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Elections 2024 | The Rise Of Alternate Media In India

The Quint: In the last few years, mainstream TV channels have infamously earned the moniker of ‘Godi’ media or lapdog media. In such a scenario, it is the youtubers and independent journalists who many are turning to for credible news. In the midst of a communally charged election, it is these independent youtubers who are covering what mainstream media is failing to.

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Press freedom in Israel

VOA: After international condemnation, Israel reversed its decision this week to cut the Associated Press’ live feed of Gaza, this comes as challenges are increasing for journalists and media outlets in Israel. Russia has a weapon in space and is beginning drills with tactical nuclear weapons as Ukraine is pressuring Washington to lift restrictions on using American-made weapons on Russian territory. Plus, the reaction of the Iranian opposition to president Raisi’s death and the aftermath of devastating floods in Brazil.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Q&A: Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala on reporting, imprisonment, and an attempted coup in the DRC


GHANA: Journalist assaulted by political activists

IFJ: Journalist Dakurugu Abubakar Ndeeya of media company Zaa Multimedia was physically assaulted and brutalised by supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on 16 May outside the media’s headquarters in Tamale, northern Ghana, where the NPP was holding a series of political events. 

GUINEA: Guinea’s media groaning under continued repression 

MFWA: Guinea’s media regulatory body, the Haute Autorité de la Communication (HAC) suspended for three months, Mamadou Taslima Diallo, alias Williams Campbell, host of the show “Star en ligne” on West Africa TV.

GUINEA: The government prohibits the broadcasting of several private media (French) 

RFI: The Guinean government, dominated by the military, has banned four private radio stations and one private television station which are widely followed in the country, indicates a press release from the Ministry of Information published Wednesday May 22. 

LIBERIA: Boakai Debunks Fahngon’s Divisive Plans 

New Republic Liberia: In a swift move, President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has debunked a proposal by the Director General of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Eugene Fahngon that the state own broadcaster should be used exclusively for government-related issues. 

NAMIBIA: Govt plans high-paying ‘super media’ company 

The Namibian: The government has produced a report which outlines a plan to create a ‘super media company’. This will be done by combining New Era Publications Corporation (NEPC) and the Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) – a move that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars through highly paid executives and state officials.

NIGER: Niger’s journalists wary of red lines, arrests after military coup 

VOA: Media advocates say that since the military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, journalists are at risk of arbitrary arrests and intimidation by transitional authorities.

NIGERIA: Dubawa launches AI tools to check misinformation 

Premium Times: Nigerians can now verify information on WhatsApp in seconds by simply texting the Dubawa Chatbot to ask whatever questions they may have.

NIGERIA: Federal Gov’t Unveils Single-Digit Interest Rate Financing For Media Houses 

Leadership: Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris has disclosed that President Bola Tinubu is desirous to support the media to thrive and has extended a single-digit interest-rate financing to media organisations in the country.

NIGERIA: NLC seeks minimum wage for journalists in Nigeria 

Vanguard: THE Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Monday hinted at plans to work with media stakeholders to negotiate a uniform salary template for practicing journalists in the country.

SOMALIA: SJS Somalia urges authorities in Mogadishu, Lasanod, Hargeisa and Burao to respect press freedom and end arbitrary detentions 

Horn Observer: The Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) calls upon officials in Mogadishu, Somaliland and SSC-Khaatumo to respect freedom of the press and stop recurrent arbitrary detentions and use of threats to censor journalists including those working for the Somali state media in Mogadishu.

SOUTH AFRICA: Hate speech and disinformation in South Africa’s elections: big tech make it tough to monitor social media 

The Conversation

SOUTH AFRICA: In South Africa, women journalists are targeted online routinely and with impunity, new research finds 

IJNet: On the eve of South Africa’s presidential election, new research from ICFJ in partnership with the University of Sheffield details how online attacks against women journalists in the country are perpetrated routinely and with impunity. 

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC ready for comprehensive election coverage: Monare 

SABC: SABC News Group Executive Moshoeshoe Monare has confirmed that the public broadcaster is prepared to provide extensive coverage of the upcoming elections across South Africa.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC studying ICASA ruling on DA election advert 

SABC: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it is studying the ruling of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in the case of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the public broadcaster.

SOUTH AFRICA: Social media comes under scrutiny in South African elections 

The East African: South Africa’s upcoming election on May 29, is seeing tech companies coming under a spotlight for refusing to share detailed plans to prevent use of social media to incite the public.

TANZANIA: Analysing Tanzania’s media laws and their repressive clauses 

The Citizen: Media Laws in Tanzania have for a number of years been under scrutiny, with questions being asked as to whether they are indeed conductive to the media, journalism and journalism in the country. 

UGANDA: Journalists urged to focus more on reporting about developmental issues 

Nile Post: Ugandan journalists have been urged to focus more on reporting about development issues in order to benefit the country.

UGANDA: Ugandan opposition leader’s bodyguards assault, harass three journalists

CPJ: Ugandan authorities should thoroughly investigate and hold to account those responsible for attacking journalists Zainab Namusaazi, Gertrude Mutyaba, and Magaret Kayondo, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

TUNISIA: Two columnists sentenced to one year in prison for criticism of the government (French) 

RFI: Two well-known columnists in Tunisia, who were prosecuted under a law on “false information” for having criticized the power of President Kaïs Saïed, were sentenced on Wednesday May 22 to one year in prison each.

ZAMBIA: Uproar over Zambia’s plan to regulate online broadcasting 

DW: The Zambian government’s recent announcement that it will require licencing of online media has raised concern among rights activists who say it is an infringement on freedom of expression and speech.

BANGLADESH: Bangladesh calls DW report ‘false and fallacious’ 

DW: A DW investigation into human rights abusers deployed as UN peacekeepers has been vehemently rejected by officials in Bangladesh. The reaction follows attacks on DW employees by pro-government media.

CHINA: Chinese journalist freed after four years in prison for COVID reporting 

VOA: Several other citizen journalists faced disappearances like Zhang’s and later were sentenced to prison for documenting the initial stages of the pandemic in China.

INDIA: Doordarshan Kisan To Launch New AI Anchors On May 26

Doordashan: Doordarshan Kisan is set to achieve another milestone. Channel is introducing a new look and style starting May 26. The most exciting feature of this revamp is the introduction of two AI anchors, named AI Krish and AI Bhoomi.

INDIA: Is India’s free press not so free after a decade of Modi?

CNN: These days, journalist Siddique Kappan avoids controversial stories…

INDONESIA: Indonesia broadcasting bill elicits press freedom fears

DW: Journalists say revisions to media law in Indonesia threaten to ban investigative reporting and dilute freedom of the press.

INDONESIA: Indonesia mulls ban on investigative journalism, LGBT content 

Reuters: Indonesia’s parliament is proposing changes to its broadcast law that would ban investigative journalism and LGBT content, sparking criticism from civil society groups and filmmakers over restrictions to press freedom and creative expression.

KAZAKHSTAN: Extremism Trial Of Kazakh Journalist Resumes

RFE/RL: The trial of independent Kazakh journalist Duman Mukhammedkarim, who is accused of financing an extremist group and participating in a banned group’s activities, resumed on May 22 after a pause of more than 100 days.

KYRGYZSTAN: Kyrgyz Blogger Fined Amid Crackdown On Independent Media

RFE/RL: His detention came just before Kyrgyz lawmakers approved a controversial bill allowing authorities to register media outlets and NGOs as “foreign representatives” in a way that critics say mirrors repressive Russian legislation that the authorities there have used to discredit its critics and stifle civil society. 

MALAYSIA: Lawyers blast Anwar for ‘doesn’t matter’ stand on Malaysia’s plunge in press freedom ranking 

MalaysiaNow: Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) has condemned Anwar Ibrahim for his dismissal of Malaysia’s poor ranking in the latest global press freedom index, saying the prime minister continues to hide behind the so-called “3Rs” excuse to justify the government’s crackdown on dissent.

NEPAL: Chair of Nepal’s largest media group arrested after publication of reports alleging fraud

CPJ: On Tuesday, May 21, four plainclothes police officers entered the KMG headquarters in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu and arrested Sirohiya for alleged citizenship irregularities, according to multiple news reports, the local human rights organization Freedom Forum, and Biswas Baral, editor of the KMG-owned newspaper The Kathmandu Post, who spoke to CPJ.

PAKISTAN: Punjab government rush through defamation act

IFJ: The Punjab Provincial Assembly has passed the Punjab Defamation Act of 2024 despite protests from observing journalists and opposition politicians and widespread criticism for its ‘draconian’ provisions. 

PAKISTAN: Unveiling The Veil: Media Censorship In Pakistan (Opinion)

Eurasia Review: In the bustling tapestry of Pakistan’s socio-political landscape, there exists a contentious issue that often lurks in the shadows: media censorship. Like a shroud veiling the truth, censorship casts its ominous shadow over the realm of free speech and expression, stifling the vibrant voice of democracy.

SRI LANKA: How Radio Ceylon became an Asian institution

Nikkei: Growing up in India, I spent a lot of time listening to Hindi music on Radio Ceylon…

SOUTH KOREA: KBS Unveils ‘VVERTIGO Vision’ (Press release) 

KBS: VVERTIGO Vision is a spatial image generation technology developed by KBS that combines artificial intelligence technology and stage design. When VVERTIGO Vision is used, the Vertigo engine automatically learns the existing stage design, and the stage can be expanded to a full 180 degrees using only the set image on the stage.

SOUTH KOREA & UK: BBC apologizes to KBS, deletes incorrect footage from Burning Sun documentary

The Korea Times: The BBC has acknowledged errors regarding a segment involving KBS, Korea’s public broadcaster, in its documentary about the Burning Sun scandal and has subsequently deleted the erroneous scenes and apologized.

THAILAND: Thai PBS joins hands with partners to open the “Public Forum” area to welcome Pride Month. (Press release – Thai) 

Thai PBS: The Active from Thai PBS Open a public forum for exchange space, join hands with network partners Invites you to think about accepting the dimensions of diversity in Thailand. Propose guidelines for strengthening reconciliation Ready to count down to Bangkok Pride Festival 2024, getting ready to broadcast live around the world on 1 June.

AUSTRALIA: ABC’s Laura Tingle under fire after ‘racist country’ comments

The Sydney Morning Herald: The ABC’s chief political correspondent for the 7.30 program, Laura Tingle, has come under fire for comments she made at a Sydney Writers’ Festival event at which she reportedly criticised Opposition Leader Peter Dutton and declared Australia a “racist country”.

AUSTRALIA: News Corp editors try to impress as Rebekah Brooks and Lachlan Murdoch land in Sydney

The Guardian: Whenever a Murdoch is in town – or the media mogul’s favourite daughter, News UK boss Rebekah Brooks – the company’s Australian editors try hard to impress.

AUSTRALIA & INDONESIA: ABC signs MOU with Indonesian National Public Television Network (Press release) 

ABC: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Public National Broadcaster of the Television of the Republic of Indonesia (TVRI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

AUSTRALIA & NAURU: ABC launches ABC Radio Australia service and signs MOU in Nauru (Press release) 

ABC: The Central Pacific state of Nauru is the latest location in the expansion of ABC Radio Australia’s FM transmission service, now available for residents on 90.0FM.

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: The Block NZ was cancelled, then more than 200 journalists lost their jobs. A media crisis is coming

ABC: On both sides of the Tasman, there are massive shifts on the horizon in the news and production industries, with a raft of closures and cancellations already hitting in New Zealand and mystery surrounding the next moves of one of the world’s biggest media empires.

FIJI: AG defends media freedom as Koya accuses media of biased reporting

Fiji Village: Attorney General Siromi Turaga stresses that the media is free after FijiFirst MP Faiyaz Koya accused the media of being biased when reporting on the Parliamentary Emoluments Committee report earlier this week.

NEW ZEALAND: How New Zealand’s Spinoff keeps its 10,000 paying members happy

WAN-IFRA: “Where other people weren’t, that’s where we wanted to be,” says Duncan Greive, founder of the award-winning New Zealand digital-native publication called The Spinoff, famously known for its smart sassy tone and treatment of politics, pop culture and social life through features, criticism, interviews, videos and podcasts. 

NEW ZEALAND: RNZ audience research shows growing recognition of the value of public media (Press release)

RNZ: RNZ’s latest survey into its performance against its strategy and Charter objectives shows New Zealanders are increasingly aware of the value of public media and appreciative of its role.  

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Journalists challenge Papua New Guinea government over ‘media control policy’

Benar: The Papua New Guinea government’s push for news organizations to become its cheer-leading squad is under further scrutiny this week as parliament hears testimony from journalists and top officials.

AUSTRIA: Corporate lawyers see “real breach of duty” by Westenthaler in the ORF (German) 

Der Standard: The FPÖ man on the foundation board could be removed by a majority in the highest ORF body, say lawyers. Westenthaler sees it differently

AUSTRIA: ORF and FH OÖ-Faculty Hagenberg renew cooperation (Press release – German) 

ORF: The ORF and the Faculty of Computer Science, Communication and Media at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences have officially sealed the continuation of their technological cooperation, which is intended to drive forward the development of innovative media projects. 

AUSTRIA: ORF ON: Launch on all platforms (Press release – German) (21st May) 

ORF: The new streaming platform ORF ON is now available on the web at on.ORF.at and for the first time as an app – for smartphones, tablets and SmartTVs! 

BELARUS: Authorities confiscate exiled journalist’s property, search journalists’ union leader apartment 

EFJ: On 20 May 2024, state media informed that an apartment belonging to journalist Dzmitry Kazakevich will be confiscated and sold as “sanctions compensation”. 

BELGIUM: First hearing in summary proceedings against the VRT (Dutch) 

Volt Belgium: Today the hearing took place in the Dutch-speaking court of first instance of the lawsuit that Volt Belgium filed against the VRT, due to the exclusion of Volt from the major VRT debate of the European party leaders on May 31. 

BELGIUM: Local media such as VRT are less visible and findable. “Policymakers must take urgent action” (Press release – Dutch) 

VRT: You can quickly find Netflix or Disney+ on your smart TV or in an app store. It has been a long time looking for a local public broadcaster like VRT. You’ve undoubtedly figured that out yourself. However, there is a way to make local players more visible on international platforms and apps. It is called due prominence, literally: appropriate conspicuousness.

BELGIUM: “Only the board of directors controls VRT management,” emphasizes chairman Frieda Brepoels after a call for a hearing with the CEO (Dutch) 

VRT: For Frieda Brepoels, chairman of the board of directors of the VRT, it is not necessary for CEO Frederik Delaplace to answer questions from parliamentarians in the Flemish Parliament.

BELGIUM: RTBF programmes interrupted after hacking: production studio reacts (French) 

Le Soir: Charleroi-based studio Dreamwall confirmed on Friday that it had been targeted by a ransomware attack. This type of malicious programme takes a company’s personal data hostage, and only returns it in return for large sums of money.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Letter to BiH authorities: Urgent action needed to resolve financial deadlock at Radio-Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina 

EFJ: The long-running financial dispute between the national public broadcaster (BHRT) and the Federation of Public Broadcasters of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FTV) is leading to an unprecedented media blackout of programs ordered by the BHRT board and dramatic working conditions for journalists and staff.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA & SERBIA : In Serbia and Bosnia, Media Give Divided Verdicts on UN Srebrenica Resolution 

Balkan Insight: In Serbia and Bosnia, Media Give Divided Verdicts on UN Srebrenica Resolution Azem Kurtic and Katarina BaleticBelgrade, SarajevoBIRNMay 24, 202414:03. The media’s response in Serbia and Bosnia to Thursday’s UN vote on the Srebrenica resolution reflected deep splits in both countries on responsibility for the 1995 genocide in eastern Bosnia.

CROATIA: Death threats sent to editorial office of weekly magazine Nacional 

EFJ: The editorial office of the weekly magazine Nacional received death threats in an SMS message on Monday, 20 May 2024. 

CZECH REPUBLIC: The court overturned the decision to dismiss Köppl from the Television and Radio Board (Czech) 

CT24: The Prague Municipal Court annulled the resolution by which the Chamber of Deputies dismissed Daniel Köppl from the position of member of the Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting due to a conflict of interests in May of last year. 

FINLAND: Merja Ylä-Anttila: The new EU regulation requires the state to safeguard Yle’s independence (Finnish) 

Yle: The EU is trying to fix problems like Hungary’s scrapped media freedom, but at the same time it is pushing us in Finland to review our legislation, writes Yle CEO Merja Ylä-Anttila.

FRANCE: Public broadcasting merger project: France 24 on strike (French) 

France24: The antennas and digital platforms of France 24 are severely disrupted by the strike observed this Thursday, called by all the union organizations of France Médias Monde (France 24, RFI and MCD).

FRANCE: Public broadcasting reform project: “No, public broadcasting media will not be stronger together” (Letter – Paywall – French) 

Le Monde: We, societies of journalists (SDJ), deplore the hasty progress of the public broadcasting reform project, carried out without any consultation, or even consultation of the editorial staff concerned.

FRANCE: Strike in public broadcasting: five questions on the merger project, soon to be examined in the National Assembly (French) 

FranceInfo: The deputies are preparing to examine a reform of public broadcasting voted in June 2023 by the Senate and largely reworked in committee. The unions oppose the merger desired by the government.

FRANCE: Why French media groups are going to attack Google in the commercial court (Paywall – French) 

Mind Media: According to our information, Les Echos-Le Parisien, L’Equipe, Le Figaro, Prisma Media and other players, present in media publishing, advertising and e-commerce content, will in the coming days summon Google before the Paris commercial court.

GEORGIA: Defending Press Freedom in Georgia as the foreign agent bill passes the third reading (Letter) 


GEORGIA: Georgian PM, president trade criticism over media freedom law

VOA: The president and prime minister of Georgia on Sunday lashed out at each other at a ceremony marking the country’s independence day as strong tensions persist over a law that critics say will obstruct media freedom and damage Georgia’s bid to join the European Union.

GEORGIA: Radio Georgia is 99 years old (Press release – Georgian) 

1TV: On May 23, 99 years have passed since the first broadcasting in Georgia, and in 2025, the country’s first radio will celebrate its century. Radio Georgia, the first in Transcaucasia, started broadcasting in 1925.

GEORGIA: Tinatin Berdzenishvili held a meeting with the representatives of the OSCE/ODIR observation mission. (Press release – Georgian) 

1TV: The purpose of the needs assessment mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to Georgia is to assess the pre-election environment in the country and the preparatory process for the October 26, 2024 parliamentary elections.

GERMANY: ARD Team Recherche: central address for investigative journalism in the ARD (Press release – German) 

ARD: The aim of the Instagram channel “ARD Team Recherche” is to uncover grievances and negative developments, initiate debates and thus make a constructive contribution to opinion-forming. 

GERMANY: Second meeting of the Radio Council of Deutschlandradio (Press release – German) 

Deutschlandradio: The agenda at the Deutschlandradio broadcasting center includes, among other things, a compliance set of rules for committees, the creation of a temporary committee on “Digital and Innovation” and the Deutschlandradio 2023 equality report.

GERMANY: ZDF at re:publica 2024 (Press release – German) 

ZDF: ZDF up close: With the “ZDF Meet Up Corner”, ZDF will be presenting itself at re:publica 2024 from Monday, May 27, 2024, to Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Visitors will experience more than 20 sessions at the stand. […] 

GREECE: Bridging the gap between journalism and active citizenship 

EFJ: A Greek media outlet based in one of Europe’s poorest regions has adapted its business model and editorial line to become more attractive to young and old alike. 

ITALY: Journalists urge Brussels to safeguard Italy’s media freedom 

Euractiv: The Italian government is trying to silence dissent and take control of public media, the European Movement International and several European organisations said in a letter to European Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová as the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) raised the alarm over political influence in the country’s media.

ITALY: MFRR sounds the alarm on political meddling and legal threats to journalism 

EFJ: Amid the forthcoming EU elections, the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) was prompted to organise an urgent advocacy mission to Italy on May 16-17 to address some recent developments related to press and media freedom. 

LATVIA: Latvia blocks access to another pro-Kremlin website 

ENG.LSM: The National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) said a portal named ‘pravda-lv.com’ disseminated information hostile to Latvia and its allies, and spread false narratives about Russia’s war in Ukraine.

LATVIA: Men dominate discussion on Latvian public media (Study) 

ENG.LSM: This study aims to find out whether all groups in society have access to the debate on issues of importance, assessing how they can exercise their rights to freedom of expression and public participation, and whether public media debates reflect the diversity of society.

LATVIA: The legal and financial management services of merging public media will be provided by the companies “TGS Baltic” (Latvian) (9 May)

Latvijas Reitingi: The companies “TGS Baltic” and “Grant Thornton Baltic” will provide legal and financial management services for the merger of public media. 

THE NETHERLANDS: A new and better way to detect media censorship (Project) 

University of Amsterdam: Worldwide news media are facing increasing pressure from autocrats to report favourably about their leaders and party politics. Political scientists from the University or Amsterdam launch a new computational method that can detect such media censorship by states while it is happening.

THE NETHERLANDS: Renate Eringa interim director of NOS (Press release – Dutch) 

NOS: In addition to day-to-day administrative management and decision-making, Eringa’s attention will be focused on the cultural transition already underway at NOS.

THE NETHERLANDS: VAT increase on print and online media is an “unexpected poison pill” says NVJ 

EFJ: This measure is part of a broader reform of the Dutch public broadcaster, Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO), which includes a structural transfer of 100 million euros starting in 2026. 

RUSSIA: Exiled Russian journalists are building a new media niche for radio

IJNet: Abroad, they started experimenting with new ways to keep reaching their audiences. One of them was to redefine the traditional radio format, turning it into a curated audio aggregator of first- and third-party podcasts – accessible as a streaming service on a downloadable phone app. 

RUSSIA: Russia bans news site SOTA, penalizes 3 ‘foreign agent’ journalists

CPJ: Russian authorities must immediately halt their criminalization of journalists and independent media outlets by labeling them as “undesirable” and by issuing punitive sanctions against those they deem “foreign agents,” the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine: Council bans broadcasting activities in the European Union of four more Russia-associated media outlets (17 May 2024) 

Council of the European Union: The Council today decided to suspend the broadcasting activities in the European Union of four additional media outlets, which spread and support the Russian propaganda and war of aggression against Ukraine: Voice of Europe, RIA Novosti, Izvestia and Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: Russian authorities confirm detainment of Ukrainian journalist Viktoria Roshchyna 

Kyiv Independent: The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that Ukrainian journalist Viktoria Roshchyna, who went missing in August 2023, is being detained in Russian-occupied territory, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) reported on May 27.

SERBIA & CHINA: Serbian Deals With China On Extradition, Media Cooperation Could Have Lasting Impact 

RFE/RL: Though the fanfare from Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s stop in Serbia has subsided, deals signed during his recent visit could limit press freedom in the country and expand China’s extrajudicial reach, warn experts and activists who spoke to RFE/RL.

SLOVENIA: EFJ joins RTV Slovenia journalists’ fight for independence after one year strike

EFJ: 23 May 2023 marked one year since the beginning of the strike at the Slovenian public broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV Slovenia). 

SLOVENIA: Signed agreement on resolution of strike demands (Press release – Slovenian) 

RTV SLO: A day before the second anniversary of the start of the strike at RTV, the journalists’ unions – KNS and SNS – and the Management of RTV Slovenia signed the Strike Agreement this morning, thus ending the longest strike in the history of RTV and Slovenian journalism.

SLOVENIA: The correspondent network abroad remains a solid and excellent part of the RTV Slovenia public service (Press release – Slovenian) 

RTV SLO: The management of RTV Slovenia rejects accusations that organizational changes are intended to destroy the correspondent network abroad.

SLOVENIA: The second attempt to complete the administration of RTV Slovenia (Slovenian) 

Delo: The president of the board of RTV Slovenija Zvezdan Martić only forwarded to the council last week a proposal for a new member of the board of RTV Slovenija. This is  Alenka Vodončnik , ZRI Celje Institute and former member of the supervisory board, who was appointed to this position by the Janša coalition at the suggestion of SNS. 

SWEDEN: Political dividing lines appeared in a public radio report in Sweden – right-wing parties and the opposition on completely different lines regarding funding (Finnish) 

Yle: Swedes’ views on public service media provision are becoming even more divergent. The same can now also be seen in the parliamentary working group’s report on funding for the next few years.

SWEDEN: Sweden’s Radio invests heavily in combating AI disinformation (Press release – Swedish) 

SR: Serious media have a key role to play in countering disinformation in the age of AI. During the record election year 2024, Sveriges Radio is therefore investing in increasing knowledge about AI fakes and influence attempts – both within its own organization and for the audience.

SWITZERLAND: Susanne Wille becomes new Director General of SRG (Press release – German) 

SRG SSR: The SRG Board of Directors today elected Susanne Wille as the new Director General of the SRG. The Assembly of Delegates, as the highest body of the SRG, approved the election. Susanne Wille succeeds Gilles Marchand, who has decided to step down from his position at the end of 2024.

UK: As UK heads for elections, ‘local newspapers’ are popping up – heralding another false dawn

WAN-IFRA: A proliferation of fake local newspapers, crafted by two of the UK’s main political parties, are landing up on voters’ doorsteps across the country, irking media folk battling disinformation and trust issues.

UK: GB News launches legal action against Ofcom 

BBC: GB News has launched legal proceedings against Ofcom, after the media regulator ruled earlier this week the channel had breached broadcasting rules.

UK: How BBC’s breaking news alerts are giving voters – and political parties – an electoral buzz 

The Guardian: With BBC news app alerts reaching as many as 7m Britons, parties are desperately trying to influence what gets pushed out

UK: How we are covering the UK General Election (Press release) 

BBC: As we begin the BBC’s general election coverage, we have one thing on our minds above all else – the voters. This is your choice. Our job is to provide you with the information you need to make up your own mind.

UK: Journalist ‘haunted’ by AI deepfake porn video 

VOA: Veteran journalist Cathy Newman has weathered death threats, personal attacks and withering criticisms in her 25-year career. But the presenter on Britain’s Channel 4 News says the release of an AI-generated porn video featuring fake images of her was difficult to view.

UK: The rightwing media aim to save Britain from Labour. They’re also desperate to save themselves (Opinion) 

The Guardian: Britain’s newspapers face an unusual terrain of shifting ownerships and loyalties, making this election one of the most fascinating for years. The battle is no longer just about Labour versus Conservative, but different factions of the Conservative party itself. 

UKRAINE: In a ‘battle for minds’, Ukrainians fight the daily disinformation storm 

Euractiv: Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, dozens of projects have emerged in Ukraine to combat disinformation. This is a daily challenge for Ukrainians and, given the high level of media literacy in society, they have been able to resist. 

UKRAINE: Ukrainian public broadcaster launches broadcasting separate from state-sponsored telethon 

Kyiv Independent: Suspilne, a Ukrainian public broadcaster, said on May 21 it had launched its own news broadcasting on the Pershyi nationwide TV channel separate from the telethon.

REGIONAL: How pan-European news organisations are approaching EU election coverage

The Fix

REGIONAL: Why is Central Europe at heightened risk of fake news ahead of European elections? 

Euronews: Recent statistics show that at least half of the population in countries such as Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic are exposed to misinformation online.

ARGENTINA: Attack and emptying of public media (Opinion – Spanish)

Página 12: The disqualification of the role they play, the lack of knowledge about the function of the public media and the emptying of the current national government worries Argentine society and especially journalists, communicators.

ARGENTINA: The closure of the Télam agency: fierce attack on Argentine public media (Opinion – Spanish)

El Agora: The attempted closure, privatization (or whatever form this onslaught finally takes) occurs at a time when the country’s economic reality shows signs of a deterioration whose speed has little (if any) precedent in Argentine history.

BRAZIL: Government will open a notice for municipalities to receive digital TV equipment (Portuguese)

MT Agora: The Ministry of Communications should open a call in June for municipal public institutions that want to receive digital TV transmission equipment in partnership with the National Public Communication Network and the Legislative Radio and TV Network.

CHILE: TVN makes changes to the afternoon programming to boost its rating and overcome the crisis that the channel is experiencing (Spanish)

FM DOS: Although Televisión Nacional de Chile has successful programs such as Carmen Gloria a tu Servicio and Ahora Caigo , the channel is seeking to increase its audience. 

HAITI: Special Haiti Day: “The very existence of the media and journalism is called into question” (Listen – French) 

RFI: ​​On the occasion of this special day “What future for Haiti”, the Journal of Haiti and the Americas looks at the difficult work of journalists in Haiti, and offers a discussion with several colleagues who regularly speak on RFI.

HONDURAS: Honduran journalists between the anxiety of the muzzle, life in suspense and the challenges of AI (Spanish)

Proceso: Álvaro Contreras is a man and a name that represents freedom, passion and respect for good journalism…

JAMAICA: PAJ condemns killing of journalist Job Nelson

The Gleaner: The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) says it is deeply shocked and outraged by the murder of Gleaner sports journalist Job Nelson. 

JAMAICA: RJRGLEANER journalist Job Nelson killed in gun attack

Radio Jamaica: The Kingston Western Police are trying to establish a motive for the fatal shooting of well known journalist, Job Nelson. The 53-year-old media practitioner was shot dead along Spanish Town Road on Tuesday night.

MEXICO: Presidential candidates commit to strengthening the security of journalists in Mexico (Spanish)

Seguri LatAm: Last year, according to Balance 2023 published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), four journalists were murdered in Mexico. And although the number of informants who lost their lives decreased compared to 2022, in the country they consider it essential to reinforce the safety of journalists and guarantee freedom of the press.

MEXICO: Violence, impunity and mistrust threaten journalistic work: Ibero creates a map of attacks (Spanish)

El Sol de Mexico: In the risk map of attacks on journalists, physical attacks and murders are more present in Veracruz, as are Oaxaca and Guerrero. 

NICARAGUA: “Only the quality of our journalism can defend us.” Carlos Chamorro and the fight for press freedom in Nicaragua (Listen) 

WAN-IFRA: Carlos talks about how, in the battleground between politics and journalism, there is only ever one winner, and what it means to rely on journalistic credibility in the face of violence and oppression. Nicaragua is facing a deep crisis as its populist leader, Daniel Ortega, seeks to consolidate nearly two decades in power at the expense of civil liberties, human rights, and press freedom.

PERU: Minister of Culture surprised by accusations against the president of the IRTP: “We have to investigate how it happened” (Spanish)

Infobae: An investigation accuses that Ninoska Chandía would have favored friends of the presidential family in key appointments, in addition to using the facilities of the state channel to promote a university

PERU: Nicanor Boluarte: they reveal that friends of the presidential brother benefit from strategic positions in IRTP (Spanish)

Willax: Ninoska Rosario Chandía Roque is the trusted woman of the presidential brother Nicanor Boluarte, who turns out to be an immovable figure in the public apparatus since they both accidentally came to power.

VENEZUELA: ‘In Venezuela there is no free press,’ says director of El Nacional, denouncing the blockade (Spanish)

El Tiempo: The newspaper El Nacional, one of the emblems of Venezuelan journalism, was blocked by the government of Venezuela from carrying out any type of procedure before the Public Registry of that country, in a form of prolonged harassment as an independent or “not related” media. 

VENEZUELA: They ask for urgent medical attention for the journalist detained in Venezuela, Carlos Julio Rojas (Spanish)

NTN24: Relatives were finally able to see the human rights activist and communicator Carlos Julio Rojas, after 39 days of his detention, accused of an alleged plan to attack Maduro in a march in Caracas.

REGIONAL: Latin American powers want journalists behind bars (Spanish)

IPS Noticias: Persecuting, stigmatizing and imprisoning journalists is a method that governments and judicial and economic powers in Latin America use, increasingly, to try to escape the accusations of abuse and corruption for which they are questioned from the public opinion.

ISRAEL: Israel revokes decision to shut down Associated Press news agency’s Gaza live feed 

BBC: Israel has returned broadcasting equipment belonging to the Associated Press, hours after seizing it in southern Israel and shutting down the US news agency’s live feed of Gaza.

ISRAEL: Israel seizes and then returns Associated Press broadcasting equipment (Opinion)

Poynter: Though the Israeli government reversed its brazen display of media suppression after worldwide pressure, the controversy remains.

ISRAEL & GAZA: Journalists speak to the challenges of covering the Israel-Hamas war

IJNet: Journalists in Gaza have been instrumental in bringing on-the-ground reporting to audiences worldwide, at grave danger to their lives and amid limited press freedom. 

SAUDI ARABIA: Head of UAE national media officer meets with Saudi, GCC ministers

Arab News: The head of the UAE’s national media office met with informational ministers from Gulf Cooperation Council countries in Doha on Friday, Emirates News Agency reported.

TURKEY: Journalism groups rally against ‘agents of influence’ bill

Bianet: Media organizations and legal experts have voiced strong opposition to a new legislative proposal by the government that aims to criminalize “agents of influence.” 

CANADA: Canadian ethnic media producers lobby for support

Broadcast Dialogue: Independent ethnic community television producers have launched the “This Show is Made with Zero Support from the Government” campaign, saying third-language programming is in jeopardy without more funding.

CANADA: CBC News launches local news streaming channels, radio streams (Editor’s blog) 

CBC News: Local journalism is a priority for CBC, especially now as the regional news business shrinks amid staggering challenges to its underlying financials and a tech-driven disruption in media consumption habits.

CANADA: Inside CBC, concerns emerge about broadcaster’s response to Palestine essay

The Breach: At CBC’s Toronto headquarters last Thursday, an employee walking through the newsroom noticed several people’s monitors displaying the same page: an essay in The Breach, written by one of their former colleagues, revealing behind-the-scenes details about the broadcaster’s reporting on Israel-Palestine. 

CANADA & AUSTRALIA: Canada’s media industry warns Australia on Meta news ban

AdNews: Canadian independent publishers have warned Australian counterparts to brace for impact if Meta’s removes news from its platforms.

US: American “national public radio”, an untouchable media that has become a “punching bag” (French) 

Challenges: Its name is misleading. Behind NPR ( National Public Radio ), no Radio France or American-style BBC. “National public radio” nonetheless remains a jewel of the media landscape in the United States. But plagued by many problems.

US: Bay Area’s KQED Lays Off 8% As The Broadcaster Cuts 34 Jobs

Radio Ink: Bay Area public radio broadcaster KQED is laying off 19 employees as part of an 8% overall staff reduction.

US: How public media can help shape ethical AI voice technology 


US: In Texas, local news keeps communities connected 

VOA: When a local newspaper wanted to connect with readers in more rural locations across the U.S. state of Texas, it came up with a novel approach: sending postcards.

The idea is one of several methods that Texas Tribune journalist Nic Garcia is using to reach a wider group of people.

US: ‘It’s really disturbing’: GBH employees say they were left in the dark as layoffs announced

Boston.com: The public media organization laid off 31 staff members on Wednesday and announced that three TV programs are ceasing production immediately.

US: Licensing deals, litigation raise raft of familiar questions in fraught world of platforms and publishers 

CJR: In the past few weeks, News Corp, the Financial Times and Dotdash Meredith became the latest news organizations to strike licensing deals with OpenAI, while Axel Springer and Informa teamed up with Microsoft.

US: Some publishers fear that Google’s AI-powered search will be a catastrophe 

CJR: Whenever Google makes a change to its search product, it inevitably generates a lot of anxiety among news outlets, many of which rely on the revenue they get from traffic driven by the platform. But the response to the company’s most recent announcement was arguably a class apart.

US: St. Louis Public Radio makes unprecedented sovereign immunity claim in defamation case 

Missouri Independent: The University of Missouri, on behalf of St. Louis Public Radio, is making an unprecedented legal claim of sovereign immunity in the defamation lawsuit filed against it by former general manager Tim Eby.

US: What OpenAI’s deal with News Corp means for journalism (and for you) 

The Conversation: On one hand, since generative AI needs more and better content to provide better answers, journalists and content creators will be needed to ensure there is ongoing training data for AI to learn from.

US: Why the media should listen to voters’ ‘wrong’ answers in polls 

CJR: My colleagues at The Guardian released a poll earlier this week with some truly eye-popping numbers: nearly 60 percent of Americans believe that the country is in a recession, and around half think that the stock market is down and that unemployment is at a fifty-year high.

Advice for old(er) journalists 

Poynter: Most years around this time, there’s a Twitter thread or story offering advice to young journalists. After a few years with that group through the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship, it’s clear to me that maybe the rest of us should advise less and listen more. 

AI companies freeze out partisan media

Semafor: The partisan publishers that thrived during the social media age — most of all, high-flying right-wing outlets like Breitbart News and the Daily Caller — are being shut out of the new AI boom.

As clicks dry up for news sites, could Apple’s news app be a lifeline?

Semafor: Like many digital publishers, The Daily Beast was struggling at the end of 2023. Facebook, long a primary driver of clicks to the publication, had turned away from news. Search traffic had become increasingly erratic, as Google adjusted its algorithm to combat a flood of AI-powered junk. 

How to exercise newsroom leadership with empathy

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: “Empathy does not divest us of efficiency. Instead, it’s more likely to encourage it,” writes Hannah Storm in this excerpt from her new book

Inside the first TikTok election (Paywall) 

The Telegraph: Major parties square off on social media where almost half of adults get their news

Media legislation that affects news publishers in 2024: Platforms

The Fix: Many governments have taken on the challenge to address platformisation

Media training popular with entrepreneurs and public figures (Q&A – French) 


Michael Schumacher’s family win case against publisher over fake AI interview 

The Guardian: The German celebrity magazine Die Aktuelle promoted on its cover in April 2023 the words: “Michael Schumacher, the first interview!” It also wrote “it sounds deceptively real”, with the supposed quotes attributed to Schumacher generated by AI.

News mirages kill trust in journalism 

Monitor: News mirages thrive where there are news deserts. The absence of professionally distilled news encourages news mirages to sprout and spread.

OpenAI is making journalism an offer it can’t refuse 

The Japan Times: Content deals between artificial intelligence companies and top publishers are coming fast and furious. The latest, claimed to be the biggest, was announced on Wednesday: OpenAI reached an agreement with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. reported to be worth some $250 million over five years.

Reporters of Hope, the association that promotes solutions journalism (French) 

Carenews: Promoting solutions journalism: this is the objective of the Reporters d’Espoirs association. In other words, journalism which aims to put forward concrete responses to problems, which recounts inspiring initiatives , without renouncing the critical perspective essential to the profession of journalist.

This newsroom has been experimenting with AI since 2020. Here is what they have learned

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Köppen is one of the true pioneers in this field. So I was interested in what she makes of the current hype cycle and how she thinks about the months ahead. Our conversation was edited for length and clarity.

TikTok Moves to Limit Russian and Chinese Media’s Reach in Big Election Year

The News York Times: The platform will keep state-affiliated media accounts out of users’ feeds if they “attempt to reach communities outside their home country on current global events and affairs.”

What does the public in six countries think of generative AI in news? (Report)

RISJ: Based on an online survey focused on understanding if and how people use generative artificial intelligence (AI), and what they think about its application in journalism and other areas of work and life across six countries (Argentina, Denmark, France, Japan, the UK, and the USA), we present the following findings.

Why have podcasts appealed to Generation Z? (French) 

RTBF: A true sensation of recent years, the wave of podcasts continues to sweep away the American public, and particularly the youngest. The latest report from Edison Research looked at the different reasons why Generation Z listens to and watches podcasts.

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