General, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), Muhammad Asim Khichi has said that Radio Pakistan is going to launch its Podcast very soon so that its voice can be heard across the globe after which it will become first broadcasting institution of the country.

PAKISTAN: Free media is a blessing for the country, says PM Imran Khan (Watch)

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SOUTH KOREA: S. Korean viewers acknowledge KBS for successful Olympic broadcast

The Korea Herald: Public broadcaster KBS has been the most-watched network in Korea so far for the Tokyo Olympics, beating the two other terrestrial network broadcasters, SBS and MBC, in the ratings.

THAILAND: Media, human rights lawyers ask court to annul PM’s order

The Bangkok Post: Media outlets and human rights lawyers petitioned the Civil Court on Monday to void a new prime ministerial order under the state of emergency decree that they believe threatens press freedom and freedom of expression.

THAILAND: Thailand: New regulation curtails free speech

IFJ: Thailand’s government has implemented a new regulation under Section 9 of the Royal Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations which prohibits any supposed distortion of information that causes misunderstanding during an emergency situation. 

AUSTRALIA: Christian Porter defamation case: judge rules ABC defence file won’t be made public

The Guardian: Media companies lose bid to prevent 27 redacted pages of the ABC’s defence being removed from court file.

AUSTRALIA: Communications watchdog’s role in question as Sky News Australia cops YouTube suspension

The Sydney Morning Herald: Media experts say YouTube’s decision to suspend Sky News Australia from its platform has exposed the need for Australia’s communications watchdog to review broadcast standards to ensure they remain relevant in the era of misinformation.

AUSTRALIA: In the wake of news media digitisation, trust will prevail (Opinion)

Mumbrella: Success in news is all about one simple value argues Truescope CEO, and former iSentia CEO, John Croll.

AUSTRALIA: MFA launches diversity, equity and inclusion advisory council

AdNews: The Media Federation of Australia (MFA) has launched a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council with 13 media agency professionals from diverse backgrounds.

AUSTRALIA: News Corp and Google to launch The Digital News Academy education program

Mediaweek: News Corp Australia and Google Australia have announced they will establish a world-leading education program dedicated to digital journalism, The Digital News Academy.

AUSTRALIA: Statement on Editorial Reviews (Statement)

ABC: The ABC regularly reviews its own editorial performance through a range of mechanisms, including program reviews, content reviews, “air checks” of on-air staff and editorial discussions about significant issues.

AUSTRALIA: Top 50 global news sites in June 2021: Australian news brands among the fastest growers

Press Gazette: Australian news sites 9News and ABC were among the fastest growing sites in June, according to Press Gazette’s ranking of the biggest English language news websites in the world.

NEW ZEALAND: Govt wants ambitious audience growth at RNZ

Newsroom: Awkwardly, just as audiences shrink at RNZ National the broadcasting minister has asked for more ambitious listenership and online viewer targets, Stephen Parker reports.

NEW ZEALAND: New media entity gives NZ a precious opportunity where other countries have slipped (Opinion) 

Stuff: The proposed new entity would potentially see RNZ put into a new entity with TVNZ to ensure we have a future-fit public media…

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ challenges media ban in police shooting of Shargin Stephens

RNZ: RNZ is challenging a reporting ban that effectively prevents media publishing any information about the fatal police shooting of Rotorua man Shargin Stephens.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Bridging Papua New Guinea’s information divide

Lowy Institute: In the lead-up to the 2022 national election, Papua New Guinea must address its information gap by investing in the public broadcaster.

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Solomons PM warns journalists against ‘yellow journalism’ rumours

Asia Pacific Report: Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has warned the news media that the country’s emergency powers enable the government to target “yellow journalism” and the spreading of misinformation, reports the Solomon Islands Herald.

AUSTRIA: “Closing the streaming gap”: What the ORF general applicants are planning to do with the GIS [Fees Info Service] (German) 

Der Standard: Demand for automatic inflation adjustment – DER STANDARD works its way through the concepts of the ORF applicants and reports step by step on partial aspects, topics, details.

AUSTRIA: Does the ORF have too many managers, Mr. Prantner? (German – Interview)

Der Standard: Deputy technology director and applicant for ORF general management about his concept – In the ORF general election “everyone who applies has a chance”

AUSTRIA: If Kurz gets his way at ORF (German – Opinion)

Der Standard: The ruling party has always tried to dominate the ORF. Will that also work this time?

BELARUS: Belarus authorities dissolve Belarus Press Club

CPJ: Belarusian authorities should reverse their decision to dissolve Press Club Belarus and allow the organization and its staff to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

BELARUS: Belarus Bans Independent Belsat Channel As ‘Extremist’

RFE/RL: A court in Belarus has labeled the Polish-funded Belsat television channel “extremist” amid an intensifying crackdown on media and civil society.

FRANCE: “Project Pegasus”: French authorities’ analysis confirm the infection of the personal phones of several journalists (French – Paywall)

Le Monde: Technical analysis conducted by the French authorities confirmed the presence of traces of NSO Group spyware in the phone of a journalist from France 24.

GERMANY: ARD on TikTok: Who is actually strengthening whom here? (German)

Deutschlandfunk Kultur: ARD wants to target a young audience. And TikTok longs for serious content. So it makes sense for the two to cooperate now. But in addition to future opportunities, the project also offers dangers.

GERMANY: Broadcasting fee: Karlsruhe judges complaint from ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio (German)

Meedia: On Thursday, the Federal Constitutional Court intends to publish its decision on complaints from ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio against the blockade of the increase in the broadcasting fee by Saxony-Anhalt. 


Balkan Insight: A year on from the mass walkout by journalists of Index over threats to editorial independence, their new creation Telex is defying Hungary’s hostile media environment.

HUNGARY, POLAND & TURKEY: MFRR Report: State Capture and Media Freedom

IPI: IPI chapter explores impact of state capture on media in Hungary, Poland and Turkey.

IRELAND: RTE demands legal reform over soaring costs of defamation (Paywall)

The Times: National broadcaster complains of ‘restrictive and challenging’ regime after paying out €7.3m in damages since 2013.

IRELAND: RTÉ will require rescue if funding issues not addressed

The Irish Times: Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ, faces the prospect of requiring rescue if its acute funding issues are not addressed, the Sunday Independent reports.

ITALY: Italy postpones MPEG-4 and DVB-T2 switchover

Advanced Television: Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development has presented a roadmap in which it proposes the postponement of the DTT switchover from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 from September 1st 2021 to the September 1st 2022.

LATVIA: The current manager Priede intends to apply for the planned competition to the LTV board (Latvian)

Latvian Public Broadcasting: Ivars Priede, a member of the Board of Latvian Television (LTV), intends to apply for the competition for the new Board of LTV, when the Public Electronic Media Council (SEPLP), which has been established but has not yet been approved by the Saeima, announces it. 

MALTA: Landmark public inquiry report finds Maltese state must “shoulder responsibility” for the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

RSF: A newly published public inquiry report has found that the Maltese state must “shoulder responsibility” for the October 2017 assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, having created an atmosphere of impunity, and failing to recognise the real and immediate risks to Caruana Galizia’s life and take measures to avoid that risk.

MALTA: ‘Run, rabbit, run’ (Opinion)

The Shift: Just as we began to digest the conclusions of the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, which included a clear condemnation of the state broadcaster PBS’s lack of impartiality, we learned that the Labour government is seeking to tighten its grasp on public broadcasting even further.

NETHERLANDS: Killing of Peter R. de Vries highlights press freedom challenges in Netherlands

IPI: Safety of journalists an increasing concern.

NORTH MACEDONIA: North Macedonia: Justice Minister introduces amendments to increase protection of journalists

EFJ: Penalties for attacks on journalists will be toughened in North Macedonia, Justice Ministry Bojan Maricic announced on 27 July 2021. The amendments to the Criminal Code are expected to be passed in the early autumn. 

POLAND: Fears for independent media in Poland as TVN24 license is suspended

Euronews: Poland’s National Broadcasting Council has suspended the extension of the license of the independent TVN24 television channel, which is owned and financed by an American company.

POLAND: Polish public broadcaster reports FY net loss at PLN 250 mln (Paywall)

Telecompaper: Polish public broadcaster TVP has declared that its FY net loss will amount to PLN 250 million this year. It has received almost PLN 2.1 billion in annual public subsidies. TVP said that the pandemic is one of the main reasons for the situation.

RUSSIA: Russia: Raid on investigative journalist raises concerns about press freedom

DW: The editor-in-chief of the well-known Russian investigative news site “The Insider” is facing a defamation lawsuit. Kremlin critics have decried the attack on press freedom.

SERBIA: Ugly Twins: a novel type of attacks on local independent media in Serbia

RSF: According to the analysis based on sources of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), at least three Serbian local outlets are attacked by fake websites with the likely objective to undermine both the trust in the media and their revenues. 

SPAIN: After the departure of Jesús Cintora, RTVE workers request an end to outsourcing (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: They insist that there are technical and human resources in the Corporation that can do the job for the new season.

SPAIN: Telefónica, Orange and Vodafone again lose the battle of RTVE’s rate in court (Spanish)

El País: The National Court rejects the resources of the operators, who will not be able to recover the more than 1.6 billion paid to finance public television.

SWITZERLAND: Petition lodged to slow the shelving of FM radio (21 July)

Swissinfo: Over 60,000 petitioners want the government to rethink plans to begin phasing out FM radio next year.

UK: Discovery reportedly eyeing Channel 4 takeover

Digital TV Europe: Discovery has emerged as a potential suitor for UK public broadcaster Channel 4.

UK: Guardian most widely used newspaper website and app for news, says Ofcom

The Guardian: Guardian and Observer rated highest by readers for accuracy, trustworthiness and depth of analysis.

UK: ITV urges UK government to exempt TV workers from quarantine (Paywall)

The Financial Times: ITV has called on the UK government to spare some television workers from self-isolation rules, as the broadcaster said wider economic uncertainty exacerbated by the “pingdemic” contributed to its decision to avoid paying an interim dividend.

UK: Over-75s free licence fee transition period ends

Digital TV Europe: Brits over the age of 75 must now pay for TV licences after the transition period has ended.

REGIONAL: Discovery’s $1.5 Billion Olympics Deal Results in Uneven Free-to-Air Coverage Across Europe

Variety: When Discovery Communications purchased the European rights to the 2018-2024 Olympics six years ago, ousting competitors such as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and agency SportFive in the process, there was little public interest, let alone outcry.

REGIONAL: MFRR Monitoring Report: Press Freedom Under Strain in EU

IPI: The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) coalition launched its third press freedom monitoring report today, highlighting key threats to the exercise of journalism in Europe between November 2020 and the end of February 2021.

REGIONAL: Reporters attacked while covering Covid pass protests in four EU countries

RSF: At least seven journalists were physically attacked and others were threatened while covering protests in four European countries on Saturday (24 July) against the use of Covid-19 passes. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on authorities to provide reporters with better protection and to investigate physical attacks thoroughly.

ARGENTINA: Gender equity in the media: equity of opportunities? (Watch – Spanish)

Unidiversidad: On June 11, Law 27635 came into force, which seeks to promote equity in media representation, from a sexual diversity perspective. But to what extent can it be fulfilled?

ARGENTINA: Towards a code of ethics for public media (Spanish)

Página 12: Journalism and Communication specialists from national universities contribute their knowledge in the elaboration of a style manual that contributes to making the messages broadcast on state radio and television transparent.

BRAZIL: Bolsonaro family vents more anger than ever on Brazil’s media

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is continuing to analyse the attacks on the Brazilian media by President Bolsonaro, his family and other members of his inner circle. 

BRAZIL: Brazil: Harassed journalist calls for more action against hate speech online

DW: Brazilian journalist Patricia Campos Mello wants Facebook and other social media platforms to double-down on their efforts against hate speech. The Folha de S.Paulo journalist has been facing threats for years.

CUBA: How Does Breaking News Break in Cuba?

VOA News: The protests that shook Cuba earlier this month started spontaneously and spread rapidly on social media, providing a clear demonstration of the challenges the new technologies pose to authoritarian governments.

CUBA: SOS: A plea for freedom from the media narrative on Cuba (Opinion)

Al Jazeera: Since the beginning of protests in Cuba, the US corporate media have been peddling false narratives and outright lies about the country.  

EL SALVADOR: Journalists celebrate their day amid threats, blockades and intimidation (Spanish)

Elsalvador.com: An almost complete closure of official channels of information, stigmatization of officials, threats and even physical attacks mark the climate in which Salvadoran journalists carry out their work. 

JAMAICA: Where are our brave journalists? (Letter)

The Gleaner: Growing up in Jamaica, it was a joy to read the newspapers or watch/listen the news on JBC or RJR – that is, when it was RJR. At that time, Jamaica had journalists who were fearless, asked questions and, most important, were very informed.

HAITI & SOUTH KOREA: Haiti: S Korean TV Channel Apology Over Olympics Stereotypes ‘Didn’t Go Far Enough’

VOA: Haitian Foreign Minister Claude Joseph says an apology by the head of a South Korean television station after the broadcaster portrayed Haiti using stereotypical images “didn’t go far enough.”

MEXICO: Journalists rally to defend newspaper in face of continuing attacks

Mexico News Daily: More than 100 columnists and other contributors to El Universal have put their names to an open letter to President López Obrador to defend themselves and the newspaper in the face of ongoing attacks by the federal government.

MEXICO: They will strengthen the protection of journalists and human rights defenders in Guerrero (Spanish)

La Jornada: The executive coordinator of the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, Enrique Irazoque Palazuelos and the governor-elect of Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado, agreed to strengthen the protection of communicators and defenders.

PERU: Peru: During the last electoral process, 71 attacks on journalists were registered (Spanish)

IFJ: According to a report published by the National Association of Journalists of Peru (ANP), the polarization in which the last elections were framed raised the level of hostility towards press workers, who received threats on social networks, attacks on street coverage, pressures, dismissals and smear campaigns.

URUGUAY: The renewal of Channel 5 (Spanish)

El País: The public media relaunched its image and graphics. The TNU name fell by the wayside. In addition, the Channel 5 news programs renewed their scenography.

REGIONAL: Women remain underrepresented in Latin American media, according to global media monitoring report

LatAm Journalism Review: Underrepresented and besieged by stereotypes and biases. This is how women appear in the news in at least 15 Latin American countries according to the 2020 report “Who makes the news?” which is part of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP).

IRAN: Iranians Fear Turning Into Another ‘North Korea’ If Draconian Internet Censorship Bill Passes

RFE/RL: Iranians are warning of public anger and drawing parallels with the world’s most oppressive regimes as legislation makes its way through the country’s parliament that could intensify online censorship and further restrict Internet access.

IRAN: Opinion: The Islamic republic killed Iranian journalism. Can it be resurrected in exile? (Paywall)

The Washington Post: An audacious plot by Iranian intelligence operatives to abduct a high-profile Iranian American journalist on U.S. soil was foiled last month. But the plan sent shock waves that continue to reverberate in the community of Iranian journalists working in exile. Many wonder if they might be Tehran’s next target.

PALESTINE: Palestinian police close the office of J-Media Network news agency near Ramallah

CPJ: New York, July 29, 2021 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the closure by the Palestinian police of the office of the J-Media Network news agency in Ramallah and called on Palestinian authorities to allow J-Media staff to return to the office and report the news freely and without fear of reprisal.

SAUDI ARABIA & SUDAN: Saudi Arabia jails Sudanese commentator for criticising kingdom

Middle East Eye: Ahmad Ali Abdelkader sentenced to four years for tweets and media appearances critical of Saudi policies and relations with Sudan.

TURKEY: 109 journalists appeared in court in Turkey in May, June: report

SCF: Although the number of journalists jailed in Turkey’s prisons has begun to drop, journalists continue to face legal action for doing their job, with 109 journalists appearing in court in May and June, Turkish Minute reported, citing a report by the Expression Interrupted project.

TURKEY: Journalist faces investigation for criticizing authorities over failure to protect Kurdish family killed in Konya

SCF: Turkish authorities have launched an investigation into Özgür Boğatekin, the news editor of a local newspaper in southeastern Turkey, for allegedly provoking public hatred and enmity due to a social media post in which he criticized the authorities for failing to protect members of a Kurdish family that was killed on Friday in what appears to be a racist attack.

TURKEY: Turkey’s Independent Media Brace for New Crackdown

VOA: Rights groups are voicing alarm over a Turkish official’s announcement of new legislation and controls on the foreign funding of social media in Turkey.

TURKEY: ‘Violence faced by women journalists has increased by 158 percent’

Bianet: The CFWIJ has announced that the violence faced by women journalists in Turkey has increased by 158.82 percent when compared to the cases documented in 2020. The Coalition has launched a campaign under the hashtag #WeAreNotSafe.”

TURKEY & GERMANY: Germany Warns Turkey’s Exiled Media of Apparent Hit List


CANADA: APM/APA 2021 – Correspondents Panel / Panel des correspondants (Watch – English and French)

CBC/Radio-Canada: This year, our Annual Public Meeting presented a panel discussion with six foreign correspondents, hosted by Céline Galipeau. / Cette année, notre assemblée publique annuelle présentait une rencontre virtuelle avec six correspondants à l’étranger animée par Céline Galipeau.

CANADA: As revenue declines and big tech steps in, there’s three options to help journalism in Canada (Opinion)

National Post: As Canadian news organizations continue their unsustainable revenue decline, who should step into the breach but Facebook and Google, the two giant platforms that gobble up three-quarters of all digital ad dollars?

CANADA: Ottawa lays out proposal for digital safety watchdogs to crack down on hate online

Global News: As speculation mounts about a possible fall election, the federal government is laying out a proposal for a new digital safety commission that will have the power to regulate hateful content online.

CANADA: Quebec gives $9.7M more to compensate newspapers for recycling costs

Montreal Gazette: Nathalie Roy, Quebec’s minister of culture and communications, has announced the government is giving another $9.7 million to RecycleMédias to support print media.

US: CPB Statement on House of Representatives Passage of Funding for Public Media

CPB: Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), made the following statement today following House passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill, which contains funding for public media.

US: Freedom’s just another word for “not sure what to do”

Nieman Lab: NPR’s new ethics policy allows its journalists to advocate publicly for “the freedom and dignity of human beings.” But good luck figuring out which visions of “freedom” are now fair game.

US: How Local Media Spreads Misinformation From Vaccine Skeptics

The New York Times: Facebook and other social media have been under scrutiny for vaccine misinformation, but local outlets have also sometimes been active.

US: How pubmedia’s lack of openness, transparency around pay is hindering the push for fairer salaries (Paywall)

Current: Jake Blumgart remembers that when he worked for WHYY in Philadelphia, his fellow reporters talked about their low pay “almost constantly.”

US: New NPR Ethics Policy: It’s OK For Journalists To Demonstrate (Sometimes) (Opinion)

NPR Public Editor: NPR rolled out a substantial update to its ethics policy earlier this month, expressly stating that journalists may participate in activities that advocate for “the freedom and dignity of human beings” on both social media and in real life.

US: Protecting the future of journalism with the Journalist Protection Act (Opinion)

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US: Study finds public TV outpacing radio in donor growth (Paywall)

Current: Public television stations grew their donor base at a higher rate than public radio stations from fiscal years 2019 to 2020, according to a study presented July 16 during the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference. 

US: US: IFJ backs calls to support Local Journalism Sustainability Act

IFJ: The Local Journalism Sustainability Act seeks to keep the local media in the United States financially viable and turn around a struggling industry. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Newsguild-CWA in fully supporting the bill’s adoption.

13 self-care tips for overworked journalists

Journalism.co.uk: The pandemic has been exhausting for media professionals. Journalist and mental health advocate Hannah Storm shares accessible advice on taking care of your mental wellbeing.

Analysis: Why TV audiences are tuning out the Tokyo Olympic Games

Reuters: Broadcasters will not be taking home any gold medals for how many people have watched the Tokyo Olympic Games so far.

Broadcasting the Games – how the TV industry delivered the Olympics during a state of emergency

Digital TV Europe: In spite of controversies surrounding the Games – ranging from the PR fallout from arguably outdated decision making to public antipathy in the host country as it struggles against the Covid-19 pandemic – the showpiece celebration of sport has managed to take place.

David Kaye on the Pegasus Project and why surveillance reform should reach beyond NSO Group and Israel

CPJ: In 2020, then-United Nations special rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye pressed Israeli firm NSO Group in a public letter for details about its human rights due diligence and assertions that Saudi Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi had not been targeted with its Pegasus spyware before his brutal 2018 murder. 

Exploring the fight against misinformation (Commentary)

Journalism.co.uk: Where is the place of professional journalism in the sea of online untruths?

Germany Found a Way to Reduce Polarization. Could It Work in the U.S.? (Opinion)

The Atlantic: The country’s robust investment in public media has helped it reduce political divisions.

How do you write about traumatic situations without retraumatizing those involved? Read this new guide for journalists, for starters

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‘I will not be silenced’: Women targeted in hack-and-leak attacks speak out about spyware

NBC News: Female journalists and activists say they had their private photos shared on social media by governments seeking to intimidate and silence them.


IBC: Broadcasters are becoming more comfortable with cloud-based media transport for all kinds of production, including live events.

Online Violence Response Hub (Resource)

Online Violence Response Hub: This Hub is a resource center where women journalists can come to find the latest information on online abuse and harassment. We’ve put everything in one place, allowing you to focus on your safety – instead of combing the internet for answers.

RSF launches a resource platform on journalism safety

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) launches a resource platform on its website on physical safety, cybersecurity and ​​professional practices for journalists.

Twitter partners with Reuters and AP to tackle misinformation

RNZ: Twitter will collaborate with two of the largest international news providers, Reuters and the Associated Press, to debunk disinformation on its messaging site.

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