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ALGERIA: 2 Algerian journalists arrested for publishing video showing businesswomen protesting

AP: Algerian authorities arrested two journalists for publishing a video showing businesswomen protesting how they were treated at a government-sponsored event.

BURKINA FASO: Freedom of expression in Burkina Faso: “Let us not seek to control people’s ideas, thoughts or opinions” (French) 

RFI: In Burkina Faso, the Servir et non se servir (Sens) movement issued a statement on June 28 denouncing the ”  gagging of the media  ” following arrests and sanctions in the Burkinabe media community.

CHAD: Online Media Association concerned about fake pages and misleading information on networks (French) 

RFI: The Association of Online Media of Chad (AMET) is concerned about the increase in recent months of fake pages spreading misleading information on social networks. 

GUINEA: Guinea’s toxic media landscape threatens press freedom

Global Voices: In the Republic of Guinea, the media continues to bear the heavy cost of freedom restrictions since the last coup d’état on September 5, 2021.

GUINEA & SENEGAL: Guinean media silenced and speak out in Dakar (French) 

RFI: For Mohamed Mara, general director of Radio Espace, one of the sanctioned media outlets, this closure can be explained by the fact that the journalists refused to give in to pressure from the military regime.

KENYA: Attacks on journalists covering protests must stop

IPI: Authorities must investigate attacks and allow journalists to work freely and safely

KENYA: How Gen Z and social media fuelled massive protests in Kenya against new taxes

The Indian Express: Kenyan President William Ruto on Wednesday withdrew his decision to sign a controversial law to enforce new taxes in his country, a day after mass protests erupted in the capital city of Nairobi, where demonstrators stormed Parliament and over 20 people reportedly died.

NIGERIA: PDP tackles Abia Speaker over expulsion of journalist from press briefing

Vanguard: The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abia State chapter, has berated the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Emmanuel Emeruwa, over the expulsion of a journalist from a press briefing at the Assembly complex in Umuahia.

RWANDA: Rwandan media stakeholders join hands to promote credible information ahead of July 2024 election

Africa Check: A coalition of Rwandan media organisations and Africa Check, supported by Google News Initiative, have partnered to fact-check information ahead of the July 2024 general elections.

SOMALIA: Bilan Media, a 100% female media outlet, wins a prize dedicated to press freedom (French) 

RFI: Bilan Media received last week the press freedom award from One World Media, a British NGO that supports independent media in the countries of the South.

SOUTH AFRICA: Sentech Halts E-TV’s Digital TV Transmissions – Report

BMA: According to industry reports, Sentech has turned off E-tv’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) transmissions, leaving only its analogue TV and streaming services available to viewers.

SOUTH AFRICA: The defence of journalism and journalists is a social justice issue (Opinion) 

Daily Maverick: Journalism may be as old as the hills, as the saying goes, but in the 2020s it is facing an existential crisis.

TANZANIA: Tanzania’s media ready to team up with EACOP in its operations

IPP Media: EDITORS of mainstream print and electronic media have welcomed the pledge of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) to cooperate with media so that the public remains abreast of what is taking place in the crude oil project.

ZIMBABWE: AMJZ Partners with Zimbabwe School of Mines for Specialized Mining Journalism Training

Newsday: The Association of Mining Journalists in Zimbabwe (AMJZ) has partnered with the Zimbabwe School of Mines to offer an intensive  Certificate in Mining Journalism course.

ZIMBABWE: Editor’s Memo: Reduce ZBC licence fees urgently (Editorial) 

Newsday: Thousands, if not millions, of households across Zimbabwe have a satellite television connection. Some opt for pay-per-view services, while others use free-to-air channels.

REGIONAL: ASBU, China sign MoU on audiovisual cooperation

TAP: A memorandum of understanding and cooperation agreements in the audiovisual sector were signed Thursday in Tunis by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and China represented by the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA).

REGIONAL: IPI Africa 2023 Press Freedom Monitoring Report (Report) 

IPI: Impunity for attacks on the press continues; positive legislative and judicial developments offer hope

AFGHANISTAN & RUSSIA: Afghan Journalist Denied Asylum in Russia Returns to Kabul

The Moscow Times: An Afghan journalist and feminist activist who fled to Russia more than two years ago due to fears of prosecution by the Taliban has returned to Afghanistan, her lawyer told the Fontanka news outlet on Tuesday.

BANGLADESH: US condemns intimidation of journos in Bangladesh, calls for press freedom

The Business Standard: The United States has expressed “strong objections” to the harassment and intimidation of journalists in Bangladesh, reaffirming its support for a free and independent media.

CAMBODIA: Cambodia Hosts 7th SOMRI Working Group Meeting on ASEAN Digital Broadcasting

EAC News: Cambodia’s Ministry of Information is currently hosting the 7th Meeting of the Senior Officials’ Meeting Responsible for Information (SOMRI) Working Group on ASEAN Digital Broadcasting.

HONG KONG: At least 900 journalism jobs lost, media in exile after four years of draconian National Security Law

RSF: Four years after the enactment of a draconian national security law – a turning point in the decline of press freedom in Hong Kong – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) takes a closer look at the plight of exiled journalists and calls for greater support for their diaspora-led media.

INDIA: Editors Guild Urges Parliament Leaders To Lift Media Access Restrictions Enforced During COVID-19

Times Now: Amidst ongoing efforts to normalise operations post-pandemic, the Editors Guild has called for a significant policy shift in Parliament. 

INDIA: Modi’s Crackdown on Foreign Journalists Is a Problem for the West

The Diplomat: By restricting and even evicting foreign journalists, the government is closing an important channel of dialogue and exchange with the West.

INDONESIA: Rekindling a burning desire for better provincial content in Indonesia

ABC: Rural, regional and provincial journalists know all about going the extra mile for a great story, but 300 miles in a bus and many more on foot? 

INDONESIA: The state of science journalism in Indonesia

IJNet: A lack of science stories, insufficient training for journalists covering science-related topics, and communication barriers between scientists and journalists are all impediments to science journalism in the Global South, according to a 2023 study by researchers at James Madison University and University of the Punjab. 

JAPAN: NHK and Fukuoka commercial broadcasting stations sign memorandum of understanding for mutual cooperation in helicopter coverage in the event of a Nankai Trough earthquake (Press release – Japanese) 

NHK: Through mutual cooperation in helicopter coverage in the Kyushu and Shikoku regions, the broadcasting companies will be able to provide multifaceted coverage, such as calling for evacuation, and will strengthen their system for contributing to the rescue of lives and the preservation of property in the region.

KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakhstan’s Attempts to Address Disinformation and Media Freedom

The Times of Central Asia: Under the new law, Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the right to deny accreditation to foreign journalists “in case of a threat to the national security of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”

MALAYSIA: Groups oppose proposed licensing regime for social media

Ifex: Civil society groups said that the government proposal will do more harm than good.

MALAYSIA: TM says it has reached settlement with MYTV in two-year-long arbitration dispute

The Edge: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (KL:TM) said it has executed an agreement with MYTV Broadcasting Sdn Bhd to settle all their disputes related to non-payment for the provision of digital terrestrial television (DTT), broadcasting infrastructure and network facilities.

NEPAL: Global Watch | Aggressive Chinese Attempt to Infiltrate Nepal’s Media (Opinion)

News18: A new think tank paper, China’s Influence in Nepali Media Amid Aggressive Nepal Policy, goes into great depth regarding the extent of China’s influence in Nepal’s media. The media serves as a fourth pillar of democratic institutions in developing democracies like Nepal and has the power to influence national policy decisions.

NEPAL: Nepali media predominantly focus on political issues: Report

Kathmandu Post: The report says Nepal’s information ecosystem is somewhat vibrant as it scores 23 out of 40.

PAKISTAN: Examining the Media War on Afghan Refugees in Pakistan: Insights From Ayesha Jehangir

The Diplomat: “There is a constant attack on Afghan refugees in Pakistan, with narratives portraying Afghan refugees as enemies of the state, a security threat, burden, or in other stereotypical ways.”

PHILIPPINES: Philippines Foreign Secretary, US Ambassador Tout Mutual Ties, Press Freedom at Media Conference 

East West Centre: The two senior diplomats also painted each of their nations as champions of press freedom, even as false information and digital fakes increasingly proliferate with the help of artificial intelligence.


Mediacorp: Get ready to immerse yourself in the exhilarating world of sports and cheer on Team Singapore with the widest coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 in Singapore!

SOUTH KOREA: Head of broadcasting regulator voluntarily resigns as opposition parties seek impeachment 

The Korea Herald: His voluntary stepping down came hours before the main opposition Democratic Party is set to report an impeachment motion against him to a plenary session of the National Assembly, citing “abuse of power.”

SOUTH KOREA: KBS to take the initiative in addressing the low birthrate crisis (Press release) 

KBS: Korea’s leading public service media, KBS, has taken the initiative to serve as a public forum to address the low birthrate, which has emerged as a major challenge for Korean society.

SOUTH KOREA: KCC approves plan for public broadcasting board selections 

Donga: This move comes amidst opposition from the Democratic Party of Korea, which proposed a bill to impeach KCC Chairman Kim Hong-il.

TAIWAN: The 26th Anniversary of PSTV and NHK co-produced “Forest of the Sacred Tree”, the new green forest in Taiwan’s Alishan Forest Railway, 8K ultra-high quality, presented to the Chinese people (Chinese) 

PTS: On the 26th anniversary of the launch of Public Television, a special screening of the 8K ultra-high-definition documentary “Forest of the Sacred Trees: Alishan Forest Railway Journey” co-produced with Japan’s NHK was held at the Liangtangyuan Square last night (6/29).

TAIWAN & CHINA: How a Chinese Operative Secretly Infiltrated a Newsroom

The Daily Beast: Taiwanese authorities are investigating reports that a Chinese state-backed journalist showed up at a Taiwanese news outlet to edit content and make sure guests stuck to scripts.

TAJIKISTAN: Prominent Tajik Journalist And Politician Arrested In Unclear Circumstances: Sources

RFE/RL: Ahmadshoh Komilzoda, a well-known journalist and the first deputy chairman of the Democratic Party of Tajikistan, has been arrested, a Tajik law enforcement source told RFE/RL on June 27.

UZBEKISTAN: Al Jazeera Media Institute Delegation Will Visit Uzbekistan

The Times of Central Asia: According to the Dunyo state news outlet, Uzbekistan’s Ambassador to Qatar Ashraf Khojayev held talks with the Director of Al Jazeera Media Institute Eman Al Amri. 

UZBEKISTAN: The slow death of journalism in Karakalpakstan

RSF: The protests against changes to the Uzbek constitution, which took place two years ago in the autonomous region Karakalpakstan and were violently repressed by the central government, remain such a taboo topic that journalists who recall the facts today are arrested, imprisoned and falsely accused of separatism.

REGIONAL: ASEAN, China announce media network to boost collaboration

Bernama: ASEAN and China are keen on deepening their media cooperation, including setting up a network to promote exchanges, facilitate information sharing and collaboration, aiming to build a stronger ASEAN-China community with a shared future. 

REGIONAL: OSCE Media Freedom Representative concludes successful Central Asia event on safety of journalists 

OSCE: In her remarks, Teresa Ribeiro emphasized that safety of journalists is a responsibility that goes beyond mere professional duty and forms a cornerstone of democracy and common security.

AUSTRALIA: ABC Innovation Lab Presents Futurecast 2024 (Press release)

ABC: The ABC’s Futurecast conference will return in August, bringing together innovators from the media, creative and tech industries.

AUSTRALIA: In Australia, Tucker Carlson finds a new enemy: the ABC

AFR: The right-wing commentator wrongly accused the ABC of criticising him, in another example of how on society’s fringe the market for alternate realities runs strong.

AUSTRALIA: Meta says it may block news from Facebook in Australia

Reuters: Facebook owner Meta (META.O), opens new tab is considering blocking news content from the platform in Australia if the government makes it pay licensing fees, a company representative told a parliamentary hearing on Friday.

AUSTRALIA: Nine Entertainment’s job cuts are the latest in a line of commercial media outlets feeling the economic chill

ABC: The chill winds blowing through the world of commercial media are gathering pace.

NEW CALEDONIA: Foreign states spread New Caledonia ‘misinformation’

AAP: Misinformation has fuelled the recent unrest in New Caledonia, with experts warning of foreign involvement.

NEW ZEALAND: Coalition to press ahead with Fair Digital News Bargaining Bill

RNZ: The government is pressing on with legislation that will force tech giants to pay news organisations for their content.

NEW ZEALAND: Whakaata Māori facing a $9.5 million funding decrease

Stuff: Whakaata Māori has announced it is facing a $9.5 million funding decrease over the next few years and will undertake a review into its operations.

REGIONAL: Award-winning academics, NZ journalists headline Pacific media conference in Fiji

RNZ: Five high-profile, international award-winning journalists and journalism academics will join their regional media counterparts to address the 2024 Pacific International Media Conference in Suva this week.

REGIONAL: Decolonization, the climate crisis, and improving media education in the Pacific

Global Voices: Global Voices interviewed veteran writer and educator David Robie who discussed the state of Pacific media, journalism education, and the role of the press in addressing decolonization and the climate crisis.

AUSTRIA: Hurdles for the second half of ORF boss Weißmann (German) 

Der Standard: Will the ORF general manage to complete the regular season until the end of 2026? The ball is in the next government’s court. Scenarios for the largest media group and its staff

AUSTRIA: ORF on the withdrawal of accreditation of ORF Moscow director Carola Schneider (Press release – German) 

ORF: The Russian authorities have today withdrawn the accreditation of the head of ORF Moscow, Carola Schneider, and asked her to leave the country as soon as possible. The ORF acknowledges Russia’s decision, but cannot understand it at all.

BELGIUM: The ABC of VRT with the S of … Fighting disinformation (Press release – Dutch) 

VRT: From fact checker to content creator: VRT joins forces in the fight against disinformation 

CZECH REPUBLIC: Concession fees could increase, the government approved a media amendment (Czech) 

ČT24: Concession fees could increase. On Wednesday, the government approved their increase for television by 15 crowns to 150 crowns per month and for radio by 10 crowns to 55 crowns per month, announced the Minister of Culture Martin Baxa (ODS).

DENMARK: DR is ready with educational material: Now it must be the end of being ‘alone at home on the internet’ (Press release – Danish) 

DR: DR’s learning universe, DR Lær, now gives children, teachers and parents tools to talk about unpleasant content and also to try to avoid it.

FINLAND: The Yle working group did not finish its work, negotiations will continue next week (Finnish) 

YLE: The work of the parliamentary working group evaluating Yleisradio’s funding will not be completed today. 

FRANCE: 38 projects supported by the Youth Media Engagement Foundation in 2024 (Press release – French) 

FranceTV: By supporting 38 projects aimed at young people aged 14 to 30 for written and oral expression throughout the country, public service media are engaging with the Foundation for Equal Opportunities and Access to Culture for Young People.

FRANCE: French public broadcasting targeted by RN threat of privatization (Analysis – French) 

Le Monde: The Rassemblement National may find it difficult to privatize public broadcasting, as it said it intends to do if it comes to power. But its demolition project has already begun.

FRANCE: How Bolloré, the ‘French Murdoch’, carried Le Pen’s far right to the brink of power

France24: French tycoon Vincent Bolloré has put his sprawling media empire at the service of the country’s nationalist right, precipitating a rightward shift in French politics.

FRANCE: Why France’s complex election rules limit media coverage (Watch) 

France24: France has complex election rules that limit each party’s airtime during campaign season and require a media blackout over election weekend.

GEORGIA: The Parliament elected three members of the Board of Trustees of the Public Broadcaster (Press release – Georgian) 

1TV: MPs approved the candidacies of Izabela Osipova, Soso Sturua and Giorgi Iakobashvili.

GEORGIA: “We continue this fight” Georgian fact-checkers won’t back down after passage of foreign agent law. 

Poynter: Controversial law leaves fact-checkers concerned about personal safety, future operation and growth of authoritarianism. 

GERMANY: Broadcasting fee: significant increase in revenue (Report) 

Heise Academy: As reporting data was compared nationwide in 2022, the broadcasters’ contribution service collected around 5 percent more in 2023 than in 2022.

GERMANY: Majority of the population sees important educational function for ZDF (Press release – German)

ZDF: For the majority of the population (80.6 percent), it is (very) important that ZDF contributes to the education of the population.

GERMANY: Schleswig-Holstein switches from FM to digital radio DAB+ (Press release – German) 

Deutschlandradio: Private and public radio stations have agreed with the state government and the state media authority to gradually convert program distribution via FM antenna in the northernmost federal state to digital radio DAB+ from 2025 to 2031.

GERMANY: ZDF and production alliance agree on milestones in the production of audio-visual content (Press release – German) 

ZDF: As part of the Munich Film Festival, the production alliance and ZDF presented a development and production timeline on Monday, July 1, 2024.

IRELAND: Govt keeping options open on RTÉ funding 

RTÉ: Taoiseach Simon Harris has said that if the Government chooses a new licence fee model to fund RTÉ, the price of the licence could fall depending on the method of collection.

IRELAND: RTÉ funding: Paschal Donohoe and Catherine Martin at loggerheads over future funding model 

Irish Times: Green Party minister continues to insist that exchequer funding is the way forward for RTÉ in the future

ITALY: Media freedom groups call on European Commission and European Parliament to address media freedom crisis in Italy (Letter) 

IPI: IPI joins Media Freedom Rapid Response partners in writing to European Commission President, Ursula Von der Leyen and European Parliament President, Roberta Metsola, outlining the findings and concerns about the deteriorating state of media freedom in Italy following the recent MFRR mission to Rome.

KOSOVO: Dangerous attack by MP Dimal Basha on ECPMF Senior legal advisor Flutura Kusari

EFJ: On 27 June 2024, Kosovo’s Vetëvendosje MP Dimal Basha delivered a speech in Parliament, during the second reading of Kosovo’s draft media law (IMC). This draft bill has been criticized for not taking into account recommendations from the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

MALTA: Should party-owned media houses be shut? (Opinion) 

Times of Malta: At the moment calls to shut down political party media and reform public broadcasting sound rather hollow

NORWAY: Giving audiences what they want: a look at Norway’s public broadcaster’s climate change coverage strategy

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: NRK overhauled its climate coverage after its audience asked for better reporting on the topic

PORTUGAL: RTP signs contract for expansion of Photovoltaic Park at Headquarters in Lisbon (Press release – Portuguese) 

RTP: The public radio and television service remains committed to energy transition, efficiency and environmental sustainability.

ROMANIA: Media Freedom Mission to Romania questions fairness of electoral coverage

IPI: Urgent reform of political funding for ‘press and propaganda’ needed to end media dependency on political parties

RUSSIA: Has Russian disinformation caused Europe’s lurch to the right?

Index on Censorship: A tsunami of disinformation from Russia may have helped far-right and Eurosceptic groups in this month’s European Parliament elections

RUSSIA: Russian Journalist Fined In Absentia For Violating ‘Foreign Agent’ Law

RFE/RL: A court in the western Russian city of Pskov on July 1 fined Denis Kamalyagin, the editor in chief of the Pskovskaya Guberniya newspaper, for purportedly failing to comply with legal requirements stemming from his designation as a “foreign agent.” 

RUSSIA: ‘Sham’ trial of US journalist Gershkovich begins in Russia 

VOA: With his head recently shaven, American journalist Evan Gershkovich appeared briefly in photos taken before his closed-door trial began on Wednesday in Russia, nearly 15 months after he was jailed on espionage charges that are widely viewed as baseless and politically motivated.

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: War in Ukraine: Russia blocks access to 81 European media outlets on its territory (French) 

RTBF: The Russian Foreign Ministry announced sanctions on Tuesday against several Western media outlets.

SLOVAKIA: From RTVS to STVR, the Slovak opposition turns to court (Czech) 

ČT24: In Slovakia, the law on the abolition of the public broadcaster Rozhlas a televize Slovenska (RTVS) came into force. Slovak Television and Radio (STVR) is newly established in its place. 

SLOVAKIA: Igor Slanina is temporarily in charge of Slovak Television and Radio (Press release – Slovakian) 

RTVS: Igor Slanina became the Deputy General Director of Slovak Television and Radio effective July 1 . He was appointed to the position today by the Vice-President of the National Council, Peter Žiga, who is entrusted with the exercise of the powers of the President.

SLOVENIA: Council of RTV Slovenia: Appeal to the government to harmonize the RTV contribution (Press release – Slovenian) 

RTV SLO: Just over a year ago, the Council of RTV Slovenia was constituted, a body that took over most of the functions of the former programming and former supervisory council.

SPAIN: Spain’s proposal to reform media law seen as threat to press freedom

VOA: Spain’s leader has pledged to reform the country’s media law next month to stop the spread of fake news, a move criticized by many as a threat to press freedom.

SWEDEN: Seminar in Almedalen: How is media independence affected during war? (Press release – Swedish) 

SR: During Almedal Week, Sveriges Radio has invited representatives of the Ukrainian public service company Suspilne. Based on their experiences after the full-scale invasion from Russia in 2022, the role and independence of the media during war was discussed. 

SWITZERLAND: SRG switches off FM at the end of the year (Press release – German) 

SRG SSR: Anyone who listens to news, music, weather forecasts or traffic reports on the radio today does so largely via the digital radio broadcasting technology DAB+ or via the Internet (IP).

UK: Channel 4 rebrands as Channel 4th in election campaign urging people to “be lazy, just vote” (Press release) 

Channel 4: Channel 4 is launching a campaign to encourage people to vote in this week’s General Election, rebranding as Channel 4th in a playful reference to the July 4th polling date.

UK: Nigel Farage Attacks British Broadcasters During Bad-Tempered Weekend & Says His Party Will “Campaign Vigorously To Abolish The Licence Fee”

Deadline: Nigel Farage has ended a bad-tempered weekend on the campaign trail attacking a pair of national broadcasters and saying his party will “campaign vigorously to abolish the licence fee.”

UKRAINE: Ukrainian authorities face accusations of using the draft as a political weapon

POLITICO: Other journalists, watchdogs and people involved with NGOs working on issues critical of the government are also warning that the administration (or senior officials) is using the power to conscript people to silence them.

REGIONAL: RSF welcomes European Council’s decision to prioritise press freedom and the fight against disinformation

RSF: The European Council has included press freedom and the fight against disinformation in their priorities for the next five years.

ARGENTINA: Cuts to public media affect the dissemination of women’s football (Spanish) 

La Tinta: We spoke with the journalist specializing in gender and sports, Macarena Jorge Camaño, about sports journalism and communication of women’s football, and the new challenges that arise in the face of policies of cuts and privatization of the television broadcasting of matches.

ARGENTINA: Télam: The Government promotes the auditor and reopens the agency as a new advertising company (Spanish)

Clarín: The public media controller, Diego Chaher , was promoted by the Government, which appointed him as the new Secretary of State Enterprises and Societies , reporting to the Cabinet Office, to deepen the adjustments in the Post Office, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Public TV, National Radio, Télam and all other public companies of the national government.

BERMUDA: Interim loss for Bermuda Press

Royal Gazette: Bermuda Press Holdings Ltd, the owner of The Royal Gazette, is reporting an unaudited loss of $568,000 for the first half of the year, as compared with a $33,000 profit for the same period in 2023.

BOLIVIA: Smugglers threaten reporters on border of Bolivia and Argentina

ANP Bolivia: About a hundred dockworkers who illegally import Argentine food products into Bolivia threatened, with physical attacks, about five radio reporters who reported the destruction of a state office and the attempted seizure of a military regiment on Saturday, June 22.

CHILE: Chilean government wants to strengthen the state channel TVN and create the first public radio (Spanish) 

Observacom: The president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, announced that he will send proposals to Congress to strengthen the budget of National Television (TVN) to modernize the state channel and to create a public radio station.

COLOMBIA: Community journalist murdered in Colombia’s Catatumbo region, near the Venezuelan border (Spanish)

Swissinfo.ch: Community journalist Jorge Méndez, known as ‘Jeykon the leader,’ was murdered this Thursday (June 27) in a rural area of the municipality of Tibú, in the Colombian department of Norte de Santander, which borders Venezuela, as reported by the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP).

COLOMBIA: FLIP sounds alarm on journalists’ security in department of Caquetá, Colombia (Press release)

FLIP: At FLIP we have documented that since June 16, three media directors in Florencia, Caquetá, have been summoned to a meeting by Bloc Commander Jorge Suárez Briceño of the Central General Staff [of the FARC dissidents].

ECUADOR: Ecuador revokes the visa of a Cuban journalist for alleged acts against security

SwissInfo.ch: The Government of the President of Ecuador, Daniel Noboa, revoked the visa of the Cuban journalist and actress Alondra Santiago, under the argument that the communicator, who in the electoral campaign positioned herself in favor of the Correísta candidate Luisa González, allegedly committed acts that threaten the security of the State.

GUATEMALA: Guatemalan court revokes house arrest granted to journalist José Rubén Zamora

Latam Journalism Review: In a June 25 decision, the Second Court of Appeals of Guatemala revoked the house arrest measure that had been granted to journalist José Rubén Zamora on May 15. The journalist, however, never left prison because he had another open case.

HAITI: CPJ welcomes investigation of prosecutor linked to murder case of journalist Garry Tesse

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the Thursday decision by Carlos Hercule, Haiti’s Minister of Justice and Public Security, to place Ronald Richemond, the federal prosecutor of the city of Les Cayes, on leave until further notice.

JAMAICA: Holness vows to crack down on ‘fake news’ online

The Gleaner: Prime Minister Andrew Holness is warning of future prosecutions for trigger-happy, online warriors who continue to tarnish the reputations of Jamaicans, especially on popular social media platforms.

JAMAICA: Jamaican government launches social media literacy initiative to combat misinformation

Caribbean National Weekly: The Jamaican government, led by the Broadcasting Commission, is set to launch a comprehensive social media literacy campaign. 

MEXICO: Mexican journalist Victor Morales was found dead, with bullet wounds in Chiapas (Spanish)

ADN40: The body of journalist Víctor Morales was found lifeless on a stretch of road on the Ocozocoautla de Espinosa-Arriaga highway, near the Tierra y Libertad ejido, in the municipality of Jiquipilas, [in the Mexican state of] Chiapas.

MEXICO: Mexico’s next president promises to protect the country’s journalists. What can she do?

Latam Journalism Review: Three days before her resounding victory in Mexico’s presidential elections on June 2, Claudia Sheinbaum made an important commitment to the safety of journalists in the country. 

PERU & CHINA: IRTP and China Media Group establish partnership to promote technological cooperation (Spanish)Gob.pe: The National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (IRTP) and the China Media Group (CMG) established a mutual agreement to strengthen technological cooperation, focused on innovation, and the exchange of television content, thus reflecting the willingness of both parties to work for the integration of Peruvian and Chinese cultures.

REGIONAL: Faced with growth of exiled journalists, press advocates in Latin America call for their protection

Latam Journalism Review: At least 300 journalists have fled Nicaragua, Ecuador and Guatemala and gone into exile in recent years, according to various press freedom organizations. Numbers from Venezuela are unavailable, but that country has experienced a mass exodus of millions, including journalists.

GAZA: ‘The livestream was critical evidence’: Tracing attacks on Gaza’s press buildings

+972: The Israeli army struck major media institutions in Gaza despite assurances of safety, and appears to have deliberately targeted cameras that were broadcasting the military offensive, a new investigation shows.

IRAN: Presidential election in Iran: the ongoing repression of journalists must end now

RSF: As the Iranian presidential elections take place today 28 June, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) demands that the future government immediately ceases the relentless, multifaceted repression of journalists.

ISRAEL: Israel-Hezbollah: Drone videos and shady reports (Watch) 

Al Jazeera: With all the news coming out of Gaza, it has been easy to overlook the low-level war that Israel has been waging with Hezbollah, the paramilitary and political group in next-door Lebanon. But recently, both sides have been ratcheting up the rhetoric – and this bodes badly for the prospects for regional peace.

JORDAN: Journalist Heba Abu Taha sentenced to prison under cybercrime law

IPI: The IPI global network strongly condemns the sentencing of journalist Heba Abu Taha to one year in prison for violating Jordan’s repressive 2023 cybercrime law.

TURKEY: Türkiye set to boost TV broadcasting share via indigenous communications satellite

Anadolu Ajansı: Türkiye will boost its television broadcasting share using the country’s first indigenous communications satellite, Turksat 6A, which is set to be launched on July 8 from the SpaceX facility in Cape Canaveral in the US state of Florida.

CANADA: Bell Media announces additional job cuts impacting 43 technicians

CBC: Unifor decries restructuring plan as step toward ‘bigger swaths of news deserts across Canada’

CANADA: Cabin Radio establishes Canadian Race Relations Foundation fellowship

Cabin Radio: Cabin Radio has established a media fellowship with funding made available by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. The CRRF is a Crown corporation “mandated to raise public awareness of the causes and manifestations of racism in Canada.”

CANADA: News Publishers: Governance of Canadian Journalism Collective must be robust

Business Wire: Ethnic, community, local, and national news publisher associations today outlined recommendations to ensure the governance of the Canadian Journalism Collective (CJC) is robust and in keeping with modern governance practices.

CANADA: Sask. media outlet Eagle Feather News to return after 6-month hiatus 

CBC: Will continue to share Indigenous stories through online news platform and quarterly magazine

CANADA: “Star Wars (Anangong Miigaading), A New Hope”: An alliance to revitalize the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) language set to make its premiere August 8, 2024 (Press release) 

APTN: The Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) version of Star Wars: A New Hope makes its debut August 8, 2024 at Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg.

CANADA: Women Press Freedom Outlines Essential Measures to Combat Police Violence Against Journalists in Canada 

Women Press Freedom: With increasing attacks on journalists like Savanna Craig, Brandi Morin, and Amber Bracken, Women Press Freedom calls for stronger legal protections, mandatory police training, and independent oversight to safeguard democracy

US: ‘10 minutes to destroy a presidency’: how US and global media reviewed the Biden-Trump debate 

The Guardian: Headlines echoed Democrats’ anxiety that Biden is too cognitively weak and physically frail for another term

US: CPB Statement on House Passage of FY 2025 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (Press release) 

CPB: Patricia Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), made the following statement on the House of Representative’s passage of the Homeland Security Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 funding bill, which includes $40 million for the Next Generation Warning System grant program at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

US: El País aims for the U.S. with a new, American Spanish-language edition

NiemanLab: In May, Spain’s El País launched its own digital edition to cover the United States in Spanish instead of trying to cover a targeted demographic

US: House Subcommittee’s Proposed Budget Allocation For CPB: Zero.

Inside Radio: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies last week recommended shutting out the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in its full-year 2025 appropriations bill.

US: Is journalism’s trust problem about money, not politics?

NiemanLab: Journalists generally assume that their lack of credibility is a result of what people believe to be reporters’ and editors’ political bias. So they believe the key to improving public trust is to banish any traces of political bias from their reporting.

US: Media Watchdogs Call On Biden To Recognize RFE/RL’s Kurmasheva As ‘Wrongfully Detained’ 

RFE/RL: The U.S. National Press Club — a professional association of American journalists — and 18 other media freedom groups have called on President Joe Biden in a public letter to press for the recognition of RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva, who has been held in a Russian prison since last year, as a “wrongfully detained” person.

US: Meidas Gold

CJR: With the country facing the prospect of a second Trump presidency, something about the traditional mechanisms for delivering information to the American electorate was broken.

US: Public Media Expands Civic Education Programs

CPB: The Fourth of July commemorates the ratification of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Traditional festivities honoring the history, government, and traditions of the United States include the annual A Capitol Fourth concert and fireworks broadcast from the U.S. Capitol on PBS with support from CPB.

US: Public media’s fundraising outlook shows signs for hope amid challenges

Current: Radio stations in particular struggled to grow donor rolls last year, according to a new Contributor Development Partnership report. But public media has a strong legacy of trust to build on.

US: Reporters Can Improve Accuracy In US Media By Adopting Milei’s Reform (Opinion) 

Forbes: If WUNC and other media outlets want to be more accurate and to avoid accusation of misleading voters, journalists would do well to consider adopting a reform recently put forth by Argentina President Javier Milei, which prohibits the advertisement or promotion of any federal, state, and local government program as “free.”

US: The prestigious daily newspaper “Washington Post” shaken by a deep crisis with its management (French) 

RFI: An editor-in-chief who abruptly resigns, her successor who throws in the towel and a boss targeted in the columns of his newspaper: the prestigious American daily Washington Post , owned by billionaire and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, is going through a deep crisis.

US: Time strikes licensing deal with OpenAI

Axios: The deal gives OpenAI access to Time’s archives from the last 101 years to train its large language models and use for responses to user queries in its consumer-facing products, such as ChatGPT, according to a statement Time provided to Axios.

US: US top court sidesteps ruling on contentious social media laws

France24: The US Supreme Court on Monday ordered lower courts to review a pair of Republican-backed state laws that imposed restrictions on social media companies to moderate content, sidestepping a ruling on their constitutional validity.

ChatGPT is hallucinating fake links to its news partners’ biggest investigations

NiemanLab: Nieman Lab’s tests show ChatGPT is directing users to broken URLs for at least 10 publications with OpenAI licensing deals.

Fact-checkers urge collaboration, caution in using artificial intelligence tools

Poynter: Though the use of artificial intelligence in journalism has attracted skeptics, some journalists say discerning judgment and a collaborative approach can allow fact-checkers to avoid the pitfalls of the technology and become more efficient.

‘Frenemies’: The complicated relationship between fact-checkers and tech giants like Meta and TikTok 

Poynter: Many fact-checking outlets are financially dependent on the very platforms that they criticize

Influencers: the new journalists? (Opinion – French) 

France Info: The media are increasingly collaborating with influencers in the hope of reaching a young audience: practices that annoy journalists.

Julian Assange is free, but troubling journalistic question remain 

CJR: While free press advocacy groups expressed satisfaction at Assange’s release, they said the deal he cut with the Biden’s administration still represents a threat to journalists and the practice of journalism. 

Maria Ressa: Media need a seat at the table 

DW: In a panel discussion at this year’s Global Media Forum in Bonn, Ressa shared her personal experience of online harassment – and called for the regulation of tech companies and AI to protect global information ecosystems.

News nonprofit sues ChatGPT maker OpenAI, Microsoft for ‘exploitative’ copyright infringement

VOA:  The Center for Investigative Reporting said Thursday it has sued ChatGPT maker OpenAI and its closest business partner, Microsoft, marking a new front in the news industry’s fight against unauthorized use of its content on artificial intelligence platforms.

NYT’s Hannah Yang on subscription ceilings, international markets and news bundles

Journalism.co.uk: The US publisher has 10.5m digital subscribers – 2m outside the US – and has its sights set on hitting 15m by the end of 2027

Podcasts are becoming increasingly attractive for news operators

RedTech: The weekly reach figures of media brands illustrate that radio outlets continue to be competitive among news providers across the globe. Similarly, radio remains competitive regarding trust, one of its greatest assets.

The First Amendment Is Out of Control

The New York Times: The First Amendment was written in the 18th century with the noble and vitally important goal of ensuring robust political debate and a free press…

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange: what contribution to journalism? (Listen – French) 

RFI: Julian Assange was released this week following an agreement with the American justice system. With journalist Olivier Tesquet, L’atelier des médias offers to revisit the history of WikiLeaks and the figure of its founder, and discusses their impact on the right to information and journalism as a whole.

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