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BENIN: Press Freedom Fears After West Africa Leaks Reporter Convicted in Benin

ICIJ: A journalist who revealed offshore accounts and shell companies of a corporate titan and French trade representative has been fined and given a suspended jail sentence by a court in Benin, West Africa.

BURKINA FASO: RTB crisis: “It has lasted too long”, deplores the Minister of Communication (French – Opinion)

Le Faso: The first Ministerial Sector Council (CASEM) of the Ministry of Communication and Relations with the Parliament is being held while the public service media are idling.

DRC: JED denounces the selective closure of several media for non-payment of tax (French

JED: Journalist in danger (JED) expresses his strong disapproval due to the narrowing of spaces of expression and opinion, especially in the province of Equateur (North-West DR Congo) and in the great Kasaï (Center de la DR Congo) where several media have been sealed for several days for non-payment of taxes.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA: E.Guinea Holds Journalists for ‘Work They Shouldn’t Have Done’

VOA News: Two journalists working for a private TV station in Equatorial Guinea are being held by police after they interviewed a suspended judge, sources told AFP on Wednesday.

GUINEA: CNOSCG-DDG rules on violations of freedom of the press (French)

Guinee Time: The National Council of Guinean Civil Society Organizations for the Democracy and Development of Guinea (CNOSCG-DDG) condemned the current situation of the Independent National Electoral Commission CENI. He also spoke about the multiple violations of freedom of the press in Guinea.

MORROCO: Submitted to medical examinations: Moroccan journalist accuses police of torture

MEMO: The lawyers of the journalist have stated that she denies the charge against her, and that she intends to file a complaint  against the police before the Moroccan judiciary on the grounds of torture, while being forcibly submitted to medical tests.

NAMIBIA: NBC to Lay Off 150 Staff, As It Ponders Liquidation

Via All Africa: NEARLY a third of the national broadcaster’s staff will lose their jobs, and the institution will return to “end of transmission” era in a last-ditch effort to keep it in business.

NIGERIA: Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo charged with treason

CJP: On August 30, federal authorities in southern Nigeria’s Cross River state charged Jalingo, the publisher of the privately owned news website CrossRiverWatch, with disturbance of public peace and treason for his writings and social media posts about Cross River Governor Benedict Ayade, according to a copy of the charge sheet reviewed by CPJ and Attah Ochinke, the journalist’s lawyer, who spoke to CPJ by phone.

SENEGAL: IPI calls for immediate release of Senegal journalist Adama Gaye

IPI: A well-known critical of the current Senegalese government, Gaye was arrested at his home in downtown Dakar by the Senegal police’s Criminal Investigation Division on July 29. Two days later he was charged with acting to compromise public security and offending the president. He remains behind bars in Dakar’s Rebeuss prison, according to a lawyer assisting in his case.

SOUTH AFRICA: Motsoeneng’s protest coverage ban was the start of capture, SABC 8 journalist tells state capture inquiry

News24: One of the so-called SABC 8, Krivani Pillay, has told the state capture commission that when former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng decided to ban the coverage of protest action in 2016, it was the start of alleged capture. 

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC was under serious financial strain when I was appointed: Ngubane

SABC NEWS: Former SABC board chairperson, Dr Ben Ngubane, says the public broadcaster was under serious financial strain when he was appointed.

SOUTH AFRICA: Think before you share! Old, misleading videos said to be of xenophobic violence in SA are going viral

Africa Check: Xenophobic unrest has flared up again in South Africa’s Gauteng province. Violent attacks against foreign-owned businesses and incidents of looting have been reported in the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

TUNISIA: Presidential Election in Tunisia: Will the media live up to it?

Le Monde: Since the revolution, radio and television have learned step by step independence from politicians and businessmen who hold certain channels.

ZAMBIA: Zambian radio station bans South African music

The East African: A popular radio station in Zambia has said it will no longer play South African music in protest against the xenophobic attacks that have been taking place in South Africa.

ZIMBABWE: Watchdog Condemns Opposition Harassment of Media in Zimbabwe

ALL AFRICA: In a statement, Misa-Zimbabwe condemned the MDC Alliance for the harassment of journalist Ari Goldstein during a rally held in Harare’s Glenview suburb, calling upon the Nelson Chamisa-led party to ensure that the journalist’s confiscated camera is recovered and returned.

ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Names New Acting CEO

Broadcast Media Africa: Following Patrick Mavhura’s sudden release from his position as CEO of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Wisdom Hombarume, who is currently the ZBC’s director of digital media and broadcasting technology, has been appointed as the acting CEO.

AFGHANISTAN: IPI urges U.S. Afghan envoy to prioritize journalist safety in Taliban talks

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, has urged U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad to make the safety of journalists a priority in his ongoing U.S.-Taliban talks.  

AFGHANISTAN: The woman who dares to run a feminist radio station in Afghanistan

BBC News: The northern Afghan city of Kunduz is not the kind of place you’d expect to find a radio station run by women, promoting women’s rights. But this is precisely what Radio Roshani is, and it’s broadcasting today despite several attempts by the Taliban to kill its founder and editor, Sediqa Sherzai.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong journalists warn of rising police violence against them

The Guardian: Hong Kong journalists warn of rising police violence against them

INDIA: Kashmiri journalist Gowhar Geelani stopped at Delhi airport, not allowed to fly out of country

INDIA TODAY: Kashmiri journalist Gowhar Geelani was stopped from travelling to Germany at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport. 

INDIA: Kashmir Under Siege: One Month of Silence

The Wire: On August 5, the Centre read down Article 370 – which gave J&K its special status – and bifurcated it into two union territories. Here are the major events that have taken place in the region over the past month.

INDIA: ‘Official Pressure on the Media Is Weakening Democracy’: Ravish Kumar (Watch)

The Wire: On August 2, 2019, it was announced that journalist Ravish Kumar was to receive Asia’s highest civilian honour, the Ramon Magsaysay Award. Kumar was awarded for “harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless” and became the first Hindi journalist to receive it.

INDIA: Reporting the Kashmir lockdown: ‘What sort of normalcy is this?’ (Watch

AlJazeera: A look at how Indian and international media tell the Kashmir story amid the communications blackout.

INDONESIA: Internet slowly returns to Papua and West Papua

PINA: Internet service has been gradually returning to Papua and West Papua since late Wednesday evening as security situation improves in Indonesia’s two easternmost provinces after two weeks of violent pro-independence protests. 

MALAYSIA: NUJ condemns death threat against NSTP reporter

FMT News: The National Union of Journalists Malaysia (NUJ) has condemned a death threat made via email yesterday to a journalist with the New Straits Times Press.

MALDIVES: Maldives journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla killed by Al-Qaeda group in 2014, commission finds

CPJ: In September 1, Husnu Al Suood, the head of the presidential commission on enforced disappearances and murders, told reporters that Rilwan, a reporter for the independent news website Minivan News, had been killed by a local Al-Qaeda affiliate in 2014, according to news reports.

PAKISTAN: Radio Pakistan website briefly hacked, restored

Dawn: The website for Radio Pakistan, the national state broadcaster, was briefly hacked on Sunday.

PHILIPPINES: Abante Tonite printing house stormed, burned by 4 armed men

Rappler:  In the latest attack against the press in the Philippines, the printing house of a leading Philippine tabloid was stormed and burned by 4 armed men on Monday morning, September 9.

PHILIPPINES: Media Front: Philippines (Listen)

BBC: How journalists in the Philippines are fighting back against challenges to press freedom.

SINGAPORE: Singapore prime minister sues independent news website for defamation

Global Voices: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is suing Terry Xu, chief editor of independent news website The Online Citizen (TOC), for defamation in relation to a news article published by the latter which tackled the leader’s public feud with his siblings. 

THAILAND: Thailand’s first AI journalist named ‘Suthichai AI’ unveiled

Thai PBS World: Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (NECTEC) and National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) have unveiled Thailand’s first artificial intelligence (AI) journalist, which is claimed to be capable of presenting and analyzing news fast and accurately, like the former editor of The Nation newspaper Suthichai Yoon.

GENERAL: Trust in media is not just about the newsroom: Mark Cummins SBS #RDAsia19

Asia Radio Today: With trust in media a hot topic at present, the subject was on the agenda at last week’s Radiodays Asia conference in Kuala Lumpur.

AUSTRALIA: Australian series Content is the world’s first comedy show set entirely on a smartphone

ABC News: Do not adjust your phone, the world’s first vertical video comedy series is here: Content.

AUSTRALIA: Dutton denies AFP raid on intelligence officer an attempt at ‘intimidation’

The Guardian: Minister responds to raid on Canberra home of Cameron Gill and maintains government not planning to extend domestic spy powers

AUSTRALIA: Ita Buttrose says media raids have tarnished Australia’s reputation

The Guardian: A series of raids on journalists by the Australian Federal Police has tarnished Australia’s standing on the world stage, the chair of the ABC Ita Buttrose says.

AUSTRALIA: One Plus One: Ita Buttrose (Watch)

ABC News: Media expert and ABC Chair Ita Buttrose joins Jane Hutcheon to discuss her remarkable 60-year career and her hopes for the national broadcaster.

AUSTRALIA: Push for charter of rights amid ‘creeping erosion of media freedoms’

The Sydney Morning Herald: In addresses to the National Press Club on Wednesday, Law Council of Australia president Arthur Moses, SC, and prominent defamation barrister Matt Collins, QC, called for greater legal protections for freedom of speech, freedom of the press and other fundamental rights.

NEW ZEALAND: Broken Estate: an expat expert surveys our media (Listen)

RNZ: Melanie Bunce cut her teeth in journalism at the Otago Daily Times. Now she teaches and researches it at one of the UK’s most prestigious journalism schools and tracks the trends that shape the uncertain future of news. What state are our media in now – and what do they need to survive and prosper?

NEW ZEALAND: Can NZers tell fake from the real news up to 2020 vote (Listen)

RNZ: Are New Zealanders able to tell the difference between real and fake news in the lead up the 2020 elections? 

NEW ZEALAND: Youth empowerment, media freedom on agenda for NZ MPs

SCOOP Parliament: Two New Zealand MPs are attending separate Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conferences this week, engaging in discussions on topics ranging from youth empowerment to media freedom.

SAMOA: Samoa media group calls for rethink of proposed law to criminalise Government leakers

PINA: The President of the Journalists Association of (Western) Samoa (JAWS) Rudy Bartley, has called on the Government to dump its proposal to criminalise the leaking of Government documents with punishments of up to seven years’ jail.

REGIONAL: AIBD’s first woman head wants to counter fake news

Asia Radio Today: Philomena Gnanapragasam, the first woman head of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD), says the organization is undertaking a comprehensive study to counter the global threat of fake news.

AUSTRIA: Power, control, networks (EventGerman)

Horizont: The Austrian Media Days on 25 and 26 September also look beyond the media horizon – into the networks and institutions of the industry.

CROATIA: Croatian government’s oppressive silence about attacks on journalists

RSF: Are the Croatian words “Smrt novinarima” (“Death to journalists”) going to become commonplace in Croatia? They were written on the outside of a news website’s offices in the coastal city of Zadar in late August. And the same words were painted near the Zagreb headquarters of the N1 TV channel and two websites, Net.hr and Telegram.hr, in March.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Truth missing in action in Czech information wars  

Balkan Insight: Russian-backed disinformation campaigns and home-grown hoaxes are taking a toll on Czech democracy, experts say.

ESTONIA: Chinese embassy in Estonia: Journalist’s task to support good relations between countries

The Baltic Times: Following a series of articles concerning Chinese impact published by Estonian daily Postimees, the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Tallinn issued a statement that, among other things, said that the task of a journalist should be promoting relations between Estonia and China, Postimees writes.

GERMANY & SWITZERLAND: Integration and inspiration (German)

Der Tagesspiegel: ‘Service public”: What ARD and ZDF can learn from public broadcasting in Switzerland.

HUNGARY: Radio Free Europe Is Poised to Return to a Less Free Hungary (Paywall)

The New York Times: During the Cold War, the United States beamed its own radio service to Eastern Europeans starved for any information that did not slavishly adhere to the line of their authoritarian leaders.

ITALY: Journalists’ union calls on the profession to improve media coverage of femicides

EFJ: The Italian Journalists’ Union (FNSI – Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana) yesterday called for greater awareness when reporting about gender violence and in particular, femicides.

LATVIA: Broadcast watchdog head has second thoughts over leaving

LSM: Dace Ķezbere, the head of the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), will not step down from her positions, while parliament human rights and public affairs committee head Artuss Kaimiņš (KPV LV) said he will initiate a dismissal procedure.

MONTENEGRO: Joint call on the authorities to acquit journalist sentenced to 18 months in prison

OBCT: OBCT and the undersigned organizations call on the Montenegrin authorities to acquit investigative journalist Jovo Martinović, convicted for marijuana smuggling and criminal association and sentenced to 18 months in prison despite overwhelming evidence that his only links with organized crime were those of a reporter

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: Russia and Ukraine carry out prisoner swap

Deutsche Welle: Russian and Ukrainian authorities have confirmed the long-awaited prisoner exchange. Those swapped are believed to include Ukrainian journalists, sailors, a filmmaker and a suspected Russian witness to the MH17 downing.

SPAIN: RTVE launches ‘Lunnis de leyenda’ and ‘Cuentos de Clan’ for voice assistants (Spanish

RTVE: The children’s contents of RTVE land on domestic voice assistants with two new applications:  ‘Lunnis de Leyenda’ and ‘Cuentos de Clan’ . A commitment to entertainment and innovation that draws on Clan’s hit series ‘Lunnis de Leyenda’ and the large RNE children’s archive.

UK: BBC settles Sir Cliff Richard legal bill at £2m after High Court privacy defeat

Press-Gazette: The BBC has paid out a total of £2m in legal costs to singer Sir Cliff Richard over a High Court privacy case which it lost last year.

UK: BBC looks to new female TV writers to fight Netflix challenge

The Guardian: It is an industry that has been dominated for years by men but the tide appears to be turning for female TV writers after a search by the BBC to find the next creator of a hit series like Bodyguard resulted in women winning all but one of the places in its new Writers’ Academy.

UK: FCO’s campaign on media freedom lacks focus, committee says

The Guardian: Report says UK should consider sanctions against political actors targeting journalists. 

UK: UK parliament report urges stronger action to defend media freedom

IPI: A new report by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the UK Parliament underscored the global threat to media freedom and said the UK government must “move beyond the rhetoric” and publicly shame and sanction those who attack the press.

UKRAINE: Ukrainian Journalist Roman Sushchenko released from Russian Prison

PEN: Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, detained in Moscow in 2016 on trumped-up charges of espionage, has been released from a Russian prison as part of a broader prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia.

REGIONAL: Seismic challenges for public broadcasters

IBC: EBU DG Noel Curran’s career in broadcasting has given him a firm grasp of politics, technology and economics. But with broadcasting changing dramatically, there are challenges ahead.

BAHAMAS: How Bahamians have covered Dorian

CJR: Eugene Duffy, the managing editor of The Tribune, in Nassau, speaks about how Bahamian reporters covered the hurricane: On Monday, drone footage believed to have been taken of Marsh Harbour that day circulated on social media. “It was a fantastical wipe-out,” Duffy says. “But within five minutes, three of us had made independent source checks, and it wasn’t true.”

BAHAMAS: Hurricane Dorian Caused A Human Tragedy In The Bahamas – Why Aren’t We Hearing More About It? (Opinion) 

Forbes:  In the era of social media, it is typical for people to rally around a city or nation in distress after a natural disaster or terrorist attack. It’s really bad in the Bahamas, and it doesn’t feel like the world knows it. Here are several things happening in the Bahamas that should concern us all.

BAHAMAS: The difficulties of covering Hurricane Dorian

CJR: Dorian battered the Bahamas islands with historic force, crushing entire neighborhoods. All the while, residents of America’s Atlantic coast have been glued to constantly changing predictions about the storm’s next moves and possible impacts. Dorian has demanded media attention, but it has been a devilishly tricky story to cover.

BAHAMAS: Three CNN journalists recount what it was like to ride out the storm and emerge to its aftermath

CNN: On August 30, CNN sent Patrick Oppmann, a CNN correspondent based in Havana, Jaide Timm-Garcia, a CNN producer in Atlanta and Jose Armijo, a CNN photojournalist based in Mexico City to Freeport, on Grand Bahama, to cover the storm. 

BARBADOS: Nation vows to give more

Nation News: Anthony Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Nation Group of Companies which includes Nation News, has vowed to match whatever his staff donates within the coming week to The Bahamas relief effort.

BARBADOS: CBC Pension issue near end

Barbados Today: The Barbados Association of Journalists and Media Workers (BARJAM) expects resolution by the end of next week to an ongoing pension saga which has left over two dozen former Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) workers demanding thousands of dollars owed to them.

BRAZIL: After four years, Brazil’s Projeto #Colabora creates network of 260 journalists

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Of the new outlets that have launched in Brazil in recent years, Projeto #Colabora stands out as having formed a network of 260 journalists spread across the four corners of the country. The project is about to celebrate its four-year anniversary with projections of R $1.8 million in revenue.

BRAZIL: Entities call act in São Paulo in defense of press freedom, journalism and democracy (Portuguese)

FENAJ: Diant and the current Brazilian scenario, the demonstration aims to affirm the importance of journalistic activity as one of the pillars of democratic society and to group citizens, citizens, trade unions and civil society in defense of democracy

BRAZIL: Trade unions sign EBC collective agreement: learn more about negotiated quota (Portuguese)

FENAJ: Last Tuesday (3/9), the Journalists Unions of DF, RJ, SP, MA and the Radialists Unions of DF, RJ and SP, signed the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (ACT) with Empresa Brasil de Comunicação valid until October 2020.

CHILE: This is how they attacked the press of Channel 13 (VideoSpanish)

Zero 97.7FM: Journalist Miguel Acuña and cameraman Juan Miguel Ramírez were attacked with pepper spray whilst covering the ” National Protest Day” in Alameda. 

EL SALVADOR: Salvadoran journalists warn about lack of access to official sources and little tolerance for criticism from the new government

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Since President Nayib Bukele took office on June 1, 2019, Salvadoran journalists in the country say public institutions and officials are increasingly less accessible as sources and social networks have become the favorite medium of the new government to communicate official matters or refute any criticism or comment

HAITI: Haitian journalist Michelle Archille wins “Best Member Award 2019” from the African Observatory of Professional Publishers (French) 

Rezo Nòdwès: In order to promote the work of the best member of the African Observatory of Publishing Professionals (OAPE), the prestigious “Best Member Award 2019” was awarded for the first anniversary of the OAPE to Michelle Archille, a young Haitian journalist who works in the Haitian cultural sector.

HONDURAS: Cablemar TV reporter Aguilar shot dead in Copán, Honduras

CPJ: On August 31, two unidentified men entered a barbershop that journalist Edgar Joel Aguilar visited every Saturday in the town of La Entrada in Copán, western Honduras, and shot him. 

MEXICO: Collective of Mexican journalists and international organizations publish investigation into murder of Miroslava Breach

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: More than two years after the murder of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach, several of her colleagues published a series of reports under Project Miroslava, an initiative of March 23 Collective, supported by the the Latin American Center for Journalistic Investigation (CLIP), Forbidden Stories and Bellingcat

NICARAGUA: Other freedoms depend on press freedoms, journalists say (Spanish) 

El Nuevo Diario: September 8 commemorates International Journalist Day in Nicaragua. Journalists warn that no electoral process would be valid without press freedom. 

PERU: Bernado Roca Rey: “No type of region should be coerced”  (Spanish) 

Peru 21: President of the Peruvian Press Council Bernado Roca Rey (CPP) critiques the request of the Parliament’s Supervisory Committee to investigate pollsters saying that it risks the rights of citizens to be informed and exercise their freedom of expression. 

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO:  Sedition charge against union leader sparks debate about freedom of speech in Trinidad and Tobago

GLOBAL VOICES: On August 26, 2019, Watson Duke, president of Trinidad and Tobago’s Public Services Association (PSA) and the minority leader of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), was arrested for statements he made in a speech he made back in 2018 that are in violation of the country’s Sedition Act

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Ramesh: Govt must review sedition law

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday: Former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj is calling on Government to instruct the Law Revision Commission to examine the Sedition Act and submit a report for Government to decide whether to retain, repeal or amend the law.

VENEZUELA: 57 violations of freedom of expression in Venezuela in August 

IFEX: The eighth month of the year closed with 57  violations of freedom of expression , corresponding to 23 cases , including bullying, censorship and harassment. The main victims remain journalists, media and citizens who are constantly affected by officials, security forces and institutions.

REGIONAL: CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

CPJ: Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, hit the Bahamas on September 1, 2019. The country’s Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands have been severely impacted, according to news reports. CPJ is aware of international journalists who are trying to gain access to affected areas. Journalists traveling or planning to travel to the affected regions need to be aware of this information. 

REGIONAL: Red PALTA is born to monitor the use of public money and public policies in Latin America

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: The Latin American Network of Journalists for Transparency and Anti-Corruption (PALTA, for its acronym in Spanish) aims to be a “cross-border collaborative and investigative space” whose members “monitor the uses of public money, identify patterns of bad practices in governments and use technology to analyze massive data and reveal cases of national and international corruption.” 

IRAN: Iran sentences conservative columnist Hossein Ghadyani to 6 months in prison for Instagram post

CJP: Iranian authorities should release journalist Hossein Ghadyani from prison and stop jailing and harassing government critics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

IRAQ: Dozens of Iraqi journalists blacklisted on social networks

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by a message circulating for the past four days on social networks in Iraq that accuses 12 journalists and human rights defenders of “wanting to normalize relations with Israel.

IRAQIraq suspends U.S.-funded broadcaster Al Hurra over graft investigation

Reuters: Iraq has suspended the licence of a U.S.-government funded broadcaster after it ran an investigation alleging corruption within the country’s religious institutions.

IRAQ: Press freedom on ‘brink of extinction’ in Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists say

CPJ: Zebari, who reports on local news for several TV and radio outlets, said he has been assaulted and detained several times, and had equipment seized and broken.

ISRAEL: Netanyahu intervened in Israel media while under investigation, leaks show

MEMO: Leaked recordings have revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to intervene in Israel’s media and communications policy, despite being forced to give up his position as Minister of Communications pending investigations into his alleged corruption.

PALESTINE: 31 violations against media freedoms in Palestine during August

MADA: August 2019 has witnessed a modest decline in the number of violations against media freedoms in Palestine, which resulted from the decrease in the number of Facebook closures of Palestinian journalists and news websites claiming that “they have violated the criteria of Facebook”.

TURKEY: Netflix applies for license under new Turkish broadcasting rules

MEMO: US online streaming service Netflix has applied for a license to continue operating in Turkey under new online broadcasting rules that have raised fears over possible censorship in the future, says Reuters.

TURKEY: UN Human Rights Council Should Address Turkey Crackdown against Journalists (Letter

ECPMF: The ECPMF joined other journalists and human rights organisations in sending a joint letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council member and observer states to raise the ongoing crisis for freedom of expression in Turkey.

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada joins global charter to fight disinformation

CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada believes that trusted sources of news and information for Canadians are vital to democracy. To support that goal on a global scale, CBC/Radio-Canada has joined the Trusted News Charter, a BBC-led initiative to strengthen measures to protect audiences from disinformation. 

CANADA: Rural Canada’s weakening voice in election coverage

Policy Options: Media planners are urban-based and most reporters received their education and experience in urban areas. The nuances of rural issues can be complicated and counter-intuitive to a city-based journalist. 

US: BPR & NPR Present “Public Media: Building Trust in an Age of Mistrust”

BPR: As the 2020 national election ramps up, public interest in how the media covers it is intensifying. Blue Ridge Public Radio and National Public Radio hosted a community conversation to tackle one of the most important components of journalism – trust – on September 10th at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts in Asheville.

US: In The Bahamas, People On The Island Of Abaco Are Desperate For Food And Water (Listen) 

NPR: NPR’s team in the Bahamas reports on the conditions on the island of Abaco.

US: Media bias is OK – if it’s honest (Opinion)

The Guardian: Conservatives are more open to leftwing arguments when they come from people who don’t pretend to be perfectly objective

US: Nevada Public Radio lays off staff, CEO resigns amid ‘business challenges’ (Paywall) 

The Current: Financial troubles at Nevada Public Radio have prompted the resignation of CEO Florence Rogers and layoffs at its Reno station, the organization’s board of directors announced Friday. The station is facing “severe cash flow issues,” according to a statement from its board of directors.

US: NPR Names John Lansing President And CEO

NPR: The NPR Board of Directors announced that it selected John Lansing to become its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Lansing is a media executive with a deep understanding of journalism, having spent two decades as an award-winning journalist, successful newsroom leader and major market local media executive before becoming a global chief executive officer.

US: Texas Public Radio Stations And NPR Launch Collaborative Statewide Newsroom

NPR: Public radio stations across Texas are teaming with NPR to increase coverage of statewide issues and boost reporting from underserved regions, including the border with Mexico. Reporters and editors from the state’s four largest public radio stations — KERA in Dallas, KUT in Austin, Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, and Houston Public Media— will plan statewide coverage together, share resources, and dig deeper into the most important stories in Texas.

US: With Resignation of CEO, What Direction for US News Agencies? 

VOA News: The announcement of John Lansing’s resignation as CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media is renewing questions about the mission and direction of the broadcasters it oversees.

REGIONAL: ‘The threats follow us home’: Survey details risks for female journalists in U.S., Canada

CPJ: Ask any female journalist about harassment or safety while on assignment and they’ll likely have a story to tell.

10 most censored countries (Analysis)

CPJ: Repressive governments use sophisticated digital censorship and surveillance alongside more traditional methods to silence independent media. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

400 million Facebook users’ phone numbers exposed in privacy lapse

Channel News Asia: Phone numbers linked to more than 400 million Facebook accounts were listed online in the latest privacy lapse for the social media giant, US media reported. 

BBC Studios APAC formed

Advanced Television: BBC Studios has combined its Asia and Australia and New Zealand regions to create a new APAC regional business comprising its international sales and distribution business, under the leadership of Jon Penn, formerly managing director, Australia & New Zealand, BBC Studios.

Climate crisis: Is travel writing — or even travelling — still morally legitimate?

Deutsche Welle: As we grapple with climate change, travel journalist Paul Sullivan considers the cognitive and moral dissonance involved in selling destinations at a time when the planet needs us to be travelling less.

HbbTV publishes ADB spec

Advanced Television: The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing open standards for the delivery of advanced interactive TV services through broadcast and broadband networks for connected TV sets and set-top boxes, has published the HbbTV specification for phase 2 of application discovery over broadband (ADB).

Internet shutdowns and Google’s internal comms (Listen)

RNZ: Technology commentator Sarah Putt looks at the rise in the number of times governments around the world are shutting down their internet. How do they do it and what’s the justification?

New collaboration steps up fight against disinformation

BBC Media Centre: A new industry collaboration to tackle dangerous misinformation was announced by the BBC and partners today.

Reporters Without Borders Announces $1.5M Gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to Support Transparency and Ethics in News and Media

RSF: Gift from craigslist founder’s foundation to facilitate implementation of Journalism Trust Initiative

Smart sins (German

Der Tagesspiegel: Stream, television, harm the climate? So deep is the ecological footprint of electronic media.

Where does investigative journalism fit in the digital age?

RFI: In the age of social media and constant information, what space is left for investigative journalism? The founding members of the investigative platform “Disclose” say that now the need is greater than ever.

YouTube to pay up to $US200m in child privacy settlement

RNZ: Google’s YouTube will pay up to $US200 million ($314 million) to settle over violation of US child privacy laws after a Federal Trade Commission investigation.

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