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China and the World: Hearts and Minds (Location-based)

BBC: In the second programme, Isabel Hilton considers how Xi Jinping’s Communist Party goes about shaping how people outside China think of the country and the media strategy involved.

TVNZ’s local content play 

RNZ: As the government ponders its policy for the media, state-owned TVNZ has got a green light to put millions of dollars into ”betting big on local content”. This week it unveiled its programmes plan for 2020. 

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RSF breaks the silence forced on journalists in Indian-administered Kashmir

RSF: In a series of exceptional videos released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on the 100th day of a blackout on all communications in the Kashmir Valley, RSF’s local correspondent interviews nine local journalists about the terrible constraints they have had to work under as a result of this blackout.

Dispatches from the front lines of environmental reporting

Al Jazeera: A Listening Post special on environment reporters being attacked and an interview with climate columnist George Monbiot.

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EGYPT: Egypt’s press faces challenges in preserving quality journalism: Speakers of EMF’19

MENAFN: “Good journalism is always a goal we all seek. The biggest issue is how to maintain good press services in light of the many challenges we face,” said Howaida Mostafa, the dean of Faculty of Mass Communication at Cairo University, in an opening session of the second edition of Egypt Media Forum (EMF) 2019 on Sunday. 

GHANA: Ghana’s Broadcasting Bill To Be Presented To Parliament Next Year

Via Broadcast Media Africa: Ghana’s new Broadcasting Bill is to be laid before the nation’s Parliament in January, next year. The law seeks to improve the falling standards in Ghana’s electronic media sector and ensure that it starts to embrace modern best practices.

GHANA: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Risks Going Off-Air Over Electricity Debt

Via Broadcast Media Africa: The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and its group of outlets across Ghana risk going off-air if the company’s debt to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is not immediately paid up.

MALAWI & UK: UK steps up support for media freedom in Malawi (Opportunity)

Gov.uk: The British High Commissioner encourages Malawian media professionals to apply for new Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship.

NAMIBIA: NBC prepares staff for elections

NBC News: The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is conducting its last training workshop for its radio producers and managers to ensure that its staff are well prepared for this month’s Presidential and National Assembly Elections.

NAMIBIA: NBC warns political parties against personal attacks on its platforms

NBC News: The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has noted with grave concern that some political parties and candidates are resorting to personal attacks on their opponents, using the national broadcaster’s platforms.

NIGERIA: New Media Regulations Spark Concerns Around Freedom Of Expression

Eyewitness News: The new media code, established in July and now approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, increases fines for indecency, inciting violence or hate speech to 5 million nairas (nearly $14,000) from 500,000 nairas ($1,400).

NIGERIA: Under Buhari, Nigeria records worst attacks on journalists in 34 years — Report

Premium Times: Nigeria was one of the focal points for discussion when over 200 journalists across Africa gathered in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for a conference on free speech and freedom of expression in September.

SOUTH AFRICA: Ndabeni-Abrahams emphasises importance of skills audit at SABC

SABC News: Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is now conducting a skills audit following concerns in 2018 about the manner in which the public broadcaster embarked on its retrenchment process.

SOUTH SUDAN: South Sudan expels another journalist, second in two weeks

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the clampdown on reporting in South Sudan, which has just expelled another foreign journalist, the second in two weeks, and urges the authorities not to jeopardize implementation of a peace accord by preventing the international media from doing their job.

TANZANIA: Court Postpones Hearing for Seventh Time for Tanzanian Journalist Jailed Since July (Paywall)

The New York Times: A Tanzanian court on Thursday postponed the hearing for the seventh time of a prominent Tanzanian journalist arrested in July in a case his lawyers and rights group say is politically motivated.

UGANDA: Mass journalist arrests in Uganda highlight long-term crackdown on press freedom

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today expressed serious concern at the recent mass arrests, assaults and use of teargas against journalists peacefully protesting recent police brutality in Uganda.

ZIMBABWE: Internet Freedom And Access On The Decline In Zimbabwe

MISA: Statistics from three publications released over the last few weeks paint a sober picture of internet access, use and freedom in Zimbabwe. A combination of factors have contributed to a drop in the number of Zimbabweans that use the Internet, while on the other hand, archaic and undemocratic laws continue to restrict free expression and access to information on online platforms.

REGIONAL: Broadcast And Telecoms Execs Explore OTT Content Streaming And On-Demand Solutions At Industry Forum (Event)

Broadcast Media Africa: Global revenues from OTT content streaming and on-demand services are set to reach US$100billion by 2020. Industry players are currently in the best position to take part in this phenomenal growth with plenty of opportunities, especially in mobile and non-linear streaming and content delivery opportunities.

CAMBODIA: Hun Sen’s media witch-hunt must end

The Bangkok Post: Almost two years after their arrest on outlandish charges of “espionage”, two of Cambodia’s finest journalists are snared by a government assault on free expression. At the heart of their legal woes is their past work for Radio Free Asia, a US-funded broadcaster that has long been a trusted source of independent news in the country.

CHINA: Video games, cinema, media, social networks: how China extends censorship in the West (French)

Le Monde: Beijing’s censors have increased their demands since Xi Jinping came to power. And find a respondent in many Western firms.

INDIA: How to Regulate India’s Amazons and Netflixes (Report)

CEU CMDS: India has recently seen a massive growth in video streaming services, but this came in a regulatory vacuum. Self-regulation by the industry alone, without the interference of the government, would be the right approach, a new CMDS policy paper argues.

INDIA: India strips overseas citizenship from reporter who criticized Modi

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Indian government to rescind its shocking decision to withdraw Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) from Aatish Taseer, a British journalist with an Indian mother, in what is clearly a reprisal for an article critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

INDIA: Srinagar Media Facilitation Centre: Now, Freelancers, Web Journalists Not Allowed

The Wire: The step has been condemned by various journalists who have said this is yet another tactic to not allow scribes in the Valley to work.

INDONESIA: Journalists fighting oil palm plantation found stabbed to death in Sumatra

Asia Pacific Report: Two Indonesian journalists who had reported on an illegal oil palm plantation in Sumatra have been found stabbed to death.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong media exempted from injunction against disclosing personal data of police officers

HKFP: The High Court on Friday extended an injunction to stop the disclosure of personal data of police officers and their families, but ruled that the measure would not apply to journalists.

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong protests are the most live-streamed protests ever

Quartz: Across Hong Kong almost everyday, television screens at restaurants and bars play live footage of protests. On buses and trains, commuters stream the feeds on their phones. Some taxi drivers even play the live-streams on phones mounted on dashboards.

KAZAKHSTAN: On the eve of UPR, Kazakhstan urged to decriminalize press offences

RSF: On the eve of Kazakhstan’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to stop persecuting journalists and to embark without further delay on the reforms needed to develop press freedom.

MALAYSIA: RTM is most trusted media organisation, survey reveals

Free Malaysia Today: Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) is the most trusted media organisation in Malaysia, according to a survey commissioned by Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

PAKISTAN: Media freedom in Pakistan is seeing dark times, says panel

DAWN: Press freedom in Pakistan is the worst today than it has ever been before, said panelists at a talk on censorship held at the Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT) at SOAS on Friday.

PHILIPPINES: Maria Ressa: Reporting in the Philippines

CBS News: Maria Ressa has been threatened with rape, prison and death for her reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war. Duterte’s administration says her work is “fake news”

PHILIPPINES: Mediacorp to deliver comprehensive multiplatform coverage of the 30th SEA Games

Asia Radio Today: The 30th SEA Games will take place in venues across Manila, Clark and Subic in the Philippines from 30 November to 11 December. Mediacorp will deliver more choice to fans with coverage on multiple platforms. 

PHILIPPINES: Radio broadcaster shot and killed

IFJ: Dindo Generoso, a radio broadcaster for DYEM 96.7 Bai Radio, was shot dead in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental by unidentified gunmen on Thursday, November 7. 

SINGAPORE: DPM Heng says mainstream media’s role in a changing landscape remains the same – to be a trusted, reliable news source

The Straits Times: Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat visited Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) News Centre on Monday (Nov 11) morning for a first-hand look at how The Straits Times and other media outlets in the group are transforming and adapting to challenges in a rapidly-evolving media landscape.

SOUTH KOREA: Communications regulator hires expert on ‘fake news’

The Korea Times: President Moon Jae-in picked former journalist Kim Chang-yong as a new standing member of the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), a vice ministerial post, Monday.

SRI LANKA: Political parties urged to respect media freedom during presidential election

Via IFEX: Free Media Movement said the media should be guaranteed the space to conduct their profession in a free and responsible manner during the election period.

TAIWAN: Facebook steps up monitoring for Taiwan elections

Rappler: Facebook vowed Tuesday to step up monitoring for any attempt to use its platform to meddle in Taiwan’s elections as the island’s authorities say they face growing interference from China.

AUSTRALIA: ABC announces probe into feminist Q&A episode after audience complaints

SBS News: The ABC will investigate whether Monday night’s episode of Q&A breached editorial standards after receiving several audience complaints about the language and ideas expressed by the panel.

AUSTRALIA: ABC drops Tokyo Olympics live radio coverage, blaming budget cuts

The Guardian: The ABC has blamed budget cuts among the reasons Australian audiences will not be able to listen to the Tokyo Olympics live on ABC radio next year, ending a 67-year-old sports broadcasting tradition. 

AUSTRALIA: Complaint mechanism for racist media reports failing our minority communities

SBS News: More than half of opinion articles focused on race published and broadcast in the Australian media negatively portray minority groups, a new study has found.

AUSTRALIA: ‘Democracy without journalism doesn’t exist’: Curtin expert lays bare need for an ‘informed’ society

Sydney Morning Herald: “You can’t have democracy without journalism, you just can’t. It doesn’t exist, it never has.” Curtin journalism lecturer Glynn Greensmith is on a mission to connect with the community and have a conversation about what journalism is and how it is “intrinsically” tied to the state of our democracy.

AUSTRALIA: Press freedom means nothing if media’s business models wither: Communications Minister

Sydney Morning Herald: The Morrison government’s Communications Minister, Paul Fletcher, has tied the debate about media freedom to efforts to bolster the financial viability of journalism in the digital era, warning that “a free press can’t do its job if it’s not there”. 

FIJI: FBC unveils dynamic new look and extension plans

FBC: It’s a new look for Fiji’s national broadcaster, with the company now known as the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation.

FIJI: Fiji urged by UN members to protect freedom of expression

RNZ: Fiji has been urged by United Nations members to prevent attacks on free speech.

NEW ZEALAND: Murder trials reported in distressing detail

RNZ: It’s been almost impossible to avoid distressing details in the news this week from two big murder trials in which young women were the victims. But one big detail withheld is the identity of one of the accused. The media have railed against name suppression in the past but a recent law change has gone under the radar. 

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ’s local content play (Listen)

RNZ: As the government ponders its policy for the media, state-owned TVNZ has got a green light to put millions of dollars into ”betting big on local content”. This week it unveiled its programmes plan for 2020. 

NEW ZEALAND: Two Wins for RNZ at International Media Awards

RNZ: RNZ’s reporting of the Christchurch terror attacks, and the podcast Gone Fishing, have won awards at the prestigious 2019 Association for International Broadcasting (AIBs) gala dinner held in London. 

VANUATU: Vanuatu’s Daily Post director to appeal work permit rejection

RNZ: The media director of Vanuatu’s Daily Post newspaper, Dan McGarry, says he will appeal the Labour Department’s rejection of his work permit.

REGIONAL: PJR acting editor doubtful Australian TV relevant to Pacific

Asia Pacific Report: Acting editor of the Pacific Media Centre’s Pacific Journalism Review Dr Philip Cass has cast doubt on the success of Australia’s plans to export TV shows to the Pacific.

AZERBAIJAN: The Council of Europe launches a new media project in Azerbaijan

COE: The Council of Europe organised a launching conference to present its new project on “Reinforcing gender equality and other ethical standards in Azerbaijani media” to national counterparts and international organisations on 6 November 2019 in Baku. 

CROATIA: Reforming ‘Shame’ Law Won’t Help Croatian Media Freedom (Analysis)

The Balkan Insight: Removing the controversial offence of ‘shaming’ from Croatia’s criminal law will not lighten the pressures on journalism in the country, experts warn.

ESTONIA: Press council urges sensitivity, following regulations, in suicide coverage

ERR News: The Estonian Newspaper Association (EALL) press council says that two news publications violated best practices in their coverage of the suicide of a 10-year-old boy, ERR’s online news in Estonian reports.

FINLAND: Meat Anger! Cow Gate! The media is having trouble with somnolence – “loose-headed journalism” (Finnish – Opinion)

YLE: Why is it difficult for the media to report somnolence in their context? Journalism and populism share a similar logic, which is why they nourish each other, says Pekka Torvinen of Ylioppilaslehti. 

FRANCE: With the end of the housing tax, what will become the audiovisual fee? (French)

Le Monde: The collection of the tax that finances public broadcasting was coupled with the housing tax, which will gradually disappear by 2023.

GERMANY: German broadcasters beat YouTube, Netflix, Amazon for online streaming reach – survey (Paywall)

Telecompaper: Sixty-three percent of German users prefer to watch content from broadcasters’ media libraries. This year, media libraries are beating YouTube (59%), Netflix and Amazon Prime (41%) for streaming content online, according to the TV streaming report 2019 published by Zattoo.  

GERMANY: Online channels play increasingly important role in shaping public opinion in Germany – study (Paywall)

Telecompaper: The importance of online channels to shape public opinions has grown by 39 percent in Germany since 2015, while the relevance of newspapers has decreased by 14 percent and television by 10 percent, according to a media diversity study published by the German media authorities. 

GERMANY: Reform of the broadcasting contribution according to “FAZ” for the time being failed (German)

DWDL: The prime ministers of the federal states have not been able to agree on a comprehensive reform of the broadcasting fee, reports the “FAZ”. The index model is for now off the table.

ICELAND: 200 journalists strike for fair wages for the first time in 40 years

EFJ: The Union of Icelandic Journalists has called for a series of temporary strikes among its members at the media companies that are affiliates of the Employers’ Association. The Union demands wages for journalists comparable to employees of similar educational background or university degrees.

IRELAND: RTE unveils revised strategy to improve services, cut costs (Paywall)

Telecompaper: Irish public service broadcaster RTE has unveiled its revised strategy to address key issues facing the organisation. 

IRELAND: What’s the argument for public service broadcasting, and why isn’t it winning? (Opinion)

The Irish Times: The worst culprits in this whole sorry affair are undoubtedly the current Government.

LATVIA: New Baltic media health check published (Report)

LSM: Baltic Media Health Check is a journalistic study that analyses trends, finances and issues of importance in the Baltic media markets. This publication has been created by the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re: Baltica in collaboration with the Centre for Media Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and was launched November 5.

NETHERLANDS: Dutch Senate: make a clear exemption for journalists

Free Press Unlimited: Together with 12 international press freedom organisations and international journalists representative organisations, Free Press Unlimited calls on the Dutch Senate to amend the current law “Criminalisation of Residence in an Area Controlled by a Terrorist Organisation” and make a clear exemption for journalists. 

PORTUGAL: Journalistic innovation: a Portuguese solution (Comment)

EJO: “Harder, better, faster, stronger.” Daft Punk probably weren’t thinking of news production when they wrote their hit single. But in an era when journalists face never-ending pressure to tell a story faster and better than anyone else, these four words are like a constant drumbeat in our heads. Unfortunately, few newsrooms are able to provide journalists with the tools and resources they need to meet such a challenge.

RUSSIA: Laws, cheap web filters arm Russia to block news, says Censored Planet (Blog)


SPAIN: Binge series and isolation: this is how Netflix changed the way we watch TV (Spanish – Paywall)

El País: The consolidation of streaming platforms has revolutionized the way we consume content. The supply increases, but the common cultural heritage also weakens

SPAIN: Political party VOX bans access to several media on election weekend

EFJ: Spanish political party VOX has denied the accreditation to several media outlets, ahead of the general election of 10 November.

SWEDEN: Swedish Radio sets up a new strategic service to deepen the digital news work (Swedish)

Sveriges Radio: The digital development in the media is developing rapidly and makes new demands on Sweden Radio’s news work. Therefore, a new expert role will be set up within the program unit to further develop all the digital news work that Sweden Radio is doing today. Olle Zachrison, now Ekochef, will take up the position from 7 November.

UK: BritBox: UK broadcasters enter the streaming wars as new service launches

BBC News: BritBox, a streaming service offering shows from ITV, the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, has launched in the UK.

UK: Can the BBC’s public funding model survive? (Paywall)

The Financial Times: With the young turning off and anger over licence fee, the broadcaster is under pressure.

UK: Public service broadcasters are essential and need to be supported, says Lords Committee (Report)

UK Parliament: The Communications and Digital Committee warns that public service broadcasters (PSBs) need to be better supported to ensure that they can continue to produce high-quality drama and documentaries which reflect and examine UK culture. In return, broadcasters need to adapt to ensure that they serve and reflect all audiences.

UK: Sky and BBC sign content and tech deal, bringing iPlayer to Sky Q

Digital TV Europe: The BBC and Sky have signed a collaborative deal across content and technology. 

UKRAINE: Fake attack on TV studio flags erosion of media freedom in Ukraine

Euroactiv: Many viewers in Ukraine were taken in by what looked like an anti-terrorist forces swoop on a TV studio during a live show on Thursday (7 November). It now appears that journalists had staged the fake attack to flag the authorities’ pressure on their work.

REGIONAL: EESC report points out decline of media freedom in Europe (Report)

EFJ: The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which is composed of three groups representing the EU’s trade unions, employers’ organisations and diverse civil society organisations, issued an interim report on fundamental rights and the rule of law in Romania, Hungary, Poland, Austria and France. 

REGIONAL: Fall Of The Wall: How Iron Curtain Journalists Reported History (Watch)

Balkan Insight: Veteran reporters from countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain recall the highs and lows of covering the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago in a BIRN mini-documentary.

GENERAL: Our first scholar – The Helpdesk initiative

ECMPF: The Helpdesk responds to some of the challenges exiled journalists in Germany are facing – with the goal to empower them and to support them to continue  their journalistic work.

BOLIVIA: Bolivian news outlets attacked, threatened amid unrest as Morales resigns

CPJ: Several news outlets in Bolivia were attacked or threatened and at least four had to temporarily cease broadcasting over the weekend, following weeks of uncertainty and protests over contested October 20 elections that led yesterday to President Evo Morales announcing his resignation.

BRAZIL: Each one’s place (Portuguese – Editorial)

Grupo Globo: Not new. President Jair Bolsonaro has no appreciation for the independent and professional press. Had not during the campaign and continued without having from the first day in office.

BRAZIL: Out of necessity, more Brazilian newspapers are saying goodbye to print and investing in digital. Will they survive?

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: In the early 2010s, the end of the print edition of Jornal do Brasil, a centuries-old and once influential newspaper, was announced as an innovation. 

BRAZIL: Rightwing columnist smacks journalist Glenn Greenwald on Brazil radio show 

The Guardian: Brazil’s bitterly divided politics reached a new low on Thursday, when a rightwing columnist smacked the US journalist Glenn Greenwald in the face on a live radio program.

COLOMBIA: Investigative journalists combat Colombia’s muzzled press with The League Against Silence

Poynter: Death threats. Corruption. Kidnappings. Censorship by big money. Judicial harassment. Physical assaults. Sexual violence. Assassination. The attacks struck journalists in Colombia like rolling waves during the South American country’s more than half-century civil war between its military, guerrillas, paramilitaries and armed actors.

HAITI: A member of the Haitian press killed in Pétion-Ville (French) 

Loop News Haiti: The operator of Télé Soleil and National Radio of Haiti, Bernard Belle-Fleur was shot several times on Saturday night by unidentified individuals in the locality of Meyotte, Pétion -City.

HAITI: The opposition condemns aggression against Télé Métropole’s cameraman (French) 

Loop News Haiti: In the aftermath of the physical aggression against Télé Métropole’s cameraman, Ellecy Dieulassaint, the opposition denounced and condemned the act.

HONDURAS: Critical radio host and wife killed in eastern Honduras

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: A radio host who was critical of local authorities was shot and killed in eastern Honduras on Oct. 31 by unknown individuals riding a motorcycle.

MEXICO: Mexican government declines to recognize freedom of expression crisis

RSF: An international mission comprised of 17 international organizations underscores its concern regarding the lack of guarantees offered by the Mexican state to solve the country’s grave freedom of expression crisis and the state’s failure to recognize the seriousness of the problem.

MEXICO: ‘Polarization is a trap,” says Mexican journalist Gabriela Warkentin of W Radio

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: In Mexico, when a journalist asks the president a critical question during his press conferences, he is then attacked on social networks. “What happens here is the digital warfare against journalist, this digital cholera,” said Mexican journalist Gabriela Warkentin of W Radio.

REGIONAL: AFP opens fact-checking offices in five new countries in Latin America: Chile, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru

AFP: A leader in the fight against disinformation, AFP is strengthening its news verification services in Spanish — the second most spoken language in the world — via a new contract with Facebook.

IRAN: Iranian court sentences 2 journalists to jail on propaganda charges

CPJ: In October 2019, the Tehran Appeals Court sentenced Pouria Alami, a political columnist and satirist with the reformist Shargh Daily, to one year in prison and Tahereh Riahi, the former social affairs editor of the government-funded Borna News Agency, to two and a half years in prison, according to news reports and a person close to Riahi, who spoke with CPJ.

IRAQ: Attacks, arrests of journalists as Iraq plunges into new unrest

IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today expressed concern over a recent upsurge in attacks on media outlets covering unrest in Iraq and called on authorities to ensure the safety of all journalists reporting on protests.

PALESTINE: MADA Publishes a Study on “The Challenges of Digital Rights in Palestine”

MADA Center: The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA)  recent study “The Challenges of Digital Rights in Palestine” recommended the need to raise awareness of digital rights as a part of “the human rights matrix”.

SYRIA: Syrian photojournalist al-Yousef killed as forces shell southern Idlib

CPJ: Abdul Hameed al-Yousef, a photographer and camera operator for the pro civil rights opposition Kafr Rumah Media Office, was killed yesterday when forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad shelled Kafr Rumah, a town in Idlib governorate, according to Facebook posts by al-Yousef’s employer, the local press freedom group the Syrian Journalists’ Association, and Faiz al-Doghaim, a Syrian journalist, who spoke with CPJ via messaging app.

TURKEY: Newspaper Hürriyet fires 45 journalists

IFJ: Turkey’s biggest newspaper Hürriyet announced last week the layoff of 45 journalists in one of the largest mass layoffs in the history of the country’s media sector. 43 of the redundant workers are members of the Turkiye Gazeteciler Sendikasi (TGS), an IFJ and EFJ affiliate.

TURKEY: Two well-known Turkish journalists freed but not acquitted

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes yesterday’s release of well-known Turkish journalists Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak after more than three years in prison, although they have been given long jail sentences on a spurious charge of assisting a terrorist organization and will remain subject to judicial control.

YEMEN: Yemen’s Dirty War: A Q&A with Pulitzer Winner Maggie Michael


CANADA: Arson attack damages indigenous newspaper office in Canada

CPJ: In the early morning of October 28, a truck rammed into the outlet’s newsroom in Six Nations Territory in Southern Ontario, and unidentified individuals doused the vehicle and the building with gasoline before setting it ablaze, according to a report by the paper and Turtle Island News publisher Lynda Powless, who spoke to CPJ via phone.

CANADA: Get set for an audio experience like no other with our new application Radio-Canada OHdio (Press Release)

CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada has launched a new digital audio strategy. OHdio is designed to meet the needs of a fast-growing audience even more effectively, while enhancing content offering. OHdio is just one of the many initiatives in the public broadcaster’s Your Stories, Taken to Heart strategic plan, launched this past May and aimed at building lifelong relationships with Canadians.

CANADA: When data brings us closer

CBC/Radio-Canada: Data is omnipresent in the media industry. Audience analysis is key to measuring the success of a program, we know that. Broadcasters now need to go a step further and discover how Canadians (really) want to watch, listen and read their content. 

US: ‘A circus and a hoax’: how rightwing media are covering impeachment

The Guardian: Televised impeachment hearings will probably spur more negative news cycles for Trump. Except on conservative media

US: American Public Media Group eliminates jobs in restructuring (Paywall)

Current: American Public Media Group cut 12 positions amid a host of changes announced Thursday by the organization. APMG includes Minnesota Public Radio; Southern California Public Radio, licensee of KPCC in Pasadena and other stations; and American Public Media, a producer and distributor of public radio programs including Marketplace and Live From Here.  

US: Four stations hope to stay competitive, retain staff with new workforce collaborative (Paywall)

Current: Four Rust Belt public media stations are forming a collaborative that aims to give their employees new skills and opportunities with the goal of building and retaining station talent. 

US: Frontline, AP investigate Trump administration’s mass detention of migrant children

AP: A new joint investigation from The Associated Press and Frontline examines conditions inside the growing network of federally-funded shelter programs for migrant children in the U.S. and the lasting impact of detention on vulnerable kids.

US: Manoush Zomorodi Will Be The New Host Of TED Radio Hour

NPR:  NPR and TED announced today that Manoush Zomorodi has been selected as the new host of TED Radio Hour. A narrative journey through fascinating ideas, the TED Radio Hour is carried on more than 600 public radio stations and is one of the top podcasts in the world. 

U.S: PBS’ ‘Frontline’ supports 5 local investigations

Toronto Star: PBS’ documentary series “Frontline” has selected five news organizations to collaborate with in a first-time partnership designed to boost local journalism. The $4 million project, funded by the Knight Foundation and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, supports local reporting teams financially and with expertise from people at “Frontline.”

US: PBS To Broadcast Impeachment Hearings Live; Bill Moyers Urges Watergate-Like Primetime Replay

DEADLINE: PBS will broadcast next week’s impeachment hearings live, and they also will be replayed in primetime on World, the digital channel that is carried on 157 public stations that reach about 2/3 of U.S. households.

US: Proud to Work with Allies to #ProtectPressFreedom

Internews: The need for reliable local news is urgent. In the US, this is perhaps nowhere easier to see than in California, where wildfires threaten residents across the state.

US: Public Broadcasting’s Golden Age (Blog) 

Jefferson Public Radio: As JPR completes its 50th anniversary year and NPR looks ahead to marking its golden anniversary in 2020 JPR visits some of the founding documents that established public broadcasting as an American institution.

U.S: Sesame Workshop and CPB Partner on Sesame Street in Communities Initiative for Rural and Underserved Communities

CPB: Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, is partnering with local PBS stations serving rural communities across the country to enhance their early childhood education programs through the Sesame Street in Communities program.

US: ‘We know we’re more than a TV show’: How Sesame Street made it to 50

The Guardian: In 1969, it changed the rules for children’s television and in the years since, it’s continued to innovate and provide groundbreaking inclusivity

AI-powered journalism: a time-saver or an accident waiting to happen?

Journalism.co.uk: ‘Automated journalism’ generates news faster and in more detail than ever before, but it also gives rise to bias and erroneous reporting

Apple, Disney and Netflix’s streaming battle isn’t winner-take-all

The Conversation: With the recent launch of Apple TV Plus and the imminent arrival of Disney Plus, the video landscape has never looked so competitive.

Center for Media, Data & Society Launches New Strategy

CMDS: Testing a new recipe: fight media capture, bad policies and declining trust in journalism with comparative research and cross-border journalism.

CPJ Safety Advisory: Journalist targets of Pegasus spyware

CPJ: Pegasus is a spyware created for mobile devices which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station. Researchers have documented it being used to spy on journalists. This raises significant implications for journalists’ own security and that of their sources.

Exploring the Evolution of Radio (Watch)

Radiodays Europe: Radio is constantly evolving and the needs to keep up with these changes is a concern for all industries, not just radio. However, in a documentary created by RAB Netherlands, the future of radio is discussed and seen through the eyes of audio makers and curators, hosts and directors of radio stations. 

Has climate news coverage finally turned a corner?

CJR: Some good news, for a change, about climate change: When hundreds of newsrooms focus their attention on the climate crisis, all at the same time, the public conversation about the problem gets better: more prominent, more informative, more urgent.

‘If you kill journalists, you’re not going to kill the story’: How the OCCRP ensures investigative journalism will never die

Deutsche Welle: As investigative journalism becomes more dangerous, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) ensures that even a journalist’s death will not kill important stories, says managing editor Ilya Lozovsky.

Is there any way to combat fake news and misinformation online? (Watch)

Al Jazeera: Can the free flow of opinion and information be guaranteed on the Internet while clamping down on ‘influence campaigns’?

Whistleblower vows she would do it again and calls on media freedom campaigners to support those who leak official secrets

ECMPF: Former intelligence officer Katharine Gun has no regrets about leaking a CIA memo to the press in an attempt to stop the US and its allies invading Iraq in 2003. She risked a thirty-year jail term, was called a ‘traitor’, lost her job and felt obliged to leave the country.

Yes, We Can Reach Gender Parity in Photojournalism (Editorial)

Nieman Reports: The New York Times, Bloomberg News, and the San Francisco Chronicle are among the news outlets publishing more photographs by women

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