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Amid threats and signal cuts, India’s top independent TV anchor battles on – but for how long? 

France 24: “While We Watched”, a new documentary on veteran journalist Ravish Kumar, attests to the challenges of independent news reporting in India today. Death threats, signal cuts and financial pressures are par for the course at his TV news station, NDTV. Now a recent hostile takeover bid has renewed fears over media freedom. 

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Suddenly, a strategy for Maori media

RNZ Mediawatch: After four years, two reviews and one big false start, a long-awaited strategy for the future of Māori broadcasting has been agreed by Cabinet, following substantial boosts to its budget in the last two years. But it’s still far from clear exactly how things will change – and when – for viewers listeners and readers. 

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EGYPT: Mada Masr: Four journalists charged over Egypt news article

BBC News: The editor of independent news outlet Mada Masr and three journalists have been charged in Egypt over an article about a pro-government political party.

GHANA: Broadcasters’ Association Wins Case Against Conditional Access System In Free-To-Air (FTA) TV Receivers

Broadcast Media Africa: The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has won their case at a High Court in Ghana against the planned inclusion of Conditional Access System (CAS) in FTA receivers by the National Communications Authority.

GHANA, GUINEA BISSAU & NIGERIA: Gov’ts, Chiefs attempted to shut down 133 broadcast outlets in 5 months


KENYA: Kenya to Inaugurate New President, but Kenyan TV Is Mostly Shut Out (Paywall)

The New York Times: After a bitter and close election, William Ruto takes the reins of power on Tuesday. One of his team’s first moves: Limiting the access of local television outlets to the ceremony.

LIBYA: Libyan journalists threatened by rival militias

RSF: The chaotic situation in Libya in recent years has made the country extremely dangerous for journalists and media outlets, says Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Press freedom, which was non-existent under Muammar Gaddafi, has improved little since his overthrow in 2011, which country plunged into civil war and domination by militias.

NIGERIA: Court Again Prohibits Regulator (NBC) From Shutting Down More Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Media Africa: The High Court in Lagos, Nigeria, has extended the order to stop President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Broadcasting Commission from cancelling the licences of 53 broadcast stations in the country and shutting down the stations for allegedly failing to renew their licences.

NIGERIA: Impunity, safety, unresolved killings raise concern for media stakeholders

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SOMALIA: Journalists adopt National Action Plan to strengthen safety of media workers

IFJ: A National Action Plan (NAP) on the Safety of Journalists, was adopted at the end of a three-day consultative forum organised by IFJ-affiliate, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) in Mogadishu with the support of the African Union and with the technical assistance of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UNESCO.

SOUTH AFRICA: ‘Abuse of power’: Zuma’s latest court bid ‘designed to intimidate’ journalists, prosecutor (Paywall)


SOUTH AFRICA: Attacks on journalist perpetuate disinformation strategies and threaten democracy (Opinion)

News24: The current attacks on News24 legal journalist Karyn Maughan aren’t just despicable for how they insult and demean and violate her dignity, they are despicable because they perpetuate and celebrate misogyny and threaten freedom of expression and our democracy, writes Media Monitoring Africa’s William Bird.

SOUTH AFRICA: Axed SABC News boss on shortlist for SABC Board

MyBroadband: Former SABC News chief Phathiswa Magopeni is among 37 shortlisted candidates for vacancies on the public broadcaster’s board.


SABC: Over the past five to eight years, the SABC suffered chronic governance failures resulting in the collapse of the internal control environment, dysfunctional organisation, exposure to constant negative publicity, stakeholders, and clients losing confidence. The tangible costs as a result of these failures were the losses suffered and instability in leadership positions. Therefore, it was clear to the new leadership that enforcing good governance and internal controls was the cornerstone of turning the SABC around. The envisaged controls are not a bureaucratic burden that stifles the SABC’s agility and competitiveness but a set of activities and processes integral to SABC’s daily operations at all levels.


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TANZANIA & MOZAMBIQUE: Tanzania And Mozambique Regulators Commit To Scaling Up Collaborative Partnership

Broadcast Media Africa: Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) recently announced that it has committed to scaling up communication cooperation with its Mozambican partners through the Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa.

TUNISIA: Dozens protest in Tunisia over journalist’s arrest (Watch)

Africa News: Dozens of people protested in central Tunis on Friday to demand the release of a journalist and activist detained earlier this week and held on suspicion of “terrorism”. 

ZAMBIA: Rights Groups Say Zambia’s Defamation Law Is Used to Silence Critics of President

VOA News: Zambian rights groups are calling on the government to make good on a vow to repeal a defamation law they say is being used to silence critics of President Hakainde Hichilema. The call comes after Zambian police arrested an opposition leader this month under the colonial-era law for insulting the president.

ZIMBABWE: An estate under siege: How the press in Zimbabwe is being gagged

Global Voices: Global Voices Advox research reveals mounting tension between government narratives of press freedom and closing space for press freedom in Zimbabwe. Inevitably, independent media journalists are increasingly getting caught up in the struggle for dominance over national discourse. 

REGIONAL: Africa’s Broadcast And Media Industry Leaders To Converge In Kigali, Rwanda For Annual Convention In October 2022 (Event)

Broadcast Media Africa: Senior broadcasters and media executives from Africa and beyond will converge for the 6th Annual Broadcast And Digital Media Convention – Africa on the 25th (Tuesday) – 27th (Thursday) October 2022 at the Serena Hotels & Resorts, Kigali – Rwanda.

REGIONAL: Call for application: Climate Change Reporting Fellowship in West Africa (Opportunity)

MFWA: Starting from October 2022 to March 2023, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) will host journalists in a six-month Climate Change Reporting Fellowship. The fellowship will afford the selected journalists the opportunity to strengthen their capacity and to produce critical, fact-based, and in-depth reports on climate change-related issues.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban Claim Media Reform as Journalists Decry Censorship

VOA News: Taliban leaders are touting the success of so-called media reforms which bar state and private TV channels in Afghanistan from showing programs considered indecent — such as foreign movies or songs by female singers — or any content that is critical of Islam or the Taliban themselves.

CHINA: China’s creeping media influence and how democracies can repel it

Deutsche Welle: A new report shows the Chinese Communist Party’s effort to expand sway over international media — and what a democracy’s response must be.

CHINA: What China’s shifting relationship with Western media says about its ambition in Taiwan and the South China Sea (Analysis)

ABC News: Something fascinating is happening with regard to China right now. A nation that for many years has shunned engagement with the Western media is changing by the day, a new-found public confidence on display for all to see.

HONG KONG: Asia-Pacific unions condemn arrest of HKJA chair

IFJ: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Asia-Pacific regional affiliate unions and associations condemn the September 7 arrest of IFJ affiliate Hong Kong Journalist Association (HKJA) chairperson, Ronson Chan. The IFJ and its affiliates call for the immediate removal of all charges against Chan and an immediate end to the ongoing intimidation of journalists.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong arrests journalists′ union leader Ronson Chan

Deutsche Welle: Chan was arrested after allegedly refusing to show his ID to a police officer. Hong Kong has plummeted in press freedom rankings in recent years as independent journalism has come under fire from Chinese censors.

HONG KONG: Geneva: media freedom experts call on the international community to take action to secure Jimmy Lai’s release from prison

Doughty Street Chambers: The international legal team acting for renowned media entrepreneur, pro-democracy campaigner, and writer Jimmy Lai has addressed diplomats, journalists and the international community at an event at the Press Club in Geneva, ahead of the upcoming 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council which starts on Monday 12th September 2022.

INDIA: Amid threats and signal cuts, India’s top independent TV anchor battles on – but for how long? (Watch)

France 24: “While We Watched”, a new documentary on veteran journalist Ravish Kumar, attests to the challenges of independent news reporting in India today. Death threats, signal cuts and financial pressures are par for the course at his TV news station, NDTV. Now a recent hostile takeover bid has renewed fears over media freedom.  

JAPAN: Freeview launch for NHK World

Broadband TV News: The international English-language channel from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has launched on Freeview via the Channelbox platform.

MYANMAR: Propaganda and Repression: Myanmar junta poses as friend of regional free press

IFJ: Myanmar Press Council Member Aye Chan’s presentation at the Dili Dialogue Forum was claimed to be a success in representing a ‘free’ press in Myanmar. A glance at the military junta’s crackdown on press freedom, journalists and media practitioners reveal this narrative to be baseless propaganda, writes Jim Nolan.

PAKISTAN: PPF condemns the decision of PEMRA to ban the transmission of Bol News

Pakistan Press Foundation: Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) strongly condemns the decision of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)  to ban the transmission of Bol Television Network comprising Bol News and Bol Entertainment. We urge the authorities to  immediately lift the ban and ensure that the transmission should not be suspended until the completion of legal procedures. 

PHILIPPINES: Red-tagged independent media blocked in Philippine internet back online

Global Voices: Some websites, including independent media agency Bulatlat, which had been blocked weeks ago upon instigation by the Philippine government for alleged links to “Communist-Terrorist Groups,” can now be accessed again on the Philippine internet.

SOUTH KOREA: KBS Focuses on Audiences during Annual Audience Week (Press release)

KBS: In September, 2020, KBS announced Audience Week, an annual event to recognize audience rights and interests, and enhance its audience services. Celebrating its third anniversary, KBS organised a range of commemorative events and delivered special programming during the first week of September, 2022.

SOUTH KOREA: KBS Fulfils Public Service Mission with Essential Emergency Broadcasting on Typhoon Hinnamnor (Press release)

KBS: KBS has once again demonstrated its firm commitment to emergency broadcasting when super typhoon Hinnamnor affected the Korean peninsula this week. As the nation’s primary Public Service Media organization, KBS has made extraordinary efforts to deliver high quality emergency broadcasting with the ultimate goal to minimize loss of life and property from the strongest tropical storm of the year. 

SRI LANKA: RSF urges Sri Lankan government to stop hounding Tamil journalists

RSF: In the latest case of judicial harassment of Tamil journalists in Sri Lanka, two reporters are to be interrogated on suspicion of “terrorism” in the next few days. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the constant attempts to intimidate Tamil media personnel and calls for an end to the use of illegal and abusive methods that dangerously undermine press freedom.

SRI LANKA & CHINA: China influencing Sri Lankan media through aggressive diplomatic push on social media

ThePrint: In a new report, titled ‘Beijing’s Global Media Influence: Authoritarian Expansion and the Power of Democratic Resilience’, Freedom House said that the Chinese political party-state’s media influence efforts intensified in Sri Lanka during the period 2019-21, reported The Island Online.

UZBEKISTAN: Uzbekistan radio studio becomes the country’s first hands-on media training facility

DW: The University of Journalism and Mass Communication’s new studio, a DW Akademie project, is the first hands-on training facility in the country, and a step toward press freedom in Uzbekistan.

AUSTRALIA: ‘Helping them feel at home’: SBS scoops Premier’s award for media package assisting arrivals from Afghanistan

SBS News: A series of 12 articles and podcasts in both Pashto and Dari delivered by SBS in the wake of the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan has garnered a major award at the 2022 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards.

AUSTRALIA: It’s not just newspaper sizes that have shrunk. Journalists’ wages have too.

Australian Unions: The next time you read an article from The Age or the Sydney Morning Herald, have a look at the name attached to the piece. They may well be one of the freelancers who haven’t had an increase to their pay rates in 20 years. 

AUSTRALIA: SBS’s Living with Aussie Wildlife series helps new migrants navigate everyday life in Australia and learn English

SBS: Coinciding with National Threatened Species Day (7 September), SBS Learn English has released its second digital video series designed to help new Australian migrants improve their English language skills – with the added bonus of learning how to live with snakes, koalas and other wildlife common to their new home environment. 

AUSTRALIA: Should the ABC have stuck with Gardening Australia? How TV covered the Queen’s death

Sydney Morning Herald: Were Australians eager to tune in and pay their respects? Depending on the TV network, it was a mixed bag.

NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand needs to build trust with merger of public TV and radio into non-profit entity (Commentary)

Channel News Asia: With the submissions to the select committee examining the Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media Bill now closed, it is becoming clear this crucial piece of legislation has some significant shortcomings. These will need attention before it passes into law.

NEW ZEALAND: Suddenly, a strategy for Maori media (Listen)

RNZ Mediawatch: After four years, two reviews and one big false start, a long-awaited strategy for the future of Māori broadcasting has been agreed by Cabinet, following substantial boosts to its budget in the last two years. But it’s still far from clear exactly how things will change – and when – for viewers listeners and readers. 

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Civicus raps Solomon Islands over rights curbs, tighter media controls

Asia Pacific Report: The Civicus Monitor has documented an uptick in restrictions on civic space by the Solomon Islands government, which led to the downgrading of the country’s rating to “narrowed” in December 2021.

REGIONAL: ABC, USP Journalism keen to boost Pacific media partnerships

Asia Pacific Report: The University of the South Pacific’s Journalism Programme is open to strengthening engagement and partnership with the Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) following the recent visit of senior ABC executives to Fiji.

BELGIUM: VRT fights for digital inclusion (Press release – Dutch) (2 September)

VRT: One in two Belgians is digitally vulnerable. Their digital skills are lagging behind the increasing digitization of our society. This is evident from the Digital Inclusion Barometer that the King Baudouin Foundation announced today. VRT wants to join the fight against digital exclusion. 

DENMARK: Overview of the specific changes at DR (Press release – Danish)

DR: DR announced on 30 August that, in order to create opportunities for continued investment in digital development, it would carry out redundancies. Interviews with a total of 47 employees, whom DR intends to dismiss, have now been completed. In addition, 6 have been offered completely new positions. In continuation of this, it is possible to describe in more detail what the adaptations will mean for the users of DR’s content.

FINLAND: Finland publishes a fourth reply to the European Commission regarding Sanoma Media Finland Ltd’s complaint against the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) (Press release)

Finnish Government: The complaint pursued by Sanoma concerns, in particular, YLE’s video-on-demand services and digital learning materials. Currently, YLE produces video-on-demand services and provides them in Yle Areena. In the complainant’s view, the services do not comply with EU state aid legislation.

FINLAND: Press freedom under threat again for whistleblowers (Opinion)

Independent Australia: Bearing hallmarks of the 2019 Australia Federal Police raid on the ABC over its ‘Afghan Files’, Finnish journalists are on trial for treason after reporting on Finland’s national security, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.

FRANCE: France TV Distribution will offer its content for FAST channels (French)

Alloforfait.fr: France Télévisions is going to enter the very lucrative FAST television market, for Free Advertising-supported Streaming Television. These are linear channels that are totally free and ad-supported, like what Pluto TV offers.

GERMANY: Reform, but how? The future of public broadcasting (Listen – German)

Deutschlandfunk: Self-service mentality, political influence, waste: many allegations are being levelled against public broadcasters. For Deutschlandfunk listener Mathis Holzbach – actually “a friend of the public broadcasters” – proof that the system needs to be reformed. But what could the future of broadcasters look like? And what stands in the way of reform? Mathis Holzbach discussed this with the Hamburg media senator Carsten Brosda (SPD), the media researcher Alexandra Borchardt and Stefan Fries from the Dlf media editorial team.

GREECE: ‘Greek Watergate’ wiretapping scandal explained (Listen)

EURACTIV: This week on the Beyond the Byline podcast, we discuss the wiretapping scandal in Greece. Investigative and financial journalist Thanasis Koukakis explains why the Greek government monitored him while shedding light on how the “Greek Watergate” was revealed.

ICELAND: RÚV Radio Conference 2022 (Event – Icelandic)

RÚV: On Thursday, September 22, the National Radio Broadcasting Conference will be held under the title RÚV all of us – for you . At the meeting, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s strategy for the coming years will be presented, together with the future vision and policy priorities.

IRELAND: RTÉ celebrates Irish Sign Language Awareness Week (Press release)

RTÉ: RTÉ will mark Irish Sign Language Awareness Week, from Monday 19th – Sunday 25th September,  with some special Irish Sign Language (ISL) programming and content across our services throughout the week, highlighting RTÉ’s ongoing commitment to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community in Ireland.

NETHERLANDS: Director Gerard Timmer about developments at NOS (Dutch – Speech)

NOS: For the first time after the corona time, the NOS organised a meeting for external relations. At the barbecue last Wednesday, September 7, General Director Gerard Timmer updated the attendees about how the NOS is doing. About the reach that is greater than ever, about trust in the NOS, about the role of the NOS in the public system and the increasing number of public broadcasters, the NOS’ approach to the World Cup in Qatar, the public journalistic house and about today’s successes and ambitions for the future.

NETHERLANDS: Public broadcaster gives artists more clarity about compensation for performance (Press release – Dutch)

NPO: From now on it will be clearer for artists and musicians who perform in programs of the public broadcaster what compensation is in return. After consultation with the Ntb/Kunstenbond, the NPO has decided to clarify the policy in this regard. This concerns a minimum compensation and clearer rules about any addition to this amount. 

POLAND: Democracy Digest: Poland’s Head of ‘Propaganda’ Dismissed and More Email Leaks

Balkan Insight: Jacek Kurski, head of Polish public broadcaster TVP, was suddenly dismissed this week, in what appears to be a decision coming directly from the leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party himself, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

RUSSIA: Forced abroad, Russian independent media continue fight against censorship

Deutsche Welle: Russia has sentenced a former star journalist to jail and revoked the licence of a Kremlin-critical newspaper, further tightening the screws on independent media. Getting uncensored information is harder than ever.

RUSSIA: Russia’s Heavy Crackdown on Media Continues

OCCRP: Moscow continued this week to silence media and journalists known for their critical or investigative coverage of political and social issues in the country, cracking down on all those whose reporting does not reflect the Kremlin’s narrative.

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: Telling the truth – even when it hurts


SERBIA: Constitutional Court Rules Bosnian Serb Broadcaster Slandered Journalist

Balkan Insight: Upholding an earlier ruling, Bosnia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that Republika Srpska’s public broadcaster, RTRS, slandered the journalist Vladimir Kovacevic.

SERBIA: Support for OK Radio as it faces intimidation by powerful businessperson (Statement)

ECPMF: The partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today express support and solidarity with embattled broadcaster OK Radio and urge Serbian law enforcement authorities to put an end to the dangerous campaign of harassment and pressure exerted on the media outlet by a powerful local businessperson.

SPAIN: The TVE News Council condemns the attack on the TV camera Lorena Sopena (Spanish)

APM: It defends the right to inform of journalists, photojournalists and other media professionals and asks for respect from society to freely exercise this essential right.

SWITZERLAND: SRG enhances TV content protection with Viaccess-Orca

Broadband TV News: Swiss public broadcaster SRG SSR recently introduced a new smartcard version of Viaccess-Orca’s (VO) conditional access system (CAS) for the security of its satellite TV distribution.

SWITZERLAND: The SRG renews its agreement with the Swiss audiovisual industry (German)

SRG SSR: The SRG and the associations of the Swiss audiovisual industry signed their new cooperation agreement today, Friday, in Bern. This regulates the cooperation between the SRG, its business units and the associations of the audiovisual industry until the end of 2026.

SWITZERLAND: Unchanged radio and television fee and extended SRG SSR licence (Press release)

The Federal Council of Switzerland: The radio and television fee will remain at CHF 335 per year for households. […] The SRG SSR licence, which expires on 31 December 2022, was extended until the end of 2024. The Federal Council also laid down the broad outlines of the new licence valid from 2025. 

UK: Death of Elizabeth II leaves BBC with tricky balancing act (Analysis)

The Guardian: The death of the Queen has left the BBC with a tricky balancing act. It needs to act as the national broadcaster and commemorate the Queen, while also ensuring it doesn’t overwhelm audiences so much they switch off altogether.

UK: New Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan condemned BBC licence fee as ‘unfair tax and should be scrapped’

iNews: New Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan has said the BBC licence fee is ‘an unfair tax and should be scrapped’. Now a review into the BBC’s future funding heads a busy in-tray including Channel 4 privatisation and regulating tech giants.

UK: UK production revenues near pre-Covid levels, but int’l & streamer spending falls, says Pact

TBI Vision: UK TV production revenues are bouncing back to pre-Covid levels, though figures from international TV and streaming are on a downward trajectory, according to the latest findings by trade body Pact.

REGIONAL: EU aims to shield media from state interference

Politico: The Media Freedom Act could give Brussels new tools to protect journalist and media from spyware, according to a draft.

REGIONAL: Commission to present new media law, leaving ownership unaddressed

Euractiv: The European Media Freedom Act, due to be presented next week, will address editorial independence, media regulators, economic revenues and public service media. But the major issue of media ownership is not in the picture.

ARGENTINA: Lufrano: “We reaffirm federalism, plurality, inclusion and diversity” (Listen – Spanish)

Radio Nacional: The president of Radio and Television Argentina celebrated 50 years of Radio Nacional San Juan and highlighted Radio Nacional’s commitment to defend democracy and human rights.

BRAZIL: Abraji records press violations in recent weeks (Portuguese)

Abraji: The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism ( Abraji ) recorded, in the last two weeks, 13 cases of violations of press freedom in the country. There are already 330 alerts in 2022, according to the monitoring of attacks on journalists and communicators carried out by the organization in partnership with the international network Voces del Sur.

BRAZIL: Elections in Brazil: Interviews of candidates in Jornal Nacional and presidential debate on TV increase volume of attacks against the press (Portuguese)

RSF: The second week of the election campaign was marked by an explosion of insults against journalists and media on social networks. Interviews with presidential candidates in Jornal Nacional mobilized hundreds of thousands of attacks against TV Globo, and an aggressive speech by President Jair Bolsonaro against journalist Vera Magalhães, during the first televised debate with the candidates, unleashed a wave of insults against presenter.

BRAZIL: Questionable State of Brazilian Democracy Threatens Freedom of Speech, Journalist Safety and Election Coverage in the Favelas

RioOnWatch: How does community-based journalism in the favelas work to cover one of the most important elections in the history of democracy in Brazil? RioOnWatch has asked this question to grassroots journalists from many different Rio de Janeiro favelas in an unprecedented election year—one of the most important since the end of the dictatorship and political reopening of the country in 1985.

CHILE: TVN closes the first half of 2022 with profits close to one billion (Spanish)

El Dínamo: “The channel is focused on achieving a sustainable model over time for its public media group,” they said from the television station.


Corte IDH: In the Judgment notified today in the Case of Moya Chacón et al. vs. Costa Rica, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights found the State of Costa Rica internationally responsible for the violation of the right to freedom of thought and expression to the detriment of journalists Ronald Moya Chacón and Freddy Parrales Chaves, as a result of the imposition of a civil sentence for the publication of a press release on December 17, 2005.

GUATEMALA: ‘This is the most blatant message from a government against freedom of the press,’ elPeriódico’s deputy director said on the José Rubén Zamora case in Guatemala

LatAm Journalism Review: The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) held the panel “Imprisoned for reporting: Guatemalan authorities target a prominent journalist” to discuss the case of journalist José Ruben Zamora, who will soon complete a month in prison. 

HAITI: They kill and burn two journalists in Haiti (Spanish)

Infobae: Two of seven journalists who were reporting on Sunday in the Haitian neighbourhood of Cité Soleil, the scene of a bloody clash between gangs, were killed and later burned, the local press reported Monday.

HAITI: Three journalists are injured during demonstrations in Haiti (Spanish)

IAPA: Three journalists were injured in Haiti — one of them by the discharge of a firearm — during demonstrations against the government, violence and fuel shortages held Wednesday in the capital and other cities. from the country.

JAMAICA: PAJ elects new executive

Jamaica Observer: Journalist Milton Walker, of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, was Sunday elected president of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), replacing George Davis whose term ended.

MEXICO: The disappearance of journalists in Mexico, between impunity and silence (Spanish)

El Sol de México: The disappearances of people in Mexico are a tragedy that continues to occur every day in the country and that add up to 100,000 victims to date, of these 26 are journalists.

REGIONAL: Despite growing dangers, reporters are finding new ways to report on the Amazon

Reuters Institute: Targeted by armed groups, criminals and mining companies, journalists are using technology to bring attention to the world’s biggest rainforest.

REGIONAL: Voces del Sur points to a 47% increase in violations of press and expression freedoms in LA (Portuguese)

Abraji: A report produced by the Voces del Sur (VdS) network, released this Tuesday (6.Sep.2022), recorded 4,931 alerts of violations of freedom of expression and of the press and the right of access to information in 14 Latin American countries. In 2021, an average of 14 alerts were identified per day, that is, one every two hours.

IRAN: Iran condemns two women to death for ‘corruption’ over LGBTQ+ media links

The Guardian: Outcry over show trial, which follows Zahra Seddiqi Hamedani talking to BBC about abuse of gay people in Iran’s Kurdish region.

ISRAEL: Israel’s handling of Shireen Abu Akleh killing angers media

The New Arab: Israel’s decision to absolve its soldiers of the killing of veteran correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh has drawn condemnation from global media organisations and associations.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: Israel must complete a full and transparent investigation into Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing

RSF: After insisting for months it was impossible to determine the origin of the shot that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the Israeli army has now admitted it is “highly probable”  that an Israeli soldier shot her “accidentally.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Israeli authorities to complete their investigation and reveal the exact circumstances of Abu Akleh’s death.

PALESTINE & GERMANY: Germany: Berlin court rules DW firing of Palestinian journalist not legally justified

The New Arab: A Berlin labour court ruled on Monday that German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle was not legally justified in firing Palestinian-Jordanian journalist Farah Maraqa over antisemitism allegations.

SAUDI ARABIA: Vice journalists raise concerns about potential deal with Saudi-backed firm

The New York Times: Vice Media journalists raised concerns with executives on a call Thursday about a potential deal between the company and MBC, a media giant partially owned by the Saudi government.

TURKEY: Solidarity with twenty journalists including TGS leadership blacklisted by police

ECPMF: The partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) expressed solidarity with the twenty journalists blacklisted by the Turkish General Directorate of Security (EGM) for their writing and joined the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) in denouncing an apparent attempt to intimidate independent journalists and trade unionists.

UAE: Mass firing at UAE newspaper raises question of censorship

The New Arab: A story about high fuel prices was safe, editors agreed, even under the strict press laws of the United Arab Emirates.

CANADA: CBC Montreal is opening its doors!

CBC News: On Sept. 24 and 25, the new Maison de Radio-Canada is opening its doors to the public for the very first time. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a free guided tour of our brand-new facility. 


CBC/Radio-Canada: In addition to investing in series and films that reflect a range of perspectives at the heart of the Canadian experience, CBC/Radio-Canada continues to showcase homegrown cinema to wide audiences across Canada on the public broadcaster’s television and streaming platforms.

CANADA: King’s College to cover tuition for 3 Mi’kmaw journalism students a year

CBC News: ‘Diversity just makes newsrooms better,’ says Trina Roache.

US: Although the killing of journalists is rare in the U.S., threats of doing so are not (Listen)

NPR: Following the murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with media critic Margaret Sullivan about threats to journalists and journalism.

US: An all-digital public TV station for Southwest Virginia is slated to launch next year (Paywall)

Current: PBS Appalachia Virginia, a startup developed by Blue Ridge PBS in Roanoke, leans into the future of television with its plan to fill a coverage gap.

US: GBH and PBS LearningMedia Launch New U.S. History Collection (Press release)

WGBH: As teachers start the 2022–2023 school year, Boston public media producer GBH and PBS LearningMedia are launching a new U.S. History Collection. 

US: Local official arrested in murder of Las Vegas journalist Jeff German

IPI: The IPI global network strongly condemns the apparent targeted killing of veteran Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, who was stabbed to death outside his home in western Las Vegas on September 2, 2022. On September 7, police arrested Robert Telles, an elected official who serves as the Clark County public administrator and who was a recent subject of German’s reporting, on suspicion of murder.

US: Shifting to ‘public radio’ in the 70s gave WKAR a wider reach

WKAR: For almost the first 50 years of our history, WKAR operated as an “educational” radio station. For decades, we relied on our own financial means. Then, in the late 1960s, a new model came along that would bring WKAR and our audience into a bigger world.

US: Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and WFSU Public Media launch a one-of-a-kind online music education program

WFSU: The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (TSO), in partnership with WFSU, launched a unique online orchestra education program on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The program, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, offers an up-close-and-personal introduction to each instrument, instrument family, and musicians of the orchestra (including conductor and electronics). 

#IPIWoCo 2022 Recap: Life on the press freedom frontline

IPI: Journalists from India, Myanmar, Russia, Pakistan and Central America on battling censorship and repression

Emergency broadcasting #RDA2022

Radioinfo: In the session titled ‘Emergency Broadcasting’ we heard from Australia and Japan how the ABC and NHK have innovated their readiness and organisation to function at the very best when urgent and reliable information is needed the most in case of natural disasters.

How journalists can document international crimes

IJNet: Journalists regularly observe events, collect information and speak with sources while on the job. What if, without detracting from core reporting, they also knew how to conserve vital evidence gathered in reporting so it passes muster in legal proceedings? This can be especially consequential in conflict and crisis zones where international crimes are being committed, such as during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the internal conflict in Myanmar.

Prebunking: how to build resilience against online misinformation

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Rather than debunking misinformation after it’s already spread, prebunking – or preemptive debunking – is effective at reducing susceptibility to misinformation at scale.


EBU: The recent EBU General Assembly included an inspiring interview with Tim Davie, Director-General of BBC, which celebrates 100 years of existence this year. Despite all the challenges facing public service media (PSM) today, he struck an upbeat and bullish note. “We can’t just be sitting, as public services, managing decline. We’re too good for this. I really believe that we’re a growth engine.” So, where will we find this growth? How can we build greater resilience into our organisations? How do we become an ‘Entrepreneurial Broadcasting Union’?


IBC: Broadcast Solutions runs IBC’s largest outdoor stand and that’s a good thing because it has arrived packed to the rafters with examples of its systems integration and production tech portfolio.

The challenge: Ethics of VR and AR in media (Paywall)

IBC: As immersive tech continues to create a buzz in the industry, the ‘Godmother of Virtual Reality’ Nonny de la Peña spoke at IBC2022 to emphasise why VR/ AR is going to play an increasingly crucial role in the future of media and entertainment.

The kaleidoscope: tracking young people’s relationships with news

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Younger audiences show different attitudes toward news. A new report offers suggestions on how news outlets can adapt to them.

There are barely any Muslims on popular TV series, a new study says

GPB: Muslims make up 25% of the global population and Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world — but Muslims only comprise 1% of characters shown on popular televisions series in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

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