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Swissinfo: Russian-Ukrainian journalist Galina Timchenko has been living and working in Latvia for years. There she founded an online multimedia platform that continues to write what the Russian media is no longer allowed to publish due to tough Russian censorship regulations.

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The Roundtable – What is the state of public media around the world?

ABC Radio National – The Roundtable: This year marks the ABC’s 90th year as Australia’s national public broadcaster, and it continues to be one of the most independent public broadcasters in the world. Historically, public broadcasting was once the dominant form of broadcasting in many countries, so what is the broader state of public broadcasting and public media around the world and is it adapting to the media landscape of the 21st century?

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GHANA: GBC congratulates two staff on GJA election win

GBC: The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), has congratulated two of its staff who were elected in the just ended Ghana Journalists Association’s (GJA) national election.

KENYA: NCIC raises alarm over increased hate speech on social media

KBC: National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has raised concerns over increased incidences of hate speech and incitement on social media.

KENYA: Property worth millions extensively damaged in KBC canteen fire (Watch)

KBC: Property of unknown value was destroyed when fire gutted the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation staff canteen. No casualties were reported. 

NAMIBIA: MultiChoice and NBC Announce 13 Local Film Projects

The Namibian: A WEALTH of homegrown stories are set to hit continental screens courtesy of MultiChoice Namibia and the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

NIGERIA: Regulator And Practitioners Disagree Over Need To Establish The “Society of Nigerian Broadcasters”

Broadcast Media Africa: In Nigeria, the House of Representatives committee of Information recently held a one-day public hearing on a bill to provide for the regulation and conduct on the practice of broadcasting in Nigeria.

RWANDA: Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) To Host 6th Africa Broadcasters and Digital Media Convention In Collaboration With SABA And BMA

Broadcast Media Africa: The Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) has partnered with the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) and Broadcasting Media Africa (BMA) to convene the 6th edition of Broadcasters and Digital Media Convention – Africa, which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from Tuesday 18th October – 20th October 2022.

SENEGAL: Alarming increase in threats and attacks against journalists in run-up to Senegal’s elections 

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has produced recommendations for the safety of journalists in the run-up to Senegal’s parliamentary elections on 31 July, which have so far been marked by tension and an increase in threats and attacks against media personnel since late May. The election campaign begins officially on 10 July.

SIERRA LEONE: Clerk apologises to victim as Parliament begins investigation into MP’s assault on journalist

MFWA: The Media Foundation for West Africa welcomes the intervention of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), which has led to the Clerk of Parliament issuing an apology to Abdulai Gbla, a journalist who was assaulted by a Member of Parliament.

SOUTH AFRICA: Goodbye TV Licence — South Africans say no to paying for SABC

MyBroadband: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has a significant problem collecting TV licence fees. Even its registered users are refusing to pay them.


EBU: The African Union of Broadcasters (AUB) has declared support for a “No Change” position by African states on the use of the UHF band at WRC-23. The Union had originally reached the decision in April and has now published an official statement on its website.

REGIONAL: IPI joins Africa media stakeholders in strengthening the Digital Platform for the Safety of Journalists

IPI: New partnership agreement will leverage IPI’s monitoring experience to contribute to Platform’s future development.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan’s Independent Media Is Fading Away, but a Few Hold Out

The Wall Street Journal: Tolo News covers women’s rights and the Taliban resistance at great risk to its journalists; ‘there are new rules nearly every day’

HONG KONG & UK: Hong Kong email threat sent to Jimmy Lai’s London legal team (Paywall)

The Times: London barristers acting for democracy campaigners in Hong Kong have received email threats that purport to be from security police in the territory.

INDIA: India’s overbroad content takedown powers threaten internet freedom (Opinion)

Thomson Reuters Foundation News: Twitter’s legal challenge of India’s content takedown powers is a step in the right direction for the future of digital rights protections in India and elsewhere.

INDIA: Journalists pitch for organising legal aid for colleagues facing FIRs

National Herald: The meeting on “Creeping Infringement of Media Freedom and Assault on Personal Liberty on Journalists” was organised by several prominent journalists’ organisations including Editors Guild of India.

JAPAN: Jail time and tougher penalties for online insults come into effect in Japan

The Japan Times: A prison term of up to one year and other tougher penalties for online insults came into effect Thursday as part of Japan’s efforts to tackle cyberbullying.

JAPAN: NHK Party to keep status after securing 2% of votes in Japan election (Paywall)

Mainichi: The minor opposition NHK Party is set to keep its political party status after securing 2% of votes in July 10 House of Councillors election. However, the party calling for changes in the public broadcaster’s subscription system failed to win a single seat in any of the constituencies.

MYANMAR: In Myanmar’s Restive Regions, Internet Blocks Disrupt Rural Life

VOA News: Farmers and businesses say they are left without access to vital reports on security, weather.

PAKISTAN: Deadly Week for Journalists in Pakistan

VOA News: Unidentified assailants in Pakistan have within the past week killed two journalists and tortured a renowned columnist, while police arrested a reporter-anchor-turned-host of a top YouTube political show amid allegations of a government crackdown on dissent and political opponents.

PHILIPPINES: Assassins gun down Philippine broadcaster outside home

Asia Pacific Report: Radio broadcaster Federico “Ding” Gempesaw has been shot and killed in broad daylight in front of his home in Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, reports the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

PHILIPPINES: Makabayan solons seek ABS-CBN franchise renewal

ABS-CBN News: Lawmakers from the progressive Makabayan bloc on Tuesday filed a bill seeking to grant ABS-CBN Corp. a fresh 25-year broadcast franchise.

PHILIPPINES: Philippines’ Nobel Laureate Ressa Loses Appeal of Cyber Libel Conviction

VOA News: Philippine Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa lost her appeal against a conviction for cyber libel, her news website Rappler said Friday, in the latest blow for the veteran journalist.

SRI LANKA: Journalists attacked during protest coverage

IFJ: At least eight media workers were beaten and violently assaulted by security forces and police personnel during live coverage of an anti-government protest outside Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s residence in Colombo. 

THAILAND: Thai PBS Podcast opens for audio media producers in the Year 2022 Podcast Project Plus (Press release – Thai)

Thai PBS: Thai PBS Podcast (Thai PBS Podcast) accepts program proposals from independent third-party producers. To co-produce the podcast (Podcast) in the Podcast Project Plus (PPP) year 2022 , the main idea is to bring different elements of sound to produce a show to create colour, causing more variety to enjoy listening to.

AUSTRALIA: ABC mentoring helps Pacific women tackle sports commentary (Press release)

ABC: A group of Pacific women mentored and trained by the ABC will take centre stage commentating on two international sporting events in Fiji next week.

AUSTRALIA: Independence day: Labor vows to end ABC board-stacking and ministerial interventions

The Guardian: No more captain’s picks or complaint calls about negative stories, communications minister says.

AUSTRALIA: SBS launches multilingual Australian Census Explorer (Press release)

SBS: What are the most spoken languages in your suburb? How old is the average Australian? How has your community’s population grown over the last five years? Discover this and more with SBS’s visually dynamic platform available for the first time in eight languages.

NEW ZEALAND: Government could yet force tech giants to pay NZ media

Stuff: An Australian-style legislative response against global digital giants to make them pay for media firms’ content remains possible as a new minister says too many news firms are hurting.

NEW ZEALAND: Radio Australia? RNZ’s musical outsourcing under fire (Listen)

RNZ – Mediawatch: The bombastic tunes broadcasters use for news become so familiar we barely notice them – until they change. RNZ is being criticised by local musicians and their industry bodies over its decision to outsource the $43,000 contract for new theme music to an Australian outfit. 

NEW ZEALAND: The worst of times? (Listen)

RNZ – Mediawatch: There‘s plenty of worrying news around at the moment – alongside crisis claims in the media about an imminent economic recession and a collective national depression. Are the media helping us identify the structural stuff we really need to confront – or over-egging short-term problems that will come right?

NEW ZEALAND: Too many jobs, not enough reporters: ‘It is a very good time to be a journalist’

The Spinoff: Covid pushed Aotearoa journalism to the brink. Now, it’s done a complete U-turn. How long can the great journalism boom of 2022 last?

REGIONAL & CHINA: China’s creeping influence on Pacific media freedom

Policy Forum: The restrictions on Pacific media during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s recent Pacific trip are only the most recent example of a media sector under siege, Shailendra Singh writes.

ALBANIA: Albanian PM Receives International Call to Un-Ban Journalists from Press Conferences

Exit.al: An open letter has been sent to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama from a coalition of international media freedom organisations asking him to reconsider his decisions to ban certain journalists from press conferences.

ALBANIA: Albanian Journalists ‘Feel Unprotected’ After PM’s Angry Outbursts

Balkan Insight: Media experts say Albanian journalists are not getting the support they need from their news organisations after another incident in which Prime Minister Edi Rama lashed out verbally and barred a reporter from his press conferences.

AZERBAIJAN: With Print Media Pushed Out, Azerbaijanis Turn to Online News

VOA News: With Azerbaijan’s print media curtailed by years of economic and political pressure, online news outlets are filling the gap.

BELARUS: At least 5 journalists face court hearings over reporting in Belarus

CPJ: Authorities in Belarus should immediately stop harassing and prosecuting members of the press, and release all journalists imprisoned for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday.

BELGIUM: VRT NWS is in the new: brand new homepage with an even more convenient overview (Dutch)

VRT: No construction leave for the VRT NWS site and app: in order to be able to inform you even better about the state of affairs in your area and far beyond, we are gradually updating ourselves. You will discover phase one of those refurbishment works as of today: our homepage looks just a little better than you are used to from us.

CROATIA: Maja Sever, the first woman to lead the EFJ (Interview)

EFJ: Quickly resolving the economic issue relating to journalists, fighting harder against SLAPPs or gag complaints, using the rule of law to improve media conditions. These are the keywords of Maja Sever, the first woman to lead the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech Television filmed a Czech language course for foreigners. Mína and Týna will help with the words (Press release – Czech)

Česká televize: Czech Television has prepared a new educational program Čeština s Mína a Týna for children who are learning Czech as a foreign language. 

CZECH REPUBLIC: Independent Czech media collaborate to challenge oligarch-owned publishers (HlidaciPes)

IPI: With the most-read publications in the Czech Republic largely owned by wealthy oligarchs and investment groups, independent media have been on the back foot in negotiations. The newly formed Association of Online Publishers aims to change this, writes founding member HlidaciPes.

DENMARK: DR News appoints new defence correspondent and at the same time increases focus on the Arctic (Press – Danish)

DR: Mads Korsager will in future be given the title of defence correspondent, while Steffen Kretz will in future also have a central role in DR’s Arctic coverage.

GREECE: Greece defends disputed media and migration track record

EU Observer: Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis defended his country’s track record on migration and media freedoms, two issues that have generated international outrage.

ESTONIA: The most loved media brand of Estonian residents is ETV (Estonian)

ERR: Kantar Emor ‘s survey of media brands conducted among Estonian residents revealed that Estonians’ favorite media brand is ETV for the third year in a row.

FRANCE: Laurent Guimier: at France Télévisions “we are not in a budgetary logic, but editorial and social” (Paywall – French)

Le Monde: The public audiovisual group has decided to remove the national editions of France 3. The director of information, touched by a motion of no confidence, details this project in the “World”.

FRANCE: Macron shakes up French state media with funding overhaul plans (Paywall)

Financial Times: Government wants to scrap the €138 annual licence fee that households pay for state-owned broadcasters.

HUNGARY: RSF warns against new draconian measures of Prime Minister Viktor Orban who remains careless about press freedom concerns

RSF: After meeting the independent media and the national authorities, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) asks the European institutions to mobilize more than ever to save Hungarian journalism. 

IRELAND: RTÉ Response to Future of Media Commission Report Publication

RTÉ: RTÉ would like to thank the members of the Future of Media Commission for their work, and to the hundreds of stakeholders, who participated in what was an extensive and in-depth deliberation on the future of media in Ireland.  It is gratifying to see that the report acknowledges the importance of a diverse and vibrant media, and the multi-faceted role that it plays within Irish life. Importantly the unique role of national public service media has also been affirmed in the report.

LATVIA: Broadcast agency says it is under cyber attack

LSM: The Latvia State Radio and Television Center (LVRTC) said July 6 it has come under sustained cyber-attack.

MALTA: Press Freedom NGOs call for maximum punishment for Daphne Caruana Galizia killers

The Shift News: International press freedom organisations have called for the maximum punishment for the killers of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia following revelations made by George Degiorgio of his role in the assassination and the attempt by his lawyers to seek a settlement in exchange for information about other crimes.

MALTA: ‘Access to information should be recognised as one of the main pillars sustaining media freedom’

The Shift News: The Shift’s FOI battle cited as example of struggle for information from public authorities in Europe.

NETHERLANDS: Fledgling right wing broadcaster fined for fake news

DutchNews: Right wing fledgling broadcaster Ongehoord Nederland has been fined some €93,000 for breaking the public broadcasting sector’s journalistic code of ethics by spreading wrongful information and not differentiating between fact and opinion, public broadcasting organisation NPO has announced.

NORWAY: NRK with agreement on new premises in Trondheim (Press release – Norwegian)

NRK: NRK has entered into a letter of intent with the real estate company Entra for new premises in Trondheim. According to the plan, NRK Trøndelag will move into new premises no later than 2026.

RUSSIA: IFJ and EFJ condemn suspension and demand for liquidation of independent Russian trade union JMWU

IFJ: The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ-EFJ) have condemned moves by the Russian authorities to shut down the Journalists’ and Media Workers’ Union (JMWU). The IFJ and EFJ urge the Russian authorities to drop the lawsuit against JMWU and to end their crackdown on independent journalists and media outlets in Russia.

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: Russian Media Regulator Blocks More Online News Sources Over Coverage Of Ukraine War

RFE/RL: Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked access to several more domestic and international media websites over the coverage of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.  

SERBIA: Serbian female investigative journalists continue to face growing harassment

Poynter: A small group of American journalism students visited the country to examine the state of press freedoms there.

SPAIN & PERU: Agreement between RTVE and Telefónica Peru for the distribution of the Star TVE channel on its Movistar TV platform (Press release – Spanish)

RTVE: The best fiction series and entertainment programs from RTVE come to  Movistar TV Peru  through  Star TVE , a high-definition channel that offers content aimed at a family audience, and which constitutes an open look at Spain and the world. RTVE and the Peruvian distributor have signed an agreement so that the channel is integrated into their offer and can be enjoyed by  more than a million of their subscribers.

SLOVENIA: Green light of the Culture Committee to the bill on RTV Slovenia (Press release – Italian)

RTV Slovenija: After a meeting on the river lasting more than six hours, the Committee in charge has given the green light to the bill, the main objective of the legislation as specified by the Minister for Culture, Asta Vrečko, is to de-politicize the body.

SLOVENIA: STA: Brussels to urge Slovenia to improve press freedom (Paywall)

STA: The European Commission is expected to publish its third annual report on the rule of law in EU countries on Wednesday, which will for the first time also include recommendations to individual countries. According to a draft report obtained by the STA, the Commission sees no progress with regard to press freedom in Slovenia.

SWEDEN: Humor forever (Blog – Swedish)

SVT: For a long time, political satire and political humor was a genre that was missing, or simply did not succeed, in Swedish television. But then came Swedish news and we sat up straight on the TV couches on Friday nights. What happened?

UK: BBC Charter and the closure of regional TV news programmes (Research briefing)

Parliament.uk: The closure of regional TV news programmes has been recently announced as part of plans to “move decisively to a digital-first BBC to better deliver value for all audiences”. Included in these changes are the merger of South Today in Oxford with the regional programme in Southampton and the Cambridge based version of BBC Look East to merge with the broadcast from Norwich. The move has been challenged for being “in contravention of the BBC charter, which says that all audiences should be able to engage fully with major local issues”.

UK: BBC facing brain drain as exodus goes deeper than just the big names (Paywall)

The Times: The corporation has lost more than 2,500 years of experience in just over two years.

UK: Channel 4 chief: Tories tried to sway annual report to fit privatisation policy

The Guardian: Investigation into Nadine Dorries’ claims reality show used paid actors has found no evidence of fakery, says Alex Mahon.

UK: The Future For Media Policy In The UK (Speech)

BBC: Clare Sumner’s speech to the Westminster Media Forum – Wednesday 6 July 2022.

UK: Year of exceptional delivery as BBC marks centenary (Press release)

BBC: Delivery for audiences has been our biggest achievement. In a world of rapidly increasing choice the BBC continues to reach 90% of UK adults on average each week, rising to 97% over a month.

UKRAINE: As war drags on, independent media continue to adapt

IPI: Prospect of prolonged conflict brings new challenges to media sustainability.

UKRAINE: Authorities should withdraw the draft media law

EFJ: The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) shares the call made by its Ukrainian affiliates, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) and the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU) for the Ukrainian authorities to bring the media legislation in line with European standards of press freedom.

REGIONAL: Access to Information Laws: an essential tool to uphold Media Freedom


REGIONAL: EU citizens trust traditional media most, new Eurobarometer survey finds (Press release)

European Parliament: Media play a major role in informing European citizens on the activities of the European Union and its institutions. A dedicated Eurobarometer survey published today takes an in-depth look at media habits, trust in different media sources as well as attitudes towards the threat of disinformation.

REGIONAL: European Parliament adopts the Digital Services Package, setting the bar high for online platforms (Press release)

EBU: Today, the European Parliament adopted the Digital Services Package, consisting of the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA), with an overwhelming majority in the plenary vote. MEPs greenlighted the political agreements reached with the European Commission and the Council in spring this year. Public Service Media welcome this major step and look forward to the final adoption in Council which will officially close the legislative procedure.

REGIONAL: Propaganda and lies breeds mistrust in Balkan media

FairPlanet: A latest survey has found that almost one third of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina associate the media with lies, fraud and manipulation. They perceive the media as saturated with fake news, hate speech and partial provision of information.

ARGENTINA: Bauer: “Public media are essential for the culture of peace” (Listen – Spanish)

Radio Nacional: Within the framework of the celebrations for the 85 years of Radio Nacional, the Minister of Culture of the Nation and former president of Radio and Television Argentina highlighted the importance of the public media, which “play a fundamental role in the construction of the culture of the peace, encounter, and understanding; in the face of hatred, discrimination, and racism,” he said.

CHILE: The new Constitution and a more digital Chile (Opinion – Spanish)

El Mostrador: With the Plenary 110, and after 12 months of work of the Constitutional Convention, Chile has a proposal for a new Constitution that in its articles presents us with a proposal with a green, social, parity, decentralized and digital emphasis, having as a framework a State social and democratic law.

COLOMBIA: IAPA rejects labeling of Colombian media as mercenaries

IAPA: The Colombian press is among the most punished and stigmatized in the continent, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) recalled today in rejecting the statement of an insurgent group that called several of the media outlets in the country “mercenaries.”

CUBA: Five things you should know a year on from Cuba’s 11 July protests

Amnesty International: 11 July marks the first anniversary of massive and emblematic protests in Cuba. A year on, here are five things you should know about what has happened since and why we must pay attention.

ECUADOR: Over 140 attacks on the press in two-week strike in Ecuador; organizations blame impunity and stigmatization of journalists (29 June)

LatAm Journalism Review: A stigmatizing discourse that paints the press as the enemy and the impunity that reigns over attacks against journalists are the main factors that have made possible the climate of violence experienced by the press in Ecuador in the last two weeks, in the midst of a national strike in that country.

GUATEMALA: Justice for journalists in Guatemala: Prosecutor archives more complaints than it brings to trial

LatAm Journalism Review

GUYANA: Media have had to take on tasks that gov’t, civil society should be doing, Raghubir says

Stabroek News: Aside from its watchdog role, the local media have had to help people understand their rights under the constitution and the functions of the different arms of government so they are better equipped to hold public office holders accountable, says Guyana Press Association (GPA) President Nazima Raghubir.

JAMAICA: Long road to press freedom in Jamaica (Opinion)

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MEXICO: Citizen Council of the CDMX Public Media Service (Opinion – Spanish)

Proceso: The communicators Luisa Cantú Ríos, Jorge Armando Rocha Gutiérrez, Álvaro Cueva Cantú, Luisa Iglesias Arvide and the Monero José García Hernández […] are the members since May 30 of the first Citizen Council of a Public Media Service of Mexico City that flagrantly violates the Capital Constitution and the general Magna Carta in regard to public service broadcasting, for being an official and propagandistic medium of the Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum , one of the candidates for the Presidency of the Republic in 2024.

MEXICO: What It’s Like Working in the Deadliest Country in the World for Journalists

Nieman Reports: In Mexico, journalists are trapped between physical threats and political disputes.

MEXICO: They urge public media to take advantage of the digital age (Spanish)

El Universal: Using platforms is an opportunity to attract more audience and as a consequence higher income, they say in a forum.

MEXICO: Why do they kill journalists in Mexico? (Spanish)

The Objective: López Obrador enjoys the license to lead a progressive government in international public opinion. Thus, the destruction of the largest democracy in Latin America has gone unnoticed.

PERU: IAPA condemns kidnapping and extortion of journalists from América TV Peru

IAPA: The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) condemned the kidnapping and extortion of a group of journalists from América TV, Peru. They were forced to read a live statement as a condition for their release. 

PERU: Peru has a rare thing: a political leader who won’t speak to the press

Index on Censorship: President Pedro Castillo has not given a statement to the media for more than 100 days. The country’s journalists fear democracy is at risk.

URUGUAY: Director of Observacom: “Public media will suffer setbacks” if the Media Law is repealed (Spanish)

Montevideo Portal: Gustavo Gómez warned that the public media “will lose the currently recognized autonomy” because “the Secan passes from a decentralized service to an Executing Unit of the MEC”.

REGIONAL: Executive Branch has the most negative influence on free speech in Latin America, according to Chapultepec Index (28 June)

LatAm Journalism Review: The Executive branch appears as the most influential in situations unfavorable to freedom of speech and of the press in the Americas, compared to the Legislative and the Judiciary.

IRAN: RSF requests urgent OHCHR action on tragic plight of journalists imprisoned in Iran

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) wrote to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on 13 June – the first day of the UN Human Rights Council’s 50th session, which continued until 8 July – drawing her attention to the appalling conditions in which many journalists are detained in Iran. These journalists are being denied medical care despite being ill and despite being badly affected physically and psychologically. 

PALESTINE: Lawyers of killed journalist Shireen Abu Akleh request Israeli Army and Palestinian Authority grant urgent access to firearm and bullet for independent forensic analysis

IFJ: On 6 July 2022, lawyers acting on behalf of the family of Shireen Abu Akleh, and journalist Ali al-Samoudi, wrote to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Israeli Army (IA) to request access to the bullet and firearm that is said to have killed Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. The lawyers intend to have the firearm and bullet examined by a senior British forensic ballistics expert instructed on behalf of their clients.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: Not just Shireen: how Israel has attacked journalists and newsrooms in Palestine

RISJ: “This was not a one-time incident. Palestinian journalists have long been subjected to arrests and attacks,” Haya Abushkhaidem writes.

TURKEY: Changes to Turkey’s Press Ethics Code feared to contribute to increasing censorship

SCF: Turkey’s Press Advertising Agency (BİK), the state body responsible for regulating publicly funded advertisements in the media, has changed the Press Ethics Code, adding to it vague and abstract wording that is feared to contribute to the increasing media censorship in the country, Turkish Minute reported.

TURKEY: Turkey must stop using state advertising allocation to penalise critical media

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Turkish agency in charge of allocating state advertising to adopt objective and democratic criteria so that its allocation ceases to be used to deprive critical media outlets of advertising revenue.

YEMEN: Murder, mayhem and manipulation: The brutal methods used to silence independent journalism in Yemen

The New Arab: Since the outbreak of the Yemeni war, journalism has become increasingly dangerous. Subject to targeted killings, sedition and extortion, journalists face a host of professional landmines in their bid to tell the truth.

YEMEN: United Nations must intervene to stop the targeting of journalists and media workers

Via IFEX: Targeting of journalists is part of a widespread and systematic assault on the right to free expression and access to information in Yemen.

CANADA: Apply today for CBC Indigenous Pathways Program (Opportunity)

CBC News: CBC’s new Indigenous Pathways to Journalism Development Program is here. This is a full-time, 9-month learning and development opportunity for six First Nations, Inuit and Métis candidates who want to develop practical skills as a storyteller in a CBC newsroom. There is no requirement for prior journalism experience.

CANADA: Between Us: Amplifying your voices from coast to coast to coast (Blog)


CANADA: CBC’s licence renewal shows how the traditional broadcaster has evolved into a modern digital service (Opinion)

The Globe and Mail: You may not have seen it, but for Canadians interested in the future of their public broadcaster, the recent CRTC renewal of the CBC/Radio-Canada television and radio licences represents a groundbreaking decision. For the first time, Canada’s regulator has recognized how we serve Canadians today – not just as a linear television and radio broadcaster but as a multiplatform streaming service as well.

CANADA: Prominent Radio-Canada personalities urge broadcaster to fight CRTC N-word decision

CBC News: CRTC said word wasn’t used in a discriminatory manner, but violated broadcasting values

US: A Panel to Combat Disinformation Becomes a Victim of It (Paywall)

The New York Times: The Department of Homeland Security suspended the work of a panel focused on the subject of disinformation. The group had provoked accusations of government overreach.

US: Biden nominates former Alaska Public Radio Network CEO Diane Kaplan to CPB board (Paywall)

Current: The nomination of another Biden appointee, Kathy Im, still awaits confirmation by the Senate.

US: Heavy-Handed Police Response to Media in LA Comes After New Law

VOA News: California passed a law to improve police-media relations during protests but protections not recognized in heat of moment, journalists say

US: Nielsen Report Puts Radio At The Center Of The Audio Universe

InsideRadio: Smartphones have put audio into everyone’s pocket, and as a result Americans are spending more time plugged into audio mediums thanks in part to podcasting and streaming. But the tried-and-true free option – broadcast radio remains “the center of the total audio universe” says Nielsen in its just-released Audio Today report.

US: PBS Appalachia | VA To Serve 13 Counties in Southwest Virginia

The Roanoke Star: Blue Ridge PBS is creating a first-of-its-kind, all-digital television station dedicated to serving Southwest Virginia. PBS Appalachia | Va will serve 13 counties in one of the only areas of the country not currently served by a PBS station. 

US: Seven Georgia news outlets led by people of color get $2 million in funding

Nieman Lab: “You can call these rural parts of the state news deserts. But in these deserts are oases.”

US: ‘The World’ from PRX and GBH gets CPB Support to Expand Coverage of War in Ukraine, Humanitarian Crisis (Press release)

CPB: Corporation for Public Broadcasting provides $205,000 for in-depth global reporting, additional editorial support, and safety training.

US: There are too many mass shootings for the US media to cover (Paywall)

The Washington Post: News organizations must make agonizing decisions about which shootings deserve on-the-ground reporting, and for how long.

US: What to Know About the PBS Short Film Festival

PBS: Since its inception in 2012, the PBS Short Film Festival has showcased independent films of all genres. The festival, now in its eleventh year, features short films created by PBS members stations and a wide variety of public television producers. Each year the films highlight topics like social injustice, religion, addiction, public policy, love and other subjects inspiring to the filmmakers. 

AI in broadcasting: accelerated adoption

IBC365: AI is seeing rapid adoption in broadcast environments, as it offers substantial cost and efficiency benefits, while the barriers to entry are dropping fast.

Confronting “Press Freedom Predators”

Nieman Reports: Newsrooms are running a gauntlet of abuse around the world. But the threat is greater than against journalism alone — it’s against democracy itself.

Fact check: Fake news and content targets international media

DW: Pro-Russian fabricated posts pretending to be those of the BBC, CNN and DW are fueling the mis- and disinformation war between Russia and Ukraine. They are also discrediting various international media outlets.

How global media are covering the Uber law-breaking revelations

The Guardian: From Washington Post’s reporting of the company thwarting government probes to Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung on Uber’s ‘wild west’ tactics.

How misinformation shows us what the media should not do

LSE: Carlos Carrasco-Farré, a researcher at ESADE Business School, writes here about the differences in reporting style between reliable news sources and misinformation, and the need for quality news providers to resist the temptation to lower their standards in order to attract attention.

How to support journalists’ well-being: five recommendations

EFJ: The Middlesex University has recently published a set of Recommendation for supporting journalists’ well-being as part of the project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council “Journalists’ emotional labour in the era of social media”.

It’s possible to be a journalist and a human (Commentary)

Poynter: The way journalists are told to perform objectivity is outdated. If we want to preserve public trust, the best thing we can do is tell the truth.

Policy brief from UNESCO recommends urgent interventions to protect quality journalism

EJO: As part of its World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development series, UNESCO recently published a policy brief titled “Finding the funds for journalism to thrive: policy options to support media viability”, which offers 22 actionable recommendations to improve the viability of news media and address threats against journalism. This follows action by governments around the world to support journalism in the wake of the Covid pandemic and widespread interest in getting big tech to help support quality news and information.

Should reporter safety trump open contact details for newsrooms?

Poynter: Sharing contact information helps reporters gain followers and receive story tips. It also opens them up to online harassment.

UN expert warns of dangerous decline in media freedom


UK journalism has received almost £80m in philanthropy since 2019 but US dominates donations for news

Press Gazette: UK journalism has been supported by at least £77m* of philanthropic funding since 2019, Press Gazette research has found – although funding for news remains a fraction of what’s available in the US.

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