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BENIN: 6th mandate of the Union of Media Professionals of Benin: Why a woman must take control (French)

La Nation: Zakiath Latoundji, Acting President of the Union of Media Professionals of Benin (Upmb), seeks the votes of the electorate to be confirmed on the evening of the vote on Saturday, August 3. A female candidacy is a first in this position in the history of the Beninese press. The candidate has the necessary assets to give a new face to the media landscape of Benin.

BURUNDI: CPJ joins call for U.N. Human Rights Council to extend mandate of Burundi Commission of Inquiry

CJP: The country has become particularly hostile for journalists, as authorities use intimidation tactics to muzzle the press, according to CPJ research. At least one journalist, Jean Bigirimana, has been missing since 2016. The government has indefinitely suspended the U.S.-Congress funded Voice of America and revoked the operating license of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), CPJ has documented. 

CONGO: Media: Olpa welcomes the resumption of RTVS1 transmissions (French

ADIAC: The organization promoting and defending the freedom of the press urges the Congolese authorities to respect the provisions that guarantee the freedom of the press and to encourage its exercise throughout the country.

GHANA: Ghana’s Government Says It Has Not Approved Sale Of GBC Channels To Private Buyers

Broadcast Media Africa: Ghana’s Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah recently stated that the country’s government had not advised the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) to sell any of its channels to private investors.

IVORY COAST & BURKINA FASO: TAC 2019: Ivorian And Burkinabe Public Media Pool Their Forces (French)

Afriyalba: On the occasion of the summit of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation (TAC) between the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, the two countries have signed an agreement and professional cooperation between the media, respectively in the audio-visual and print media. 

KENYA: Kenyan court rejects ‘repressive’ content laws

East Africa Monitor: A Kenyan judge has declared a section of communications laws that ban the sharing “obscene material” online as unconstitutional.

KENYA: There can never be press freedom if journalists are constantly under attack (Commentary)

Standard: The continued attack, dismissal and labelling of the media as ‘fake news’ by politicians whenever a story they don’t like is reported should worry now more than ever.

NIGERIA: Top Broadcasting Executive Says Social Media Can Make Broadcasters Lazy

Broadcast Africa Media: One of Nigeria’s key broadcasting executives, Yemi Sonde says that some of the country’s broadcasters have become lazy because of the presence of social media and are no longer making efforts to develop their creative abilities.

TANZANIA: Tanzania charges journalist for sedition under its cybercrime laws

Rappler: Charges against Erick Kabendera over his citizenship are dropped and replaced with cybercrime offenses, which press freedom advocates say are wielded by President Magufuli to silence critics

TANZANIA: Tanzania: turmoil after arrest of investigative journalist (French)

La Libre Afrique: Tanzanian police said Tuesday they had arrested an investigative journalist at his home in Dar es Salaam the day before, on the grounds that he would fraudulently hold Tanzanian citizenship, rejecting reports that he had been kidnapped. A well-known independent journalist, 39-year-old Erick Kabendera works for national and foreign media, including Kenya-based ‘The East African’. 

SENEGAL: Adama Gaye’s detention “an attack on freedom of expression”

RFI Africa: Former journalist Adama Gaye was arrested in his home on Monday (July 29th) and is now indicted by the Senegalese court for “Offense to the President of the Republic and undermining the security of the State”, after having published texts on social networks, implicating the management of the gas and oil sector by President Macky Sall.

SOUTH AFRICA: Call for public to support SABC, as PSL blackout underlines broadcaster’s money woes

News24: The ailing public broadcaster needs everyone’s support in order to “strengthen” it, says Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu.

SOUTH AFRICA: Report on Commission of Inquiry (Report)

SABC: Report of Commission of Inquiry into Interference in the Decision-making in the Newsroom of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC pursuing charges against Motsoeneng

SABC News: The SABC board chairperson, Bongumusa Makathini, says they are still pursuing charges against the former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng for the money he illegally got from the public broadcaster.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC to take disciplinary action against those implicated in editorial interference report

News 24: The SABC released the findings of its year-long investigation into allegations of editorial interference on Monday. The findings implicate a number of high-ranking staff members and government officials and, as such, the SABC says it will take disciplinary action against those who have been implicated.

GENERAL: Fresh vigilance is needed to protect media freedom across Africa

The Conversation: One of the least enviable tasks of journalists in the US must be reporting on how the public trusts their work less and less. A 2018 study found that only about four in ten Americans had at least a “fair” amount of trust in the media. Also, in a June 2019 survey, a full third of respondents agreed with President Donald Trump that the news media are “the enemy of the people.”

GENERAL: New media is misrepresenting women in Africa: what feminists can do

The Conversation: When computer technology made electronic communication possible, the “new media” emerged: email, chat rooms, blogs, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and so much more. It looked, perhaps, like a fresh new public space in which to represent women in new ways. But it has turned out to be just like old, conventional media. It emphasises gender norms and portrays women as sex objects, morally deficient, and vulnerable.

CHINA: In a letter to Guangdong’s Chief Prosecutor, RSF demands release of three Chinese journalists

RSF: These journalists were serving the public interest by exposing life-threatening labour violations, and therefore they should never have been arrested,” said Christophe Deloire, Secretary-General of RSF, who insists that the Chinese Constitution “enshrines freedom of the press and safe working conditions.”

HONG KONG: Video journalist injured by tear gas canister at Hong Kong protest

CPJ: Hong Kong authorities should investigate reports that police fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets toward journalists and ensure that the media can cover protests without fear of injury or arrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

INDIA: After India Protests, UK Says Journalists’ Views Can’t Always Be Aligned With Govt’s

The Wire: S. Jaishankar had written to the UK and Canada protesting remarks made by The Caravan editor Vinod Jose at a conference on media freedom.

INDIA: Article 370: India strips disputed Kashmir of special status

BBC News: India’s government has revoked part of the constitution that gives Indian-administered Kashmir special status, prompting fears of unrest… The measure was accompanied by a telecoms and media blackout which began on Sunday evening.

INDIA: Radio continues to evolve in India, grew 7.5 pct in 2018

Financial Express: Radio in India continues to evolve; it grew 7.5% in 2018 to reach a size of Rs 31.3 billion.

INDONESIA: Arson attack targets journalist and press group

IFJ: Indonesian journalist Asnawi Luwi’s house was burned down, followed by an arson attack at the office of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) two days later in what is believed to be a related incident. 

MYANMAR: From conflict zones to courtrooms, Myanmar’s journalists are under fire

CPJ: Hopes for greater press freedom when Myanmar moved to quasi-democratic rule were quickly quashed with the jailing in 2017 of two Reuters reporters.

MALAYSIA: Journalist ‘hauled in’ for police questioning at Malaysia land protest

Asia Pacific Report: A journalist has been taken in for police questioning while documenting the land struggles of Temiar Orang Asli, an indigenous community in Kampung Sungai Papan, Malaysia, reports the Malay Mail.

PAKISTAN: Media Ownership Monitor: Pakistan a high-risk country in terms of media pluralism

RSF: A collaborative research study, the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) Pakistan has found Pakistan a “high-risk country” in terms of media pluralism. More than half of the mass media ownership is concentrated in only a few hands.

PHILIPPINES: Legal battle between president Duterte and Maria Ressa’s Rappler shows the Philippines ‘dark reality’ and sends some fact-checkers to therapy

Poynter: In the span of 14 months at least 11 complaints, investigations and court cases have been lodged by President Rodrigo Duterte’s government against Filipino media site Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa. 

PHILIPPINES: Majority of Filipinos think it’s dangerous to publish anything critical of Duterte admin

Rappler: A majority of Filipinos think it is risky to publicize criticism of the Duterte administration even if it is truthful, Social Weather Stations (SWS) President Mahar Mangahas said on August 3, Saturday.

SOUTH KOREA: KBS, MBC, SBS to cut down on TV series production

The Korea Times: Three major television broadcasts ― KBS, MBC, SBS ― are poised to stop airing primetime TV series for Mondays and Tuesday nights, due to fiscal deficits. 

AUSTRALIA: AFP say informing media of raids in advance would undermine investigations

The Guardian: The Australian federal police has pushed back against calls for greater safeguards on the issue of warrants that interfere with press freedom, arguing they would “fundamentally undermine” its investigations.

AUSTRALIA: Federal police warrant seeking to raid ABC headquarters ‘legally unreasonable’, court hears

ABC News: It was “legally unreasonable” for the Australian Federal Police to seek a warrant to raid the ABC and for a court registrar to issue it, a court has heard.

AUSTRALIA: ‘Happy to take their money’: Facebook teams with Aussie broadcasters

The Sydney Morning Herald: Facebook has signed its first major television content deals outside the US, with Australia’s biggest broadcasters agreeing to put new shows on the social media website amid growing regulatory pressure on the tech titan.

AUSTRALIA: Just one in 20 Australian news stories about drought mention climate change

The Guardian: Scientists say increasing temperatures worsen drought, but the link has rarely been made in the media in the past two years

AUSTRALIA: Media groups calls for reform to protect press freedom

Pacific Media Centre: The Australia’s Right To Know media industry lobbying group, which includes MEAA, has recommended a complete review of laws that inhibit press freedom.

AUSTRALIA: News and information habits are changing (Listen

ABC News: Where we get our news and information from is changing rapidly but it turns out age might not be the only factor influencing whether you reach for a newspaper or smartphone first thing in the morning.

AUSTRALIA: Secretive government agency linked to AFP raid on ABC, documents show

ABC: Newly released documents show that another government agency, as well as the Australian Federal Police, was involved in the investigation that led to the raid on the ABC in June.

NEW ZEALAND: NZ on Air funded programmes taxing your wallet and your eyeballs

RNZ: Over the coming year NZ on Air plans to spend $37.7 million on factual programmes and $46.4 on dramas and most of the resulting content will find its way to the on-demand services of the various broadcasters and media organisations receiving the grants.

NEW ZEALAND: Stripping back nude attitudes (Listen

RNZ: Back in the day, nudity on TV was rare and the isolated sightings were almost national events. There’s plenty of it available on-demand and on any device these days, but does it do us harm? The broadcasting watchdog’s been weighing that up.

NEW ZEALAND: Terror on TV news: Lessons from Australia

Newsroom: What can New Zealand learn from Australia’s broadcasting watchdog’s investigation into reporting on the Christchurch terror attacks? David Williams reports

REGIONAL: ABU Partners with the Pacific Community for Environmental Action

ABU: Apia, Samoa is currently a hive of activity in the ongoing awareness campaign on Climate Change. SPREP alongside other partners are hosting a series of discussions and presentations prior to their PMC conference next week.

REGIONAL: Technical language a challenge for Pacific broadcasters

RNZ: The Pacific Media Partnership Conference in Samoa has heard how technical and scientific terms can be challenging to translate into everyday language.

ALBANIA: Albania, the controversial media law

OBC: Concerns persist over the approval of the new package of amendments aimed at modifying two important laws on the Albanian media, the so-called “anti-defamation package”

AZERBAIJAN: Trolls and insults: Azerbaijan’s exiled media increasingly under fire

Index On Censorship: After the total capture of the media environment inside the country, the government of Ilham Aliyev has turned its attention to silencing critics in exile.

BELGIUM: Belgium’s Wallonia-Brussels Federation Redefines Radio Landscape

Radio World: CSA attributes first commercial DAB+ licenses to Belgian French-speaking broadcasters.

BULGARIA: Freedom of the media threatened by piracy investigation (French)

Le Frigaro: Media rights organizations on Friday attacked press freedom violations in Bulgaria after Sofia launched a legal case against a journalist living in France accused of being linked to massive piracy of tax data.

GERMANY: ARD und ZDF wollen sich für Fortsetzung stark machen (German)

Der Tagesspiegel: From the point of view of ARD and ZDF, Finals Berlin far exceeded expectations. However, a continuation does not necessarily have to take place in Berlin.

GERMANY: More repetitions!?! (German)

MDR360: There are new ideas for public Internet, and “some of the other” instead of “more of the same” is one of them. 

IRELAND: Govt announces major reforms to TV licence fee

RTÉ: The Government has agreed to replace the traditional TV licence fee with a new “device independent broadcasting charge”.`

ITALY: Italian Police analyze whether Salvini escorts limit press freedom (Spanish

La Vanguardia: The Italian Police analyze whether the escorts of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini have curtailed freedom of the press by trying to prevent the work of a journalist, amid the attacks of the ultra-rightist politician against informants

ITALY: Rai and Mediaset should team up to take on Netflix, says ex-Rai chief

Digital TV Europe: Italian public broadcaster Rai and commercial broadcaster Mediaset should team up to build a platform to take on the might of global tech giants such as Netflix, according to Antonio Campo Dall’Orto, the former director-general of Rai.

LATVIA: Public media problems could be solved by merging Latvian Radio and Latvian Television

The Balkan Times: There are and will be no quick solutions to the public media problems, but one of the solutions could be a merger of the public Latvian Radio and Latvian Television (LTV), said National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) chairwoman Dace Kezbere in an interview with Neatkariga daily today.

MONTENEGRO: OSCE Mission supports training of Montenegro’s public broadcaster RTCG

OSCE: To support Montenegro’s public service broadcaster RTCG in its ongoing process of enhancing its professionalism and digitalization, the OSCE Mission to Montenegro organized an in-house training for RTCG staff in Podgorica from 29 July to 2 August 2019 with Stephen Herrmann, the former editorial director of the BBC’s Monitoring service.

RUSSIA: Police raid Russian TV channel as it covers Moscow protest

RSF: The official grounds for the raid was to give Dozhd TV editor-in-chief Alexandra Perepelova a summons to appear before an official enquiry into the protests but it forced the TV channel to interrupt its coverage for several minutes. It was then the target of a cyber-attack.

RUSSIA & GERMANY: Russia accuses DW of inciting unrest

Deutsche Welle: Moscow issued the statement after DW condemned the arrest of correspondent Sergey Dik. The allegations come amidst a violent crackdown on opposition rallies.

SPAIN: RTVE will launch the 21st Century Information Services Plan, which plans to unify resources and a new headquarters with cutting-edge technology (Spanish)

RTVE: RTVE management works on a project that aims to boost information services in a decisive way, providing them with technological, structural and management tools that allow them to compete at the highest level. The Corporation seeks to maximize its technical and human resources, avoid the current dispersion and consolidate a sustainable and modern company.

SPAIN: RTVE will leave Torrespaña and transfer its news to Prado del Rey (Spanish)

El País: The group wants to unify its resources and improve technology from 2021. 

SPAIN: Torra spends 4 million to subsidize newspapers in Catalan (Spanish

OK Diario: The Government of Catalonia governed by Quim Torra  has published a call for aid to finance paper newspapers that publish their content in Catalan. The provision provided for this is 4,094,000 euros.

SPAIN: UPR submission on threats to freedom of expression

ECPMF: The ECPMF and Article 19  have made a UPR Submission on the situation of freedom of expression in Spain for the 35th Session of the Working Group in January 2020.

SWITZERLAND: David Truttmann becomes first Editor-in-Chief of Romanche FMR (French)

Swiss Info: David Truttmann has been appointed editor-in-chief of the FMR agency which brings together public and private Romance media. Originally from Müstair (GR), he is currently working for Romansh radio and television RTR.

UK: Alexa tempts radio listeners to leave BBC for commercial stations

The Guardian: Loyalty to a ‘favourite’ station fades as smart speakers lead listeners to new digital outlets. 

UK: BBC iPlayer gets Ofcom green light to make shows available for a year

BBC: The BBC’s iPlayer now has permission to routinely keep shows available for a year rather than just 30 days, after Ofcom said it could expand its service.

ARGENTINA: Hernán Lombardi: “It is not good to beat people for what they think” (Spanish – Opinion

El intransigente: The head of the Federal System of Media and Public Contents, Hernán Lombardi, considered that in Argentina there is a “climate of broad freedom” and ruled out that there is a “media shield” of the main media for President Mauricio Macri .

BRAZIL: Facebook Project calls together ten outlets from five Brazilian regions to foster local journalism and reach ‘news deserts’

Knights Centre: A program from the Facebook Journalism Project that has passed through the United States, Germany, Canada and Australia arrived in Brazil on July 29 to strengthen local journalism in five regions of the country.

BRAZIL: OFFICIAL NOTE – FENAJ sympathizes with OAB president and demands redress from President (Spanish

FENAJ: The National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ) sympathizes with the President of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), Felipe Santa Cruz, cowardly assaulted by the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro.

COLUMBIA: FEPALC: Gag to journalist Claudia Julieta Duque is an affront to freedom of expression (Spanish

FENAJ: The Federation of Journalists of Latin America and the Caribbean (FEPALC) denounces the decision of the Second Specialized Criminal Judge of Bogotá, Colombia, who prohibited the journalist Claudia Julieta Duque Orrego from issuing expressions and opinions on former officials of the Administrative Department of Security (DAS ) accused of torturing her.

EL SALVADOR: The Challenge of journalism: Unmasking “fake news” (Spanish – Opinion)

El Salvador: The recent celebration of Salvadoran Journalist’s Day was an opportunity to reflect on the importance of freedom of expression and press in the country which prompted a call for more responsibility and truth. 

JAMAICA: Jamaica a better place thanks to Mr. Ken Chaplin (Editorial)

Jamaica Observer: Mr Ken Chaplin, who died last week at age 89, spearhead the establishment of the National News Agency, JAMPRESS, replacing the Editorial Department of the JIS. He also served as press secretary to four prime ministers across Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People’s National Party (PNP) administrations, spanning three decades.

MEXICO: After attack on its offices, newspaper in Mexico stops print edition and refrains from covering police beat online

Knights Centre: A newspaper in the northern state of Chihuahua in Mexico has temporarily stopped its print edition after an attack on its facilities. El Monitor de Parral made the announcement via an editorial published on July 31 after it said its facilities and personnel “were victim of an aggression” at dawn earlier that day.

MEXICO: Another Mexican journalist murdered, eighth this year

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Mexico’s federal and local authorities to shed all possible light on the murder of Rogelio Barragán Pérez, a journalist whose body was found yesterday in the central state of Morelos. He was the eighth journalist to be murdered this year in Mexico.

MEXICO: ‘Journalism is the only source of truth’ (Opinion)

Deutsche Welle: In Mexico, criminals do not fear the authorities, but journalists. That’s why journalists are the target of attacks, with eight dying so far this year. Protecting them is an international duty, says Anabel Hernandez

MEXICO: The war on drugs in Mexico is also a war on journalists 

Counter Punch: In this interview, Marcela Turati, internationally respected investigative journalist discusses how the drug war fueled attacks on journalists in Mexico, the role of the U.S., and how journalists are responding to threats on their lives.

MEXICO: Threatened journalist killed in Veracruz, Mexico is the third reporter killed in country this week

Knights Centre: In a deadly week for the Mexican press, a third journalist has been killed in the country. Jorge Celestino Ruiz Vázquez was shot around 9 p.m. in the town of Actopan in the state of Veracruz on Aug. 2, according to organization Periodistas Desplazados y Riesgo México.

NICARAGUA:  A crackdown in four parts 

CPJ: After the protests last year, CPJ documented attacks, arrests, and even surveillance of journalists. In its monitoring of the unrest in Nicaragua, CPJ identified four key stages between the start of protests in April 2018 and the end of the year. 

PERU: Peruvian journalist says she is being harassed in the courts following reporting on religious community

Knights Centre: Peruvian investigative journalist Paola Ugaz is the target of a second lawsuit, this time for allegedly making false statements as a witness during the defamation trial against her colleague Pedro Salinas.

PUERTO RICO: The Cascade of major news in Puerto Rico 

Columbia Journalism Review: Jon Allsop investigates the reasons why Puerto Rican news is not consistently covered by their continental American counterparts. 

URUGUAY: ANEP will disseminate content on education in public media and central schedules (Spanish

La Red 21: This Thursday, August 1, an agreement was signed between the National Audiovisual Communication Service (SECAN) and the National Public Education Administration (ANEP) for the dissemination, through public media, of contents produced by the area of Communication of the teaching agency.

TRINIDAD: MATT welcomes re-laying of charges against A&V CEO, son-in-law

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday: The Media Association (MATT) has praised the re-laying of charges in the matter of assault against Guardian photographer Kristian De Silva.

REGIONAL: Latin American photography: When images scream (Spanish

El Pais: The city serves as a stage for the development of a renovating and complicit art in the fight against authoritarian regimes

REGIONAL: Report highlights press freedom issues in Latin America

IJN: Press freedoms around the world are under attack, and the situation in Latin America is no different. As journalists carry out their reporting, especially on issues like corruption, and abuses of power and resources, they are often subjected to threats to their safety and well-being, by both state and non-state actors.

ISRAEL: UN Calls on Israel Not to Deport Palestinian Photojournalist

Al Bawaba: Two U.N. human rights experts have called on Israel to halt its efforts to deport Palestinian photojournalist Mustafa al-Nadir Iyad al-Kharouf and to regularize his status in occupied Jerusalem. 

PALESTINE: 21 Palestinian media outlets adopted a code of conduct to counter hate speech

MADA: 21 Palestinian media outlets approved a code of conduct document to counter hate speech in the Palestinian media as part of the project, which was implemented by the Palestinian center for development and media freedoms – MADA with the support of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and UNESCO.

SAUDI ARABIA: Facebook bans ‘Saudi Arabia-linked propaganda accounts’

BBC: Facebook says it has discovered that people linked to the Saudi authorities have been using its platforms to spread propaganda through fake accounts.

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi at the centre of Facebook misinformation scandal   

Middle East Monitor: Saudi Arabia is at the centre of a new scandal involving the use of Facebook to spread misinformation through fake campaigns promoted on the pages of the social media giant. 

TURKEY: Clampdown on Free Speech Continues in Erdogan’s Turkey, Popular Artists Targeted

The Wire: Many critics see the increase in investigations in the media and art world as an attempt by the government to intimidate dissenters.

TURKEY: Journalists fear broad new law will stifle online news media in Turkey

Al-Monitor: The operating space for critical journalism in Turkey continues to steadily shrink. As pro-state entities took over most mainstream outlets and government decrees shuttered dozens of opposition media organizations, Turkish journalists have increasingly moved toward online platforms to continue their work.

TURKEY: Leading coalition of free expression organisations highlight unprecedented crackdown on freedom of expression in report to UN

RSF: More than three years since Turkey’s 2016 failed coup and one year after its state of emergency was lifted, the government continues its relentless and pervasive crackdown on civic space, media freedom and dissenting voices.

CANADA: And the Winner Is: Listen to some of CBC Radio’s best stories from coast to coast (Listen)

CBC Radio: CBC Radio’s And the Winner Is showcases award-winning stories from CBC producers across the country.

CANADA: Canadian Association of Journalists condemns actions against female reporters

CAJ via CISION: The CAJ strongly condemns the actions of the officials who became physically aggressive with APTN reporters in recent weeks. 

CANADA: English election debate hosted by new media group set for week of Oct. 7

CBC: A new partnership of news organizations will produce two federal election debates in the second week of October that will be free to broadcast, according to the Leaders’ Debates Commission.

US: American Public Media appoints new head of podcast division

Biz Journals: American Public Media announced a new head of the podcast division on Monday. Liliana Kim will become managing director of APM podcasts on August 19. Kim will replace Steve Nelson, who is moving to National Public Radio.

US: At a time when local information is needed, FCC vote endangers public-access stations (Paywall)

Current: The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines Thursday to change long-standing guidelines related to cable franchising fees. The modifications detrimentally affect one of educational media’s great unsung heroes, Public, Educational and Government access television and radio stations nationwide.

US: Data visualization tool helps analyze climate change’s effects on coastal properties

IJN: The impact of flooding on major cities and more expensive real estate markets has largely dominated coverage of the issue. This reporting, however, doesn’t capture the breadth of the flooding’s toll on people’s homes and livelihoods. 

US: Knight Foundation invests $1.2 million to diversify newsrooms

Poynter: The Knight Foundation announced today that it’s donating $1.2 million to try to make America’s newsrooms more diverse.

US: Major Broadcasters Sue TV Streaming Nonprofit Locast

Variety: The four major broadcast networks have filed a lawsuit against Locast, a New York-based nonprofit that streams local broadcast programming over the internet.

US: Public media is failing in its mission to inform and educate citizens — and here’s what you can do about it (Opinion – Paywall)


US: The First Amendment: what it really means for free speech and why Donald Trump is trampling on it (Opinion)

The Conversation: US president Donald Trump is engaged in a deliberate and insidious campaign to undermine freedom of expression in the US – essentially declaring war on the First Amendment.

Audiences are (finally) paying more attention to climate stories

CJR: In response to a request from CJR, Hang analyzed climate-related articles in roughly 1,300 media websites worldwide between January 2017 and June 2019. Looking at the first quarter of each year, she found that the number of “engaged minutes” site visitors spent with climate stories in the first quarter of 2019 had almost doubled from the time spent in previous years.

Don’t be the one spreading false news about mass shootings. Here are some tips from fact-checkers (Resource)

Poynter: Mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend have led not only to the death of 29 in the United States, but also to a hideous amount of disinformation online.

Greta Thunberg hits back at Andrew Bolt for ‘deeply disturbing’ column

The Guardian: Campaigner calls out ‘hate and conspiracy campaigns’ after Australian’s attack. 

How the media contributed to the migrant crisis

The Guardian: When did you notice the word “migrant” start to take precedence over the many other terms applied to people on the move? While debate raged over whether people crossing the Mediterranean via unofficial routes should be regarded as deserving candidates for European sympathy and protection, it seemed as if that word came to crowd out all others.

Media Ethics In Professional Journalism: Human Rights, Terrorism And War Reporting (Essay

Eurasia Review: Reliable war reporting considers truthful and objective reporting about suffering and tribulation of the civilian population because war propaganda can manipulate the public opinion with the pictures of that kind.

“Praise Freedom” is the new Press Freedom (Opinion)

ANN: Press freedom was a fundamental pillar of modern civilisation. Nearly all countries, save the communist bloc and the dictatorial regimes, ensured special protection for the media in their constitutions.

Television Broadcasting Services Market Analysis and Forecast 2018-2025 with Top Players

Rise Media: The Global Television Broadcasting Services Market is expected to reach USD 753.1 billion by 2025 from USD 407.7 billion in 2017 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.1% in the forecast period of 2018 to 2025.

Television’s days may be numbered as viewing habits change (Listen)

RNZ: Television’s days may be numbered as the catchall word for catching up on the latest in news, entertainment and sport in the home.

The Internet’s Impact on International Radio

Radio World: Many broadcasters saved money by moving from high-power shortwave transmissions to the web. But at what cost?

The scary trend of internet shutdowns

Poynter: In July of 2016, the young militant commander Burhan Wani was shot dead by government forces in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Twitter and the rest of social media are a rising threat to media freedom — and I am part of their roadkill 

Daily Maverick: The internet and the powerful social media platforms now host among the worst forms of violence against journalists and are a rising threat to media freedom. Women journalists come in for particular targeting in a trend now called cyber-misogyny. Naming it makes it no less painful, as I have found.

What does a solutions-focused newscast on public TV look like? PBS39 has been at it for nearly a year 

Nieman Lab: After landing $82 million through the extremely fortuitous spectrum auction, Yoni Greenbaum had quite a recipe as chief content officer. PBS39, serving the greater Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania, was going to do the opposite of what some other local TV news outlets do.

What kind of climate change coverage do you read in the news? It depends on whether you live in a rich country or a poor one

Nieman Lab: News organizations in wealthy countries cover climate change very differently from news organizations in poorer countries, according to a new report — and this hasn’t changed much over time, though a more detailed look at how news organizations worldwide are reporting on the issue shows some small signs of progress.

Why investigative reporting in the digital age is waving, not drowning

The Conversation: You don’t need to look far to find doom and gloom stories about traditional media in the digital age. Yet linking media hardship to a view that investigative journalism is dying is a misconception.

Why Public Media Matters: Report from the Global Conference for Media Freedom (Blog)

PEC: In this blog, we report from the session on ‘Why Public Media Matters’, run by the Public Media Alliance (PMA), an international association for public broadcasters. This session gave a flavour of some of the discussions taking place within and about publicly funded media across the globe. 

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