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ANGOLA: IPI welcomes acquittal of Angolan journalists

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) today a welcomed a court decision in Angola acquitting journalists Rafael Marques de Morais and Mariano Brás Lourenço on charges of insulting the country’s former attorney general.

EGYPT: Lebanese tourist sentenced to 8 years in prison for Facebook post against Egypt

Middle East Monitor: A Lebanese tourist who was arrested last month for posting a video on Facebook complaining of sexual harassment and conditions in Egypt was sentenced to eight years in prison by a Cairo court on Saturday, her lawyer told Reuters.

GUINEA: Guinean website editor held illegally for defamation

RSF:The founder and editor of Nouvellesdeguinee.com, Diallo was arrested by the judicial police directorate on 19 June as a result of a defamation complaint by justice minister Cheick Sako over an article accusing Sako of taking bribes and obtaining an apartment in Spain in return for the award of the contract to build a new prison.

KENYA: State broadcaster on spot over financial misappropriation

Standard Digital: Kenya’s national broadcaster is sinking into a financial crisis, a Senate committee was told. A loss of close to Sh7 billion has seen the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) unable to remit statutory charges to relevant authorities.

LIBERIA: Parliament Approves Bill to Decriminalise Libel

MFWA: The lower chamber of the House of Representatives (Parliament) in Liberia has unanimously approved a bill to decriminalise libel. The majority (40 lawmakers) also voted to maintain ‘the Kamara Abdullah Kamara Act of Press Freedom’ as the official name of the law when passed.

MAURITANIA: Critical Media Denied Accreditation to Cover AU Summit

MFWA: In what is perceived as a continuation of government’s hostility against the most critical media organisations, the Mauritanian authorities refused to give accreditation to the country’s leading private media houses to cover the African Union (AU) Summit hosted by the country on July 1-2, 2018.

NIGERIA: Poorly Treated Workers Shut Down Radio Nigeria

Premium Times (via All Africa): Workers on Monday shut down the Kaduna station of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) over alleged poor welfare and working condition.

RWANDA: Rwanda, China media commit to deepen ties

The New Times: Media managers from Rwanda and China have agreed to deepen relations in the interest of telling true and factual stories about both countries.

SOMALIA: IFJ applauds historic European Parliament resolution condemning grave human rights violations

IFJ:The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has applauded the adoption today of a European Parliament resolution calling on the Somali government to end its persecution of journalists and trade unions, in particular the IFJ-affiliate in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), the country’s journalists’ union and its leader.

SOMALIA: IFJ calls for release of jailed journalist

IFJ: The IFJ, backed by its affiliate NUSOJ, calls for the authorities in Somaliland to stop the persecution of independent journalists following the arrest of TV reporter in Borame (Somaliland), on Tuesday, 3 July.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC drama actors march after non-payment

Channel24: Actors and TV crew of embattled isiZulu TV drama, Uselwa, marched to SABC headquarters in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, to deliver a memorandum of demand after they were left “stranded” in Eshowe, Shakaland, where the series was being shot.

UGANDA: MPs want House recalled over Social Media, Mobile Money taxes

The Daily Monitor: A section of lawmakers opposed to new taxes want Parliament recalled to debate the public outcry against new taxes. The House is currently on recess.

UGANDA: Museveni weighs in on social media tax, lowers mobile money levy

The East African: Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said he has lowered taxes on mobile money transactions from 1 per cent to 0.5 per cent, following a public outcry over the new excise duties…For social media though, Mr Museveni insists all the moral reasons are in favour of that tax.

UGANDA: Ugandans say #NoToSocialMediaTax because it exploits women, youth and the poor

Global Voices: With Uganda’s average GDP per capita at USD $604.00, daily use of social media or messaging apps could eat up three percent of the average Ugandan’s annual earnings. The fight to resist the social media tax took a legal twist on July 2 when concerned citizens approached the courts, claiming that the tax violates Uganda’s constitution.

ZAMBIA: Zambia is the latest African state trying to muzzle social media with arbitrary laws

Quartz: Social media should have brought more freedom of speech to Africans, but governments seem bent on gagging online expression.

ZIMBABWE: ‘Govt committed to media reforms’

NewsDay: Acting Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday said government was committed to implementing the long-awaited media reforms to guarantee freedom of expression for all citizens and enable journalists to freely discharge their duties.

GENERAL: BBC experiments with new virtual studio to better explain the news to young people across Africa

Journalism.co.uk: BBC World Service has launched a new television programme for young people in Africa, aiming to give 11-16 year olds a chance to tell their own stories and find out more about the world’s issues.

GENERAL: Weekly digital security round-up: surveillance on journalists and social media taxes


REGIONAL: Leaders of Journalists in Eastern and Central Africa avow synchronised action for safety of journalists

IFJ: Leaders and representatives of journalists’ unions in Eastern and Central Regions convened in Kigali, Rwanda, on 5-6 July 2018, for a Regional Workshop on Press Freedom and Safety of Journalists to review the persistent press freedom and safety of journalists’ challenges in both regions.

CAMBODIA: Cambodia ‘fake news’ crackdown prompts fears over press freedom

The Guardian: Cambodia’s media has under come increasing pressure after the closure of one independent newspaper and sale of another.

CHINA: On WeChat, rogue fact-checkers are tackling the app’s fake news problem

Poynter: Roughly translated as “No Melon” — a play on Chinese web slang about how much users care about certain posts — the fact-checking project started up immediately following the 2016 U.S. presidential election and lives on WeChat (The platform didn’t allow external links until recently). Xu said she was inspired to create the channel with some of her friends after watching a barrage of political misinformation get shared among Chinese-Americans on WeChat.

INDIA: India tells WhatsApp to stop the deadly rumor mill, somehow

CJR: A wave of mob violence continues to roll across India, beatings and killings that appear to be related to conspiracy theories circulating on WhatsApp.

INDIA: Media watchdog warns India over spike in journos’ killings in first Incident Report

DevDiscourse: The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said it had come out with a report exclusively on India in view of the “increase in breaches of press freedom” in India in the past six months.

INDONESIA: Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

The Conversation

JAPAN: Japanese journalist, hostage for past three years, seen in video

RSF: A Japanese TV channel, Nippon News Network, today broadcast a video dated 17 October 2017 showing Jumpei Yasuda, a Japanese journalist who has been the prisoner of a Syrian armed group for more than three years.

MALAYSIA: Attacks on journalists are rising, but are media owners providing enough safety training?

The Star: In recent years, attacks against the media have increased – not only regionally but also in countries that pride themselves on free speech and free press.

MYANMAR: Myanmar court presses secrets act charges against Reuters reporters

Reuters: A court in Myanmar on Monday charged two jailed Reuters journalists with obtaining secret state documents, moving the landmark press freedom case into its trial stage after six months of preliminary hearings.

PAKISTAN: Black flags fly atop press clubs as freedom drive launched

Dawn: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) on Thursday launched a countrywide campaign for press freedom and a drive against restrictions being faced by various media houses, particularly Dawn.

PAKISTAN: The assault on Pakistan media ahead of vote

BBC News: A massive bout of censorship of TV channels, newspapers and social media is setting the stage for parliamentary elections on 25 July.

PAKISTAN: CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Pakistan’s election

CPJ: Pakistan’s general elections are scheduled for July 25. Journalists covering the election may face intimidation or physical aggression, especially when covering political rallies and protests, and the possibility of terrorist attacks. In May, the Pakistan-based media watchdog Freedom Network documented 23 violations against the media. Journalists are also at risk of abduction or increased online abuse and trolling.

PHILIPPINES: Mission Journal: Duterte leads tri-pronged attack on press amid condemnation of controversial policies

CPJ: Ranada and Rappler are prime targets of Duterte’s media intimidation tactics, a campaign of harassment to undermine the credibility of critical independent reporters and public confidence in the press.

PHILIPPINES: Radio journalist gunned down in Philippines

Asia Radio Today: Julius Barellano, a correspondent of a radio station in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Philippines, died after being shot by unknown assailants earlier last week.

SRI LANKA: Sri Lankan lawmakers intimidating journalists over NYT article

IFJ: Following an investigation by the New York Times over Chinese ownership of a Sri Lanka port, Sri Lankan lawmakers have taken aim at two local NYT journalists with a campaign to discredit them and attack their families.

THAILAND: Thai mission chief slams ‘unethical media practices’ for hampering rescue operations

Asia One: Unethical reporting has been cited for hampering the rescue operation to save 13 trapped footballers from a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, as some reporters broke the law and the rights of their news sources to get the latest stories.

UZBEKISTAN: Censorship in Uzbekistan: The more things change, the more they stay the same?

Global Voices: It’s all change in Uzbekistan, or so we are told. Since the 2016 death of the country’s ruler of nearly three decades, Islam Karimov, the ex-Soviet republic of 33 million people has opened its door a crack and pulled up the blinds.

GENERAL: ABU Radio Asia 2018 conference in Kazakhstan this week

Asia Radio Today: This week, three of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s (ABU) three key initiatives – RadioAsia 2018 Conference, the Europe-Asia Media 2020 dialogue and the Radio Song Festival celebrating the diversity of the Union’s membership

GENERAL: Alarm bells over fake news clampdowns

RNZ: Several states now have laws targeting fake news and more are thinking about it. But are governments responsible for pushing back against deliberate disinformation online? Should the news media or social media play a bigger role – or none of the above? Mediawatch reports from Singapore where the government is debating whether to outlaw fake news.

REGIONAL: Pressing refresh: Meet the women owning the internet

Index on Censorship: Being an Afghan or Pakistani woman online attracts prejudice, even danger. But for many, technology is freedom from the past

AUSTRALIA: Fairfax Media accuses ABC of threatening the sustainability of commercial news journalism

Mumbrella: The ABC is a threat to the survival of commercial news journalism, limits advertising revenue and affects commercial news subscriptions, Fairfax Media has argued.

AUSTRALIA: Press Gallery threatens boycott of Turnbull’s trip to Nauru if ABC ban isn’t overturned

ABC: Canberra’s political journalists are threatening a boycott of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s upcoming trip to Nauru, unless the local government overturns a ban on ABC staff attending.

AUSTRALIA: Think of the children: Fighting words from kids TV creators as inquiry heats up

The Sydney Morning Herald: Representatives from the children’s television industry have come out fighting as network bosses plead for their content quotas to be relaxed.

NEW ZEALAND: New role helping grow Te Māngai Pāho media strategy

RNZ: Te Māngai Pāho has appointed a new head of content to help drive its Māori media strategy and aim for better and more engaging te reo Māori content.

NEW ZEALAND: Spotlight on UK, NZ and Australian media (Listen)

RNZ: Media commentator Gavin Ellis looks at a rift within Australian media over a boycott of the Pacific Islands Forum, a profit increase for the Independent in London, and the NZ Media Council upholds a complaint against Stuff.

NAURU: Nauru’s ABC ban will leave Islanders in the dark: Palau media

RNZ: The Palau Media Council says Nauru’s ban on a public broadcaster attending this year’s Pacific Forum will impede the flow of vital information to the region.

NAURU: Public broadcasters group says Nauru ban unacceptable

RNZ: The largest global grouping of public broadcasters (Public Media Alliance) says Nauru’s ban on Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalists attending the Pacific Islands Forum summit is completely unacceptable.

AUSTRIA: Austrian state broadcaster gags political tweets by its journalists

RSF: Leaked last week, the internal directive not only forbids ORF journalists from expressing their political views on social networks but also from retweeting or “liking” the views of other people.

BELARUS: Belarusian journalist to go on trial

CPJ: Halko has denied the allegations against him and said Belarusian authorities have brought the charges because of his past critical reporting about them, according to the same family and friends. If convicted, Halko faces up to six years in jail, according to the English-language Kyiv Post daily.

BELGIUM: VRT channels join Antenne TV DTT platform

Broadband TV News: The three Dutch language channels from Belgian public broadcaster VRT will become part of the Antenne TV DTT platform.

FRANCE: Cartoon Italia Speaks Out on France 4 TV Channel Shut Down

AWN: Italian association of animation producers issues appeal of solidarity with French animation industry against planned kids channel closing.

FRANCE: Méta-Media provides a French-language source on media innovation

IJNET: Méta-Media, a project of France Télévisions (FranceTV), France’s public broadcast media, is dedicated to reporting on the latest media and technology trends in French

FRANCE: The Public Media Workshop: call for projects of public media companies on digital scripts (French)

Radio France: Public media organisations are launching L’Atelier de l’Audiovisuel Publique, a joint call for projects focused on digital writing with the theme: “My life on social networks”.

FRANCE: French viewers still value digital-terrestrial, says TDF

Digital TV Europe: Almost seven in 10 French people – 68% – of the population use digital-terrestrial TV, either direct to a TV or via a DTT set-top box, according to statistics compiled by IFOP for transmission services provider TDF.

GERMANY: “The Hetzer do not know me” (German)

Die Zeit Online: Claudia Neumann comments as the first woman for the public service television games at the World Cup – and is fiercely hostile. Where does the anger of the fans come from, and how can she withstand the insults?

ICELAND: Once a Free Press Paradise, Iceland Hits Back Against Investigative Journalism

GIJN: Injunctions, lawsuits, intimidation and pressure to reveal anonymous sources are all well-known tactics to stop journalists around the world from doing their work. Iceland? Not so much. But that’s exactly what has been happening recently to fellow muckrakers at two media outlets there.

IRELAND: How Digital Threats to Democracy were Tackled During Ireland’s Abortion Referendum (Opinion)

LSE  Media and Communications: TRI is a volunteer-led, civic initiative which set out to bring online ads into the public domain so that they are open and subject to scrutiny. In the aftermath of Brexit and the US Presidential Election, questions are being asked retrospectively about digital threats to democracy and the impact of online advertising.

ITALY: Italian Wikipedia shuts down in protest of proposed EU copyright law

DW: Wikipedia Italia has said that the bill puts “freedom of internet at risk.” Newspaper publishers have argued that the law is necessary to protect the future of journalism.

PORTUGAL: ANACOM forces Meo to reduce charges for digital-terrestrial transmission

Digital TV Europe: ANACOM has determined that Meo must reduce the price it charges for transmission of the DTT channels operated by Public broadcaster RTP and commercial broadcasters TVI and SIC by 15.16% per Mbps.

POLAND: Grants for Polish periodicals raise fears of political bias

IPI: Respected liberal-leaning publications denied Culture Ministry funding.

RUSSIA: Russia might have digital radio in a couple of years

Asia Radio Today: Digital radio broadcasting in Russia may begin in the next two to four years, according to a Radio 1 correspondent who spoke to the vice-president of the Russian Academy of Radio, Yuri Kostin.

RUSSIA: Policy of discrimination of media as “foreign agents” should stop, says OSCE Representative following legal amendments in Russia

OSCE: The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir today raised his concern about the draft law amending the “Statute on the Mass Media” in the Russian Federation. If adopted in its current state, the law would extend the status of “foreign agent” not only to media but to individual journalists and other authors.

SERBIA: Journalism in Serbia? “Funny as an autopsy” (Interview)

OBC: The worrying state of the Serbian media in an interview with Slaviša Lekić, president of the Association of Independent Journalists of Serbia (NUNS)

SERBIA: Research: A Third of Media Content in Serbia on EU, USA and Russia – Without a Source

SEENPM: A regional analysis of media reporting on international actors (EU, USA, and Russia), covering Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, conducted by the Belgrade organization CRTA between 14 May and 10 June 2018, showed that more than a third of media content in Serbia on the international actors has no stated sources, which is a basis for potential disinformation.

SPAIN: Journalists’ organisations ask the government for independent public media (Spanish)

La Vanguardia: The Forum of Journalist Organizations (FOP) has sent to the Government petitions in defense of the constitutional right to citizens’ information, such as the need for RTVE and other public radio and television stations, as well as the Efe Agency, to be independent “of the government of the day”.

SPAIN: The Courts launch the contest to elect the new RTVE leadership (Spanish)

El Diario: Congress and Senate have given the green light to the resolution that sets in motion the new procedure through public tender to elect the members of the Board of Directors of RTVE, including its president, which could be concluded by the end of the summer.

SPAIN: PSOE and Podemos contemplate extending the “interim” state of RTVE until the elections of 2019 (Spanish)

El Mundo: This circumstance clashes with the message expressed by the Government, which has justified the decree – a political instrument only authorized for cases of urgency – that included a temporary board of administration, which would be dismissed once the public tender approved by the Congress was established.

SPAIN: The ‘#ViernesNegro’ returns to TVE to reaffirm the independence of the protests and demand a public contest and consensus (Spanish)

InfoLibre: “Political groups have put the eagerness of control of RTVE over the respect demanded by a public service destined to inform, train and entertain Spaniards”, denounces #MujeresRTVE.

UK: BBC reduces gender pay gap to 8.4%

The Guardian: Broadcaster’s mean gap falls by a fifth in a year, partly due to restructuring.

UK: BBC targets teen demographic with ‘rites of passage’ content

Broadband TV News: The BBC is to produce dedicated shows for the 13-15 age group in a bid to wean the demographic off Netflix. The slate of content for the age group has been designed to offer an insight into teenage lives while giving them a platform to express their thoughts on sex education, relationships.

UK: MPs: Changing behaviour ‘significant risk’ to BBC commercial performance

Advanced Television: A report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the UK House of Commons on the BBC’s commercial activities has concluded that the BBC must strike a balance between serving UK audiences and seeking to grow revenue in a challenging global market.

UK: UK Counter-Terrorism Bill threatens press freedom and the protection of journalistic sources

RSF: The bill, which was tabled in the House of Commons on 6 June 2018 and is currently being scrutinised by the Public Bill Committee, contains a number of provisions that have worrying implications for press freedom and the protection of journalistic sources.

UKRAINE: Draft bill to allow blocking of Internet sites without a court order

EFJ: According to the bill, Internet sites, can be blocked temporarily if they “threaten national security” or “have an impact on decision-making, or the action or inaction, of national or local government bodies, officials of these bodies, associations of citizens, or legal entities”.

GENERAL: Journalists and press publishers agree on new wording on publishers’ right

IFJ: Journalists and press publishers have agreed on a new wording for Recital 35 of the directive to ensure a clear share of the benefits deriving from the publishers’ right to journalists which should be additional to any remuneration due for the exploitation of journalists’ authors’ rights.

GENERAL: ‘Murders of journalists cannot be tolerated in the EU’ – Justice Commissioner

ECPMF: The Justice Commissioner of the European Union is offering support to police investigating the murders of journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak. Commissioner Vera Jourová has been to Slovakia and Malta to pay respects to the investigative journalists who were killed for doing their jobs, and to bring the full weight of the European Commission to bear on the authorities responsible.

ARGENTINA: Argentina protests the dismissal of 354 workers of the state news agency (Spanish)

El Pais: Macri’s government dismisses 40% of Telam’s workforce

BRAZIL: Inter-American Court condemns Brazil in 1975 murder of journalist killed during military dictatorship

Knight Center: The Inter-American Court of Human Rights condemned Brazil for its negligence in investigating, prosecuting, and punishing those guilty of torture and murder of journalist Vladimir Herzog in 1975, in the context of the country’s military dictatorship.

COLOMBIA: Public TV, Recharged (Spanish)

Kien y ke: Colombian public television is at its best, and its success benefits the entire television service. The growing audience and the acceptance of criticism towards public TV programs and the exploration of fiction formats demonstrate the success of the work of the public channels and the National Authority of Television, several of them consolidated in the project “Public TV, Recharged”.

CUBA: Detained lawyer and independent Cuban journalist (Spanish)

Cuban Institute for Free Press: The lawyer and independent journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones was arrested during a raid carried out by the political police in his home in the city of Guantánamo.

ECUADOR: Journalistic teams of Ecuador TV and Teleamazonas were attacked during a protest in favor of Ex President Correa (Spanish)

Ecuador Inmediato: After the event, Medios Públicos issued a statement in which rejected any type of violence and explained that: “When violence characterises a collective, it must receive the rejection of society as a whole.”

JAMAICA: Presidential press conferences

Stabroek News: The information ministry, in a release, said the Cabinet discussed the importance of reviewing the present framework of the weekly press briefings to ensure that the structures are appropriate in the context of an evolving media landscape and recognising the importance of providing information to the media fraternity.

MEXICO: Media collaboration and citizen input fueled Verificado 2018’s fact-checking of Mexican elections

Knight Center: Verificado 2018, a collaborative journalism project from news site Animal Político and AJ + Español that has dozens of media and civil society organizations as allies, served as a catalyst for truthful information throughout political campaigning season and on election day in Mexico.

MEXICO: Police chief suspended after journalists are attacked while reporting in Mexico City

Knight Center: A photojournalist from newspaper Reforma, Alejandro Mendoza, and Azteca News reporter Isidro Corro said they were assaulted by agents of the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) during the early morning hours of July 8 while covering a police operation in Colonia Doctores, in Mexico City, according to El Universal.

NICARAGUA: IACHR adopts precautionary measures for journalist’s widow and other press workers being targeted in Nicaragua

Knight Center: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) adopted precautionary measures for the widow of a journalist killed in Nicaragua while covering protests and members of a radio station that was set on fire.

VENEZUELA: Mexican journalist denied entry to Venezuela ahead of journalism festival is first foreign journalist turned away this year

Knight Center: Mexican journalist Abraham Torres reported he was denied entry at Simon Bolivar International Airport while on his way to a journalism festival hosted by digital news site Efecto Cocuyo. Torres, who is also a professor at Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, denounced the government of President Nicolas Maduro not allowing him to enter the country.

VENEZUELA: As it slides toward authoritarianism, Venezuela targets one of its last independent newspapers

The Washington Post: By running stories of official brutality and corruption, this nation’s largest independent newspaper — El Nacional — threatened Venezuela’s mighty and defended its meek.

REGIONAL: Chinese Media and Latin America: “Borrowing a Boat” to Set Sail

The Jamestown Foundation: While the economic and political aspects of the China-Latin America relationship have attracted substantial attention over the past decade, the media aspect of this burgeoning partnership has been largely overlooked, despite its important implications for the changing dynamics of power in the region.

IRAN: In Iran, access to information law provides important tool for environmental activists

Article 19 via IFEX: Scientists, journalists and activists are increasingly speaking out against Iran’s severe environmental problems, but it has never been more risky. Iran’s new Freedom of Information Act provides Iranians a vital tool to investigate how authorities are responding to – and worsening – environmental stresses and helps mitigate the biggest risks they face.

IRAN: Jailed Iran teen ‘confesses’ to immoral Instagram dance videos

The New Arab: Iranian police have said they plan to shut down similar accounts on Instagram, and the judiciary is considering blocking access to the site.

PALESTINE: ‘We want you to see our reality,’ Palestine journalists tell British Parliament

Middle East Monitor:  They called on the international community to “take responsibility” for the protection of Palestinian journalists, for discussions to be “translated into reality” and for a British parliamentary delegation to visit the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) to listen to journalists’ testimonies.

TURKEY: OSCE media freedom representative concerned over closure of three newspapers and one TV station in Turkey, calls on authorities to restore media pluralism

OSCE: On 8 July, the Turkish government issued Decree No. 701 which, among other things, envisages the closure of the Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, Halkın Nabzı and Welat newspapers as well as the Avantaj TV station, over their alleged ties and associations with terrorist organizations or structures, formations or groups that are operating against the national security of Turkey.

TURKEY: Zaman trial ends with five acquittals and six heavy sentences

IPI: All defendants cleared of ‘attempting to overthrow state order’ in procedurally flawed 10-month trial.

YEMEN: 100 attacks on journalists in Yemen

Middle East Monitor: Journalists endured the threat of kidnappings, arrest, torture, blocking of news sites and suspension of salaries according to YSJ. Some 47 of the 100 cases were attributed to the Yemen government, which reportedly took place in government buildings and security bases.

CANADA: Canadian broadcasting industry shrank in 2017, CRTC reports

Financial Post: Consumers are increasingly streaming video and music over the internet, and that means fewer people are watching live TV or listening to radio stations.

CANADA: Tell me more: The Globe and Mail is slipping a little extra context into its stories (while explaining its editorial thinking along the way)

NiemanLab:The Canadian national daily The Globe and Mail is testing a new feature that could enhance readers’ understanding of its online stories — and of the mechanics of its journalism.

US: Call-to-Listen Radio, a Respite for African Immigrants

VOA: Every Wednesday evening at nine, Boubacar Ba settles into his midtown Manhattan studio and prepares his broadcast — Radio Mali USA — a call-to-listen radio show by Malians for Malians abroad.

US: Colorado journalist says she was detained by Denver police for taking photos

DenverPost: Denver’s police department said Friday it has launched an internal investigation into the detention of a journalist who was photographing officers as they tended to a man sitting naked on a downtown sidewalk.

US: Senate panel proposes level FY21 funding for CPB, $20M for interconnection (Paywall)

Current: A spending bill approved by a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday would provide level funding for CPB in fiscal year 2021.

US: Why Local US newspapers are sounding the alarm

BBC News: In the past decade, hundreds of local US newspapers have closed or merged. The reasons for newspaper closures are well-known – internet advertising destroying the traditional business models, readers moving towards more online and more free news.But what’s less well-known is the impact on communities who lose a local paper.

A couch to crash on: PressPad aims to tackle one small part of journalism’s class diversity problem

NeimanLab: It’s a long-standing quandary for aspiring journalists: How can I get housing in the big city for just a few weeks, while I’m paid nothing or close to it? PressPad wants current journalists to help out the next generation.

At World Cup, female reporters seek end to harassment

IPI: A kiss on the cheek, a hand around the shoulders. The 2018 World Cup in Russia has exposed the sexual harassment that journalists – especially female journalists – face in the line of duty, with several acts having been caught on camera.

Combining New and Old Viewing Practices: Uses and Experiences of the Transmedia Series “Skam” (Article)


How imagery and media coverage influence our empathy for strangers

The Conversation: Footage of 12 boys trapped in a cave system in Thailand has inundated our screens in recent days…This is without doubt a frightening situation for the boys and their families. It’s no surprise the situation has received global media attention. Though it does raise some interesting questions about how we extend empathy and concern to people we don’t know.

ICFJ publishes a journalism ethics manual for the digital era

IJNET: The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) released the Spanish-language manual “Ética Periodística en la Era Digital (Journalism Ethics in the Digital Age),” a guide that addresses the main concerns of journalists and media organizations around the world regarding the ethical challenges of the fast-paced, era of digital news.

“In 2018, coherence is bad journalism, bordering on malpractice.” Here’s how to do better (with some help from conflict mediators)

Nieman Lab: “The goal is not to wash away the conflict; it’s to help people wade in and out of the muck (and back in again) with their humanity intact.”

Journalists in conflict-affected areas benefit from Rest and Refuge Scholarship

IJNet: The scholarship program began in 2016 and has already helped seven fellows from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Turkey, Burundi and Ukraine. Most, like Bozhko, take the opportunity to take a break, recharge, visit Berlin and enjoy the downtime, while some choose to do research and light work.

Journalists see their work adapted for the stage: Can it help break prejudice?

Poynter: The work of the HuffPost journalists has attracted a theater director, a playwright and, starting next week, a three-week run in Kansas City of “Tomorrow, Inshallah,” an original drama based on their work.

Will Facebook and Google really help drive subscriptions?

DigiDay: Google and Facebook are making a big show of demonstrating their interest in helping news publishers. Subscriptions are a good way for them to do this; subscription publishers include powerful news outlets that are good for platforms to cozy up to, and it also lets the platforms show they’re looking out for high-quality news, especially after taking major heat for letting fake news spread on their platforms.

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