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Putin: the information war (French & German) 

Arte: From Schemes, the Ukrainian investigative newsroom of Radio Free Europe, to OstWestTV, one of the last independent Russian-language media outlets based in Berlin, an immersion in the fight against Kremlin disinformation in the context of the war in Ukraine.

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Fair Digital News Bargaining Bill revived

RNZ: Media and Broadcasting Minister Paul Goldsmith speaks to Susana Lei’ataua about the government committing to press ahead with a crucial piece of legislation that could throw a lifeline to local productions like Shortland street and the struggling media sector, coming just days before Newshub’s shutdown.

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ALGERIA: Algerian authorities detain 2 journalists over news report

CPJ: Algerian authorities arrested Ferhat, director of local independent news website Algeria Scoop, and Ghirous, the outlet’s editor-in-chief, in the capital, Algiers, on June 27, according to news reports and Khaled Drareni, a local journalist who spoke to CPJ. 

BURKINA FASO: Three journalists disappear, 3 media outlets suspended in Burkina Faso

CPJ: At least three Burkinabe journalists in the capital, Ouagadougou, have separately disappeared under suspicious circumstances in June.

GHANA: Chef Smith saga exposes unprofessionalism in Ghanaian media — Blogger Roland Amartey 

Modern Ghana: Amartey criticised the declining diligence in fact-checking, attributing it to the intense competition between traditional media and the online world. 

GHANA: Elections 2024: We’ll live up to our mandate – GBC DG assures Ghanaians 

GBC: The Director-General (DG) of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Prof. Amin Alhassan, has reassured Ghanaians of the nation’s broadcaster’s readiness to live up to its constitutional mandate before, during, and after the upcoming general elections. 

IVORY COAST: Media, ANP unveils the results of its survey of Ivorians’ sources of information (French) 

Koaci: In Ivory Coast, 75.7% of people get their information from television, 73.7% from the internet/digital press, 26.9% from the radio, 20.9% from word of mouth and 13.8% from the printed press.

IVORY COAST: Media RTI Côte-d’Ivoire: Famed journalist Abiba Dembélé sacked? (French) 

Connection Ivoirienne: Retirement or dismissal? Yesterday’s news of the departure of ABIBA DEMBÉLÉ, Director of News at RTI, came as a surprise to many.

KENYA: Kenyan court rules police acted out of line in killing of Pakistani journalist

VOA: A court in Kenya said Monday that police acted unlawfully in using lethal force against a Pakistani journalist killed near the capital in October 2022, ordering thousands of dollars in compensation for his widow.

KENYA: Police hunt abductors of two Kaduna journalists, wives

Punch: The Kaduna State Police Command has said it is in the hunt for the bandits who abducted two journalists: The Nation’s Abdulgafar Alabelewe and his Blueprint Newspaper’s counterpart, AbdulRaheem Aodu, their wives as well as children on Saturday night.

MALAWI: Government Takes Aim at Social Media Misinformation Menace 

Malawi24: The Malawi government has strongly condemned the persistent misuse of social media by some individuals who create false pages, manipulate content, and spread misinformation and propaganda to harm innocent people and organizations.

MALI: Threats to the news: portrait of Malian journalist Malick Konaté (Listen – French) 

RFI: Threats to the news, a summer series about journalists who carry out their work despite the difficulties they face: political pressure, security threats, wars, dictatorships, the obstacles to the work of journalists are numerous, yet access to information, and to reliable and independent information, is perhaps more necessary than ever.

NIGERIA: “Broken Promises” : Systematic Crackdown on Civic Space, Democratic Rights and Media Freedom in Nigeria (Report) 


NIGERIA: FRCN DG pledges support for interfaith dialogue, national coexistence 

FRCN: The Director General Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Dr Muhammed Bulama says the corporation remains committed to use its platforms to enhance interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance in the country.

NIGERIA: Rethinking Nigeria’s Media Landscape: The Role of Innovation Labs in Driving Change 

Vanguard: The media, particularly the news sector, has historically operated at its optimal capacity, especially during pivotal moments like the colonial era in Nigeria. It played a critical role in mobilising the public and advocating for independence.

NIGERIA: Under IGP Kayode Egbetokun’s leadership, Nigerian police worse off as media oppression tool 

Premium Times: On IGP Egbetokun’s watch, the personnel of the Nigerian police have harassed and intimidated journalists without consequences – and he has been loudly silent about it.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC Fires Executives Over Streaming Deal’s Secret Profit-Sharing

BMA: According to news reaching this platform, the South African public broadcaster (SABC) has fired two top executives following a disciplinary process that found them guilty of attempting to conceal a lucrative profit-sharing agreement with Discover Digital.


SABC: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is proud to announce exciting new launches and features on its Over-The-Top (OTT) platform, SABC Plus. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Warning over DA’s SABC proposal 

My Broadband: Former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member Michael Markovitz has emphasised that the country needs a public broadcaster, and it mustn’t be shut down.

SUDAN: Sudan journalist ‘threatened’ by security forces in Omdurman 

Dabanga: Security authorities in Omdurman detained Saleh Mohamed Abdallah, editor-in-chief of the El Dawahi online newspaper, on Saturday. He was interrogated and threatened by military intelligence for hours before being released.

TANZANIA: Internet body slams proposed ‘X’ platform ban in Tanzania

The Citizen: The Internet Governance Tanzania Working Group (IGTWG) has strongly opposed the proposed shutdown of the X platform formerly known as Twitter. 

REGIONAL: LGBTQI+ rights ruling in Namibia, disturbing declines in West African media freedom 


AFGHANISTAN: Taliban GDI Shuts Down Private Radio Station Kawoon Ghag in Laghman Province

AFJC: The Taliban General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) in eastern Laghman province has shut down the private radio station Kawoon Ghag, which has been operating in the province for about two decades, claiming that it is “property of the government”. 

CAMBODIA: In Cambodia, reporting on illegal scam centers brings threats

VOA: Journalists reporting on illicit activity connected to the billion-dollar scam center industry in Cambodia say they are facing security risks.

CHINA: Is Xenophobia on Chinese Social Media Teaching Real-World Hate?

The New York Times: Violent attacks on foreigners have prompted a debate about extreme nationalism online in a country that heavily censors information the government bans.

CHINA: Xinjiang journalists arrested, others sentenced

IFJ: Earlier this year, China arrested two ethnic Kazakh journalists in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, while jailed journalist and activist Sophie Huang Xueqin was sentenced to over five years in prison on June 14. 

HONG KONG: Watchdog: Apple Daily trial typifies declining press freedom in Hong Kong

VOA: In the four years since Hong Kong enacted its national security law, the country’s press freedom record is in free fall, according to media advocates.

INDIA: India’s Cable News Predicted a Big Modi Win. How Did They Get It So Wrong? (Paywall) 

The New York Times: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slim election victory has forced India to reflect on how fawning coverage may have obscured a wave of opposition.

INDIA: India’s X alternative Koo to shut down services

BBC: Millions of social media users in India are stranded after homegrown microblogging platform Koo, which had branded itself as an alternative to X, announced it was shutting services.

INDONESIA: Fiery deaths of Indonesian journalist, family spark fears over corruption, media safety

SCMP: Rico Sempurna Pasaribu and three of his family members died in a fire after he wrote about a gambling ring allegedly linked to an army officer.

INDONESIA: Press Council Suspects Military Involvement in Death of Tribrata TV Journalist

Tempo: The Press Council’s Journalist Safety Commission (KKJ) is investigating the death of Tribrata TV journalist Rico Sempurna Pasaribu following a fire at his home in Karo Regency, North Sumatra. 

KAZAKHSTAN & UKRAINE: Kazakh Journalist’s Killing Sends Chill Through Exiles in Ukraine

The New York Times: Aidos Sadykov, an opposition activist whose YouTube channel often criticizes Kazakhstan’s government, was shot in Ukraine, where he was living in exile.

MALAYSIA: Malaysia’s social media licensing plans raise ‘abuse of power’ concerns

The Straits Times: Malaysia’s plans to license social media and messaging platforms, subjecting them to greater government oversight, has sparked increasing concern in recent weeks, with the country’s internet regulator summoned before a parliamentary select committee hearing on July 2.

MONGOLIA: Mongolia’s Cultural Diplomacy Brings New Deals With Fulham FC, BBC

The Diplomat: Mongolia is thinking outside the box in its attempts to diversify its economy, especially by promoting the tourism sector.


Civicus Monitor: Civic space in Mongolia is rated as ‘narrowed’ by the CIVICUS Monitor. Ongoing concerns raised by civil society include reports of harassment, intimidation and reprisals against human rights defenders, especially those working to defend economic, social and cultural rights. 

MYANMAR: Myanmar junta’s VPN block poses ‘major threat,’ say analysts

VOA: Access to independent media has been tightly restricted in Myanmar since the military coup in 2021. But now, the junta is also blocking VPNs, in what analysts say marks an escalation in censorship.

PAKISTAN: No decision yet on internet services ban during Muharram: interior ministry

Geo.TV: Punjab govt sought suspension of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, TikTok and Instagram for 6 days

PAKISTAN: Pakistan hearings on surveillance, TikTok worry digital rights advocates

VOA: With traditional media restricted or navigating official and unspoken red lines of what can and cannot be discussed, social media offers a rare platform in the country for independent or diverse views.

SOUTH KOREA: Ex-TV journalist nominated as new broadcasting regulator chief

Korea Herald: Lee Jin-sook, former president of Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation’s Daejeon unit, has been nominated as the new chairperson of the Korea Communications Commission, the presidential office announced Thursday.

TAIWAN: Taiwan opposition wields new powers in bid to reshape media landscape

Nikkei: Taiwan’s opposition is seeking to overhaul the media’s regulatory landscape, wielding its legislative majority and newly expanded investigative powers but putting itself at odds with leading journalists.

THAILAND: Thai PBS opens up AI innovation experiences in digital media at ABU Con-Fest 2024 (Press release)

Thai PBS: Thai PBS presents innovative media production work using AI under the theme of creating experiences and engagement with audiences in the digital age at ABU Con-Fest 2024 in Malaysia.

AUSTRALIA: Indigenous content to be showcased across the ABC for NAIDOC week (Press release)

ABC: The ABC is celebrating NAIDOC week with an extensive collection of special content across all platforms headlined by the LIVE broadcast of the 2024 NAIDOC Awards from Tarndanya (Adelaide) from 7.30pm (AEST) on Saturday.

AUSTRALIA: New NITV Radio podcast: Ngiyang. Meet the people reclaiming the Wiradyuri language.

NITV: Ahead of NAIDOC Week 2024, NITV Radio has released a new podcast, Ngiyang, which tells the story of how the Wiradyuri language is being reclaimed by the people of central NSW and celebrates Indigenous perspectives.

AUSTRALIA: SBS & NITV announce three ‘groundbreaking’ dramas 

Screentime Australia: SBS, National Indigenous Television (NITV) and Screen Australia have announced three new Australian series coming to screens through the successful Digital Originals initiative, with production underway for Moni in NSW, Moonbird in Tasmania and Warm Props in Western Australia. 

AUSTRALIA: ‘Sobering reality’: What the future for Australia’s media giants looks like

The Sydney Morning Herald: Australia’s largest media companies have started the new financial year on a sour note, with job losses and internal restructures fuelled by a protracted downturn in the advertising market.

AUSTRALIA: Vice, Kotaku, Refinery29 to no longer publish in Australia after Pedestrian Group announces restructure

The Guardian: Dozens of jobs to be cut as the Nine-owned media company announces plan to stop licensing overseas titles and focus on wholly owned brands

AUSTRALIA & CANADA: If Meta bans news in Australia, what will happen? Canada’s experience is telling 

NiemanLab: In countries that have demanded Facebook pay local news publishers, the tech giant has responded with threats — and sometimes action. Will a Canada-style ban become the international norm?

FIJI: Veteran journalists highlight challenges in media industry

FBC: Fijian veteran journalists have highlighted the challenges that they have encountered throughout every period of uncertainty in Fiji.

FIJI: Women in Media face added challenges

FBC: Fiji Women’s Rights Movement Programs Director Laisa Bulatale says that female journalists continue to face instances of sexual harassment in their line of work.

NEW ZEALAND: A new one-off fund for arts and culture podcasts has been announced today (Press release)

RNZ: Creative New Zealand, NZ On Air and RNZ are working together to support the development of new podcasts in response to research that shows a deficit in media coverage about arts and culture in Aotearoa.

NEW ZEALAND: After more than 30 years, Three’s evening bulletin bows out

RNZ: The last-ever Newshub 6pm bulletin airs on Three tonight. After 34 years of bringing the news to the nation, owners Warner Brothers Discovery have axed the programme at the cost of almost 300 jobs.

NEW ZEALAND: Already on table in Australia, children’s social media ban could be discussed in New Zealand

NZ Herald: As calls to ban social media for children under 16 grow in Australia, some people think it is a conversation that could be had here.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Media policy critics ‘good for us’, Papua New Guinea’s Communications Minister says

RNZ: Papua New Guinea’s Communication Minister Timothy Masiu says he is open to criticism regarding the government’s proposed new media policy.

REGIONAL: Pacific journalists’ resilience shines through at historic conference

PMN: Journalists and academics were both challenged and inspired at the Pacific International Media Conference held in Suva, Fiji this past week.

ALBANIA: Unfair Dismissal Cases Raise Concerns About Albanian Broadcaster’s Governance 

Balkan Insight: Unusually large number of sackings at RTSH since a ruling party loyalist was appointed the new director last June prompts calls for a parliamentary investigation into the Albanian public broadcaster’s compliance with labour laws.

AUSTRIA: Constitutional Court rejects complaints against ORF contribution as formally inadmissible (German) 

Der Standard: Collective complaint to Supreme Court by 331 affected parties against new ORF fee for all, regardless of reception, not admissible

AUSTRIA: “Basic radio” versus “rump radio”: This is what the SPÖ, FPÖ, ÖVP, Greens and Neos are planning for the ORF (German) 

Der Standard: With around 700 million euros from the ORF contribution and a total turnover of just over a billion, the public broadcaster ORF is by far Austria’s largest media group. What will happen to the Austrian giant, which receives public money to fulfill a public mandate defined by law?

AUSTRIA: ORF reorganizes election research (Press release – German) 

ORF: In future elections such as the National Council, EU, Federal Presidential and State elections, the ORF will be expanding its electoral research and will cooperate with several institutes and media in terms of projections, analyses and election day surveys.

BELARUS: Belarus running press tour for journalists from SCO states on 7-12 July

BelTA: The Information Ministry jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is running a press tour for journalists from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states on 7-12 July, BelTA learned from the Information Ministry of Belarus.

BELGIUM: In Belgium, the cordon sanitaire in action against the far right (Analysis – French)

RFI: For over thirty years, Belgium has – gradually – been putting in place a cordon sanitaire to block the extreme right. A double cordon sanitaire, in fact, since on the one hand there is the political aspect and on the other the media aspect. 

BELGIUM: Who will dive behind the microphones of the brand new Radio Bene? (Press release – Dutch) 

VRT: From today you can listen to VRT Radio Bene, the new digital radio station that will give you the time of your life.

ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA & UKRAINE: Baltic, Ukrainian public broadcasters sign deal on cooperation in emergencies

LRT: The heads of the Baltic and Ukrainian public broadcasters on Thursday signed a memorandum on cooperation in crisis situations, aimed at creating mutual support mechanisms for the Baltic and Ukrainian public broadcasters: Lithuania’s LRT, Latvijas Televizija and Latvijas Radio in Latvia, Estonia’s ERR, and Ukraine’s Suspilne.

FINLAND: From the responsible editor-in-chief: Don’t mix porridge and porridge when discussing the multi-voicedness of the media (Finnish) 

YLE: The combination of unrelated facts may lead to a situation where the image no longer corresponds to reality. Responsible journalism not only ensures that the facts are correct, but also ensures that incorrect images are not created.

FINLAND: The working group that dealt with Yle’s financing came to an agreement – The most fragile compromise in my entire political career, describes Marttinen (Finnish) 

Yle: According to Yle’s data, according to the working group’s report, there will be a total of 112–132 million euros in cuts for the next three years. The agreement requires the approval of parliamentary groups.

FRANCE: Are the CNews and C8 television channels campaigning for the extreme right? (French) 

RTBF: The National Rally, led by Jordan Bardella, is leading the voting intentions, a party that benefits from the support of certain media outlets such as C8 and CNews. The Décrypte team reveals that these channels, owned by the Bolloré group, have been called to order 42 times by the French media regulator since 2016.

FRANCE: Demystifying France’s ‘political miracle’ (Analysis) 

CJR: A week ago—after Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National (RN, or “National Rally” in English) and its allies won the first round of snap legislative elections in France—the world’s press treated it as a seismic development, and with no little angst.

FRANCE: The number of attacks targeting journalists quadrupled in June

EFJ: The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and its four affiliates in France (SNJ, SNJ-CGT, CFDT-Journalistes, FASAP-FO) call on the French authorities to take the necessary measures in view of the worrying increase in threats and violence against journalists in France.

FRANCE: Treating the RN like a regular party: journalists rebel against their leadership (French)

Médiapart: Under the pretext of not leaving any French person behind, the major media have opened their columns to the RN by breaking the cordon sanitaire that was once de rigueur. In some editorial offices, it is time for protest or at least introspection. 

GEORGIA: Abusive ‘private’ lawsuits: Georgia’s government SLAPPs its critics  

OC-Media: Georgian officials and those associated with them are increasingly using private lawsuits to conduct what critics claim are systemic public attacks on journalists and activists, and so silence their critics free from public scrutiny. 

GERMANY: Gerda Hasselfeldt new chairwoman of the ZDF television council (Press release – German) 

ZDF: The chairwoman of the ZDF television council said after her election in Mainz: “…It is the task of the television council to represent society’s interests vis-à-vis ZDF, as the broadcaster has an important integration task, especially in times of social polarization. 

GERMANY: KiKA reaches nine out of ten children in German-speaking countries (Press release – German) 

ZDF: The children’s channel from ZDF and ARD is thus strengthening its leading position despite growing competition in an increasingly fragmented market.

GREECE: EFJ calls for Karaivaz’s murder not to go unpunished 

EFJ: On 5 July 2024, the Athens Court of First Instance will hold the start of the trial of suspects accused of murdering Greek investigative journalist Giorgos Karaivaz in 2021.

NORWAY: NRK and MBL work together to recruit multicultural people  (Press release – Norwegian) 

NRK: NRK and the National Association of Media Companies enter into a new partnership to bring more people with multicultural competence to the media industry.

POLAND: Polish media protest change in copyright law they say will favour Big Tech

Notes from Poland: Over 350 Polish media outlets, including many of the country’s biggest titles, are jointly protesting today against changes to the copyright law that they say will favour tech giants, such as Google and Facebook, who use their content.

POLAND: Telewizja Polska SA in liquidation notifies the Prosecutor’s Office about the suspicion of committing a crime (Press release – Polish) 

TVP: Telewizja Polska Spółka Akcyjna in liquidation informs that on July 8, 2024, it filed a notification with the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw about the suspicion of committing a crime of causing damage to economic transactions, fraud and forgery of invoices by the former director of TVP and other persons performing managerial functions and cooperating with TVP SA in liquidation.

POLAND: The new structure of programmes for abroad will strengthen the Polish message to the world (Press release – Polish) 

TVP: Telewizja Polska will include its foreign language channels in one organizational structure. The newly created unit will consist of two channels: the current TVP World channel broadcast in English and Telewizja Belsat, broadcasting programs in Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian.

RUSSIA: Russia issues arrest warrants for exiled journalists over war coverage

VOA: Russian courts last month issued arrest warrants for three journalists who are in exile, in a move that analysts say is designed to harass critics outside the country’s borders.

SERBIA: Journalist Andrey Gniot must not be extradited to Belarus

EFJ: If the journalist is extradited to Belarus, he could potentially face additional charges for creating or participating in an extremist group, which carries up to 10 years in prison, while a tax evasion charge carries up to seven years imprisonment, according to the Belarusian criminal code.

SERBIA: Under New Rules, Serbia Gives up on Quality TV Programmes for Children 

Balkan Insight: Broadcasters with national licences in Serbia were once required to show a certain quota of children’s programmes.

SLOVAKIA: Artificial intelligence is already broadcast by Slovak Radio. Radio Slovakia International was the first to use it (Press release – Slovak) 

RTVS: Radio Slovakia International (RSI) brings new technological innovations to its broadcasting. Artificial intelligence helps editors in the preparation of foreign language dubbing. 

SLOVAKIA: Employees described the chaos in the newly created STVR. The boss didn’t come, nobody said anything to them (Czech) 

Aktuálně.cz: The new institution was created in a hurry, no one told the employees anything and the temporary director did not come to work until after lunch, the Slovak daily Sme described the first day in the newly created medium.

SLOVAKIA: Šimkovičová bought new logos for STVR. She spent on them the budget that she had announced for the entire rebranding of the television station (Slovak) 

RTVS: The Ministry of Culture concluded a contract to create a logo for Slovak Television and Radio. This follows from the material they published in the central register. 

SLOVENIA: RTV Slovenia’s response to false publications in some media (Press release – Slovenian)

RTVSLO: In recent days, some media outlets have published information about salaries at RTV Slovenia and information about employees, which are untrue, misleading and also interfere with the private lives of employees at RTV Slovenia.

SWEDEN: SVT’s recipe for slow TV – how a slow-paced nature program became a popular success 

The Fix: What started as a bet became a cultural phenomenon. The Fix looked at how the program became successful and gathered a fan community that even goes beyond Scandinavia.

SWITZERLAND: More accessibility also on Play Suisse (Press release – German) 

SRG SSR: Everyone in Switzerland should have barrier-free access to SRG’s programs. This makes it easier for people with disabilities to participate in social life.

UK: Channel 4 Ventures teams up with AI powered home and living marketplace Fy! in £3 million partnership 

Channel4: Channel 4’s consumer investment arm, Channel 4 Ventures, has secured a £3 million investment into Fy!, an AI powered home and living marketplace.

UK: The New Culture Secretary’s Agenda: Five Things The UK Film & TV Sector Will Want From Keir Starmer’s Labour Government 

Deadline: After a historic victory for the Labour Party, attention in the film and TV industries now turns to the future.

UKRAINE: Media support in Ukraine: Donors should focus on helping capable outlets

The Fix: The study of the donor landscape shows the media’s dependence on grants. But not everyone uses support for good. 

UKRAINE & KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakh Journalist’s Killing Sends Chill Through Exiles in Ukraine (Paywall) 

The New York Times: Aidos Sadykov, an opposition activist whose YouTube channel often criticizes Kazakhstan’s government, was shot in Ukraine, where he was living in exile.

ARGENTINA: Nothing, nothing left: the blackout of public media (Spanish)

Latfem: With the paralysis of Télam, the emptying of the National Radio, the Public TV and the educational channels, there is a world that has broken its daily communication.

ARGENTINA: Public TV changes its name and logo: it will no longer be “public” but could return to being “Argentina” (Spanish)

La Nacion: Eduardo González will replace Diego Chaher, who will take over as Secretary of State Companies and Societies; the appointment anticipates more changes that will occur during this month, especially in Public TV; the measure was published in the Official Gazette

ARGENTINA: What does it mean to give up public media? (Spanish)

Página 12: The main defence of public media in the face of the attempt to close them came from workers’ organisations. And although the advance on these media does not stop, a wide range of politicians seem satisfied with the diversity and information pluralism offered by the commercial media sector.

BOLIVIA: Journalists reject campaign of repression, censorship and fear (Spanish) 

El Diario: Following the latest arrests and lawsuits filed against “dissident voices” of the Government, associations representing journalists from La Paz and Bolivia expressed their rejection of this “offensive” for attacking the principles of democracy and denounced that it seeks to generate a climate of intimidation in addition to distracting from the real problems that afflict the country.

BRAZIL: Conservative evangelicals use social media to sway Brazil election 

Rest of World: Pastor Silas Malafaia frequently peppers his social media monologues about religious devotion with viral posts on hot-button political issues — including intense criticism of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. 

BRAZIL: How the “Twitter Files” spread disinformation on Brazil’s Supreme Court

IJNet: In April, Elon Musk, the majority owner, chairman and CTO of X, set the Brazilian internet ablaze when he used his account on the platform to call Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes a “dictator,” shortly after Moraes ordered that around a dozen X accounts with posts advocating for a coup in Brazil be suspended. 

COLOMBIA: “It is not up to the president to decide who does good or bad journalism”: journalists sent a letter to Gustavo Petro (Spanish)

Infobae: The President of the Republic and the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) are in conflict over several tweets by the head of state in which he has attacked freedom of expression, although Petro continues to point out slander against him

COLOMBIA: RSF warns of escalating attacks against the press by President Gustavo Petro (Spanish) 

RSF: Colombian President Gustavo Petro has stepped up his verbal attacks against journalists and the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) in recent weeks. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the consequences this has for the practice of journalism in the country.

COSTA RICA: IACHR Rapporteur: I have never received so many reports on Costa Rica (Spanish)

La Nación: Pedro Vaca Villarreal , special rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ( IACHR ), expressed his concern about the situation of journalists in Costa Rica.

GUATEMALA: UN working group says Guatemalan journalist’s detention is arbitrary (Spanish)

Associated Press: A United Nations working group on Tuesday concluded that Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora’s arrest was arbitrary after reviewing the conditions under which he is being held.

JAMAICA: Assessing the impact of broadcasting trial (Opinion)

Jamaica Observer: Broadcasting criminal and civil trials has become a contentious issue in many countries, balancing the principles of transparency and public education against the risks of sensationalism, privacy invasion, and trial integrity.

MEXICO: Unesco condemns the murder in June of a Mexican journalist specializing in security (Spanish)

Infobae: The director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay, condemned on Monday the murder of Mexican security journalist Víctor Alfonso Culebro.

MEXICO & NICARAGUA: Financial Unit: The secret weapon of Mexico and Nicaragua against independent journalists (Spanish)

El Economista: Mexico has crossed a red line. The criminalization of independent journalism has begun. The Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) could be the secret weapon of this brutal persecution.

NICARAGUA: From TikTokers to journalists: Who are the more than 100 political prisoners still in Nicaragua?  

VOA: Since the release of at least 222 political prisoners in Nicaragua with the support of the United States government, the administration of President Daniel Ortega has again raised the number of people arrested, according to human rights organizations.

PERU: IRTP consolidates its position as a leader in the production of content in native languages (Press release – Spanish)

IRTP: The National Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (IRTP) reaffirms its commitment to the cultural and linguistic diversity of the country, through the development and transmission of content in indigenous languages.

VENEZUELA: Venezuelan electoral body orders media to give space to all presidential candidates (Spanish) 

Infobae: The 10 candidates for the July 28 presidential elections in Venezuela must be given space in the media during the electoral campaign, which begins on Thursday, July 4 at 6:00 a.m. local time (10:00 GMT) and will run until the 25th, according to regulations published Wednesday by the National Electoral Council (CNE).

IRAN: Media Bias Allegations Intensify as Election Heads to Second Round

IranWire: As Iran’s presidential election enters its second round, accusations of media bias have intensified. Initially, critics pointed to Saeed Jalili’s team’s dominance in state media coverage.

IRAN: Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi Await Appeal Decision

Women Press Freedom: Women Press Freedom strongly supports Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, the journalists instrumental in covering the tragic death of Mahsa Amini while in the custody of Iran’s morality police, leading to the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement and nationwide protests.

IRAN: Tehran Will Continue Pressure on Iran International, Says Official

Iran International: Tehran has vowed to continue threatening the news channel Iran International in blatant disregard of the call by UN experts to cease its transnational violence against the UK-based network and its journalists.

ISRAEL: Spanish woman journalist subjected to threats and harassment while reporting in Jerusalem 

IFJ: Lara Escudero, a correspondent for Spanish TV channel Noticias Cuatro in Jerusalem, along with several other journalists including women, faced threats, insults, and verbal abuse while covering a demonstration by ultra-Orthodox Jews on 1 July protesting the latest measures of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government in the ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Mea Shearim, in Jerusalem. 

JORDAN: Journalist Ahmed al-Zoubi jailed in Jordan 11 months after conviction under Cybercrime Law

CPJ: On July 2, Jordanian authorities arrested al-Zoubi, a satirical journalist and publisher of the Sawalif news website, 11 months after he was fined 50 dinars (US$70) and sentenced to one year in prison for a Facebook post criticizing the government’s position on a controversial December 2022 transportation workers’ strike, according to multiple media reports and al-Zoubi’s lawyer, who spoke to CPJ.

TURKEY: The EU must do more to prioritise protecting media freedom and human rights in Turkey

ECPMF: The undersigned media freedom, human rights and journalists’ groups call on the new European Commission and the new European Parliament to strengthen their commitment to protecting journalists’ rights and freedom of expression in their relations with Turkey.

TURKEY: Turkey revokes radio station’s license for discussing ‘Armenian genocide’

VOA: Turkey’s media regulator, Radio and Television Supreme Council, known as RTUK, withdrew an independent radio station’s broadcast license on Wednesday over the mention of “Armenian genocide” on air.

CANADA: DeepDive: New polling shows government funding of the news industry is eroding Canadians’ trust in the media 

The Hub: The decline in trust comes at a time when the federal government is increasingly intervening to support major incumbent firms in the Canadian media landscape like The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and Postmedia.

CANADA: Media Beat: The Need to Preserve Canada’s Broadcasting History (Opinion) 

Billboard: The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation pitches its message to politicians: Without a past there is no future!

CANADA: Streaming Platforms Challenge Order To Fund Canada Broadcasting

Barron’s: Streaming platforms including Netflix, Disney and Paramount have launched court challenges to an order requiring them to help fund Canadian broadcasting, the Motion Picture Association said Thursday.

US: AJP’s JPMorgan Chase win merits a second (skeptical) look. 

Local News Blues: American Journalism Project lands a new funder and loses sight of its purpose.

US: ChatGPT’s Owner Asks For Proof That ‘New York Times’ Articles Are Original. Here’s the Media Company’s Response. 

Entrepreneur: The NYT submitted a filing on Wednesday asserting that OpenAI’s request “serves no purpose other than harassment and retaliation for The Times’s decision to file this lawsuit.”

US: How a Weekend of Media and Memes Shaped Six Voters’ Thoughts About the Debate

The New York Times: We wanted to understand voters’ reflections on the debate through the lens of their weekend news consumption. To do this, we asked six voters around the country to log all the debate-related media they saw or heard in the days after the event.

US: How Télé-Louisiane is supporting the revival of Louisiana French (Listen – French) 

RFI: In Louisiana, in the southern United States, the French language is regaining strength. Media outlets are supporting and encouraging this revival, such as Télé-Louisiane, which has been broadcasting videos online since 2018 and has made a place for itself on public television.

US: Pubcasters succeed in push for FCC to include nonbinary gender option on reporting form (Paywall) 

Current: A coalition of public broadcasters called for the change when the commission reconsidered requiring annual employment reports from stations.

US: Radio Host Who Was Fed Questions by Biden Campaign Leaves Philadelphia Station

The New York Times: WURD said that the interview with President Biden was not up to its standards and that the host, Andrea Lawful-Sanders, had resigned in a mutual decision.

US: The assignment: Build AI tools for journalists – and make ethics job one

Poynter: A recent Poynter Summit on AI, Ethics and Journalism challenged leaders to dream big and solve ethical challenges


The Intercept_: The newspaper sued the artificial intelligence startup alongside investor and partner Microsoft, alleging that OpenAI scraped articles without permission or compensation.

US: What does the Washington Post newsroom want? 

CJR: The ambient noise of any newsroom is grumbling—about colleagues, workloads, assignments, compensation, and (these days) the ever-present fear of layoffs and potential closures.

5 audience growth and retention strategies from global outlets


Andrea Wenzel on creating equitable news organizations

API: The challenges of doing good journalism in the face of DEI pushback

Could AI create less trustworthy news?

AUT: Evidence is mounting that the new generative AI internet search tools provided by OpenAI, Google and Microsoft can increase the risk of returning false, misleading or partially correct information.

Dangers grow for media covering environment beat (Watch) 

VOA: Violence against reporters covering environmental issues is trending upward, according to UNESCO and media advocates.

Foreign reporters visit ‘unrecognizable’ Rafah for the first time

Semafor: Foreign reporters witnessed widespread devastation in the Gazan town of Rafah, two months after the Israeli military launched a ground offensive there.

‘Guardians of truth’ – DW documentary on the Assange case

DW: In “Guardians of Truth”, Can Dündar follows Stella Assange in her fight to release her husband Julian Assange. The documentary delves into the 2010 Wikileaks publication exposing alleged US army war crimes in Iraq.

IFJ launches Global Young Media Workers’ Group

IFJ: On Thursday 4 July, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) launched its Global Young Media Workers’ Group, comprising 27 young journalists and trade unionists – 14 women, 13 men – from IFJ affiliates around the world.

José Rubén Zamora on receiving the Gabo Award: “The challenge for the press is to tell the truth in a hostile context” (Speech – Spanish) 

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Guatemalan editor José Rubén Zamora, a courageous journalist, founder of the newspaper ‘elPeriódico’ and a symbol of the best Latin American investigative journalism, has been in prison since July 29, 2022 for a spurious judicial process condemned by the United Nations and by several organizations that defend freedom of the press.

Journalism must update its mission to survive

journalism.co.uk: Trust in journalism is at an all-time low, engagement is declining, and the business outlook for the industry is uncertain at best. These are facts. The question is whether you think this situation is inevitable or if you believe things could be better. 

Meta claims news is not an antidote to misinformation on its platforms

The Guardian: Company says it has ‘never thought about news’ as a way to counter misleading content on Facebook and Instagram despite evidence to the contrary

Politics and power in election campaign coverage: Are we missing something? (Blog)

LSE: Ahead of tomorrow’s UK general election, Lee Edwards, Professor of Strategic Communication and Public Engagement at the LSE, explores how ideals of impartial election coverage are undermined by the realities of politics and powerful interest groups.

Trauma awareness journalism: A news industry toolkit

IJNet: “Trauma-informed journalism” is a relatively new concept. It addresses understanding trauma from several viewpoints, from victims, survivors and eyewitnesses, to journalists who cover these stories.

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