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FULL SPEECH: Maria Ressa at the Freedom of Expression Conference

Rappler: Watch the full speech of Rappler CEO and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa at the ‘Without Truth’ panel at the Freedom of Expression Conference at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway on Friday, September 2. 

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The Case For Public Service Media Reforms

BFM: Malaysia’s public broadcaster, RTM was modeled after the BBC – but many gaps remain between the international standards of public service media and what’s provided in the country. We discuss the development of Malaysian public media and why reforms are necessary with Prof. Zaharom Nain of the University of Nottingham Malaysia.

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BOTSWANA: Botswana To Launch Several State-Owned Television Stations Abetted By Digital Migration

Broadcast Media Africa: Botswana will be launching new state-owned television stations as the country edges closer to full digital transmission in October.

BOTSWANA: Media environment faces key risks and challenges

IPI: The independent media environment in Botswana faces key risks and challenges that require close monitoring, the IPI global network said following a three-day fact-finding visit to Botswana on August 22 to 24. 

DRC: DRC police detain, beat 3 journalists covering protest

CPJ: Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should thoroughly investigate the arrest, assault, and detention of journalists Jojo Jibikilayi, Emmanuel Tujibikila, and Achède Milantesa and hold the police officers responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

EGYPT: Mada Masr journalist summoned for interrogation as Nation’s Future resorts to legal threats to refute corruption report

Mada Masr: Mada Masr has learned that one of its journalists has been summoned for interrogation on Monday before the Luxor prosecution. It is the first move targeting the institution and its team after the Nation’s Future Party threatened to file complaints against us. The journalist has been unable to learn the details of the complaint filed against them.  

GHANA: PAC Sittings: Why GBC cannot provide coverage outside Accra ? DG explains

GBC: The Director General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Professor Amin Alhassan has explained why GBC is not able to provide coverage for the Public Accounts Committee Sittings outside Accra.

KENYA: Tackling misinformation is critical for electoral integrity

Article 19: During Kenya’s recent elections – in both the run-up to the vote on 9 August and the aftermath – misinformation and disinformation were rife. ARTICLE 19 highlights the dangers of this scenario, and emphasises that misinformation and disinformation limit the rights of every citizen to access accurate information and weakens trust in independent institutions.

MALAWI: Concern over the revocation of broadcasting licences in Malawi (Letter)

MISA: This is a letter to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Malawi Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera on the Concern over the revocation of broadcasting licences in Malawi.

NIGERIA: Court stops Nigerian government from revoking broadcast networks’ licences

MFWA: On August 29, a Federal High Court in Lagos ruled against the Nigerian government’s decision to revoke the licenses of 53 broadcast stations, a judgement hailed as momentous for the media in the West African country.

SOUTH AFRICA: DCDT ramps up BDM public awareness

Engineering News: The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has ramped up the public awareness programme surrounding the national broadcasting digital migration (BDM) and the impending analogue switch-off (ASO) as the final date for applications for subsidised set-top boxes (STBs) draws closer.

SOUTH AFRICA: New ‘internet censorship’ regulations for South Africa

Business Tech: The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has gazetted the Film and Publications Regulations, 2022, enacting South Africa’s internet content laws that came into effect in March this year.

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa has 244,000 digital TV boxes to install — with registrations declining

My Broadband: Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has revealed that set-top box (STB) registrations are declining, with an average of 15,288 per month between April and July 2022.

SUDAN: Sudan journalists hope to enshrine freedoms with first union in decades

France 24: For the first time in more than three decades, Sudanese journalists have formed an independent union to shore up hard-won press freedoms that have been imperilled since last year’s military coup.  

REGIONAL: A giant leap for womankind, but widespread radio silence as broadcast sector comes under attack

IFEX: August 2022 in Africa: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s regional editor Reyhana Masters, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

REGIONAL: Journalists woken to the true power of smartphones in modern reporting

MFWA: In modern journalism, media houses and reporters have come to rely on mobile phones to cover news and tell stories, in response to consumers’ need and crave for real-time news – mobile phones are helping media organizations to meet the demand for fast news.  In the case of investigative journalists, the mobile phone has become even more imperative. They do not have to move with a whole crew just to record, edit and publish stories. With just their handsets, they are good to go.

REGIONAL: Malawian and Nigerian broadcast regulators threaten to shut down stations defaulting on their broadcast operating licences – A fair move or undue pressure? (26 August)

Balancing Act: Malawian and Nigerian broadcast regulators threaten to shut down stations defaulting on their broadcast operating licences – A fair move or undue pressure?

INDIA: Broadcaster vs billionaire: the battle for control of India’s media (Paywall)

The Financial Times: Modi critics Prannoy and Radhika Roy are struggling to fend off Gautam Adani’s corporate raid on NDTV.

INDIA: Prasar Bharati collaborates with AWS to scale its digital news services

TechCircle: Prasar Bharati News Services (PBNS), the digital wing of India’s public broadcasting service Prasar Bharati, has joined hands with Amazon Inc.’s cloud computing arm Amazon Web Services (AWS), to host and scale its network. 


Aliansi Jurnalis Independen: The latest draft of Indonesia’s controversial Criminal Code (RUU KUHP) has been unveiled to replace the old version which has been enacted since 1946. If passed, this law would stifle freedom of press and expression ahead of the upcoming 2024 elections following the previous problematic regulations – the Information and Electronic Transaction (IET) Law in 2008 and the content moderation Regulation in 2020.

JAPAN: Second reporter’s death at NHK deemed as due to overwork

The Asahi Shimbun: Japan’s grueling work culture is again under the spotlight after the death of a journalist at Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) due to overwork.


Amnesty International: The Indian government has drastically intensified the repression of rights in Jammu & Kashmir in the three years since the change in status of the region, Amnesty International said in a new briefing released today.


BFM: Malaysia’s public broadcaster, RTM was modeled after the BBC – but many gaps remain between the international standards of public service media and what’s provided in the country. We discuss the development of Malaysian public media and why reforms are necessary with Prof. Zaharom Nain of the University of Nottingham Malaysia.

PAKISTAN: ARY News ‘back on air’ after IHC order

Dawn: The Islamabad High Court ordered the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Friday to immediately restore the transmission of ARY News at the position it was on Aug 7 or face consequences for defying the order.

PHILIPPINES: Terminated ABS-CBN, TV5 deal creates ‘chilling effect’ on press freedom, businesses — lawmaker

CNN Philippines: The termination of the investment deal between media companies ABS-CBN and TV5 would “cause a chilling effect” on press freedom and businesses, House Deputy Minority Leader and ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro said on Sunday.

THAILAND: Thai PBS reiterates the principles of developing a comprehensive assessment tool for public access to media (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: The Public Broadcasting Organization of Thailand or Thai PBS, as a public media established under the Organization Act B.E. public trust. It is clearly stated in Section 50 that there must be continuous monitoring and evaluation of the performance every year by the evaluation committee which is an independent third party both in terms of creating accessibility for all groups of people and social rewards along with following the growth and competition in the media industry all along.

REGIONAL: The 3rd edition of Radiodays Asia has opened in KL: #RDA22

RadioInfo Australia: Anders Held (pictured) Project Director and founder of Radiodays has opened Radiodays Asia, welcoming around 300 attendees from 30 different countries who are attending this year.

AUSTRALIA: ABC director’s alleged conflict of interest under scrutiny

Sydney Morning Herald: The federal government is reviewing whether an ABC board director needs to step down from the position after the national broadcaster took its concerns about an alleged conflict of interest to Communications Minister Michelle Rowland.

AUSTRALIA: The ABC’s radio woes: Are those ratings numbers actually as bad as they sound?

Sydney Morning Herald: The latest ratings survey showed a marked decline for ABC radio in Melbourne and Sydney. But is there more to the picture than meets the eye?

AUSTRALIA: The ABC’s role in Australia’s Pacific reset – valued and highly trusted (Analysis)

Asia Pacific Report: The Australian government is moving fast to reset relations with Australia’s Pacific partners, including a larger Pacific role for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Detailed research undertaken late last year for the ABC in our six key Pacific markets (Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga) confirms that the ABC today is used, valued and highly trusted by Pacific audiences.

NEW ZEALAND: Govt public media reform performance makes AB’s look good

The Standard: The government’s reform of public broadcasting has made Ian Foster’s quest for rugby’s World Cup look like a cinch. And the way the Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media Bill is drafted, suggests worse calamities than home defeats to Ireland and Argentina loom for the public broadcasting sector, according to leading media critics.

NEW ZEALAND: On the outside of the public media push (Listen)

RNZ: Commercial media companies fear the new public media entity replacing RNZ and TVNZ will be greater than the sum of those two parts. The draft legislation obliges Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media to “collaborate” with them – but the owner of the biggest local news producer, Stuff, says no-one knows what that means and the law must define its role and responsibilities properly.  

NEW ZEALAND: The merger of TVNZ and RNZ needs to build trust in public media – 3 things the law change must get right

The Conversation: Major public media reform in New Zealand is coming at the same time as trust in government and media declines. The proposed new law needs to make political and editorial independence a top priority.

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ boss supportive of merger with RNZ but says law change ‘poorly constructed’

Stuff: TVNZ chief executive Simon Power has delivered some of the organisation’s warmest words to date about the Government’s proposal to merge it with RNZ into a new public media entity. But he said the law change paving the way for the creation of Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media was “poorly constructed” and TVNZ would be advising a select committee that is considering the legislation to recommend some changes.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Papua New Guinea PM takes out advert urging journalists to stop calling him direct

The Guardian: The Papua New Guinean prime minister’s office has taken out a full page advertisement in the country’s two major newspapers urging journalists to stop calling and texting him directly.

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Solomon Islands threatens to block ‘disrespectful’ foreign journalists from entering the country

Global Voices: The government of the Solomon Islands has warned that journalists who are “disrespectful” will not be allowed entry into the country.

REGIONAL: SBS Gagana Samoan to be broadcast on ABC Radio Australia (Press release)

SBS: SBS Radio and ABC Radio Australia have launched a collaboration that will expand in-language news and information for audiences across the Pacific.

ALBANIA: Albania Mogul Says Govt Targeting His Media Over Editorial Line

Balkan Insight: Critical media group links demolition of owner’s seaside hotel complex to its independent editorial line – an allegation that the government denies.

BELGIUM: VRT Changes, Refresht, Transforms: what will change for you? (Dutch – 23 August)

VRT: VRT will be brand new from August 29. That day we start with our new digital platform VRT MAX. And VRT NWS will also be given a new look from then on. But what will change for you? 

CZECH REPUBLIC: Former Czech PM uses newspapers he owns to attack media integrity

The Guardian: The populist former Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš has been accused of subverting press freedom after he used the front pages of two national newspapers he owns to attack the integrity of independent news outlets and urge readers to follow him on social media as an alternative.

DENMARK: Digital transformation means redundancies in DR (Danish) 

DR: DR follows its digital plan and invests even more in DRTV and DR LYD. The increased digital investments will also mean redundancies.

FINLAND: Yle answers: Yle has always carried out its duties according to the law (Finnish)

Yle: In Hämeen Sanomat 4.9. the published editorial claims that Yle has been trying to act contrary to its basic mission for years by publishing content in text form. The claim is not true. Yle has always carried out its statutory public service mission.

FRANCE: Every week, 82% of French people watch France Télévisions programs (Press release – French)

FranceTVPro: “Public television is there to encourage listening and dialogue between citizens and between territories. We are here to federate and unite. Because television is a mirror and the reflection of society, we have in our hands a part of the fabric of the nation. France Télévisions is a common point. He is our common point.” Delphine Ernotte Cunci,      President and CEO of France Télévisions.

FRANCE: Journalists from France 24 and RFI protest after statements by Macron (French)

France 24: Journalists from the public media France 24 and RFI protested on Friday after statements by Emmanuel Macron on France’s international influence, which they said equated them with “spokespeople” for the state.

FRANCE: Public broadcasting, the other hot issue for the start of the school year

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GERMANY: Consequences in Kiel (German)

Süddeutsche Zeitung: After public and internal criticism, two executives are also leaving their offices at NDR for the time being.

GERMANY: NDR Broadcasting Council examines allegations in the Kiel editorial office (Germany)

Süddeutsche Zeitung: After allegations against editorial managers of Norddeutscher Rundfunk ( NDR ) at the Kiel location, the independent Schleswig-Holstein State Broadcasting Council is launching an examination.

GERMANY: Pensions in Deutschlandradio: How much money do ex-bosses get when they retire? (German)

Deutschlandfunk: Criticism of public service broadcasting is not abating. The cause of ex-RBB director Patricia Schlesinger called the whole system into question. Pension payments are now up for debate on Deutschlandradio. What it’s all about – an overview.

HUNGARY: The FM frequency of Tilos Rádió was switched off (Hungarian)

Media1: After the FM frequencies of Music FM, Class FM, Civil Rádió, Klubrádió and quite a few other radio stations were silenced, the same thing happened to Tilos Rádio at midnight from Saturday to Sunday. 

ITALY: International Disruptors: RAI Cinema CEO Paolo Del Brocco Talks Company’s Venice Debuts & The Push To Get Italian Audiences Back Into Cinemas

Deadline: As the Venice Film Festival kicks off today, we’re speaking with RAI Cinema CEO Paolo Del Brocco about some of the company’s 24 titles featuring in the festival this year as well as his ongoing challenge to lure Italian audiences back into the cinema after a rocky post-pandemic period.

MALTA: State broadcaster fined for airing insensitive footage of Marsa murder

Malta Today: Public Broadcasting Services was ordered to pay €3,610 by the Broadcasting Authority after airing graphic footage of a murder victim.  

MOLDOVA: Analysis: Strengthening Moldova’s independent press in the shadow of polarization and propaganda

IPI: Independent media continues to evolve despite significant pressures.

NETHERLANDS: NPO tightens TV networks and launches dozens of new titles (Dutch – press release)

NPO: With more sharply profiled TV networks, plenty of room for innovation and more interaction between television, NPO Start and online, the Dutch Public Broadcasting Company continues to focus on changing media behaviour. […] In the coming months, the public broadcaster will launch dozens of new titles on all platforms.

POLAND: Powerful head of Polish state TV dismissed amid speculation over return to government

Notes from Poland: Jacek Kurski, the influential head of Poland’s public broadcaster TVP, has unexpectedly been dismissed from his position. Under his leadership since 2016, TVP has become a mouthpiece for the government, in which he previously served as a deputy minister.

RUSSIA: Moscow court revokes Novaya Gazeta’s licence to publish inside Russia

The Guardian: A court in Moscow has stripped Novaya Gazeta of its print media licence, effectively banning the newspaper from operating inside Russia, less than a year after its editor-in-chief, Dmitry Muratov, won the 2021 Nobel peace prize.

RUSSIA: It should not be a crime to criticize in Putin’s Russia (Opinion – Listen)

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RUSSIA: Russian journalist Ivan Safronov sentenced to 22 years in prison

The Guardian: A Russian court has sentenced the journalist Ivan Safronov to 22 years in prison on trumped-up treason charges, a record sentence that has shocked friends and supporters who gathered in court on Monday to protest against his imprisonment.

SLOVENIA: RTV Slovenia Jumps Over Satellites and FTP, Lands on Signiant

TV Tech: National public broadcaster upgrades its Olympics workflow

SPAIN: RTVE warns of the end of free DTT

Advanced Television: Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has warned of the risk of DTT disappearing in its free distribution model, and has joined the lobby group for FTA DTT: Call To Europe Project, formed by over 40 organisations, to lobby for the maintenance of the radio spectrum to guarantee DTT frequencies beyond 2030.

SPAIN: RTVE costs 19.8 euros per year for each Spaniard, the lowest amount of the large European public media (Spanish)

Invertia: RTVE has an annual cost of 19.8 euros for each Spanish citizen . An amount that means that the cost of  television, radio and public interactive services  for each inhabitant in Spain is considerably lower than what those in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy pay for their state media. 

SWEDEN: Police violence in Sweden: RSF asks the authorities to live up to their international responsibility for press freedom

RSF: Four journalists have recently been arrested and prevented from working. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is stunned by the lack of the Swedish police’s knowledge about legal protection of press freedom.

SWEDEN: The national minority editorial offices cooperate in the run-up to the election (Swedish – Blog)

Swedish Radio: During the 2022 election coverage, Sveriges Radio carries out many election efforts. The national minority language editorial offices join forces and collaborate on several election issues in a way that has not been done before. This is written by Ole-Isak Mienna, who is election coordinator for the editors’ first joint election team.

UK: Authenticity, love and the listeners are at the heart of the BBC Global News Podcast

Radiodays Asia: Audiences are curious about the world, how the world sees them, they want to be ‘news fluent’ and be part of the conversation with their peers.

UK: BBC Bitesize launches content for parents and carers of kids starting school for the first time (Press release)

BBC: As the new school year approaches, BBC Children’s and Education is supporting parents, carers, teachers and kids with newly commissioned content, including a new curriculum-linked offering for those starting school for the very first time.

UK: BBC makes charitable donations to charities linked to Princess Diana

BBC: The BBC indicated its intention to donate to charity the sales proceeds derived from the 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. The BBC has now done so.

UK: BBC Journalist Clive Myrie Calls on New U.K. Culture Minister to Commit to Public Service Broadcasting, Praises Corporation’s Impartiality 

Variety: BBC journalist Clive Myrie has called on whoever is appointed the new secretary of state for culture under Liz Truss to “make a renewed commitment to quality public service broadcasting, at the BBC and Channel 4.”

UK: BBC visits up to ten thousand students each day in centenary school tour, as new research shows teenagers want career help (Press release)

BBC: The project aims to inspire young people to achieve their career goals and help realise their ambitions.

UK: Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee: The work of the BBC (Watch)

Parliament.tv: DCMS Committee questions BBC chiefs on licence fee, impartiality, and earnings.

UK: Five Principles to Debate the Future Funding of the BBC (Statement)

BBC: The BBC’s primary source of funding comes from the licence fee. This model of funding will remain in place until at least the end of the current BBC Charter and Agreement which runs until 31 December 2027.

UK: New leadership must protect fundamental freedoms (Letter)


UK: Strike action brews over plan to close BBC News channel

The Guardian: The BBC’s centenary celebrations season could be hit by strike action from corporation journalists concerned about plans to close the BBC News channel.

UKRAINE: Fixers – The Unsung Heroes of the War in Ukraine

Free Press Unlimited: Free Press Unlimited has been supporting journalists and fixers in Ukraine in growing numbers since the start of the war, through our Media Lifeline Ukraine initiative. We decided to interview a renowned Ukrainian fixer to get an idea of what their biggest needs are right now. The fixer’s name will not be mentioned for safety reasons.

UKRAINE: Ukraine moves forward on media law, chasing EU requirements

EURACTIV: A new draft media law voted on in the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday (30 August) could see the country take a step towards fulfilling conditions set out by Brussels for EU accession. 

REGIONAL: IPI’s Media Innovation Europe – a journalism collaboration to support independent news voices in Europe

IPI: The IPI global network has launched a major new project incorporating practical sustainability programs for media adapted for their different stages of development. 

ARGENTINA: Presentation of the new RTA streams for Twitch and YouTube (Spanish – Event)

Televisión Pública: On Wednesday, September 7 at 5:00 p.m., Public Television and National Radio present the new Digital Media streaming schedule in an event that will be broadcast live throughout the country. This programming consolidates the presence of the public media on Twitch and YouTube with original content designed for new audiences and with references from the scene.

ARGENTINA: The consequences of the dissemination of hate speech are evident after the assassination attempt on Vice President Cristina Fernández (Spanish)

IFJ: The organizations grouped in the Federation of Journalists of Latin America and the Caribbean (FEPALC) and the Regional Office of the International Federation of Journalists (FIP) strongly condemn the attack suffered last night by the Vice President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. This attack is not an isolated incident, but is part of the context of a political-judicial crisis that feeds on violent rhetoric reproduced daily by the hegemonic press and social networks.

BRAZIL: Censorship and governance file on EBC: workers denounce systematic practice in all vehicles (Portuguese – Facebook post)

FICA EBC: In the period reviewed by this file, from August 2021 to July 2022, 228 cases of governance and 64 of censorship were recorded in the report form. 

BRAZIL: Comments by Brazil’s presidential candidates on TV trigger wave of attacks against media

RSF: Exclusive: The campaign for Brazil’s two-round presidential election on 2 and 30 October has just begun. Each week, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will monitor more than 100 Twitter and Facebook accounts of journalists, government officials and candidates with the aim of understanding how online hatred against the media originates and spreads. The TV debates during the second week of the campaign, triggered major attacks against the national media and the journalist Vera Magalhães in particular.

BRAZIL: EBC celebrates centenary of the first radio broadcast in the country (Portuguese)

Radioagência Nacional: 100 years ago, on September 7, 1922, in the celebrations of the centenary of Independence, Rádio no Brasil was born. At that moment, a new story began to be written, which underwent changes, faced obstacles, and had to be reinvented over the years.

COLOMBIA: They denounce possible direction in the RTVC tender for peace stations (Spanish)

Infobae: Angie Espinosa, development facilitator of Import System SAS, denounced, in an interview with W Radio, that the bidding process carried out by RTVC (Public Media System of Colombia) for the acquisition of Emission and Transmission Equipment for four radio stations peace, defined in point 6 of the peace agreement, brings with it different irregularities.

CUBA: Cuban government sharpens repression against independent journalism (Spanish)

ARTICLE 19: ARTICLE 19 expresses its concern and alerts to the intensification of the repressive scenario that has occurred in recent months against journalists, through conditions for them to publicly resign from their work in exchange for not being imprisoned.

JAMAICA: Radio & Podcast Journalism Series: Jamaica (Event)

Media Institute of the Caribbean: This radio journalism series has been designed specifically for working journalists and students of journalism in Jamaica. The objective of this training is to prepare individuals who have an interest in establishing a career in broadcast, podcasting, as well as media professionals, to build capacity and understanding of radio broadcast journalism techniques.

MEXICO: Faced with an increase in crimes against journalists in Mexico, organizations urge measures, while government denies violence

LatAm Journalism Review: With the death of Fredid Román, 15 journalists have been murdered in Mexico so far in 2022. While organizations such as the UN, CPJ and IAPA condemn the crimes, López Obrador’s government denies the climate of violence against the press. The government even appears to be the main source of aggressions, according to a report by Article 19.

NICARAGUA: Press Freedom Violations “Must Not Be Normalized”

Havana Times: Jorge Canahuati, president of the Inter-American Press Association fears that the actions taken by the Ortega regime against journalism will be copied by other governments.

REGIONAL: Independent journalism under attack in Central America

France 24: Central American journalists can pay a steep price for publishing unflattering stories about governments in the region — one with a history of civil wars and dictatorships and where poverty, violence and corruption are rampant.

REGIONAL & RUSSIA: Russian media in Latin America: “Many countries are breeding grounds for disinformation” (Spanish)

DW: Six months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the media related to the Kremlin are looking for new ways to promote their disinformation campaigns, a phenomenon underestimated by Latin American democracies, experts warn.

IRAQ: Iraqi security forces assault, detain journalists covering Baghdad protests

CPJ: Iraqi authorities should stop assaulting and detaining journalists and take all necessary measures to ensure their safety while reporting on mass political protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: Israeli army says a soldier likely killed a Palestinian-American journalist

NPR: The Israeli army said Monday there was a “high possibility” that a soldier killed a well-known Al Jazeera journalist in May, as it announced the results of its investigation into the killing. But it said the shooting was accidental and no one would be punished.

TURKEY: Turkish police blacklist 20 journalists for writing for online magazine

SCF: Turkish police have blacklisted 20 journalists for writing for an online magazine called Journalist Post, a periodical put out by journalists living in exile, Turkish Minute reported.

TURKEY: Special Report: Insiders reveal how Erdogan tamed Turkey’s newsrooms

Reuters: When President Tayyip Erdogan’s son-in-law suddenly quit as finance minister in late 2020, four staff in Turkey’s leading newsrooms said they received a clear direction from their managers: don’t report this until the government says so.

TURKEY & GREECE: Greek journalist Areteos expelled after 23 years

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa: On August 26, Greek journalist Evangelos Areteos was denied entry to Turkey. For more than two decades, he has been reporting to the Greek-speaking public about the transformations of Turkey.

CANADA: Heritage ‘considering’ petitions as CBC/Radio-Canada licence term begins (Paywall)

Playback: The public broadcaster’s new broadcast licence term begins under significant industry criticism of the CRTC for removing a number of programming requirements. 

CANADA: New Radio Active team brings fresh eyes to the afternoon airwaves at CBC Edmonton

CBC News: The new team at the wheel of CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active embodies the best of a newcomer’s experience in a new city, the wealth of local knowledge from a hometown boy and a shared passion for finding stories that will touch the hearts of listeners.

CANADA: Open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concerning the online hate and harassment of journalists (Letter)

CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada joins other media in calling for action to counter the harassment of journalists.

CANADA: Reconnect with the iconic CBC/Radio-Canada shows of your childhood at the Canadian Museum of History (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: Canadians are invited to reconnect with beloved shows that have shaped their childhoods for more than 70 years, including CBC/Radio-Canada classics like Anne of Green Gables, Bobino, Degrassi, La boîte à surprise, Mr. Dressup, PAW Patrol, Pépinot, The Friendly Giant, Takuginai and Watatatow, in a new exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History. 

US: Democracy is under attack – and reporting that isn’t ‘violating journalistic standards’ (Opinion)

The Guardian: Biden gave a rare primetime address on the most important challenge facing America – and the media coverage was just more he-said/she-said reaction.

US: Fatigue, traditionalism, and engagement: the news habits and attitudes of the Gen Z and Millennial generations

American Press Institute: A new in-depth survey of 16- to 40-year-olds shows that members of the Gen Z and Millennial generations are active consumers of news and information, with nearly a third of them willing to pay for it. But their relationship with the news is complex — their trust in the press is low, many are experiencing digital fatigue, and they are worried about misinformation in both traditional and social media. 

US: For leaders of small radio stations, the job is varied and so are the challenges (Paywall)

Current: Running a small station requires broad knowledge, a knack for learning and a willingness to be a public figure in the community.

US: US reporters wary of online, legal threats in the wake of the overturn of Roe v. Wade

CPJ: In May, editors at the pro-abortion rights news website Rewire took the extraordinary step of removing reporters’ biographies from the web site. The move was a safety precaution: After the leak of a draft of a majority Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn the constitutional right to abortion, reporters at Rewire grew concerned about a possible uptick in online harassment.

US: Podcast Reach Steady, But Jacobs Media Says Some Public Radio Fans Are ‘Cooling’ On Medium.

Inside Radio: Public radio stations continue to put more resources into podcasting than many of their commercial counterparts, seeing a natural leap to on-demand with the longform journalism they have become known for. 

Cheat sheet for media workers under threat

RSF: Over the past six months, Russia has adopted a series of draconian anti-press laws. In order to help threatened media professionals in Russia to choose a country of exile suitable for them and their needs, the JX Fund – European Fund for Journalism in Exile together with the Mass Media Defence Center from Voronezh has now launched the information platform Shpargalka | Exile.

FULL TEXT: Maria Ressa, Dmitry Muratov’s 10-point plan to address the information crisis

Rappler: ‘When facts become optional and trust disappears, we will no longer be able to hold power to account,’ say Nobel Peace Prize laureates Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov

How cash deals between big tech and Australian news outlets are inspiring new laws in other countries

EJO: Nations around the world are being inspired by Australia’s ground-breaking 2021 News Media Bargaining Code, which last year forced Google and Facebook to pay out an estimated $200 million AUSD.

How do you regulate the media in democracies?

LSE: The digital transformation of the media landscape has created new challenges and raised policy questions in the complex relationship between freedom of expression, media law, and self-regulation. Online election campaigning in particular has been at the forefront of concerns about the power of new platform companies and the challenges of regulating online spaces. Damian Tambini identified new legal concepts for constraining the power of platform companies, helping to protect media plurality and freedom of expression.

How to convert Millennial and Gen Z TikTok users into readers

Digital Content Next: With over 100M active users in the U.S. alone, 32% of TikTok’s global users are between the ages of 25-34. With such a large and diverse audience – not to mention the recent revelation that young people are even turning to TikTok as a search engine over Google – there is a unique opportunity for digital publishers to adapt their strategies on the platform to reach critical audiences at scale effectively.

How to make social media work for podcasts #RDA2022

Radioinfo Asia: Arielle Nissenblatt, Founder, EarBuds Podcast Collective, USA, spoke about how to best use social media to help more people find your audio: and get closer to your audience at Radiodays Asia 2022.

Newsrooms Inside Refugee Camps: Reporting by Migrants, for Migrants

Nieman Reports: As more people are displaced from their home countries, newsrooms inside of refugee camps are popping up to give voice to these marginalized communities.

The focus on misinformation leads to a profound misunderstanding of why people believe and act on bad information

LSE Blogs: Misinformation has been a prominent paradigm in the explanation of social, political, and more recently epidemiological phenomena since the middle of the last decade. However, Daniel Williams argues that a focus on misinformation is limiting when used to explain these phenomena. 

Vaccinating people against fake news

Nieman Lab: Researchers are trying to boost people’s immunity to fake news using online games and other strategies. Can these efforts protect the wider population against disinformation?

What are the essential skills for local reporters today?

Poynter: Q&A with Poynter faculty and local news expert, Kristen Hare, about our new reporting masterclass.

What should a ‘Modern Reporter’s Notebook’ include in the 21st century?

Reuters Institute: What would happen if journalists thought more comprehensively about how technology might aid their professional practice — especially around reporting — and worked to actively experiment and incorporate what works into their professional practice?

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