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MFRR in Focus: UN Special Rapporteur on media freedom in Hungary ahead of election

IPI: With a general election in Hungary just days away, the newest episode of the MFRR In Focus podcast series examines how the ruling Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has used its influence over the country’s media ecosystem to skew the playing field in its favour and control the message ahead of the vote – as well as how this has led to growing international concerns.

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ALGERIA: Fears for media pluralism as billionaire decides to shut Liberté daily

Africa News: Algerian francophone daily Liberté announced on Thursday it would cease publication on April 14 after its owner, wealthy businessman Issad Rebrab, decided to liquidate it.

CAMEROON: Two journalists and an Equinox TV programme suspended

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a decision by Cameroon’s National Communication Council (CNC) to suspend the head of one of the country’s most outspoken and popular TV channels, one of its star presenters, and one of its leading current affairs programmes for a month. 

GAMBIA: Gambian Journalists Urged to Desist From Disseminating Hate Speech

Foroyaa: Domestic election observers on Saturday urged Gambian journalists to desist from disseminating hate speech during April 9 parliamentary elections.

GHANA: Journalists urged to use non-discriminatory language in reporting on PWDs

Ghanaian Times: Journalists have been urged to use positive non-discriminatory language in their reportage on stories involving Persons living with Disabilities (PWDs).

GUINEA BISSAU: Govt orders shutdown of 79 radio stations

MFWA: Guinea Bissau has been plunged into information apocalypse with the shutdown of 79 radio stations by the government over failure to renew licenses within an almost impossible deadline.

KENYA: Vernacular political debates: Kenya’s Editors’ Guild accuses government of interference

The Standard: Just days after ICT and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru appointed a task force to oversee localised political debates in the country, the Kenya Editors’ Guild has opposed the move, terming it ‘State interference in editorial work during a general election’.

MALAWI: Malawi cabinet minister verbally attacks journalist

Malawi24: The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter says Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola yesterday verbally attacked a journalist, accusing her of being an agent of the opposition after she asked questions on fuel.

MALAWI: Malawi journalist Gregory Gondwe detained, questioned about sources for article on alleged corruption

CPJ: Malawian authorities should cease harassing journalist Gregory Gondwe, drop any attempt to force him to disclose his sources, and reform the country’s laws so they are not used to censor the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

MALI & FRANCE: ‘Unfailing support’ for French journalist Olivier Dubois a year after Mali kidnapping

RFI: A year to the day since French journalist Olivier Dubois was taken hostage by a jihadist group in Mali, President Emmanuel Macron says France is “fully mobilised” to ensure his release. RFI, meanwhile, is relaying messages of support on its airwaves. 

MOROCCO: Morocco’s Generational Divide on Full Display at BBC Recording

Morocco World News: When it comes to perceptions on freedom of speech in Morocco, the old and young see things very differently. 

NIGERIA: Court bars journalists from covering Nnamdi Kanu’s trial

Vanguard: Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, on Friday, barred journalists from covering the ongoing trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

RWANDA: Media practitioners urge audiences to discern true and false news

New Times: Media audience has been urged to raise the capacity of differentiating the truth from false information disseminated across various platforms in this time when anything can be shared by the use of technology.

SOMALIA: All-female newsroom launched in Somalia to widen media’s scope

The Guardian: The pioneering Bilan project, funded by UN, will report on gender-based violence, women in politics and female entrepreneurs

SOUTH AFRICA: Broadcaster Takes Regulator To SA’s Constitutional Court Over Analogue Switch-Off

BMA: In South Africa, the free to air broadcaster, eTV, has filed papers with the constitutional court urgently looking to appeal the high court’s ruling last week that analogue terrestrial television broadcasting in South Africa be turned off on 30 June.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC changes ‘war’ to ‘conflict’ in Human Rights Watch quotes on Ukraine

Business Insider: In the early hours of Saturday, SABC News published a Reuters article about Russia yanking the registration of rights-focused non-governmental organisations.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC finds Magopeni’s complaints against board chairperson ‘unsubstantiated’

News 24: The SABC dismissed allegations by the former head of news, Phathiswa Magopeni, that the board chairperson, Bongumusa Makhathini, interfered in editorial matters.  

SOUTH AFRICA: We’re sorry: SABC apologises to Ntshavheni for chiming in on analogue switch-off case

News 24: The SABC board has apologised to Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni for jumping the gun in airing its concerns about the broadcaster’s state of readiness for the planned analogue television signal switch-off.

SUDAN: Sudan’s Media Under Fire Over Coup Coverage

VOA News: Authorities shuttered at least 36 radio stations in the first two weeks following the coup over their reporting on protests against the Sudanese junta.

REGIONAL: “Brown envelope” journalism in Africa and how to combat it

IJNet: Often going unreported, corruption in journalism is a major concern across Africa.

REGIONAL: Media mustn’t forget Africa’s conflicts as Ukraine dominates headlines

Mail & Guardian: A jeep carrying rifle-toting South Sudanese soldiers bumps along a dirt road. United Nations Blue Helmets guard the one vital dusty airstrip. 

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan media sector faces economic collapse | #mediadev – media development insights and analysis

Deutsche Welle: As journalists face repression under Taliban rule, the entire media sector is now falling apart, a study by DW Akademie finds.

AFGHANISTAN: Blocking access to international media major blow to access to information, union survey

IFJ: The recent decision of the Taliban regime to block the broadcast of international media has been a major blow for press freedom and public access to information in Afghanistan, according to a survey carried out by the Afghanistan’s National Journalists Union (ANJU) supported by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

CAMBODIA: Watchdog Condemns Cambodia for Revoking Media Licenses

VOA News: The decision by Cambodian authorities to revoke licenses of three news outlets is “brazen intimidation” a media watchdog says.

CHINA: Ukraine war: How Russian propaganda dominates Chinese social media

Deutsche Welle: In China’s cyberspace, Russian propaganda continues to influence the discourse over the war in Ukraine. Experts say the efforts could be Beijing’s attempt to trigger anti-Western sentiments.

HONG KONG: Jimmy Lai’s International Legal Team Files Urgent Appeal with United Nations

Doughty Street Chambers: The international legal team representing renowned media entrepreneur, pro-democracy campaigner, and writer, Jimmy Lai, has today, 8th April 2022, filed an urgent appeal with the United Nations concerning the legal harassment against him and his imprisonment in Hong Kong.

HONG KONG: Veteran Hong Kong journalist Allan Au arrested by national security police – reports

HKFP: The 54-year-old journalist was previously a columnist for outlets including Stand News and Ming Pao. Au was fired from RTHK in June last year amid a government-directed overhaul.

INDIA: ‘Arrest Communal Hooligans; Release Jailed Scribes,’ Says Press Club of India

The Wire: ‘Going by the series of attacks on mediapersons in the recent past, it could be inferred that these people are hell-bent on gagging the press in its entirety,’ the statement reads.

JAPAN: NHK Reforms Imminent Reduction of Reception Fees Impact of Business Reduction and Cost Reduction (Japanese)

The Mainichi: NHK, which is promoting reforms, will reach a big mountain in 2022. This is because it is necessary to decide within this year how much the reception fee reduction scheduled for FY2011 can be reduced by improving management efficiency. 

NEPAL: Radio Nepal to transform into PSB soon: Minister Karki

The Himalayan Times: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has said that Radio Nepal would be transformed into public service broadcasting (PSB) as soon as possible.

PAKISTAN: IHC declares PECA ordinance unconstitutional

Geo News: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday declared the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016 ordinance “unconstitutional.” The court instructed the federal government to investigate the abuse of law and submit a report in 30 days. 

PHILIPPINES: Trolls, Disinformation Make Philippine Election Coverage a Challenge

VOA News: The Philippines is seen as a testing ground for disinformation campaigns and is often referred to as ‘Patient Zero’ by analysts tracking the spread of false news.

SOUTH KOREA: ‘Disaster/disaster news, directly delivered by local residents’…KBS-Korea Community Radio Broadcasting Association Business Agreement Ceremony (Press release – Korean – 30 March)

KBS: On the afternoon of the 30th, KBS and the Korean Community Radio Broadcasting Association signed a business agreement for the development of local media and the promotion of publicity and diversity of broadcasting at the KBS main building.

SRI LANKA: At least nine journalists injured during Sri Lanka protests

RSF: Access to social media was cut off, many journalists have been harassed or attacked by police and at least nine have been injured in the course of the anti-government protests under way in Sri Lanka since 31 March. 

SRI LANKA: Free speech in Sri Lanka under threat amid political turmoil

Deutsche Welle: Journalists and activists say free speech and media freedoms in Sri Lanka are at stake as the nation stares at a political and economic collapse.

TAIWAN: Control Yuan to investigate deletion of 424,000 PTS news clips (18 March) 

Focus Taiwan: Two Control Yuan members will investigate the deletion of about 424,000 news clips at Taiwan Public Television Service (PTS), which resulted in the loss of 80,000 clips and exposed leaks in cyber security at government agencies.

TAIWAN: RTI expands Russian-language shortwave broadcasts (1 April)

RTI: Radio Taiwan International (RTI) has boosted its Russian-language shortwave radio coverage to ensure listeners can access reliable news during the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

THAILAND: NHRC says it’s time to lift ‘fake news’ edict

The Bangkok Post: An order related to “fake news” issued under the emergency decree to curb Covid-19 restricts people’s freedom of expression and should be lifted, according to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

THAILAND: Thai PBS opens public media direction exchange area with the audience council, Generation 6 (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: On 1-2 April 2022, Thai PBS opened a forum to organize activities for cooperation. between Thai PBS and the Audience and Listeners Council for the year 2022, with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wilasinee Pipitkul, Director of the Public Broadcasting Organization of Thailand (Public Broadcasting Organization) or Thai PBS and the Executive Committee had a meeting exchanging work practices and public media direction.

THAILAND: What the Drama Surrounding Thai Army TV Says About Thai Foreign Policy

The Diplomat: Channel 5’s coverage of the Russia-Ukraine war reflects the close relationship between Thailand’s media and its foreign policy.

VIETNAM: Two Vietnamese state media journalists convicted for exposing corruption

RSF: ​In the past week, Vietnamese courts have convicted two state media journalists for exposing corruption, sentencing one to a long jail term and the other to a year of “reeducation.” 

AUSTRALIA: ABC celebrates opening of new Hervey Bay mini bureau (Press release)

ABC: The ABC’s first-ever media bureau in Hervey Bay, serving the Fraser Coast region, was launched today as part of the corporation’s expansion of its regional and rural services.

AUSTRALIA: ABC continues its slide as listeners desert Szeps in latest radio ratings

The Sydney Morning Herald: In the all-important breakfast slot, James Valentine saw his Sydney audience share drop from 11.6 per cent last survey to 10.7 per cent this survey, according to new data from measurement provider GfK.

AUSTRALIA: Australian public broadcasting could be revived in Pacific (Listen)

RNZ: Australian public broadcasting in the Pacific was once very extensive, but over the past seven or eight years funds were slashed and services disappeared.

AUSTRALIA: Sharma withdraws attack on ABC, Spender over Alberici campaign link

The Sydney Morning Herald: Liberal MP Dave Sharma has deleted a Friday night tweet attacking the ABC over links between some of the broadcaster’s former personnel and his independent challenger Allegra Spender.

AUSTRALIA: Why The Conversation will focus on policy over personality in this federal election campaign

The Conversation: The bell has been rung, the shadow campaign is now official, and we head to the polls on May 21. 

FIJI: Fiji’s long trek to democracy and the quiet heroism of Fiji’s journalists (Opinion)


NEW ZEALAND: Is it time for the TV licence fee to make a comeback?

The Spinoff: With New Zealand’s new public media organisation officially a go, heated conversations on how it should be funded are all but inevitable.

NEW ZEALAND: Measuring trust is tricky with suspicious minds

RNZ: Last year the biggest annual survey of Kiwis’ trust in news found it was on the slide, though it wasn’t quite clear why. 

NEW ZEALAND: ‘News 2 Me’ launched today

RNZ: A collaboration between RNZ and TVNZ, News 2 Me, is set to deliver the news to tamariki in a language and way they can understand.

NEW ZEALAND: News publishers move closer to collective negotiations with Google and Meta

Stuff: New Zealand news publishers have been given provisional authorisation to collectively negotiate with Facebook owner Meta, and Google over fair payment for their content.

NEW ZEALAND: Trust in mainstream media has dropped 8% in two years, report reveals

Stuff: Public trust in mainstream media has dropped by 8 per cent in the past two years, a new report shows.

CROATIA: Union reports over 900 lawsuits against journalists and media

EFJ: There are at least 951 active lawsuits against Croatian journalists and media in which plaintiffs are demanding 10.3 million Euros in compensation, a Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) survey has revealed. 

CZECH REPUBLIC: Adoption, execution and prominent personalities: Czech Television prepares documentaries on important social issues, Jár Cimrman and PSH (Press release – Czech)

Česká televize: Czech Television has started working on the production of new documentaries, which viewers will see on screens in the coming years.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Republic trials 5G broadcast

Broadband TV News: The Czech national transmission company Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa) has begun a 5G broadcast trial from the Zizkov tower in Prague.

DENMARK: DR3 and P3 join forces to create a clear youth offer (Press release – Danish) 

DR: The new P3 must be about hope and action, and the ambition is that it is created with the young people themselves.

ESTONIA: Estonian tech regulator blocks access to four more Russian websites

ERR News: Orders to block four more Russian websites were issued by Estonia’s Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority (TTJA) on Friday. The agency said they pose a threat to public order.

ESTONIA: Nine applications to ERR board chair position received

ERR News: Nine applications have been submitted to the position of Chairman of the Management Board at public broadcaster ERR.

FINLAND: Influencers throw the first stone – Yle’s project Well said, challenges to think about your own message (Press release – Swedish)

Yle: The social media campaign encourages you to think about what you say yourself, instead of pointing to others. The campaign is part of the five-year project Hyvin sanottu – Well said.

FRANCE: Public audiovisual: the end of the license fee is not a detail (Analysis – French) (Paywall)

Les Echos: The end of the fee to finance France Télévisions and Radio France, advocated by Emmanuel Macron, is risky for the audiovisual public service. But for his part, he must better establish his legitimacy with the French to ward off the attacks of more and more numerous politicians.

FRANCE: The antenna of France Inter temporarily hacked in Paris during the election night (French)

Le Monde: A speech against politicians, technocrats or even journalists was broadcast in a loop when the results of the first round were announced. The incident lasted over an hour.

GEORGIA: 10 Shortlisted For Public TV Board

Civil: A Parliamentary selection commission submitted on April 7 a list of ten candidates for three six-year posts at the Georgian Public Broadcaster’s board of trustees.

GEORGIA: Georgia convicts 26 people over 2021 attack on journalists by anti-LGBT protesters

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday welcomed Georgian authorities’ recent convictions of 26 people over their attacks on journalists during mob violence in July 2021.

GERMANY: ZDF increases contributions for the film subsidies of the federal states (Press release – German)

ZDF: ZDF is increasing its contributions to the film funding institutions of the federal states by a total of two million euros. A special focus is placed on film funding in central and eastern Germany. 

HUNGARY: Where editors tell reporters to disregard facts before their eyes

The Guardian: Welcome to the media in Hungary, where NGOs are blacklisted, critical stories are binned and senior editors instruct journalists to disregard the facts before their eyes.

IRELAND: Dee Forbes on Why Public Media Matters

RTÉ: For almost 100 years, RTÉ has been central to the telling of Ireland’s unique story. That role is more vital today than ever before.

MALTA: Human rights violator handed public broadcasting

The Shift: The man formerly responsible for trampling on the free expression of protestors is now in charge of the public broadcaster.

MALTA: Pegasus spyware erodes democracy

Times of Malta: The European Parliament is looking into its illegal use by member states

NETHERLANDS: MFRR to host press conference on journalist safety in the Netherlands

ECPMF: As part of an international fact-finding mission to map the declining safety of journalists in the Netherlands, Free Press Unlimited, the European Center for Press and Media Freedom, and the International Press Institute are organising an international press conference on April 13th 3:30-4:30 PM CEST.

NETHERLANDS: NPO is fighting Netflix (Dutch)

NRC: The NPO may expand its on-demand service. The way of serving programs will also change radically.

NORWAY: Norwegian media houses join forces to verify videos from Ukraine (Norwegian)

Journalisten: During a morning session at the Skup conference on the information war in Ukraine, NRK’s ​​news director Helje Solberg presented the news of a historic collaboration between Norwegian media houses.

NORWAY: NRK and Norwaco agree on new archive agreement (Press release – Norwegian)

NRK: NRK and Norwaco have today agreed on a new archive agreement which means that all NRK’s ​​self-produced TV and radio programs from before 1 January 2015 and backwards will now be possible to broadcast on NRK’s ​​streaming services.

RUSSIA: Meduza editor: ‘Russia’s state media is terrifyingly effective’

Al Jazeera: Investigative editor Alexey Kovalyov on Russian journalism, freedom of speech, and the war in Ukraine.

RUSSIA: Russian disinformation surged on social media after invasion of Ukraine, Meta reports

The Guardian: Hacker group called Ghostwriter attempted to take over the social media accounts of Ukrainian military leaders.

RUSSIA: Russian Nobel Laureate Muratov Doused With Red Paint by Unknown Attacker

VOA News: Dmitry Muratov, the editor-in-chief of one of Russia’s leading independent newspapers, Novaya Gazeta, said he was attacked by an assailant who threw a mixture of red paint and acetone on him.

SERBIA: RSF’s ten recommendations to newly elected officials for strengthening press freedom and trustworthiness of information

RSF: On the occasion of the anniversary of the assassination of the journalist Slavko Curuvija, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges officials elected in Serbia’s presidential and parliamentary election to demonstrate strong support for the right to information. 

SPAIN: Galician public television workers will go on strike to prevent 40 dismissals (Spanish)

El Diario: The unions approve mobilizations to “demand the consolidation of all long-term temporary employment”

SPAIN: RTVE will launch its channel before the end of the year to ‘wage the information battle’ in Latin America (Spanish)

Voz Pópuli: The channel will produce informative content from America, in collaboration with the public media of each country and the EFE Agency

SWEDEN: Continued stable and high confidence in SVT and public service (Press release – Swedish)

SVT: Here, Kristian Lindquist, head of strategy at SVT, writes an analysis of how trust has developed.

SWEDEN: Yulia and Diana, 22, fled Kyiv – now they are employed at UR (Press release – Swedish)

UR: Yulia Solodovnik and Diana Siarki are employed at UR to translate programs into Ukrainian. 

UK: Alex Mahon: Channel 4 is thriving — why sell off a national treasure? (Opinion – Paywall)

The Times: As a television company that prides itself on its news and current affairs coverage, Channel 4 would always rather be reporting the headlines than being in them. But last week, we certainly found ourselves to be the story.

UK: BBC licence fee a regressive tax, claim ministers (Paywall)

The Times: Ministers have attacked the BBC licence fee as a “regressive tax” in the latest sign that they are moving to abolish the funding model.

UKRAINE: One Free Press Coalition highlights journalists covering the war on Ukraine

Deutsche Welle: The One Free Press Coalition’s February list focuses on the ten most urgent cases of journalists covering the war on Ukraine, who have been killed, attacked, or have gone missing.

UKRAINE: Ukrainian Journalists Are Winning the “Information War” Russia Is Waging Against Ukraine, But They Need Help 

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UKRAINE: Ukraine’s public broadcaster airs English news reports on YouTube

NHK World-Japan: Ukraine’s public broadcaster is airing news programs in English through YouTube.

REGIONAL: EU passes resolution to combat Chinese disinformation campaigns: Report

ThePrint: To combat the problem of interference through disinformation by state and non-state foreign entities in the democratic processes of the European Union (EU) member countries, the European Parliament (EP) recently adopted a resolution to combat ‘foreign Interference including disinformation’.

REGIONAL: Russian state media must be expelled from EBU – Baltic journalists’ organizations

The Baltic Times: The associations of journalists of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have called on the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to exclude Russian state media organizations from its membership.

GENERAL: Committee of Experts on Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation held its first meeting

Council of Europe: The Committee of Experts on Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation held its first meeting (hybrid) on 4-5 April 2022. 

ARGENTINA: How the Government speaks: few voices in a handful of friendly media

Letra P: In March, 50% of the interviews provided by the cabinet focused on FdT friendly signals. 

ARGENTINA: The Federal Council of Public Television, against Milei’s statements about public media (Spanish)

Télam: Through a statement, the entity that groups public television channels and signals repudiated the proposal of the national deputy on the closure of Public TV, Télam and National Radio. 

BRAZIL: Organizations sign a note against devices that threaten journalism in the Fake News PL (Portuguese)

Abraji: The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism ( Abraji ) and other civil society organizations signed a joint note this Wednesday ( Apr. 2020 , known as “PL of Fake News”. 

COLOMBIA: And the winner is… (Opinion – Spanish)

El Tiempo: The big winner is Colombia, which today has a system of public media with a social vocation.

COLOMBIA: Eureka: Kids TV / The Other Side (Spanish)

El Tiempo: Colombian public television knows how to make very good formats and children’s content.

CUBA: Cuba Adopts Russian Narrative on Ukraine War

VOA News: With a softened debt deal and widespread influence of Kremlin-backed media, Cuba follows Russian narrative on Ukraine, say independent journalists.

EL SALVADOR: El Salvador press cries censorship as anti-gang law targets media

The Guardian: El Salvador’s congress has authorised sentences of 10-15 years for media spreading gangs’ messages.

GUATEMALA: Indigenous community radios in Guatemala are looking for the government to comply with an emblematic ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (29 March)

LatAm Journalism Review: Four Indigenous community radio stations in Guatemala, which were the target of police investigations and had their equipment confiscated between 2006 and 2009, now hope the State of Guatemala will make a declaration after the ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IHR Court).

HAITI: A mock trial of a murdered journalist will be organized on May 3 in Haiti (French)

Rezo Nòdwès: In Haiti,  a mock trial of a murdered journalist will be organized on May 3 in collaboration with the  Bar of Port-au-Prince,  the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)  and associations of media and journalists. 

JAMAICA: Greater public education needed on the dangers of social media – Clayton

The Gleaner: Amid the debate surrounding fake news on online platforms, immediate past chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, Professor Anthony Clayton, believes that greater public education is needed on the dangers of social media.

MEXICO: Agencia Efe and SPR of Mexico sign an agreement to combat disinformation (Spanish)

Swissinfo: The EFE news agency and the Public Broadcasting System (SPR) of Mexico signed a cooperation agreement on Tuesday to combat false news and disinformation.

MEXICO: Attacks on press in Mexico hit record level during López Obrador’s presidency

The Guardian: Report paints bleak picture of journalist safety under leader who often criticises media and downplays violence against reporters.

MEXICO: Revocation of Mandate: Federal and state public media make an alliance (Spanish)

Contra Réplica: As part of the coverage of the Revocation of the Mandate, promoted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, state and federal public media agreed on an alliance to cover the referendum.

NICARAGUA: Devastated by the Ortega-Murillo administration, Nicaraguan journalism bets on resistance, resilience and reinvention

LatAm Journalism Review: “Brave,” “hopeful,” “combative,” and “creative.” This is how four Nicaraguan journalists described in one word the journalism that is carried out in their country during the panel “SOS Nicaragua: Imprisoned, persecuted and exiled journalists” […]

SURINAME: Move to abolish law preventing criticism of head of state (1 April)

Loop News: Two legislators have filed a private members’ motion in the National Assembly aimed at declaring null and void certain sections of the Criminal Code after indicating that age-old pieces of legislation are unconstitutional.

VENEZUELA: How Venezuela’s government uses private internet providers to restrict access to the news

CPJ: After seven years of painstakingly building up its audience, Crónica Uno, one of the only high-quality news websites that caters to poor and working-class Venezuelans, was recording up to 15,000 unique page views per day. 

REGIONAL: More Latin American countries consider protection mechanisms for journalists; not every effort succeeds

LatAm Journalism Review: As violence against journalists has increased in Latin America, several countries have created protection mechanisms designed to implement safety measures for journalists reporting attacks or threats against them.

REGIONAL: Rethinking journalism from the perspective of media outlets covering Indigenous communities

IJNet: I spoke with four media outlets in Latin America to learn from their experiences covering Indigenous communities. Here are some of their ideas to rethink how we cover the topic, how we relate to our sources, and how to reach those we report on.

REGIONAL & UKRAINE: Three South American journalists covering the war in Ukraine

LatAm Journalism Review: An Argentine, a Chilean and a Brazilian share the challenges they have faced while covering the conflict from the front lines of this Eastern European country.

IRAN: As the world focuses on Ukraine, Iran is on the verge of becoming an internet black hole

Reuters Institute: The regime is about to pass a new law that would criminalise VPNs and stifle any remaining internet freedoms in the country

IRAQ: ‘A kind of hell for journalists’

CJR: A law in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region was supposed to stop sexist online abuse. Instead, it’s being used to jail journalists.

JORDAN: At least 2 Jordanian journalists targeted by Pegasus spyware

CPJ: Jordanian authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into allegations that two journalists were targeted with Pegasus spyware, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

SAUDI ARABIA & TURKEY: Jamal Khashoggi murder case transferred to Saudi Arabia, human rights organizations react (Turkish)

BBC: The case regarding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been suspended. The file was transferred to Saudi Arabia upon the positive opinion of the Ministry of Justice. Human rights organizations reacted to the decision. 

TURKEY: Turkey’s media watchdog generates $1.1 million in revenue from fines in 2021

Ahval: Controlled by allies of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, RTÜK has come under criticism in recent years for handing down a disproportionate number of fines to the country’s few remaining television and radio stations that are critical of the government.

YEMEN: 20 violations against Yemen journalists in 3 months, report finds

Middle East Monitor: The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate said yesterday it had monitored 20 violations against journalists and media professionals within the first three months of the year.

CANADA: CAJ offers free memberships to Afghan journalists

CAJ: The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) will be offering free membership for a period of up to three years to any Afghan journalist who left Afghanistan after May 1, 2021 and settled in Canada. 

CANADA: CBC Asks: How should the media talk about climate change? (Event)

CBC News: CBC News invites teachers and students to a conversation about the media and climate change

CANADA: CBC to serve as Olympic rights-holder in Canada through 2032 Brisbane Games

The Globe and Mail: The CBC will be the Olympic broadcast rightsholder in Canada through 2032.

CANADA: Diversity: The Heart of the Public Broadcaster (Press release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: In this op-ed exclusive to iPolitics, Catherine Tait, our President and CEO, describes how CBC/Radio-Canada is making room at the table for all people living in Canada.

CANADA: How the Online News Act will work and media organizations get paid

National Post: Companies that already have a commercial deal in place with the digital platforms will apply to the CRTC asking to be exempted from mandatory negotiation

CANADA: New Canadian Media’s study breaks silence on exclusion of immigrant and refugee journalists

New Canadian Media: A colloquium presenting the findings of a groundbreaking study on immigrant and refugee journalists in Canada highlights the toll of their exclusion from the media industry, both on these journalists and the industry itself.

CANADA: Positive reception for Ottawa’s media funding bill (French)

Le Devoir: The experts and organizations in the information community interviewed by Le Devoir are unanimous: Ottawa has learned from the Australian model to force the giants of the Web to share their revenues with the media. But his bill tabled on Tuesday remains imperfect and could be improved.

US: CPB awards $600,000 for expansion of NPR’s ‘Code Switch’ (Press release)

NPR: “Code Switch,” NPR’s signature podcast on race and identity, is expanding its presence on the radio, through live and virtual events and on social media through a $600,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

US: FRONTLINE Selects 2022-23 Cohort of Local Journalism Initiative Partners (Press release)

CPB: The initiative, funded with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, supports high-impact local journalism in communities around the country.

US: Maria Ressa, US Secretary of State Blinken discuss protection of independent media

Rappler: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he and the Rappler CEO tackled the ‘work governments must do to protect journalists’

US: Older Adults Are Stepping Up to Help Cover Local News

AARP: They’re filling the gaps in community news while learning skills and earning money.

US: Public Media Venture Group Acquires W29EN-D For South Carolina ETV

TV Tech: PMVG will construction the station as a ATSC 1.0 facility and provide bandwidth to SCETV for educational datacasting and other content

US: The Local Journalism Sustainability Act is an empty promise that won’t work (Commentary)

Poynter: It calls for the government to send money to the greedmongers destroying newspapers, with no real demand that they use it to sustain local journalism.

US & UK: Collaboration between Cape Cod, British stations reveals similar challenges faced by coastal communities (Paywall)

Current: WCAI in Woods Hole, Mass., is partnering with a community radio station in Falmouth, England, on a collaborative project linking the coastal communities the stations serve with a series of one-hour programs aired on both stations.  

A toolkit for newsrooms to better serve the disability community

Reynolds Journalism Institute: A starting point for journalists that is a living document open for comments from the community

How to implement a feedback culture in your newsroom

Reuters Institute: Feedback can fuel creativity, new ideas and distinctive solutions in organisations; it can stop you from making very costly mistakes when designing new products and services; it can foster engagement, collaboration, creativity, diversity and inclusion. 

How to reach mistrustful and light news readers? It’s difficult, but not hopeless.

Poynter: Headlines, comments, graphics and photos are crucial. They cannot be won over just with good reporting and writing.

In a vulnerable media economy, journalists are demanding ownership of their work

Poynter: Emma Gray and Claire Fallon were two rare millennial journalists who had worked for the same digital media organization for a decade.

International Journalism Festival 2022: what we learnt in Perugia about the future of news

Reuters Institute: Here are a few highlights from the festival on topics such as business models, climate coverage, press freedom and the war in Ukraine. 

Lessons from the global South on how to counter harmful information

The Conversation: By linking different issues together, organisations show the importance of approaching information disorder as a complex problem requiring various responses.

Meta Journalism Project and Oxford’s Saïd Business School bring News Marketing Program to different regions across the world (Press release)

Facebook: Meta Journalism Project partners with Saïd Business School to launch in Asia, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa a free and unique 8-week online program to help news organizations better market their editorial output.

New ARTICLE 19 guidelines on an intersectional gender approach to protecting women journalists (Resource)

Article 19

Russia: Government Shuts Down Human Rights Watch Office

HRW: Russia’s Justice Ministry on April 8, 2022 canceled the registration of Human Rights Watch, along with Amnesty International and 13 other offices of foreign nongovernmental organizations and foundations, Human Rights Watch said today.

The New York Times would really like its reporters to stop scrolling and get off Twitter (at least once in a while)

Nieman Lab: “Tweet less, tweet more thoughtfully, and devote more time to reporting,” says executive editor Dean Baquet. Is that a wise redirection of attention or a mistaken view of reporting circa 2022? (Both, a little.)

The time is now to speed up the just transition and tackle climate change, report

IFJ: Global greenhouse gas emissions need to peak before 2025 and transition policies that are proving effective must be boosted to achieve this goal, a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has revealed. 

UN’s rights council adopts ‘fake news’ resolution, States urged to take tackle hate speech (1 April)

UN: At the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, Member States adopted a plan of action to tackle disinformation, at the request of Ukraine and with widespread – but not universal – support.

‘Where Is the Line Where Immoral Becomes Evil?’

The Atlantic: The Nobel Prize–winning journalist Maria Ressa in conversation with The Atlantic’s executive editor, Adrienne LaFrance

World’s largest forum of fact-checkers heads to Oslo

Poynter: In June, journalists, technologists, policymakers and fact-checkers of every stripe will convene in Oslo, Norway, to attend the ninth iteration of the world’s largest fact-checking conference, Global Fact 9.

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