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Newsroom edition: the end of Twitter and the future of digital journalism

The Guardian: Once a popular social media platform for celebrities, politicians and journalists, Twitter – or X as it has been renamed – has seen its followers and advertisers leaving in droves. Among those leaving are media organisations such as NPR, PBS and, most recently, Australia’s ABC, highlighting the transformation under way for digital journalism internationally. Gabrielle Jackson talks to editor in chief Lenore Taylor and head of news Mike Ticher about what the end of Twitter means for the future of the media.

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CHAD: Press freedom in Chad: “There are issues where the authorities don’t want us to interfere”. (French)

RFI: “Generally speaking, there are threats whenever a media outlet tries to criticise the transitional government’s management of the country”. 

CÔTE D’IVOIRE: Bloomberg plans to train finance journalists in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal (French)

Agence Ecofin: Between 2015 and 2022, as part of its Global Business and Financial Education Program, Bloomberg will be training finance journalists in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania. This time, the initiative is targeting journalists in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.

EGYPT: BBC Cairo staff suspend 4th strike after management makes negotiable offer

Mada Masr: Egyptian nationals working at BBC Cairo’s office called off plans to begin a 15-day strike today, Monday, in favour of negotiations with the newsroom’s London management…

GABON: CPJ calls on military in Gabon to ensure press freedom and journalists’ safety following coup (Statement)

CPJ: Following the military coup in Gabon that removed President Ali Bongo from power on Wednesday, August 30, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement.“The new military authorities in Gabon must prioritize journalists’ ability to report on matters of public interest and avoid replicating the constraints and intimidation faced by reporters in other countries across the region following coups,

GHANA: Energy Commission partners GBC to promote education on energy issues

GBC News: The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GBC and the Energy Commission have signed a partnership agreement to increase Energy Education in Ghana.

GHANA: Why Climate Journalism Matters in a warming world; localizing stories in Africa

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation: Climate change, a global problem is complex for many people to digest, however contextualizing it to African communities makes it more relatable for people in the global south who are the hardest hit. 

NIGER: The media under increasing pressure in Niger (French)

DW: In Niger, journalists are being intimidated and threatened, while the putchists seem to be radicalising against any form of criticism.

NIGERIA: Nigerian Journalists Brutalised In Bayelsa Community By Hoodlums Narrate Ordeal

Sahara Reporters: The journalists from The Sun, Television Continental (TVC), Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), said they had gone to assess the aftermath of a reported clash between some youths and chiefs allegedly in the community.

SOUTH AFRICA: Big changes for DStv, Netflix and the SABC in South Africa – deadline extended

Business Tech: The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has extended the comment period for its draft white paper on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services and Online Content Safety.

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa: Multichoice And SABC Tussle Over Rugby World Cup Broadcast Rights As World Rugby Offers Games Online For Free

Broadcast Media Africa: In South Africa, pay-TV broadcaster MultiChoice owns the exclusive rights to broadcast all the tournament’s live matches. However, the public broadcaster, SABC, is in a dispute with MultiChoice over a US$2 million fee to air the games, a stance that could disadvantage people who do not subscribe to pay TV.

SUDAN: Media Freedom Coalition’s Co-Chairs’ Statement on the Membership of Sudan (Statement)

Media Freedom Coalition: Estonia and the Netherlands, as co-chairs of the Media Freedom Coalition (MFC), give notice that, effective today, Sudan has been removed as a member of the MFC. This decision was taken in consultation with the MFC membership and as per the Coalition’s Terms of Reference.

TANZANIA: Collaboration Barriers: African researchers, journalists unite against climate change in Tanzania

Premium Times: At the five-day meeting both the researchers and the journalists pledged to form a network to spread the gospel of the “need for sustainable partnership on climate issues for the sake of humanity.”

TUNISIA: Tunisia detains journalist sentenced to 5 years in prison in absentia

Middle East Monitor: Tunisian security forces yesterday arrested journalist Khalifa Guesmi who was sentenced to five years prison in May, Anadolu news agency reported.

REGIONAL: CCIJ, CENOZO announce partnership to boost investigative journalism in W’ Africa

The Guardian: In a move to bolster investigative journalism and enhance media capacity in the West African region, the Centre for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (CCIJ) and the Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism in West Africa (CENOZO) have signed a memorandum of understanding.

REGIONAL: Digital Public Infrastructure in West Africa: Journalists oriented to demand inclusivity


AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan: Taliban releases nine journalists following crackdown

IFJ: Nine journalists in Taliban custody across Afghanistan have been released following a campaign of arrests targeting foreign or exiled media outlets. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate, the Afghan Independent Journalists Union (AIJU), condemn the Taliban’s crackdown on journalists and call for the immediate release of all media workers still in custody.

AFGHANISTAN: Two years after Taliban return to power, international community must continue to support Afghanistan’s independent media

IPI: Female journalists most impacted by extreme decline in press freedom.

BANGLADESH: CPJ, partners call on Bangladesh to dismiss Digital Security Act cases over freedom of expression (Letter)

PEN America: We, the 19 undersigned press freedom and human rights organizations, write to seek your administration’s urgent intervention to immediately end the harassment and intimidation of journalist Adhora Yeasmean, who faces an investigation under the Digital Security Act (DSA) for her April 29 video report for RTV on the alleged crimes of the religious organization Rajarbagh Darbar Sharif. The authorities should immediately drop their investigation into Yeasmean.

CHINA: Fewer Journalists in China Is Bad News for Everyone Else, Reporters Say

VOA News: With visa challenges and security issues forcing more foreign journalists to report from outside China, international audiences are missing out.

CHINA & AUSTRALIA: Australian journalists imprisoned in China anxiously await diplomatic breakthrough

Global Voices: Detainee Yang Hengjun fears he will die in prison following medical issues.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s Entry Denials to Foreign Journalists a Concern, Watchdog Says

VOA News: At least three freelance journalists have been denied entry to Hong Kong in the past eight months.

INDIA: ‘Any story could be your last’ – India’s crackdown on Kashmir press

BBC News: The BBC has spent more than a year investigating accusations against the Indian government that it is running a sinister and systematic campaign to intimidate and silence the press in the region. We had to meet journalists in secret, and they asked for their names to be hidden, fearing reprisals.

INDIA: Manipur: Criminalising Journalism Again, Police Files FIR Against Editors Guild

THE WIRE: New Delhi: The Manipur police has filed an FIR against the fact-finding team from the Editors’ Guild of India (EGI) that had visited Manipur and published a report on media coverage of the ethnic conflict. An earlier version of the FIR invoked Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act – which was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2015.

KYRGYZSTAN: ‘All Harm And No Good’: The Clock TikToks On Freedom Of Speech In Kyrgyzstan

RFE/RL: Just one day before the well-known Kyrgyz media outlet Kloop informed its readers of a government bid to shut it down, a powerbroker the outlet had covered in multiple investigations into corruption and smuggling was completing his rehabilitation.

MALAYSIA: Radio is important, trustworthy, current: Malaysian Communications Minister #RDA23

Radio Info: “In times of huge global news, natural disasters, as well as national or local community stories, radio can accurately reflect what is happening.”

PAKISTAN: Call for inquiry into Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad’s murder

The Independent: As the friends and family of Syed Saleem Shahzad said prayers and buried the murdered reporter, journalists across Pakistan flew black flags in protest and demanded a genuine investigation be opened into his death.

SOUTH KOREA: Broadcaster’s only free OTT app ‘KBS+’ launched! (Korean – Press release)

KBS: Public broadcaster KBS (Korea Broadcasting System), which has been with the people for the past 50 years, is introducing a new online video service platform. KBS unveiled its digital mobile service, KBS+ (KBS Plus), on September 3, the broadcasting day.

SOUTH KOREA: Unprecedented lawsuit against ‘controlling broadcasting’… The court’s decision on ‘suspension of dismissal’ (Korean)

Hani.co.kr: Those seeking suspension of execution were Kwon Tae-sun, former chairman of the Broadcasting Culture Promotion Association (Bang Mun-jin), a management and supervision body of MBC, and Nam Young-jin, former chairman of the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) board of directors. They each filed a lawsuit against the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) and President Yoon Seok-yeol to cancel the disposition of dismissal.

SRI LANKA: Sri Lankan mob holds 3 journalists captive for 5 hours

CPJ: Sri Lankan authorities must investigate the recent harassment of freelance Tamil journalists Selvakumar Nilanthan, Valasingham Krishnakumar, and Antony Christopher Christiraj and hold the perpetrators responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

TAIWAN: PTV continues to innovate in AI, and cooperates with NHK to research sign language public services and also launches AI usage guidelines to avoid harm caused by misuse of technology. (Member)

PTS: [Taipei News] Taiwan Public Television took the lead in promulgating AI usage guidelines on September 1st, Journalists’ Day, becoming the first communication media in Taiwan to set AI standards. It hopes to unleash the spirit of public service and continue to innovate; at the same time, Public Television It also announced the establishment of a cross-departmental AI innovation application task force and launched a number of AI technology development and application plans.

REGIONAL: IFJ Asia Pacific Regional Bulletin – September 2023

IFJ: The IFJ’s Asia Pacific Regional Bulletin for September 2023 outlines the impact of Southeast Asian militaries on democracy and press freedom, outlines an ATJ foreign correspondents outreach campaign, provides an update on Bangladesh’s new Cyber Security Act, and highlights MEAA bargaining successes, among other stories.

AUSTRALIA: Apply here for your chance to be a 2024 Trailblazer!

ABC Heywire: Applications are now open for the ABC’s 2024 Trailblazers program, where the spotlight shines on the brightest new leaders making a difference in their communities.

AUSTRALIA: Editorial in the Australian that targeted ABC’s Louise Milligan was inaccurate and unfair, press council finds

The Guardian: An editorial in the Australian newspaper which targeted the ABC journalist Louise Milligan was inaccurate, unfair, lacked balance, caused unnecessary distress and was not in the public interest, the Australian Press Council has found.

AUSTRALIA: How we travelled the country to record The Soundtrack of Australia for ABC Catalyst and Nature Track (14 August)

ABC: The ABC Science team spent six weeks travelling all over Australia to record 200 sounds for a soundtrack of the country. It was a challenging undertaking. Here’s how they did it.

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

International Bar Association: 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. 

AUSTRALIA: Policy case study: the impact of digital platforms paying for news in Australia

Media Freedom Coalition: In 2021 Australia introduced its News Media Bargaining Code – a world-first piece of legislation that sought to ensure that news media businesses are fairly remunerated for the content they generate. 

NEW ZEALAND: Shane Taurima reappointed to steer the Waka of Whakaata Maori Europe (Press Release)

Maori Television: Whakaata Māori Toihau (Chair), Jamie Tuuta has announced the reappointment of Shane Taurima as Kaihautū (Chief Executive) of Whakaata Māori.

AUSTRALIA: Stan Grant’s reason for ABC departure revealed amid racism review delay

The Sydney Morning Herald: The veteran journalist has revealed why he quit the ABC, accusing the broadcaster of not doing enough to protect First Nations staff.

AUSTRALIA: TikTok isn’t the bogeyman of journalism, but it could save it (Opinion)

The Sydney Morning Herald: Every decade or so we’re told journalism is facing a reckoning. While TikTok is the current bogeyman, a clip about the rise in Australia’s minimum wage reveals how different platforms can inspire conversations and showcase quality journalism.

NEW ZEALAND & INDONESIA: Indonesia responds after claim official attempted to bribe RNZ Pacific journalist

Asia Pacific Report: A Radio New Zealand journalist says an Indonesian government official attempted to bribe and intimidate him at last month’s 22nd Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders’ summit in Port Vila.

TONGA: Senior Tongan journalist concerned by Parliament’s ‘media blackout’

PMN: Kaniva Tonga News editor is concerned the media’s access to parliament is being restricted, a claim being refuted by the Chief Clerk of Tonga’s Legislative Assembly.

ARMENIA: Call for podcasting co-trainers in Armenia (Opportunity)

DW Akademie: We are looking for experienced podcasting facilitators for a training program in Armenia, jointly implemented with Media Initiatives Center. The goal is to help a group of up to twelve podcasters to improve their existing materials or start new projects.

AUSTRIA: New million minus – ORF has to save again (German)

Heute.at: Despite a billion in revenue, the ORF is in the deep red. Work is now underway on further austerity measures for the autumn.

AUSTRIA, GERMANY & SWITZERLAND: How much the bosses of ORF, ARD, ZDF, SRG earn – Austria in the top field (German)

Der Standard: SRG boss Marchand is far ahead with 538,000 euros, the ORF general comes fourth after a cut with 380,000 euros.

BELARUS: Belarusian court sentences journalist Larysa Shchyrakova to 3.5 years in prison

CPJ: “By sentencing journalist Larysa Shchyrakova to 3.5 years in prison, Belarusian authorities are once again demonstrating their vindictiveness towards those who reported independently on the nationwide protests that shook the country in 2020,” said Carlos Martinez de la Serna, CPJ’s program director.

BELGIUM: VRT will further cut its workforce in 2024, without naked redundancies (Dutch)

VRT News: In 2024, the public broadcaster will have to make do with 32 fewer people, but the VRT management promises that there will be no naked redundancies. In November 2022 – during the first phase of the so-called transformation plan to make broadcasting more efficient, more multimedia and smaller – about 50 employees were forced to leave. “In the second phase, naked layoffs are avoided by not replacing employees upon retirement and not filling certain vacancies,” says the VRT in a press release.  

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Journalists Warn New Bosnia Defamation Law Will Limit Reporting (Watch)

VOA News: The adoption of a law to criminalize defamation in Bosnia’s republic of Srpska has oppositional lawmakers, media watchdogs and the EU concerned.

CZECH REPUBLIC: New voice, trailers and program overviews. Czech Television has changed its visual identity (Czech – Press release) 

Czech Television: Czech Television is starting the new season not only with program news, but also with a partial transformation of its visual identity. It includes a new and more structured appearance of the trailers and the overview of the ČT1 and ČT2 programs or the use of modern graphic elements. Czech television is also speaking with a female voice.

FINLAND: Yle is strengthening its news operations in Lapland – a new delivery will be opened in Kittilä’s Levi (Finnish – Press release)

Yle: Levi’s delivery starts on September 4. One journalist works permanently at the new location. Yle has similar deliveries in Kuusamo, Savonlinna, Jämsä, Rauma, Forssa and Varkaus.

FRANCE: France.tv Unveils Hyper-Mobile Broadcasting at Paris 2024 1-Year Countdown

CISION: New cloud and wireless REMI workflow opens up many more coverage locations, while delivering high-quality content and limitless storytelling possibilities.

GERMANY: Equal pay litigation: ZDF agrees with journalist (German)

Deutschlandfunk: The legal dispute over unequal pay between Birte Meier and her former employer lasted eight years. Now both agreed. This is a success for the journalist, but just another step in the fight for equal pay.

GERMANY: On January 7, 2025, ARD will end the SD distribution of its television programs (German – Press release)

ARD: Only a few households in Germany still receive ARD programs in the lower SD resolution. HDTV reception has long been established almost everywhere in Germany. Despite this, ARD has broadcast its programs in both HD and SD for more than ten years. The distribution of the ARD television programs in SD via all playout channels will now be finally stopped on January 7, 2025.

GREECE: Greece: Swift investigations required after two attacks against journalists

ECPMF: The undersigned journalists’ and media freedom organisations strongly condemn the recent attacks against Greek journalists Giorgos Papachristos and Kostas Vaxevanis and call on the authorities to swiftly investigate the attacks and ensure that those responsible are held accountable.

HUNGARY: Hungary: DDoS cyber attacks pose major new threat to media freedom

IPI: Independent media battling dangerous new form of digital censorship.

IRELAND: RTÉ unveils a wealth of original Irish Language content for New Season (Press release)

RTÉ: This week RTÉ announced its programming schedule for the new season with the widest range of Irish language shows in years.

POLAND: European Court of Human Rights: Search of journalists’ devices at border

ARTICLE 19: ARTICLE 19, together with Privacy International, submitted a joint amicus brief to the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) in Nabrdalik and Moskwa v. Poland. The case concerns Polish journalists whose devices were forcibly searched by military officers as they were documenting events close to the Polish-Belarusian border in November 2021.

POLAND: Poland: IPI to join MFRR press freedom mission to Warsaw

IPI: Partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) will travel to Warsaw on 11-13 September 2023 to conduct an international press freedom mission ahead of the country’s upcoming general election on 15 October.

RUSSIA: Nobel-Winning Russian Journalist to Challenge ‘Foreign Agent’ Designation

VOA News: Nobel Prize-winning Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov will mount a legal challenge to try to overturn his designation as a “foreign agent” by the authorities in Russia, Novaya Gazeta, the newspaper he edits, said on Monday.

RUSSIA: What being thrown out of Russia taught me about the Kremlin’s war on the media

POLITICO: Moscow is quietly cracking down on the country’s last independent observers.

SLOVENIA: Beginning of negotiations on resolving strike demands with the new Administration of RTV Slovenia (Slovenian – Press release)

RTV SLO: Today, the first negotiations on resolving the strike demands with the Administration of RTV Slovenia began. At the first negotiations, the negotiation groups of the strike committee and the employer agreed on the course of negotiations and adopted the rules of procedure.

SPAIN: RTVE appoints Pilar Bernal as the new head of digital news content (Spanish)

El Confidencial Digital: The journalist Pilar Bernal has been appointed as the new director of Digital Information Content at RTVE with the aim of reinforcing the structure of the digital direction in news, in which Estefanía de Antonio has also been appointed as head of Digital Information Formats and Gemma García as coordinator of RTVE Play News.

SWEDEN: SVT: Logging in opens up new development opportunities (Swedish – 28 August)

Nordvision: In June, SVT rolled out the possibility for users to create their own profile on the play service. Viewers received the new functions well, and now the company’s development team is thinking about what new possibilities the login brings.

UK: Britain’s Turn Against Championing Media Freedom by James Deane (Commentary)

Project Syndicate: Following the gruesome 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the United Kingdom provided much-needed moral leadership by launching a global campaign to promote media freedom. But the UK’s decision to invite the Saudi Crown Prince, who is suspected of ordering the murder, devalues the efforts of all who supported the campaign.

UK: Channel 4 uses FAST platforms to launch first ever international channels

Digital TV Europe: UK broadcaster Channel 4 has joined the FAST revolution, launching its first ever international channels with streaming platforms Tubi, Plex and Xumo Play.

UK: If the big corporate publishers disappeared so would much local news investment (Opinion)

Press Gazette: Staying relevant to readers, not ownership, is the biggest issue for local news media.

GENERAL: Conference “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword? Meeting today’s challenges to freedom of expression and the safety of journalists” (Event)

MFA Republic of Latvia: The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and the Ombudsman’s Office, together with the Council of Europe, have the pleasure to invite you to the jointly organised Conference The Pen Is Mightier than the Sword? Meeting today’s challenges to freedom of expression and the safety of journalists.

ARGENTINA: Study shows 83 percent of gender editors in Argentina targeted by online violence

LatAm Journalism Review: Journalism in Argentina is fertile ground for gender editors: 13 media outlets created the position in their newsrooms in the past four years. However, that has not saved these professionals from being targeted by online violence.

BRAZIL: New Reporter Brasil Noite (Portuguese – Analysis)

Ouvidoria Cidadã EBC: In early August, TV Brasil’s new newscast premiered. Revamped, with a new scenario, expanded from 45 minutes to 1 hour and with new presenters, the promise is that the public broadcaster’s main news will have “more time for diversified agendas and deepening of topics of interest to society”

BRAZIL: President of the CPI on January 8th orders an act that imposes censorship on journalists (Portuguese)

Folha de S.Paulo: Arthur Maia prohibits the press from capturing images without authorization or disclosing information classified as confidential.

COLOMBIA: Nórida Rodríguez in RTVC: this is how she will manage the public media in Colombia (Spanish – Watch)

El Espectador: The actress, lawyer and cultural manager Nórida Rodríguez reveals her strategy and goals as manager of RTVC. She says that she wants to turn off the analog signal soon and that she is about to open a tender to finish implementing stations that allow it. She wants people to be more connected with public media, so that they can make more of their own content, and her goal is to generate 36 billion in own resources. 

ECUADOR: Why are Ecuadorian journalists leaving their country? (Spanish)

Minuto Digital Peru: “Most do their jobs candidly and boldly, but many have begun to feel the need to self-censor”

EL SALVADOR: Salvadoran journalist imprisoned for almost a year resumes professional activity (Watch – Spanish)

VOA News: In El Salvador, a journalist resumes his professional activity after being released on bail, after spending almost a year in prison. The prosecution accuses him of belonging to the gangs. He denies it. And the union sees the case as another violation against the press.

HAITI: Group calls for protection of judge probing murder of Haitian journalist

Jamaica Observer: The press freedom organisation, SOS Journalistes, says it is deeply concerned by the persistent death threats being issued against Justice Robert Jourdain, who is investigating the murder of journalist and political analyst, Garry Tess.

HAITI: Haitian radio journalist’s home destroyed in arson attack

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the August 23 arson attack on the home of radio reporter Arnold Junior Pierre and calls on Haitian authorities to restore order to the country so journalists can do their jobs without fear of retaliation. 

MEXICO: Francisco Cabeza de Vaca threatens journalist with legal action (Spanish – 27 August)

ARTICLE 19: ARTICLE 19 condemns the legal threat against Martha Olivia López, director of the digital media En un 2×3, correspondent for Channel Fourteen of the SPR, collaborator of Astillero Informa and Rompeviento TV , by Francisco Cabeza de Vaca, former governor of Tamaulipas.

MEXICO: In the midst of a budget crisis, the National Union of Workers of Radio Education is born (Spanish)

The Economist: The National Union of Workers of Radio Education (SINTRA) arises with the mission of improving the working conditions of employees of Radio Education, a radio broadcaster under the Ministry of Culture, with 130 unionized workers.

NICARAGUA: Blow to freedom of expression: the Nicaraguan regime attacked independent media (Spanish)

Infobae: The head of the Nicaraguan Army, General Julio César Avilés, sanctioned by the United States government for “repressing and dismantling the democratic institutions” of the country, said that a campaign of “lies” has been launched against the dictatorship.

NICARAGUA: From having a job to “living on charity”: the dilemma of two Nicaraguan journalists prevented from returning to the country (Spanish)

VOA News: Nicaraguan journalists who were deprived of the right to enter the country by the Nicaraguan government live in complex situations in exile. Some of them have gone from running the media to surviving and facing an uncertain future.

PANAMA: They warn of a law that would affect transparency and access to information in Panama (Spanish)

Infobae: A regional platform of civic activists alerted about the contents of a bill that is being discussed by the Panamanian Parliament that “deteriorates the standard of transparency and access to public information,” it reported on Monday in Panama the Fundación Libertad Ciudadana, chapter of Transparency International.

PARAGUAY: “We do not want to go back to the times of the dictatorship,” Bishop said when defending freedom of the press (Spanish)

ABC Color: These harsh expressions of Monsignor Gabriel Escobar, bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Chaco, were pronounced this morning in Puerto Casado during the homily of the mass he officiated in honor of San Ramón Nonato, patron saint of this town. The religious said he was surprised by the actions of the Public Ministry in demanding that some media outlets reveal their sources of information. 

IRAN: Iran Sentences 2 Women Journalists to Jail Time

VOA News: Two female Iranian journalists will spend around a month behind bars as part of a three-year partly suspended prison sentence for “conspiracy” and “collusion,” local media reported Sunday.

ISRAEL: Dumping regulator, media overhaul may open press to political meddling, experts warn

The Times of Israel: Under communications minister’s plan, government would control panel set to replace body that licenses broadcast news, in move allegedly aimed at boosting pro-Netanyahu channel.

ISRAEL: Netanyahu’s Hasbara Minister Wants to Revoke Credentials of Journalists Critical of Israel

Haaretz: Prime Minister Netanyahu’s allies have advocated steps to put pressure on the independent media in Israel. Distal Atbaryan’s past attacks on the international press ‘could endanger reporters in Israel,’ says the foreign press association.

TURKEY: Journalist faces 15 years on terror charges due to news reports on his arrest

Turkish Minute: One of 15 journalists who were arrested in southeastern Turkey in June 2022 and indicted on terrorism charges 10 months later is facing another indictment on charges of membership in a terrorist organization due to news reports about his arrest, the Mezopotamya news agency (MA) reported on Tuesday.

TURKEY: VOA Website Banned in Turkey for Lack of Broadcast License

VOA News: Access to the VOA Turkish website voaturkce.com was blocked in Turkey on Tuesday, following a court order banning access due to the international news organization’s failure to apply for a broadcast license from Turkey’s media regulator.

UAE & UK: The Telegraph sale: The UAE bid is a risk to press freedom (Opinion)

Middle East Eye: Questions linger about whether the paper could follow a policy of editorial non-interference under the ownership of the UAE, a country which ranks a dismal 119th in the world press freedom index.

YEMEN: Yemen: Threats to ban YouTube and Facebook

Via IFEX: Houthi authorities’ campaign to block social platforms threatens the right to free expression and civic participation.

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada’s first 2023–2024 quarterly report now available online (Report)

CBC/Radio-Canada: In this first quarter of 2023–2024, CBC/Radio-Canada had a lot to celebrate. In the spring of 2023, the Canadian Association of Journalists recognized the quality of our news coverage with 11 awards for outstanding investigative journalism. The New York Festivals Radio Awards also awarded us 39 wins across a variety of categories, including podcasts, dramas, documentaries, news, entertainment and music.

CANADA: Get the Facts: Our response to Guy Fournier’s August 23 op-ed in the Journal de Montréal (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: The piece comments on the current situation with Meta by making a flawed analogy between the technology environment today and the one that existed in 1936.

CANADA: Online News Act could see Google, Meta pay combined $234 million to Canadian media

CBC News: Google would need to offer $172 million and Facebook $62 million in compensation, officials estimate.

CANADA: Radio-Canada’s 2023-2024 programming – A wide variety of content that resembles us and brings us together (French – Press release)

Radio-Canada: The Director General of Radio-Canada Television, Dany Meloul , today presents the impressive offer of original drama series, the wide variety of cultural programs, children’s programs, documentaries and prestigious foreign series offered in 2023-2024 on ICI TÉLÉ, ICI TOU.TV, ICI ARTV and ICI EXPLORA .

CANADA: ‘Stupid and dangerous’: Meta’s news ban fuels anger amid Canada wildfires

Al Jazeera: Experts say impasse over contentious Canadian law should make media outlets rethink reliance on social media platforms.

CANADA: TVO strike highlights the scourge of contract work in public service journalism

YGK News: Workers at TVO are on strike for the first time in the public broadcaster’s 53-year history.

US: FCC Shrinks Disaster Reporting Zone To 13 Florida Counties

InsideRadio: The Federal Communications Commission has shrunk the number of counties where it is asking radio stations to file reports on their status following Hurricane Idalia to 13 counties in Florida.

US: NPR Uniting News and Programming Divisions Under New Chief Content Officer

Barrett News Media: “This new unified division will include more than 600 people working together to support all aspects of content production for NPR.”

US: One Year Since Killing, Las Vegas Newsroom Still Fighting to Protect Colleague’s Work

VOA News: As colleagues of Jeff German mark one year since the investigative reporter was found stabbed to death outside his Las Vegas home, they’re in a fight to protect his devices — and confidential sources — as police investigate his killing.

US: PBS KIDS Expands Growing Library of Podcasts this Fall with New Offerings (Press release)

PBS: As podcast popularity soars among kids and families, PBS KIDS continues to deliver free, engaging, and entertaining content for young audiences nationwide.

US: Review of audit stalls proposed raise for Arkansas PBS CEO (Paywall)

Current: The audit raised questions among legislators about the state network’s procurement practices.

US: TED teams with Detroit Public TV to explore responses to climate change (Paywall)

Current: The city where car culture began stars in a documentary about how to get out of “this mess we find ourselves in,” says David Biello, TED science curator.

US: The connections between decline of local news and growing political division (Watch)

PBS NewsHour: Judy Woodruff recently examined how the loss of thousands of local newspapers across the country is depriving communities of some of the glue that holds them together and fueling division. She now looks at how some news outlets are managing to hang on and whether what they’re doing is sustainable.

Decoding Disinformation | Episode 4: When disinformation campaigns fuel hate and harassment (Listen)

IPI: Media outlets and fact-checking organizations are increasingly the target of online attacks and smear campaigns by populist and extremist groups… 

Focus on the humans, not the robots: tips from the author of AP guidelines on how to cover AI

RISJ: “As journalism about AI becomes a staple of reporting across beats, it’s key to think about basic journalistic questions,” says Garance Burke.

Local journalism: why a tiny news operation could inspire a different approach and is attracting big name support

The Conversation: A Manchester-based local news company is turning heads and attracting a new readership.

More funding is flowing to local journalism and for-profit newsrooms, study finds

Nieman Journalism Lab: In a new report on journalism grantmaking, more than half of funders said they’re investing more in journalism than ever, including many who funded journalism for the first time in the past five years.

Reuters tests new blockchain tool to authenticate images

Journalism.co.uk: As concerns around AI-generated fake images rise, the news agency pilots a programme for capturing, storing and verifying real photos.

Telling Hard Stories: 2023 Dart Awards Event & Winners’ Roundtable (Event)

Dart Center: Please join us for an awards presentation, roundtable discussion and reception recognizing the 2023 Dart Award honorees on Thursday October 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Columbia Journalism School in New York City. […] The event will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend in-person.

To cover climate change in resource-strapped newsrooms, journalists need to embrace collaboration

RISJ: International networks offer inspiration for pooling resources, says Emmanuel Ameyaw, founder of The Climate Insight in Ghana.

With five old phones and some Pew data, the BBC’s Marianna Spring monitors social media from the inside

Nieman Journalism Lab: “The reason I have to have undercover voters is because social media sites won’t — and to some extent, can’t — tell you exactly what they’re recommending every single voter.”

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