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Public media is in peril and facing many challenges. Social media platforms are presenting an existential crisis to public service media. Governments are trying to extend their control and influence on the editorial output of the broadcasters. Funding systems for many are up in the air. Journalists are facing threats, attacks and harassment, both online and in-person. But it’s also an exciting time for public service media – digital platforms provide new opportunities to reach audiences, technology means public broadcasters can be innovative in how they provide a public service.

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KBS debuts VVERTIGO, an AI-powered UHD production solution

South Korea’s public broadcaster KBS has introduced VVERTIGO, a unique AI-based system that produces reframed videos by automatically tracking the subject.

South Korea’s public service broadcaster, KBS, has launched VVERTIGO, “a novel solution which combines artificial intelligence (AI) person detection technology to 8K UHD video for object auto-tracking.” KBS developed VVERTIGO in 2018 and was first used in broadcast production in July 2019. Since then, KBS has been using the tech in its productions, while using data its collected over that time to regularly improve the system.

“VVERTIGO’s built-in AI engine automatically tracks multiple people from images taken with a single 8K camera and creates individual images, using face recognition AI technology,” said Yoon-jae Lee, Deputy Director of Korean Broadcasting System. “Thanks to the VVERTIGO, we can quickly produce 8K HDR content.”

The tech means that despite using only a single 8K camera to shoot a video, KBS can generate multiple streams of that video which focusses on just one individual. Because this is achieved through AI, it makes the editing process more efficient. “This method has reduced the number of cameras used in multicam production by about 70%,” Mr Lee said. KBS remains the only broadcasting company in Korea to provide 8K HDR content.       

VVERTIGO was started to enhance the performance of “multi-cam production” using dozens of cameras in concerts, talk shows, sports, and other events. KBS uses VVERTIGO for the creation of K-POP – a worldwide musical phenomenon – Music Bank production, which is broadcast every weekend globally and is enormously popular particularly with younger generations. . “Providing high-quality content created with the latest technology to our viewers is an important mission for a public broadcaster,” Mr. Lee told PMA.

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The Global Jigsaw: TikTokking for God (and power)

BBC World Service: Latin American evangelical preachers have been taking their conservative politics to TikTok. The mix can be dynamite. Left-wing parties have dominated in recent elections, but the phenomenon is growing, in an exceptionally lax social media environment. What does this tell us about religion and politics – and the media – in the region today?

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BOTSWANA: Botswana uses Israeli inspired digital surveillance on journalists?

Sunday Standard: The world’s leading diamond producer by value and wildlife-endowed Botswana has long been considered one of Africa’s most stable countries and the continent’s longest multi-party democracy. 

GHANA: GBC goes planting on Green Ghana Day

GBC: Staff of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation have joined Ghanaians to plant ten million trees nationwide as part of this year’s Green Ghana Day.

NAMIBIA: NBC, Trustco team up for more content

The Namibian: The two entities agreed to jointly execute pillars of media training, local content development, marketing and branding enhancement, educational awareness on developmental and economic issues, and a Miss Namibia media partnership.

SENEGAL: Senegal’s internet shutdowns are another sign of a democracy in peril

The Conversation: Senegal’s government began blocking several digital platforms – including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram and YouTube – in certain areas on 1 June. Days later, it extended the disruptions to all mobile internet and several television stations.

SOUTH AFRICA: Concerns Rise Over Gag Order on South African Journalism Outlet

VOA News: Two very different cases in South Africa this week have both confirmed the country’s position as a bastion of the free press, and conversely also shown how the media is under threat.


SABC: RSG, in collaboration with the ATKV, is proud to announce the launch of the highly anticipated RSG Radio Drama Writing Competition for the 27th consecutive year. 

TANZANIA: What media law changes mean

The Citizen: The government has advanced several amendments to the Media Services Act in its ongoing effort to create a conducive environment for journalists and media companies to undertake their tasks efficiently and effectively.

REGIONAL: IPI Africa press freedom monitoring: Journalists in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Sudan face censorship, arrests, and violence

IPI: Journalists in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Sudan faced significant pressure, including censorship, arrests, and violence, according to IPI monitoring of press freedom threats and violations for the month of April.

REGIONAL: IPI and UNESCO hosted a round table on journalists’ safety during elections in Africa

IPI: To mark Press Freedom Day in Africa on May 11 to 13, IPI and UNESCO co-hosted a roundtable at the second Africa Media Convention in Lusaka, Zambia to discuss the pressures on journalists and challenges of press freedom during elections, as several countries across the continent face key selections in 2023 and 2024. The wave of attacks against journalists covering the 2023 elections in Nigeria highlighted the need to prioritize this issue. 

REGIONAL: New trainers to promote the safety of journalists in North Africa

IFJ: After 3 months of online training on the safety of journalists, a workshop was held from June 5 to 10 in Tunis to complete the training of 9 journalists from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia.

AFGHANISTAN: With Media Industry Under Pressure, Afghan Students Turn Away From Journalism (Watch)

VOA: Journalism — once a popular career path for young Afghan men and women — is losing its appeal for new students as the Taliban ban women from higher education and the country’s media work in an increasingly restrictive environment. 

HONG KONG: Former HKJA chair detained  (Press Release)

IFJ: Senior journalist and former Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) Chair Mak Yin-ting was detained by police for several hours while reporting on the 34th annual commemoration of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s Film Industry Quietly Blooming Again, Despite Censorship

VOA: A young actress drags a suitcase despondently up a tree-shaded street, as a crew shoots a scene in a film about director Norris Wong’s unachieved dream of becoming a Cantopop lyricist.

INDIA: Foreign Correspondents Club Members Resign After President Visits Myanmar, Meets Junta Ministers

The Wire: Ten India-based foreign correspondents have resigned from the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia after the association’s president visited Myanmar last week at the invitation of a state-run newspaper and had meetings with senior ministers in the military junta.

INDIA: Last Indian journalist to leave China by June end as Beijing doesn’t extend visa

India Today: The last Indian journalist working in China will be leaving the country this month as Beijing hasn’t extended his visa. China’s foreign ministry claimed visas of Chinese journalists were not approved by India since 2020, resulting in a drop from 14 to only one Chinese correspondent now working in India.

KYRGYZSTAN: Stop abusing legislation to target independent media

Article 19: The recent ruling to close ‘Azattyk Media’ reflects a growing pattern in Kyrgyzstan to draft and arbitrarily implement controversial and ambiguous laws that could be misused to target people and institutions exercising their rights to free expression and information.

MALAYSIA: A piecemeal approach towards media reform (Opinion)

The Malaysian Insight: IT is concerning that the Communications and Digital Ministry is not on the same page with other ministries as regards the push for media freedom and freedom of expression in the country.

MALAYSIA: Countering hate speech

Article 19: There is no universally agreed-upon definition of hate speech, nor is the term hate speech codified in international law. In reviewing definitions of hate speech from varying institutions, ARTICLE 19 has identified that the term to encompass any expression imparting opinions or ideas bringing an internal opinion or idea to an external audience. 

MYANMAR: DVB Radio provides critical news and information to Burma (Press release – 30 May)

DVB: DVB launched its humanitarian radio program on May 29 to provide critical news and information on the health impact, as well as relief and recovery efforts, post-Cyclone Mocha. It includes the voice of survivors whose lives have been impacted by the storm. 

PAKISTAN: Pakistan media decry de facto ban on giving airtime to Imran Khan

The Guardian: Journalists say directive on hate speech issued by regulator indirectly affects coverage of former PM.

PAKISTAN:: May 9 violence: Senior journalist, vloggers booked in a sedition case

Geo News: A Washington-based journalist Shaheen Sehbai and three vloggers — Syed Haider Raza Mehdi, Wajahat Saeed Khan, and major (retired) Adil Farooq Raja — have been booked for inciting violence during the May 9 protests, The News reported.

PHILIPPINES: Suspects Named in Killing of Philippine Journalist 

VOA: Authorities in the Philippines on Friday announced they have identified two suspects in the case of a radio journalist shot dead on May 31.

SOUTH KOREA: KBS Urges to Withdraw the Plan to Change Integrated Licence Fee Collection  (Press Release)

KBS: KBS President and CEO Kim Eui-chul said he would step down from the chief position if the push by the Presidential office to separate the TV licence fees from electricity bills is withdrawn.

THAILAND: Thai PBS opens its house to welcome Communication Arts students at Udon Thani Rajabhat University to learn how to produce digital media in Thai PBS style. (Press Release)

Thai PBS: On June 7, 2023, Udon Thani Rajabhat University Bring students from the field of Communication Arts. Faculty of Management Science, 15 people, visited and studied at the Public Broadcasting Organization of Thailand (TPA) or Thai PBS.

THAILAND: Thai PBS welcomes the month of diversity “Pride Month, willingly embracing differences”  (Press Release)

Thai PBS: Thai PBS welcomes the Festival of Happiness and Diversity throughout this June. This is considered the month when most people turn to the importance of rights, culture, inequality. equality and equality of peoples Especially people with gender diversity.

AUSTRALIA: ABC Five-Year Plan 2023-2028: An essential part of daily life for all Australians (Press Release)

ABC: Today ABC Managing Director David Anderson released the ABC’s new Five-Year Plan. The central purpose of the Five-Year Plan is to ensure the ABC remains relevant, delivers value for Australians, and continues to be the most trusted media organisation in the country. 

AUSTRALIA: ABC to move resources away from AM radio and TV to podcasts and on-demand by 2028

The Guardian: The ABC will undergo a “significant transition” towards digital transmission, reducing the resources invested in AM radio stations and programs, and broadcast TV channels, by 2028 and increase podcasts and on-demand programs instead.

AUSTRALIA: Leftwing audiences value ABC and SBS much more than rightwing viewers do, survey finds

The Guardian: Leftwing audiences value publicly funded news organisations such as the ABC and SBS much more than rightwing audiences do, according to the latest digital news report.

AUSTRALIA: SBS Audio engages contemporary Australia with new multilingual marketing campaign (Press release) 

SBS: The recently rebranded SBS Audio has launched a vibrant multilingual marketing campaign to drive Australian audiences to its distinctive cross-platform offering across podcasts, radio, music and more, now available at one unified digital destination.

AUSTRALIA: SBS unveils bold refresh of its digital home (Press release)

SBS: SBS, Australia’s distinctive, multiplatform, multilingual broadcaster, has revamped its digital home, unveiling the most significant redesign to its homepage in more than a decade.

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ becomes first media organisation in Aotearoa to achieve Living Wage Accreditation (Media Release)

RNZ: RNZ has become the first media organisation in Aotearoa to achieve a Living Wage accreditation.

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ+ – The Ultimate Home of Free-To-Air Sport (Press release) 

TVNZ: TVNZ+ is set to be the new home of sport in Aotearoa from 1 July. From next month, a new sports hub available inside TVNZ+ will deliver New Zealanders their favourite sports, with live events, replays and highlights all streaming on the platform.

AUSTRIA: ORF amendment to the law is moving towards the home straight (German)

Der Standard: Hardly any media law has recently caused as much excitement as the planned ORF law amendment. It brings a new regulation of ORF financing and more opportunities for the public media company in the digital sector.

CZECH REPUBLIC: European perspective: the ČT24 website now offers articles from foreign public media in Czech (Press release – Czech) 

Czech TV: Visitors can find news from France, Germany or even Belgium in Czech under the heading European view. The goal of the European Perspective project is to ensure access to texts, photos and videos that meet public service criteria in the readers’ native language.

DENMARK: New media agreement has been reached: Streaming tax on the way and goodbye to the radio channel 24syv (Danish)

DR: There must be more Danish content on streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max in the future. This is the idea behind one of the main points in the new media agreement , which a majority in the Danish Parliament has adopted today. 

DENMARK: Media agreement creates a stable framework for the media industry (Press release – Danish)

DR: The SVM government has just negotiated a new broad media agreement in place with SF, Enhedslisten, Radikale Venstre and Dansk Folkeparti. The agreement is valid until 2026 and ensures a stable framework for the Danish media industry.

FRANCE: Career Covering War Earns French Photojournalist a Media Award

VOA: The explosion came in the early morning, abruptly waking Laurence Geai. It was July 2014, and the French photojournalist was on assignment in Aleppo, Syria, covering how the Assad regime was targeting a hospital in the ancient city.

GERMANY, AUSTRIA & SWITZERLAND: ZDF, ORF and SRF are once again increasing volume in co-productions (Press release – German)

ZDF: The public television stations from Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland – ZDF, ORF and SRF – agreed on joint program projects for 2023/2024 at their annual co-production conference. 

ITALY: The Dg Rai, Rossi: “Youth oriented, digital and pluralist. Here is the media company we are building” (Italian)

Secolo d’Italia: In front of the Rai Parliamentary Supervisory Commission, in his first hearing, the new general manager of viale Mazzini, Giampaolo Rossi, outlines what will be the company that is going to be built: oriented towards young people, digital and truly pluralist.

NORTH MACEDONIA: Press freedom mission finds fragile progress in need of further support

IPI: While we recognise progress for media freedom and journalists’ working conditions in recent years, this improvement is fragile and must be consolidated.

POLAND: International support for TOK FM amidst regulatory pressure

MFRR: TOK FM, which is the fourth-most popular radio in Poland, is nearing the end of its broadcasting licence. The licence expires on 3 November 2023.

RUSSIA: Preserving Russia’s independent journalism 

Share America: A team of reporters and technology specialists are preserving the work of Russia’s media before they are deleted.

SLOVENIA: The board of RTV Slovenia approved the tender for the president and two members of the board of RTV Slovenia (Press release – Slovenian) 

RTV SLO: At the second meeting, the Council of RTV Slovenia unanimously approved the announcement of a call for president and two members of the RTV Slovenia board. The tender will be publicly announced from tomorrow, June 9, 2023, until Friday, June 30, 2023.

UK: BBC journalists set to commence 48-hour strike

IFJ: More than one thousand journalists and media professionals will participate in a 48-hour strike action on 7 and 8 June to protest over BBC plans to dramatically reduce local radio services across England.

UK: UK judges to be given powers to dismiss oppressive Slapps lawsuits at early stage

The Guardian: Amendments added to the economic crime and corporate transparency bill will bring a swift end to the vast majority of Slapps (strategic lawsuits against public participation), ministers claim.

ARGENTINA: The TDA works for the incorporation of local channels to digital transmissions (Press Release – Spanish)

RTA: The Ministries of Economy were present; Culture; Education, Social Development; and Science, Technology and Innovation, in addition to the secretariats of Media and Public Communication, and Public Innovation of the Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers.

BRAZIL: How a newsroom of teens is fact-checking news for their generation in Brazil

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Mediawise is expanding a project to train young fact-checkers to Brazil, a country where journalism is under attack in so many ways

BRAZIL: Live by Janja, neutral language and Dilma Bolada: remember EBC controversies during the Lula government (Portuguese) 

O Globo: President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) became the target of controversy this Tuesday (13) when he performed his first live with technical support from TV Brasil .

COLOMBIA: Gustavo Petro reiterated that no one will impede the right to freedom of the press, but warned about their “right to express ourselves as a government.” (Spanish)

Infobae: The President of the Republic referred to the messages left by the main media on Sunday, June 11, about the warnings in that section of the president’s speech

CUBA: Journalism and truth, two very different issues (Spanish)

La Nacion: Journalism is telling stories. I insist and will insist until the last breath. To believe in them or not, to ensure that they are true or not, was, is and will be an agreement or decision of the hearings.

CUBA: New law in Cuba aims to “legalize censorship”

Via IFEX: The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) condemns Cuba’s dictatorial regime for its ploy to “legalise censorship” by approving a law that will allow it to strengthen its coercion against press freedom, independent media, and journalists and further restrict citizens’ freedom of expression.

GUATEMALA: Everyone is terrified’: Guatemalan journalist faces decades in prison

Financial Times: Crackdown on press in Central America’s largest economy has led many to flee.

NICARAGUA: Nicaraguan TV Journalist Victor Ticay Declared Guilty

Havana Times: The journalist was taken from jail and declared guilty by a kangaroo court in the early morning hours of June 9, with no right to defense. He has now been transferred to the Jorge Navarro National Penitentiary.

REGIONAL: Populism in Latin America and hate speech against the media

Semana: President Gustavo Petro’s attack on press freedom in Colombia reminds us that he has not been the only president in the region with hate speech against the media. Coincidentally, leftist leaders have uttered similar phrases to maintain their governments.

REGIONAL: The risky exercise of reporting in Latin America (Opinion)

La Libertad: From Mexico to Brazil, the region faces polarization, lies, and is where half of the world’s journalist deaths lie. Freedom of the press is threatened!

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: Israeli Forces Shoot Palestinian Journalist During Demolition of Home in Ramallah

Havana Times: Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian journalist in the head during a raid in the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. 

IRAN: Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani detained on undisclosed charges

IFEX: The activist was arrested after publishing her first satirical cartoon on Instagram since 2020.

IRAN: Iranian Journalist Remains in Jail Despite Posting Bail

VOA: Iranian journalist Sajjad Shahrabi remains in jail at Tehran’s Evin prison despite posting bail, a lawyer familiar with the case told VOA.

IRAN: Their Reports About a Woman’s Death Set Off a Revolt. Iran Put Them on Trial.

The New York Times:Two female journalists, Niloufar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, covered some of the first reports of the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody, which ignited nationwide protests against Iran’s clerical rulers.

IRAN & US: VOA Persian Revamps News Programming for Iranian Audience (Press release) 

VOA: VOA Persian has announced its expansion and rebranding of primetime newscasts, providing viewers in Iran with even more comprehensive coverage of the most current Iranian, American and global headlines, up-to-the-minute news, analysis and interviews.

JORDAN: The challenges of tackling cybercrime and online harm

Jordan News: On May 21 the government spokesman and Minister of Communication, Faisal Al-Shboul announced that Jordan will introduce another update on its cybercrime law.

TURKEY: Kurdish journalist in Turkey marks year-long detention, urges support for press freedom

Medya News: Serdar Altan, co-chair of the Dicle-Fırat Journalists Association (DFG), has marked one year of imprisonment for 16 Kurdish journalists with a compelling letter from prison.

PALESTINE:  IFJ welcomes new PJS leadership and its commitment to strengthen safety and social rights (Press Release)

IFJ: The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) organised its congress on 23 May simultaneously in Ramallah, the West Bank and Gaza city. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes the election of new PJS leadership…

TURKEY: Turkey uses journalists to silence critics in exile

Coda Story: Using the language of press freedom, Erdogan has weaponized the media to intimidate Turkish dissidents abroad.

TURKEY: Turkish media watchdog punished pro-opposition TV channels

The North Africa Journal: Turkey’s journalists’ association on Wednesday criticised fines imposed by the country’s media regulator on four pro-opposition television channels during the election campaign, saying they “penalise the public’s right to information”. 

YEMEN: Arrest warrants issued against journalists for investigating alleged corruption

IFJ: Since early June, at least five arrest warrants have been issued against journalists for investigating alleged corruption in the judiciary of Marib, a city located north east of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a.

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada joins Canada’s Net-Zero Challenge (Press release) 

CBC/Radio-Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada today announced its participation in Canada’s Net-Zero Challenge, a national initiative that encourages businesses to develop and implement credible and effective plans to transition their facilities and operations to net-zero emissions.

CANADA: Google, Meta use ‘bullying tactics’ against Canada news bill, PM Trudeau says

Reuters: Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) and Meta Platforms (META.O) are using “bullying tactics” against a Canadian push aimed at ensuring financial support for news publishers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday.

US: Despite format’s challenges, pubmedia stakes out long-term commitment to narrative podcasts

Current: “We are not completely reliant on advertising money to be able to make compelling narrative journalism. … We really are uniquely positioned, and we should be taking full advantage of that right now.”

A Decade of Stagnation: New UNDP data shows gender biases remain entrenched

UNDP News: The latest Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI) report has revealed no improvement in biases against women in a decade, with almost 9 out of 10 men and women worldwide still holding such biases today.

Americans ‘Need to Be Prepared’ for Chinese Cyberattacks

Reuters: Chinese hackers are all but certain to disrupt American critical infrastructure, such as pipelines and railways, in the event of a conflict with the United States, a senior U.S. cybersecurity official said Monday.

Exiled: Stories of Journalists Who Are Forced To Flee

Peninsula Press: Increasing attacks on media around the globe have forced countless journalists into exile.

‘Fake Content Industry’ Threatens Press Freedom Worldwide

Dialogo Americas:The World Press Freedom Index 2023 of French nongovernmental organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) evaluates the environment for journalism in 180 countries and territories and highlights the effects the “fake content industry” has on press freedom in the digital ecosystem.

How can women in journalism be protected in a climate of disinformation and hate?

Partner.sciencenorway.no: Attacks against journalists, especially women journalists, are increasing. This violence, both physical and virtual, are stifling important voices and making it harder to stop the spread of disinformation and hate speech.

Hypocrisy and freedom of the press

EE: Expressing opinions and taking positions that confirm the prevailing culture of social correctness is very easy, no matter if the opinions expressed turn out to be false or if the promised positions never become reality

India, Nigeria, Turkey threatened Twitter shutdown: Jack Dorsey

Al Jazeera: India, Nigeria and Turkey had threatened to shut Twitter down unless it complied with orders to restrict accounts, co-founder Jack Dorsey has alleged.

Investigation, passion and discipline characterize journalists with a long career (Spanish)

El Sol de Puebla: Silvia de Julián, Pilar Bravo, Irma Sánchez and Silvestre Salazar share their experiences and their way of seeing journalism

Overview and key findings of the 2023 Digital News Report

Reuters Institute: This year’s report comes against the backdrop of a global cost-of-living crisis, a continuing war in the heart of Europe, and further climate instability across the world. In this context, a strong supply of accurate, well-funded, independent journalism remains critical, but in many of the countries covered in our survey, we find these conditions challenged by low levels of trust, declining engagement, and an uncertain business environment.

The exercise of freedom of expression and press

Clarin: The freedom to express oneself freely, without fear of government reprisals, is a fundamental pillar of free and open societies. Without press freedom there can be no democracy.

UN chief calls for new era of social media integrity in bid to stem misinformation

UNDP News: The latest Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI) report has revealed no improvement in biases against women in a decade, with almost 9 out of 10 men and women worldwide still holding such biases today.

UN chief Guterres backs proposal to form watchdog to monitor AI

Aljazeera: The United Nations secretary-general has warned that artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to spread disinformation and hate, as he backed a proposal for the creation of an international watchdog to monitor the technology.

What generative AI means for the communications sector

Ofcom: Generative AI – which includes tools like ChatGPT and Midjourney – has gone from being a relatively unknown technology to a topic that dominates daily headlines across the globe.

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