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Public Media Alliance Supporting the global public media space Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:22:30 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 72872160 PSM Weekly | 22 – 28 Nov Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:09:14 +0000 Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.

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CAMEROON: Cameroon has restricted internet access for more than 150 days in 2017

Quartz: For almost two months now, Cameroon’s government has restricted access to social media and messaging apps in its Anglophone regions, adding to the already simmering tensions in the country.

GUINEA: Guinea cracks down on media as education strike grinds on

News24: Guinea suspended broadcasting by a radio station on Monday after it attempted to interview the leader of a teachers’ strike which has drawn thousands of pupils onto the streets in support.

GUINEA: “You don’t burn the savannah because there are weeds”

RSF: The secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Christophe Deloire, urged Guinea’s president, Alpha Condé, not to clash with his country’s media when President Condé received Deloire at the presidential palace in Conakry last weekend after threatening comments by Condé.

KENYA: Kenyan journalists censored themselves for peace (Research)

Journalism Research News: The prior elections, in 2007, resulted in a spate of violence lasting into the next year. Over a thousand Kenyans were killed, and the media was blamed for stoking the unrest. Thus, extensive efforts were made to avoid the repeating the disaster in 2013. Notably, this included “peace trainings” for journalists.

MOROCCO: Rif protests trial: concern about treatment of detainees

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Moroccan authorities to respect the rights of the detainees currently on trial in Casablanca for their role in the “Hirak” protest movement in the Rif region. They include a journalist and five citizen-journalists and media workers.

NAMIBIA: NBC’s Afrikaans Service Gets New Name and Look

Namibia Economist (Via All Africa): The re-branding of the Afrikaans Service sets the scene for a complete roll-out to re-brand all the 9 other radio stations of the NBC.

NIGERIA: Four Journalists Killed in 8 months

MFWA: Within a period of eight months (April – November, 2017), four journalists have been shot dead by unidentified attackers in Nigeria.

NIGERIA: Putting Women’s Writing On the Map – the BBC Hausa Example

All Africa: Jimeh Saleh, who heads BBC’s Hausa Service, has lauded the achievements of Hausa language female writers in Nigeria.

SOUTH AFRICA: Here’s the new board’s ‘monumental’ plan to get the SABC back on track

City Press: The recently appointed SABC board has taken members of Parliament through the actions it has taken in a bid to take the financially troubled public broadcaster out of the red.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC seeks to alter rules giving pay-TV stations free use of channels

Business Day: The SABC has asked the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to conduct an urgent public review of regulations that allow pay-TV operators to carry its television channels for free.

UGANDA: Journalists detained by Uganda charged with treason, police say

Reuters: Eight managers and editors of a daily newspaper arrested this week have been charged with treason, Ugandan police said on Thursday.

ZIMBABWE: Mugabe’s downfall: A new era for Zimbabwe’s media?

Aljazeera: The media story behind the downfall of Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power.

ZIMBABWE: President Mnangagwa should crack media reforms whip (Press Release)

MISA: As President Emmerson Mnangagwa assumes his presidency following his inauguration as Zimbabwe’s new leader, MISA Zimbabwe urges him to prioritise the implementation of long overdue media reforms critical to a new democratic dispensation.

GENERAL: Report: Media Monitoring Africa Newsroom Research

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AFGHANISTAN: Journalists Face the Sharp End of Growing Violence and Insecurity in Afghanistan

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INDIA: Bengali film industry observes ‘blackout’ on ‘Padmavati’ issue

PTI: The Bengali film industry observed a 15-minute “blackout” today, in solidarity with the makers of Bollywood film “Padmavati” and to protest against the alleged attempts by certain groups to stall its release.

INDIA: Doordarshan calls off DD Kashir’s channel packaging

Indian Television: Over five months after bids were invited and three months since agencies were shortlisted, Doordarshan (DD) has cancelled the tender for the channel packaging work of DD Kashir.

INDIA: DD extends bid submission deadline for appointing agency to monitor ‘must carry’ channels

Television Post: Public broadcaster Doordarshan has extended the deadline for bid submission and the opening of technical bids for appointing an agency to monitor DD’s ‘must carry’ channels on cable TV headends and direct to home (DTH) platforms to 5 December.

INDIA: DD Sports, the sleeping giant of Indian sports broadcasting, is showing no signs of waking up (Opinion) The channel’s programming continues to be poor in original content, quality of production, and sporting knowledge.

INDIA: Reporting the Untold Stories of Rural India

Nieman Reports: How the People’s Archive of Rural India is documenting the lives and labors of some of the country’s poorest, most marginalized populations

MYANMAR: Myanmar accused of wiping out secret network of Rohingya reporters

The Guardian: Human rights groups fear military has disappeared or killed undercover journalists to starve the world of news about persecution in Rakhine state.

MYANMAR: Myanmar Journalists’ Views on Reporting and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

BNI: Over the course of two days, the 11th Asia-Europe Foundation Journalists’ Seminar was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 18th and 19th November 2017 mainly focused on how best to implement the UN’s 17 points of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through reporting effectively and efficiently.

PAKISTAN: A month of silence for journalists in Balochistan

RSF: A month after armed groups began silencing the press in the southwestern province of the Balochistan when their ultimatum expired on 24 October, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) appeals to the province’s separatist rebels and to the Pakistani intelligence agencies to leave journalists out of the conflict.

PAKISTAN: Increase in cases of violence against journalists in Pakistan

IFJ: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses serious concern over the increasing incidents of attacks on journalists and violations of journalists’ rights in Pakistan. The IFJ urges the Pakistan government to ensure a safe reporting environment for journalists.

PAKISTAN: News channels, social media blocked for a day in Pakistan

IFJ: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the decisions by the Pakistani authorities to take down all television news channels and block access to some social media platforms on November 25 following a political demonstration in Islamabad, Pakistan.

PHILIPPINES: The Media  and the Duterte Presidency: Impunity acute and benign, fettered flow of information

Philippine Centre for Investigative Journalism: The press in the Philippines has been described to be among the freest in Asia if not in the world, robust, almost rambunctious in its practice. But in the first 16 months of the Duterte administration, its status and practice have been diminished, shaken down by supporters and trolls of the President who would not tolerate critical coverage.

SOUTH KOREA: Prosecutors raid public broadcaster MBC over alleged labor irregularities

The Korea Herald: Prosecutors raided the headquarters of public broadcaster MBC on Wednesday as part of a probe into alleged irregular labor practices conducted by its former top officials, including its now sacked chief.

SOUTH KOREA: S Korea developing AI system to keep journalism alive

Malaysiakini: In gaining public trust in journalism and tackling the declining revenue in the media industry, South Korea is developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system using algorithms to help the industry in the country to get back on its feet.

THAILAND: Digital TV cries for help

Bangkok Post: The operator association continues efforts to have the government grant relief, bringing the plea count to three.

AUSTRALIA: Triple J moves Hottest 100 from Australia Day after protests

The Guardian: ABC radio station announces that after a review it will move its annual listeners’ poll, which has attracted criticism from Indigenous groups and supporters.

AUSTRALIA: Why Radio National’s fans fear death by a thousand cuts (Opinion)

The Guardian: The ABC’s flagship radio station is expensive, esoteric and – its supporters say – essential to Australian public life. Now it is facing more upheaval.

FIJI: Fiji Government selects Eutelsat 172B satellite

Advanced Television: Walesi, the Fijian Government’s Digital Television infrastructure management company, has signed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Communications that will for the first time expand free-to-air television throughout Fiji.

NEW ZEALAND: Kia ora from RNZ

RNZ: The spectre of te reo-bashing has raised its head – again. RNZ’s Te Manu Korihi editor has something to say.

NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand broadcasters refuse to stop using Māori words

The Guardian: Presenters defiant as hundreds of listeners say use of Te Reo on radio and television excludes those who don’t speak the language.

PACIFIC: Pacific journalists form climate specialist network

ABC News: A group of Pacific journalists who attended the COP23 climate talks in Germany have decided to form a new network dedicated to reporting on climate issues in their own countries and across the region.

SAMOA: Social media crackdown worries Samoan journalists

ABC News: Journalists in Samoa are concerned that proposed new laws to crack down on social media users defaming people may end up affecting them as well.

BELARUS: Harassment against freelance journalists on the rise

EJF: Around 40 journalists, including media lawyers, EFJ/IFJ affiliates and the EU Delegation to Belarus, discussed how to best put the desperate issue of freelance journalism at the heart of local and national authorities in Belarus and the European Union.

BULGARIA: Anatomy of Fake News: The Bulgarian Case

Media Power Monitor: As fake stories are flooding the Bulgarian internet, local journalists are responding by debunking lies and tracing the sources of misinformation. They are bracing up for a tough battle.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Coverage of the European migration crisis in Czech online news media

Journalism Research News: Polls suggest that the great majority of Czech society perceives irregular migrants as a threat to their country. It also seems that their attitude towards migrants has been influenced by some indirect sources of information, such as the news media, write Michal Tkaczyk, of Masaryk University.

FRANCE: Facebook has Paid Millions to French Media Companies: Are Some Now Addicted?

EJO: Facebook has won. French media organisations are now indeed addicts. They are, in fact, triply addicted – to expanding their audience for free, to using the social network’s production and distribution tools, and to earning additional revenue. Facebook’s publishing ecosystem has become something the media can’t do without.

FRANCE: France Télévisions CEO: “Unite against US OTT players”

Advanced Television: France Télévisions’ CEO Delphine Ernotte is calling for much greater cooperation between Europe’s public and private broadcasters in order to rival the influence – and potential domination – by the likes of Netflix and Amazon.

FRANCE: Watchdog marks France Télévisions report card

Digital TV Europe: French media regulator the CSA has given public broadcaster France Télévisions a broadly positive report on the first year of execution of its plan for the 2016-20 period, while highlighting areas that still need improvement.

GERMANY: German spy agency attacks Facebook and others for failing to tackle fake news

The Guardian: The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has accused US tech giants such as Facebook of failing to take enough responsibility for content on their sites, undermining democracy by not distinguishing between fact and opinion.

IRELAND: Revenue should collect TV licence fee, committee urges

RTÉ: The Oireachtas Communications Committee has urged the Government to widen the funding regime for public service broadcasting, to include homes which do not have a television set.

IRELAND: RTÉ refused a third of Freedom of Information requests

Irish Examiner: RTÉ refused a third of the Freedom of Information (FOI) requests submitted to the national broadcaster in the first half of this year.

ITALY: Calenda: “Rai should be privatised”. But from the Government, Giacomelli says: “It’s his idea” (Italian)

La Repubblica: According to the minister, “the licence fee is given to anyone who makes projects of public value”. From the Leopolda, the Under Secretary’s reply: “I think there is still much more need for public service and the role that state television guarantees. Otherwise you have to use golden power to limit damage”

ITALY: From fake news to copy-and-paste, the Italian hoax network (Italian)

La Repubblica: A BuzzFeed survey reveals a galaxy of sites (about 60) and Facebook (now obscured) pages owned by the family-run Web365. Misinformation made in Italy with sensationalist content and copied and modified content. With one goal: catching clicks.

MOLDOVA: What the Media Think About the Media in Figures

SEENPM: The survey was conducted on a sample of 200 public and private media outlets (including online portals, television and radio stations, magazines, newspapers, and news agencies) in Chisinau and in the regions (excluding the Transnistrian region).

NETHERLANDS: Dutch NPO warns for higher TV prices

Telecompaper: A new round of cuts is looming for Dutch public broadcasters. This could result in higher subscriptions for households.

RUSSIA: Russia will now label the reporting of global news outlets as the work of “foreign agents”

Quartz: According to a new law signed by Russian president Vladimir Putin on Saturday (Nov. 26), the Russian government now has the power to label media outlets that receive funding from outside Russia as “foreign agents.”

RUSSIA: Q&A: Russian journalists facing ‘intolerable’ situation

IPI: Threats, attacks on independent voices growing as presidential election looms

SERBIA: Serbian Journalists Dismayed After Prosecutors Reject Assault Charges

Balkan Insight: Serbian media associations have requested an urgent meeting with the state prosecutor, after prosecutors rejected charges brought by journalists attacked at President Aleksandar Vucic’s inauguration.

SPAIN: Albiol: “We will propose to close TV3 and reopen a television with normal people” (Spanish)

El País: The candidate of the PP to the elections of December 21 has ensured that the public channel “is a machine to generate independence”

SPAIN: Catalonia crisis threatens independence of Spain’s public TV crews

ECPMF: “The situation in Spain is very polarised but it is a mistake to blame the media for that. The media is just reflecting what is happening in society,” says Ricardo Gutiérrez, secretary general of the European Federation of Journalists. An interview on the Catalonian crisis.

SPAIN: PEN International concerned about deteriorating climate for freedom of expression in Catalonia

PEN International (via Ifex): PEN International is extremely concerned about increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and opinion in Catalonia during and following the referendum on independence of 1 October 2017.

SPAIN: The Central Electoral Board demands “neutrality” from TV3 and prohibits it from speaking of “Govern in exile” (Spanish)

RTVE: The Central Electoral Board (JEC) has demanded “information neutrality” from TV3 and has prohibited it from continuing to use expressions  that may induce “confusion” and favor some of the candidatures of the Catalan elections on December 21, such as “government in the exile” or the “President’s list “.

SPAIN: UTECA: Spain Government ‘favours pay-TV’

Advanced Television: UTECA, the largest private TV Association in Spain, has accused the Administration of discrimination against FTA TV to the benefit of pay-TV and new OTT platforms.

UK: Digital-Born and Legacy News Media on Twitter during the UK General Election

Reuters Institute: Overall, the study shows legacy media generated almost four times as much activity and engagement as digital-born news media during the election. […] And broadcasters were responsible for the highest number of tweets related to the election and were the more frequently mentioned during that period.

UK: Former Ofcom CEO: BBC licence fee sustainable ‘for present purposes’

Digital TV Europe: Former Ofcom boss Ed Richards has said that the BBC licence fee is a sustainable model in the near term and that he has not been persuaded by any alternative funding models.

UK: Thomas questions broadcasting debate

Manx Radio: Minister says democracy needs public service broadcasting

UK: UK viewers watch over a billion minutes online each week

TVB Europe: New report by BARB looks at online viewing habits.

UKRAINE: Head of Ukraine’s Public Broadcaster: the government assassinates us gently

Euromaidan Press: The company started working full-scale in 2017 and already faces the pressure from the state – for the next year, the government plans to cut its funding by nearly a half.

GENERAL: Legal Affairs MEPs approve watered down broadcasting rules

Euractiv: MEPs in the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee have approved a watered down version of an EU proposal that will regulate how much content broadcasters must show online.

GENERAL: Wealthy European trust international channels more, says survey

Digital TV Europe: Wealthy European consumers trust international TV news channels more than national services to provide impartial news, according to a survey carried out by IPSOS for the inTV channels group.

BRAZIL: Brazil prepares fight against fake news ahead of national elections

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: The fight against fake news will likely be a priority for several Brazilian governmental entities as the country faces national elections in the coming year.

BRAZIL: Research: Hyperlocal news pages on Facebook cover areas of Rio de Janeiro traditionally ignored by media

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: In Brazil, where 66 percent of the population is connected to the Internet, social networks have allowed the creation of hyperlocal media – pages and groups that focus on a neighborhood, a place or even a street.

CARIBBEAN: Caribbean countries urged to make progress in switch to digital broadcasting

CTO: Shola Taylor, secretary-general of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), warned Caribbean countries they will miss out on the economic and social benefits of digital broadcasting if they fail to make progress on the transition from analogue.

ECUADOR: Creo filed a complaint for handling public and seized media (Spanish)

El Comercio: César Monge, from the Creo movement, filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor’s Office for the administration of public media.

HONDURAS: On election eve, what hope for media freedom in Honduras?

RSF: Eight years after a coup d’état in June 2009, the level of press freedom is still sinking in Honduras. Journalists continue to be the targets of judicial proceedings, violence and murder, reinforcing a climate of fear and self-censorship that has worsened under Juan Orlando Hernández, the president since January 2014.

MEXICO: FIP, FEP and FAPE convey to the Mexican ambassador their concern for the safety of journalists

IFJ: A representation of executives of organizations of international, European and Spanish journalists met on November 23 in Madrid with the Ambassador of Mexico in Spain, Ms. Dña. Roberta Lajous Varga, in order to express their utmost concern for the security of Mexican journalists.

MEXICO: U.N. rights team to visit Mexico after journalist murders

Reuters: The United Nations said on Thursday a group of experts on freedom of expression will visit Mexico at the end of November to assess the safety of journalists in the country, one of the most dangerous in the world for reporters.

VENEZUELA: Public media will promote all the candidates for mayors (Spanish)

El Universal: As it was done during the elections of the National Constituent Assembly on July 30, the candidates will be able to make themselves known, as well as their government proposals, through radio and television micro-chains.

GENERAL: Latin American professionals debate possibilities and challenges to consolidating collaboration among journalists in the region

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: In the second week of November, journalists from at least 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries crossed the Atlantic Ocean and met in Johannesburg, South Africa, to share investigative techniques with colleagues from around the world and seek strategies to consolidate collaboration among journalists in the region.

SYRIA: The Russian Offensive in Syria You Haven’t Heard About

Coda Story: The Kremlin smells military victory in Syria, but its media campaign could turn out to be a bigger triumph.

SYRIA: The struggle for survival – what’s next for Syrian journalism?

openDemocracy: Media outlets, whether state-sponsored or opposition, often seek to send a specific message to a party through their articles, without complying to any kind of journalistic standards.

TURKEY: How Turkey’s TRT World Wants to Win Over U.S. Online Video Viewers

Variety: American cable news networks are about to get some unlikely competition online. No, it’s not another news site pivoting to video. Instead, it’s Turkey’s public broadcaster TRT, which has quietly begun to target U.S. audiences with its English-language offshoot TRT World.

TURKEY: Journalists in Turkey facing more and more imprisonment

EFJ: November was a difficult month again for imprisoned and prosecuted journalists in Turkey. More and more professional journalists and media workers are facing imprisonment or threats for reporting information or simply for being affiliated to specific media outlets, wrongly considered by Turkish authorities as criminal acts.

UAE: Dubai official: ‘Al Jazeera should be bombed’

Advanced Television: The diplomatic row between Qatar and a group of Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates escalated further on November 25th when a senior Dubai official called for Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera to be “bombed” out of existence.

CANADA: Calgary pop-up journalism The Sprawl is resurrected, showing holes in media landscape

CBC News: Jeremy Klaszus – creator, editor, writer – says gaps in media coverage reaching ‘crisis’ level.

CANADA: CBC/Radio-Canada releases 2016-2017 Environmental Performance Report Français

CISION: CBC/Radio-Canada shared its latest corporate Environmental Performance Report, which highlights the public broadcaster’s environmental performance from April 2016 to March 2017

US: PBS drops ‘Charlie Rose’

Current: PBS announced Tuesday that it has dropped The Charlie Rose Show, a decision following reports of the longtime talk show host’s harassment of women.

US: FCC plans net neutrality bill repeal

Broadband TV News:  The FCC has issued proposals that would set aside legislation designed to ensure equal access to the internet in favour of a rulebook allowing operators to charge more for access to selected areas of the internet and for individual websites.

US: It’s not just net neutrality: The FCC could also relax one of broadcast media’s biggest rules

The Washington Post: Even as the Federal Communications Commission released a proposal Tuesday that could give Internet providers more control over what their customers can see and use online, another equally major proposal by the agency could relax key rules for the media industry.

US: Much to Cheer About at NPR Music

WSJ: Celebrating 10 years of introducing the best in new rock and pop music.

US: Trump’s FCC continues to redefine the public interest as business interests

The Conversation: The U.S. Senate voted last week to allow internet service providers to sell data about their customers’ online activities to advertisers. The House of Representatives agreed on Tuesday; President Trump is expected to sign the measure into law.

US: Trump’s proposed budget would hit Coast Community Radio hard

The Daily Astorian: President proposes eliminating federal funding for KMUN and other public stations

10 key principles for data-driven storytelling Don’t overwhelm your audience, make information relatable and digestible, and more advice for journalists working with data

15 open-source tools journalists can use to improve their reporting The tools range from story gathering to data visualisation and digital storytelling. There’s no technical expertise required here, just a bit of playing around and getting to know each tool to master it.

Amnesty International and Truly.Media join forces in fight against ‘fake news’

Amnesty International: Amnesty International is pleased to be the first external client of Truly.Media, a ground-breaking new collaborative platform aimed at tackling “fake news” by using digital verification techniques to identify authentic and fraudulent posts on social media.

Anti-Muslim online surges driven by fake accounts

The Guardian: A global network of anti-Muslim activists is using Twitter bots, fake news and the manipulation of images to influence political discourse, new analysis reveals.

Drop the jargon and write like a human with the help of this tool

Poynter: A tool designed to help scientists analyze jargon in their writing. Just copy and paste your article over, click “start” and look for the red words. If striking them doesn’t sacrifice clarity or correctness, replace them with something that’s easier to understand.

Fast crisis reporting makes journalists cautious

Journalism Research News: Journalists express uncertainty more often when they are tasked with the fast-paced coverage of unfolding crises, Shelly Rom and Zvi Reich, both of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, write.

Fixing the Journalist-Fixer Relationship

GIJN: What we found is a dramatic divide between how each member of this critical relationship views their own and each other’s roles, responsibilities and contributions to the reporting on which people around the world rely.

How Muckrakers Use Crowdsourcing: Case Studies from ProPublica to The Guardian

GIJN: In a favorite old Doonesbury cartoon, reporter Rick Redfern is having a birthday. His girlfriend Joanie Caucus presents him a special surprise — a secret document!

Inside the first radio network made for, and by, refugees

Huck: Larry and the RRN are doing what they can to offer an alternative narrative to the one often associated with refugees in Europe. It’s political rather than charitable, encouraging people to reclaim agency, represent their community and – of course – play great music.

New initiative Lookout360° is offering training and mentorship to help journalists produce immersive stories on climate change The project from the European Forest Institute and GEN will help 10 journalists over the next six months

RSF hails new UN resolution on journalists’ safety

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes a new UN General Assembly resolution on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity for crimes of violence against them.

Sports broadcasting may see digital and traditional combine

The National: While TV companies still dominate when it comes to buying rights to show games, matches and competitions, online services are moving in

Tough lessons from the brave new world of data journalism

RTE: Eva Constantaras, data journalism advisor for Internews, on what Western media can learn from developing countries.

World Radio Day 2018 Radio Survey

UNESCO: World Radio Day 2018 will be held on 13 February 2018 under the theme of “Radio and Sports”!

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Travel bursaries for broadcast skills exchange Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:00:14 +0000 http://localhost/cba_live/?p=6101 Deadline: 30 January 2018
As a broadcaster working at a PMA member organisation, you could be eligible for a funded exchange visit to another member country to share ideas and best practice in different aspects of broadcasting and journalism

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Deadline: 30 January 2018

The bursary is provided for a media project that would benefit the bursar’s organisation, society and meet the objectives of the Public Media Alliance (PMA) and the bursary-funding organisation.

As part of the project the successful participant will also be required to plan an exchange between their own PMA member organisation and that of the country they intend to visit. On completion of the project the bursar is required to submit a report, pictures and an account of their experiences.

Vashan Brown, Reporter/Producer, RJR/Gleaner Group Jamaica at CBC Canada

PMA Bursars in 2017 included: a senior media professional exploring how to make programmes to engage younger audiences, an Editor embracing digital broadcasting, journalists sharing and reporting on free media and devising production and social media guidelines as well as a content producer on a study tour to learn how to commission new drama.

Professionals from Jamaica, Bangladesh, South Africa, Seychelles, Trinidad, New Zealand, Guyana and the UK made exchange visits to Barbados, Canada, Tonga, Panama, Dominic Republic, Malaysia and Mauritius.

Find out more about our previous bursars and their highly successful exchanges

The Objectives

· To develop the skills and knowledge of employees of PMA member organisations who have had limited opportunity for travel

· To benefit PMA member organisations and the bursar’s society

· To encourage networking between PMA member organisations

· Develop better ways of exercising freedom of expression

· To work on projects that promote the Sustainable Development Goals

Please note: the closing date for receiving applications is 30 January 2018. Travel should be noted and all reports completed and submitted before the end of June 2018.

The Public Media Alliance is grateful to the Grace Wyndham Goldie Trust for their continued support for these bursaries.

The Guidelines and Application form can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Requests for further information and completed applications should be sent  to

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Focus On PSM | France Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:49:59 +0000 After the publication of a working document, the future of public media in France is reshaping.

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In May we reported on the ripples that the new political situation in France could have stirred across public media organisations in the country. Now, after the publication of a working document, the future of public media in France is reshaping.

The main changes will reportedly happen across the structure, finance and governance of public service media (PSM). The main proposal is to merge the different public broadcaster organisations (Radio France, France Télévisions and France Médias Monde among those ) together into a “holding company”, whilst phasing out or merging others.

The idea of incorporating two or more organisations is not new: the idea has been discussed for a few years now, and the model has been applied to many other public broadcasters around the world, such as the BBC, CBC/Radio-Canada, NHK, ABC and more.

However, merging these companies in an harmonious way will most likely be a considerable challenge – factors such as human resources, people, politics and funds are all part of the equation. Coupled with the fact that public media in France has to now navigate these tricky waters with €80 million less funding than previous years and the need to keep up with technological transformations, the need to devise an efficient strategy cannot be ignored.

On 15 November, the leaders of the main public media organisations had to submit their proposals on three themes: the scope and the missions of the public service organisation, possible ways of cooperating among them and how to reinforce and improve the operational efficiency of the public media sector.

The Public Media Alliance will continue to watch developments as they unfold. . Meanwhile here is what happened and what we know so far.

More in detail

· The new plan → The new plan devised by the French Ministry of Culture, Françoise Nyssen, shakes up the foundation of public broadcasting in France and is primarily designed to keep efficiency in mind. The plan was revealed by the French newspaper Le Monde, and is part of a contribution to the Public Action Committee 2022, a working group on the reduction of public spending.

As previously mentioned, the intention is to regroup France Télévisions, Radio France and other companies in the sector into one common structure – a “holding” – in order to “align and release synergies”.  The plan also includes the removal of the channel France Ô, which is dedicated to the French overseas departments and territories, a merger of France 3 and France Bleu and the closure of regional offices of France 2. Other elements include a review of resource allocation in terms of broadcast hours and an increased collaboration between Arte / France Télévisions.

The Ministry also plans to review the governance of the public broadcasting companies, with an aim to withdraw from the Higher Audiovisual Council (CSA) and their power to appoint presidents. Plus, it will be up to the government to devise how this new “holding” will run and how its leader will be appointed.

· Funding, finances and the licence fee  →  Part of this transformation will also pertain to the redevance (licence fee) which is currently collected from all those who claim to own a TV.

It does not make sense given the media consumption patterns,” said Mathieu Gallet, president of Radio France. “One idea could be to introduce a universal and automatic royalty, each tax household contributing to this effort, as is the case in Germany or Switzerland,” he continued.

All these changes, if applied, would impose heavy burdens and costs. The CAP document itself reads that “potentially significant transition costs would have to be expected”. Financial costs would then also become human costs. Such a big transition would also translate into a general downsizing of the overall companies, especially as the document suggests that “non voluntary departures will be difficult to avoid”.

· Nyssen against Le Monde After the French newspaper Le Monde revealed the outline of the proposed reform, the Minister of Culture filed a complaint against it. According to the Minister, the document was internal and not official nor definitive. On Friday, the office of the Minister stated that no complaint had been filed yet, but Nyssen had asked for “an internal investigation” to find the source of leaks and decide on the best  course of action based on its results.

· A French Netflix?Another intention, also discussed in May, is to create “an alliance at European level capable of competing with Netflix”. However, France Télévisions is trying to step away from it, as it would be particularly hard for France to implement due to the the rights of  movies, TV series and other content being negotiated country by country,  with very few key players in the market owning the rights to such work. Plus, as public broadcasters, it would be harder to justify and to engage audiences in a service that would most likely charge its viewers. Delphine Ernotte, CEO of France Télévisions, proposed a model that would follow Hulu, the platform created by US TV networks. Here, there would be some free content available, but also some paid programs, following a sort of ‘freemium’ model that would enforce co-productions.

· More joint project, rather than status Ernotte, answering to the planned changes, proposed more of a collaborative approach, rather than opting for a joint union among the different broadcasting organisation. Le Monde reported that France Télévisions is in favour of collaborating with the Franco-German ARTE, an alliance with the National Audiovisual Institute (INA) and further collaborations and synergies with Radio France, to avoid what would be a costly merger. France Télévisions also proposed an alliance with European public broadcasters to create a shared structure of co-production and reached out to RAI, ZDF, TVE and the BBC.

The links above are to original stories, which are not produced by PMA. ‘Focus on PSM’ brings together stories from regions experiencing periods of heightened debate about the role of public media, media independence and media freedom. PMA does not necessarily endorse these stories nor do they necessarily reflect the view of PMA.

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PSM Weekly | 15 – 21 Nov Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:47:01 +0000 Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.

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Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.

Click on the drop-down menus below to reveal the latest regional stories.

CAMEROON: Detained journalist wins Committee to Protect Journalists Award

Deutsche Welle: The Committee to Protect Journalists named Cameroon journalist Ahmed Abba as one of four winners of its prestigious 2017 International Press Freedom Award. Abba is serving a 10-year sentence on terrorism charges.

GAMBIA: Fighting Impunity: MFWA Facilitates Meeting between Gambian Government and Families of Victims

MFWA: As part of efforts to seek justice for victims of abuse under the Jammeh administration, the MFWA and the Gambia Press Union are facilitating the process of engagements between the Gambian government and [families of victims].

GHANA: Force media owners to pay journalists well – Minister to new GJA executives

Chana Web: The Minister for Information, Mustapha Hamid, has tasked the the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to use their union to bargain for better working conditions for journalists in the country.

KENYA: Majority of Kenyans access Internet through mobile phones

Daily Nation

MAURITANIA: Police Beat Up, Arrest Journalists Covering Demonstration

MFWA: Police in Mauritania have physically assaulted journalists covering a demonstration in the capital, Nouakchott and arrested three of them.

MOROCCO: Pluralism is more than figures – RSF and Le Desk release Media Ownership Monitor Morocco findings

RSF: According to the MOM’s findings, nine of the 36 media companies involved in Morocco’s most influential media are directly linked to the state, the government or the royal family.

NIGERIA: Unknown Assailants Kill Third Journalist in Nigeria This Year

MFWA: In the third of such tragic incident in Nigeria since the beginning of 2017, unknown gunmen shot and killed a journalist working with the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS).

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC Condemns Harassment of Journalist At Zimbabwe Border

News24 (allAfrica): The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has condemned the harassment of one of their journalists by police at the Beit Bridge border to Zimbabwe on Friday.

SOUTH AFRICA: Two-thirds of South African adults now online

Tech Central: About 65% of South Africans 16 and older now have access to the Internet, an increase of two percentage points on last year, according to new research commissioned by Google.

SUDAN: The battle for existence among Sudan’s journalists

Middle East Eye: In a country already renowned for its lack of press freedom, the Sudanese journalist community is decrying a draft law set to curtail their work even further.

ZAMBIA: Africa’s largest TV platform has a growing free speech and censorship problem

Quartz: Africa’s largest television platform has pulled a talk show after it asked questions about police brutality and media freedom in Zambia.

ZIMBABWE: Amid political turmoil in Zimbabwe, a fact-checking project prepares to launch


ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe takeover: Difficulties of navigating the media jungle

Deutsche Welle: Where to find the right information about the military coup in Zimbabwe? As Zimbabweans sift through the social media channels, it’s difficult to find outlets that one can trust.

GENERAL: Africa could have 75m digital homes by 2021

Advanced Television: Satellite broadcasting is helping drive digital adoption in Africa, according to a report from satellite operator Eutelsat.

GENERAL: African broadcast innovation using apps and social media to engage audiences and monetize online activity

Balancing Act: Africa’s broadcasters are facing a legion of challenges and need to find new ways to connect with their audiences to build loyalty.

CAMBODIA: Harassment of journalists accompanies ban on opposition party

RSF: After the arrests of three reporters in the past three days amid a crackdown on the opposition, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) relays the fears of Cambodia’s journalists and urges the government to stop harassing them and to guarantee their right to report the news.

CHINA: China denounces U.S. call to register Chinese journalists as agents

Reuters: China denounced on Thursday a U.S. congressional commission that accused its state media of involvement in spying and propaganda and called for their staff in the United States to be registered as foreign agents.

INDIA: A creeping quiet in Indian journalism? (Opinion)

Huffington Post: There is a creeping quiet spreading across India’s otherwise loud and lively journalism. Front pages, websites, and news programs are brimming with stories, but “people are afraid”, one editor told me recently in Delhi.

INDIA: Coming soon: All India Radio on Amazon Echo Dot

Asia Radio Today: All India Radio (AIR) is planning to introduce its services on Amazon’s Echo Dot speakers in the next three to six months.

INDONESIA: Indonesia’s green information gap

Aljazeera: How the Indonesian media toes the line between the need for economic development and environmental sustainability.

JAPAN: Dominance of big media firms in Japan hurts journalists: Kaye

The Asahi Shimbun: A U.N. rapporteur has said that the domination in Japan of huge media outlets has an adverse effect on investigative journalism.

JAPAN: UN rights panel questions Japanese media freedom and state secrets law

The Japan Times: Some United Nations members voiced concerns over press freedom in Japan on Tuesday at a meeting of a working group of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

PHILIPPINES: NUJP pushes for safety mechanism for journalists

SunStar Davao: Considering the risk that journalists face, the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) is pushing for the full implementation of United Nation (UN) Plan of Action for the Safety of Journalists, a safety mechanism to address threats and advancement of press freedom.

NORTH KOREA: How North Koreans bypass media censorship

Deutsche Welle: Some catch forbidden programming via shortwave radios, others secretly watch South Korean TV. Denied access to information from abroad, North Koreans have inventive ways of following the news.

SINGAPORE: Deadline for end of analogue TV broadcast extended to end-2018

ABU: Households will have one more year to switch to Digital TV after the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced on Monday last week that the deadline to pull the plug on analogue TV broadcast has been shifted from end-2017 to Dec 31, 2018.

THAILAND: Thailand’s internet freedom ‘in decline’

Bangkok Post: Thailand has been branded “not free” for internet freedom for the fourth consecutive year in the latest Freedom on the Net report.

THAILAND: Where doing journalism means ‘breaking the law’

CJR: “Since taking power, the junta has severely restricted media freedom and conducted extensive surveillance of the internet and other online communications,”.

AUSTRALIA: ABC Says No Plans to Turn Off Radio, TV Broadcasts

Content & Technology: Delivering the 2017 Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture at the recent Screen Forever conference in Melbourne, ABC Chairman Justin Milne outlined some of the challenges facing the national broadcaster and made a commitment to traditional broadcasting alongside newer forms of content delivery.

AUSTRALIA: ‘It’s confronting television’: Struggle Street goes broader for second season

The Guardian: After politicians blocked filming in Queensland and Melbourne, the controversial SBS series returns to tackle national issues.

AUSTRALIA: SBS Radio to add 7 new language services to 68-language program

RadioInfo: The 2016 Census revealed that more than 1.3 million people migrated to Australia during the past five years and nearly five million people speak a language other than English at home.

NEW ZEALAND: Govt will not sell TVNZ, but ‘explore all options’

RNZ: Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran is alarmed the previous government did nothing to address TVNZ’s declining revenue, despite being warned about it by officials earlier this year, she says.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA & NAURU: Manus Island: Australia pulling the media strings

Al Jazeera: Does Australia limit Manus Island and Nauru media access to outlets that toe the government’s line on immigration?

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Papua New Guinea committed to revive Radio Stations

ABU: Minister for Communication, Information Technology and Energy Sam Basil wants all 22 provinces to have short wave frequency radio stations. He said this during the Central Province assembly induction program last month in Port Moresby.

SAMOA: Samoa libel law proposal worries journalists

RNZ: The journalists’ association in Samoa says it’s seriously concerned about a government proposal to resurrect libel laws that were repealed in 2013.

GENERAL: PMC focuses on Asia-Pacific ‘journalism under duress’ for 10th birthday event

Pacific Media Centre: The Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology is highlighting the threats to media freedom in the Asia-Pacific region in an event next week marking its 10th anniversary.

GENERAL: World Childrens Day: Pacific children take over media and entertainment

The Fiji Times: Children from across the Pacific today marked World Children’s Day by taking over key roles in media and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted.

ALBANIA: IPI condemns Albania PM’s anti-media remarks

IPI: Concerns for independence grow as Edi Rama blasts journalists at EU media conference

DENMARK: Danish trade secrets bill must protect whistleblowers

ECPMF: The Danish Union of Journalists (DJ) has criticised a draft law on trade secrets for failing to protect journalists’ sources and whistleblowers.

CROATIA: The lack of protection for whistleblowers in Croatia

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso: In Croatia, as in other countries in the region, whistleblowers are not sufficiently protected and risk unemployment and social marginalisation.

GEORGIA: Bill could allow advertising on Georgian Public Broadcaster

OC Media: Georgia’s Parliament is considering allowing the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) to air advertisements. The amendments to the  Law on Broadcasting to remove restrictions on advertising were initiated by the GPB themselves.

GEORGIA: EBU Concerned at Georgian plans to remove minimum funding guarantee for PSM

EBU: The EBU has written to the Chair of the Georgian House of Representatives to express concern at the plans to remove the minimum funding guarantee for the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB).

HUNGARY: Analysis: Hungarian taxpayers fund unique ‘fake news’ industry

IPI: Media dependent on public money increasingly seen to act as vessels for pro-government propaganda

ITALY: Cardani: In the Rai service contract, better separation between licence fee and advertising (Italian)

Il Sole 24 Ore: Agcom’s president Angelo Marcello Cardani’s intervention at Rai’s Supervisory Committee contains many points of reflection on the 2018-2022 Service Conjuring Scheme that the Chairman of the Authority has placed at the attention of parliamentarians.

ITALY: RAI, children journalists and technicians for a day at the Macro in Testaccio (Italian)

Roma Today: The RAI Laboratory will be inside the RomaEuropa Kids until November 26th, to unveil the secrets of TV and Radio.

ITALY: TV rights, Rai and Sky together to beat Mediaset’s competition (Italian)

Calcio e Finanza: Rai and Sky together. This is the thought of recent days emerging in the mind of state TV, preparing for the rush for the acquisition of television rights related to Russia’s World Cup, for which it will face Mediaset as an opponent.

KOSOVO: Political Pressures Taking Toll on Kosovo Journalists: Report

Balkan Insight: Some media owners are using their outlets for political ends, Kosovo’s public broadcaster has been subjected to political interference, while working conditions for journalists remain poor, a new report says.

MALTA: The television post-mortem (Opinion)

Times of Malta: The EP resolution also highlighted concerns on the political independence of the Maltese media

MONTENEGRO: EBU appeals to Montenegrin parliament to protect governance of psm

EBU: The EBU has appealed to the Montenegrin Parliament to protect the decision-making capacity of RTCG’s Supervisory Council.

POLAND: European Parliament calls for respect for media freedom in Poland

EFJ: In the European Parliament plenary sitting in Strasbourg, 15 November 2017, the European Parliament called on Poland to respect the rule of law concerning media freedom, independence of the judiciary, freedom of assembly, sexual and reproductive rights, and asylum-seekers’ access.

ROMANIA: Romania: investigative journalists leave

Dilema Veche (via Osservatorio Balcani & Caucaso): Lately, in Romania, there have been more cases of journalists who have left the newspapers or televisions where they worked, many accusing editorial pressures.

RUSSIA: Russian Duma Takes Major Step In Approving Restrictions On Foreign Media

RFERL: The lower house of Russia’s parliament has adopted in their second reading amendments to the law on the mass media that would authorize the government to designate media outlets receiving funding from abroad as “foreign agents.”

RUSSIA: Journalists caught in crossfire of US- Russia ‘foreign agent’ tit-for-tat war

RFI: Russian MPs on Tuesday approved amendments to legislation to oblige foreign media outlets to register as “foreign agents”, a measure they previously applied to NGOs.

RUSSIA: Russia: Reject ‘Foreign Agents’ Media Bill

Human Rights Watch: Draft legislation pending in the Russian parliament to impose restrictions on foreign media would further undermine media freedom in Russia, Human Rights Watch said today.

RUSSIA: Russia retaliates after RT made to register as “foreign agent” in US

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by Russia’s quid-pro-quo response to the US government’s decision to make the Kremlin-funded TV channel RT register as a “foreign agent” in order to continue broadcasting in the United States.

SERBIA: Serbian Authorities ‘Obstructing’ Free Media, Journalists Say

Balkan Insight: Serbia’s independent investigative journalists share their experiences of the routine intimidation people in the media face in their work.

SERBIA: Serbian Journalists Seek Public Support For Media Freedom

Radio Free Europe: Journalists and activists in five Serbian cities launched a joint awareness-raising campaign called Noise Against Blackout on November 19.

SLOVAKIA: Intrigue, worry surround sale of key Slovak media

IPI: Regional oligarchs and Chinese conglomerate among potential buyers of TV Markiza and tabloid Nový Čas.

SPAIN: OTT gains momentum in Spain

Advanced Television: OTT TV platforms are becoming increasingly popular in Spain with four in every ten Spaniards watching streamed content via a TV set at least once a week.

SPAIN: Political groups will begin to outline the new direction of RTVE next week (Spanish)

El Diario: Next week, the Congress and the Senate will create a working group in order to outline the contest for the election of the new Board of Directors of RTVE.

SPAIN: RTVE completes the deployment of La 2 HD throughout Spain (Spanish)

RTVE: La 2 is already available in High Definition for all of Spain . After starting broadcasts in  HD  on October 31 in the regional capital of Madrid, began a phased start-up process in the different territories that has just ended.

SWEDEN: Swedish Radio’s NXG Project Moves Forward

Radio World: The technology lets journalists run entire show from a smartphone or tablet.

UK: BBC reportedly looking at £500m UKTV/Scripps buyout

Digital TV Europe: BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is considering a £500 million (€557 million) bid to take full control of UKTV, currently a joint venture with Scripps Networks Interactive.

BAHAMAS: Pm Finds Fault With News Media

Tribune 242: PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis criticised the Bahamas media on Saturday for concentrating mostly on the “clashes and drama of politics” and under reporting “important and more consequential stories” on public policy.

BRAZIL: Strike paralyses EBC journalists and radio broadcasters in four states (Portuguese)

Brasil de Fato: Workers protest against lack of salary readjustments, benefits cutbacks and the dismantling of public media.

CHILE: Chilean Senate approves capitalizing public TV to overcome deficit (Spanish)

El Telégrafo: The Chilean Senate approved Tuesday to inject economic resources for 47 million dollars to the public channel TVN, which will allow it to face a deficit of millions that has been dragging this television signal in recent years.

ECUADOR: The Public Media of Ecuador launches its new image and editorial content (Spanish)

Andes: The public media of Ecuador are renewed, both in image and content, with the intention of providing objective information and quality to Ecuadorians.

PUERTO RICO: Education Week captures untold stories in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

CJR: Mainland American news outlets largely faltered in early coverage of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. But when the press pilgrimage to San Juan finally happened, it included a two-man team from a small, niche education news outlet tucked into a corner of the Beltway.

VENEZUELA: Venezuela media law: ‘Threat to freedom of expression’?

Al Jazeera: Human rights groups have raised concerns over a media law, passed earlier this month in Venezuela, that they say could stifle freedom of expression and criminalise social-media users opposed to President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

GENERAL: With a little help from my audience

Deutsche Welle: Investigative journalism around the world is struggling to survive. But in Latin America, some upstart investigative websites are staying viable by keeping their audiences engaged and getting them involved.

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia’s purge: A quest for media control?

AlJazeera: Examining the media coverage of Saudi Arabia’s purge and Saad Hariri’s resignation as Lebanese prime minister.

TURKEY: Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 12, 2017


TURKEY: Self-censorship in Turkey growing, journalists report

IPI: But despite arrests over online comment, alternative media still resists

TURKEY: Very polarised news media and high-level distrust of news in Turkey (Report)

RISJ: The Turkey supplementary report of the Digital News Report 2017 provides a more detailed examination of Turkish data on how people get news and use media.

CANADA: CRTC Broadcasting Report Tracks Behaviour, Trends & $s

FYI Music News: Canada’s telecom watchdog has released its annual Communications Monitoring Report that tracks the listening and viewing habits of Canadians, and reports on trends and revenues for radio, TV and television service providers.

CANADA: New award for Indigenous journalists

CISION: The Canadian Association of Journalists and JHR are pleased to announce a new journalism award: the JHR / CAJ Emerging Indigenous Journalist Award.

US: Chairman Steps Down As NPR Grapples With Harassment Crisis

NPR: As NPR’s Board of Directors meet in Washington, D.C., this week, the network finds itself confronted by a series of dispiriting developments: a CEO on medical leave; a chief news executive forced out over sexual harassment allegations; the sudden resignation of a board chairman; fresh complaints over inappropriate behavior by colleagues; and a network roiled by tensions over the treatment of its female workers.

US: NPR Board Of Directors Elects Paul Haaga As Chair, Jo Anne Wallace As Vice-Chair

NPR: NPR today announced that Paul Haaga has been elected by the NPR Board of Directors as Chair of the Board. Haaga first joined the board in 2011 and has served as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of its Finance Committee.

US: The FCC just repealed a 42-year-old rule blocking broadcast media mergers

The Washington Post: Federal regulators rolled back decades-old rules on Thursday, making it far easier for media outlets to be bought and sold — potentially leading to more newspapers, radio stations and television broadcasters being owned by a handful of companies.

US: Trump abandons US commitment to press freedom while in Asia

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores US President Donald Trump’s treatment of the press while on a ten day trip to Asia, which included stops in several countries that are home to some of the worst press freedom predators. The trip demonstrates a continuing decline in the US government’s willingness to defend press freedom in its bilateral and multilateral relationships with other countries.

8 reporters reflect on the challenges of covering sexual harassment

Nieman Reports: Journalists who break stories about powerful men who have sexually harassed or otherwise abused women face a host of challenges. […] Yet as difficult as such stories can be to nail down, journalists who have done so are well aware of the reporting that needs to be done on systems in place that enable harassers and silence victims.

Advocating for Openness: Nine Ways Civil Society Groups Have Mobilized to Defend Internet Freedom (Publication)

CIMA: Civil society groups from the Global South are leading the charge to advocate for an Internet that remains open, pluralistic, and democratic.

Ending The “Awkward Relationship” Between Women and News Media?

EJO: Most studies examining the awkward relationship between women and news media over the past 50 years have found that women are routinely under-represented in terms of both content and decision-making. The endurance of these inequalities over time indicates the issue is not about simple chance, talent or opportunity, but that it is structural and globally problematic.

Harvard experiment finds large effects from small news outlets

IJNET: Even small publishers have a large effect on the national discourse, according to a new paper published in Science on the effects of news.

Here are three tools that help digital journalists save their work in case a site shuts down

Nieman Lab: “So many people who work professionally on the Internet really don’t know, until too late, that their work is this fragile.”

How are the media covering the climate change threat?

Al Jazeera: A look at the challenges of environmental reporting and why the coverage seldom matches the urgency of the problem.

How ‘Digital-born’ media cover climate change in comparison to legacy media: A case study of the COP 21 summit in Paris (Research)

Global Environmental Change: “…while the general spectrum of themes is similar across media outlets, there are differences in the volume of the coverage and in the emphasis that is laid on different themes by some, but not all, of the new players compared to traditional media.”

How Disinformation And Distortions On Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide

NPR: Internet freedom is on the decline for the seventh consecutive year as governments around the world take to distorting information on social media in order to influence elections, a new report says.

Key media alliances celebrate the trustworthiness of TV on world television day

EBU: The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) and egta, the association of television and radio sales houses are celebrating the trustworthiness of television on the occasion of World Television Day (21 November), as declared by the United Nations.

Measuring Impact: Best Practices in Gauging the Impact of Investigative Journalism (Publication)

GIJN: One would think there would be no debate about the importance of investigative journalism. But the collapse of the financial basis for journalism over the past 15 years has wrought many victims, and one of the biggest has been the investigative field.

Plenary: Investigating the New Autocrats

GIJC: More than 1 200 journalists from over 130 countries sat hushed in a hall in Johannesburg, South Africa, this morning, immersed in a story told by Filipino multimedia journalist Patricia Evangelista at the plenary session of the Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2017.

Survey on Violence against Women

IFJ: To mark World day for the Elimination of violence against women (25 November), the IFJ has compiled two surveys to monitor the state of violence against women media workers and understand better our affiliates’ response to this problem.

Trust in journalism and trust in political institutions go together (Research)

Journalism Research News: The results do not reveal whether politics affect trust in journalism or vice versa, the authors emphasize. However, the findings do suggest that the audience “may increasingly see both institutions as being part of the same game”.

Trust Project is launching a major effort today to help rebuild trust in the media

Poynter: An important new global initiative is launching today with the ambitious goal of creating transparency standards that help people easily assess the quality and reliability of journalism.

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NDTV’s KVL Narayan Rao passes away Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:48:02 +0000 It is with great sadness that PMA passes on news of the passing of former Board member and Vice President KVL Narayan Rao of NDTV, India. 

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It is with great sadness that PMA passes on news of the passing of former Board member and Vice President KVL Narayan Rao of NDTV, India.
Narayan Rao

Former PMA/CBA Board member and Vice President KVL Narayan Rao of NDTV, India.

A journalist by training, Naryan became Executive Vice Chairperson and group CEO of NDTV. Along with Dr. Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy, Naryan played a vital role in the creation, transition and growth of NDTV from a production house to a strong and successful broadcaster. Naryan was a popular Board member much respected for his insight, wisdom and warm humanity.

Our sincere condolences to his family, colleagues and friends. Naryan will be very much missed.

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VoxPop – A Social Media Beginning For Public Broadcasters? Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:14:23 +0000 RNZ is helping develop a new public service social media riding an emerging new wave of Speech Recognition technology.

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By Peter Fowler | @Hapua

In the past decade we have witnessed the rise and rise of big social media. The platforms have huge audiences, which are a double-edged sword. We can’t ignore their reach and the tools they have developed, but they have seriously disrupted the media landscape.

They hold vast amounts of information on audiences, a lot of which is opaque to us as the story-tellers.

Public Media Alliance President and Radio New Zealand (RNZ) CEO Paul Thompson highlights that, saying audience data “are the new frontline in the battle for audiences”.

“Public service broadcasters such as the BBC and RNZ need to figure out how we can convince people to allow us… to provide them with personalised services,” he said in an RNZ staff magazine article.


The VoxPop app interface. Image: RNZ

With this in mind, RNZ is helping develop a new public service social media riding an emerging new wave of Speech Recognition technology. Speech recognition uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs to recognise and translate spoken language into text.

Our humble beginning is a smartphone application and Voice-Text Content Management System (CMS) called “VoxPop – The voice of the people.”

VoxPop allows anyone to record speech in near studio quality on their smartphone, which is simultaneously transcribed to text and uploaded to our CMS for broadcast/digital publication.

VoxPop bridges the divide between the terrestrial side of radio and the digital and helps them grow and interact with audience together.  The app is billed as “a radio studio in your pocket” but it is much more than that.


The VoxPop App interface. Image: RNZ

It is potentially the interaction interface for a new type of social media you talk to that would operate under public broadcasting standards.   Not to mention gaining new insights into our audiences and the mood of the people.

At its most basic, VoxPop is a feedback mechanism.  Just as a radio host will ask for emails or Tweets or Facebook feedback, on RNZ we now also invite listeners to submit voice comments through the “RNZ VoxPop” app in near-studio quality.  For a start we are using a service we own and control to interact with our audience.

A computer almost simultaneously transcribes the voice comments into text, opening a whole new world of possibilities for broadcasters.  Machine learning can be used to moderate vast amounts of content in near real-time according to algorithms set to public broadcasting standards.

Accurate speech recognition technology has been a long time coming and has only really come of age in the past year. But the implications for radio are revolutionary.  Imagine a live radio interview being transcribed in front of your eyes.  Mentions of things on the radio become much easier to discover.

“Public service broadcasters such as the BBC and RNZ need to figure out how we can convince people to allow us… to provide them with personalised services,” – Paul Thompson

Big companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon are pouring billions into developing speech recognition and public broadcasters ignore it at their peril.  VoxPop is a pioneer in applying it to radio.

At the moment VoxPop can transcribe 30 seconds of audio to text almost instantly to about 95 percent accuracy. It still doesn’t know where to put the full stops, commas and other punctuation but it is rapidly evolving.

VoxPop has been running on a sample group of radio shows on RNZ stations for only a couple of months but we are experiencing early success.  Whether a current affairs question on our Flagship show Morning Report or requesting your favourite song on RNZ Concert, the audience is engaging.  And at the core of those who are submitting feedback and comments is a group who keep coming back and these people are the beginnings of an RNZ audience community – a social media.

Of the hundreds of comments we have received to date, none have been abusive or objectionable. And of our participants we know some are dyslexic or disabled and grateful finally for a media interaction tool that is voice operated.

Radio and other traditional media’s relationship with social has been to engage with the public at large through their platforms.

What if we were also working on a social media that public media owned and controlled?  This would be a very unique and valuable brand in a world full of fake news, bots and propagandists, and would build on the reputation and audience of influencers we have established over many decades as public broadcasters.

P Fowler

Peter Fowler, Radio New Zealand

If you’d like to know more about VoxPop or are interested in joining an initiative to create a new global social media controlled by public service broadcasters contact:    

Peter Fowler is a Senior Journalist at Radio New Zealand and VoxPop Lead.


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PSM Weekly | 8 – 14 Nov Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:29:38 +0000 Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.

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Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.

Click on the drop-down menus below to reveal the latest regional stories.

CAMEROON: Three Journalists Released

IFJ: The [three journalists] had been indicted since October 2014 for non-denunciation of sensitive information in their possession, reclassified later as “complicity in an attempt to insult the President of the Republic”.

GAMBIA: Fighting impunity: Gambian government agrees to comply with ECOWAS court ruling

MFWA (via Ifex): In what is a major breakthrough in the long fight against impunity in The Gambia, two senior government officials have revealed that the Gambian government has decided to comply with the rulings of the ECOWAS Court in the cases of murdered editor Deyda Hydara, disappeared reporter Chief Ebrima Manneh and tortured journalist Musa Saidykhan.

GHANA: Ghana’s undercover journalist (Video)

Deutsche Welle: Undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas is known for taking big risks to fight corruption and human rights abuses – such as getting himself convicted and jailed to expose appalling conditions in Ghana’s prisons.

GUINEA: Authorities Scramble Transmission of Radio Station, Arrest Journalists over ‘False Alarm’ Charges

MFWA: Gendarmes have stormed the premises of Radio Gangan in Conakry and arrested three of its management personnel, while the station’s transmission has been scrambled by the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ARPT) in Guinea over what the authorities claim to be speculations on the network about the death of Guinea president, Alpha Condé.

KENYA: Fact-checking Kenya’s repeat presidential election

IJNet: The emergence of fake news in the lead up to the August 8, 2017 elections was unprecedented. Kenyans were inundated with fake news, inaccurate polls and misleading ads. This proliferation is not unique to Kenya, but the jury is still out on whether the sophisticated ad campaigns adopted by the ruling Jubilee Alliance in Kenya had any impact on the outcome.

SOMALIA: Internet shutdown ahead of Somali polls

CAJ News: There are doubts over the prospects of free and fair elections in the self-declared autonomous state of Somaliland after government imposed a shutdown of social media.

SEYCHELLES: Engaging media for effective risk communication in Seychelles

ReliefWeb: Whilst their roles are different, journalists together with health workers are often on the frontline of disease outbreaks.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC Board Committed to Its Independence

News 24 Wire (via All Africa): The SABC board is committed to ensuring its independence, SABC board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini said on Wednesday.

TUNISIA: Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media (Analysis)

CISION: Digital Tunisia 2020 plan encouraging investment in fibre and

ZIMBABWE: End Clampdown on Media

HRW: Latest Arrest Shows Need to Investigate Police Abuse of Journalists.

AZERBAIJAN: EU must use Brussels summit to demand end to crackdown in Azerbaijan

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 36 other human rights NGOs have released a joint open letter urging the European Union’s leaders to press for an end to the crackdown in Azerbaijan when Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attends the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels on 24 November.

AFGHANISTAN: Gunmen storm Shamshad TV station in Kabul, Afghanistan

AFJC (via Ifex): The Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) strongly condemns an attack by gunmen on Shamshad TV station in Kabul, which resulted in the killing of two persons and the wounding of two dozen others. This is the latest deadly incident targeting Afghan journalists.

AFGHANISTAN: Impunity continues to cripple Afghanistan’s media

IFJ: The IFJ and its affiliates are calling for governments’ accountability for their impunity records and denouncing any crimes targeting journalists that remain unpunished under the #endimpuntiy campaign 2017.

HONG KONG: RTHK radio show by autistic hosts raises awareness of disorders

Asia Radio Today: A Child? A Guy! is a radio show on Radio Television Hongkong’s CIBS (Community Involvement Broadcasting Service), which is produced and presented by people living with autism.

INDIA: AIR Plans To Introduce HD Radio

The Shillong Times: All India Radio (AIR) is planning to introduce HD radio that will enable listeners to opt for programmes in digital format.

INDIA: In the Land of Gandhi, journalists are still a prime target for murder

Asian Correspondent: For more than one reason, India remains a hazardous place for journalists irrespective of who is in power in the national or provincial capitals. Around five media workers are killed annually and that has not been improved for decades.

INDIA: Surya Prakash gets another 3 years as Prasar Bharati chief

The Times of India: The government has cleared the reappointment of A Surya Prakash as chairman of Prasar Bharati for the second term. He will have another three-year tenure.

INDONESIA: Lost opportunity (Opinion) The House of Representatives` (DPR) failure to pass the broadcasting bill last week is regrettable. This Revision to Law No. 32/2002 ought to have been ratified at the DPR Plenary Session, but was instead quietly pulled out without much explanation. Hence, the effort to push the broadcasting world into the digital era- one which is more democratic and sides with the public interest- has failed, at least for now.”

JAPAN: Public role key to ruling in NHK fees case

The Japan News: Proceedings have concluded in an appeals trial over whether NHK’s levy of broadcast reception fees violates the freedom of contract guaranteed under the Constitution, among other issues, with the Supreme Court’s Grand Bench expected to make a ruling for the first time within the year.

PAKISTAN: For Pakistan’s unprotected and threatened journalists, can new legislation make a difference?

IFEX: Despite the government’s promises of new legislation aimed at protecting journalists, groups that have been lobbying for journalist safety in Pakistan are worried that the bill fails to address the scale, context, and complexity of impunity of crimes against journalists and media workers.

PAKISTAN: Security situation for media deteriorates in Balochistan

IFJ: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses serious concern over the growing threats and dangers to journalists and media in Balochistan, Pakistan. The IFJ demands urgent measures from the Pakistani authorities to improve the security situation to ensure unhindered freedom of the press.

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans launch new media company based on trust, transparency, and accountability

The Online Citizen: The closure of The Middle Ground and the discontinuation of the Asian Wall Street Journal have reduced options for Singaporeans looking for independent media sources.

SOUTH EAST ASIA: Press freedom: What challenges do ASEAN journalists face?

Rappler: Censorship by state authorities, harassment and intimidation by armed forces, and repressive press laws continue to stifle free expression among ASEAN member countries.

SOUTH KOREA: MBC, KBS strikes leave little choice for public

The Korea Herald: MBC, KBS staff adamant that strikes continue until presidents are removed

SOUTH KOREA: MBC’s largest shareholder decides to sack company president

The Korea Herald: The largest shareholder of the nation’s second largest public broadcaster Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation on Monday voted to fire the company president Kim Jang-kyom for his “politically biased” control of the company’s news coverage.

TAIWAN: Ministers cannot choose the questions they are asked

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Taiwanese defence minister Feng Shih-kuan to reverse his decision to ban a reporter from his press conferences and points out that public servants do not have the right to choose the questions they are asked by the media.

AUSTRALIA: ABC rebuffs government’s request to reveal top presenters’ salaries

The Sydney Morning Herald: The ABC has refused to publicly disclose the salaries of staff earning more than $200,000, arguing the demands are onerous and will prove counter-productive.

AUSTRALIA: ABC restructure: biggest shake-up in broadcaster’s history to be revealed

The Guardian: Exclusive: Michelle Guthrie’s overhaul, which aims to remove divisions between TV, radio and online, will be unveiled on Tuesday

AUSTRALIA: ABC restructures around three new teams as it ditches medium-based approach

9News: The ABC has ditched its traditional teams around TV, digital and radio, with the public broadcaster restructuring around three broad areas: news, analysis & investigations; entertainment & specialist; and, regional & local.

AUSTRALIA: Top broadcasters call for more cultural diversity in the media

Pacific Media Centre: Leading Australian broadcasters are calling for greater cultural diversity in news and current affairs.

NEW ZEALAND: Clare Curran: plans for our digital future (audio)

Radio New Zealand: The new minister of broadcasting, communications and digital media has done nine years of what she describes as her digital apprenticeship. This week in Clare Curran’s speech at NetHui she outlined some of her plans and has also said one of those is the need to appoint a Chief Technology Officer.

NEW ZEALAND: Peters’ attempts to obtain journalists’ phone records over leak ‘wrong’

RNZ: Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters’ attempt to obtain the emails and phone records of two journalists is outrageous and could have a chilling effect on democracy, media freedom advocates say.

NEW ZEALAND: Social media no competition to journalism – ComCom

RNZ: Traditional media are not as threatened by social media as news managers say, the Commerce Commission says, and there’s still demand for properly researched news.

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ will need Crown support if revenue keeps shrinking, Treasury says

NBR: The Treasury advised the previous administration to think deeply about its ownership of commercial broadcaster Television New Zealand, which will need a Crown lifeline f the collapse in advertising revenue continues.

ALBANIA: Clueless and ranting: the press according to Edi Rama

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso: With the eyes of the public still on the judicial troubles of the former Interior Minister Tahiri, Prime Minister Rama is back to attacking the press, confirming the ambiguous relationship between Albanian media and politics.

BALKANS: Western Balkan Journalists Ask EU to Do More for Their Media Freedom

SEENMP: Representatives of the informal Group for Media Freedom  from Serbia, which gathers journalists’ and media associations and civil society organizations, asked from the EU today in Tirana to support.

BULGARIA: What will Bulgaria’s EU presidency do for press freedom?

RFI: Bulgaria, with the worst press freedom record in EU, is to take over presidency in January.

DENMARK: Draft bill on trade secrets fails to protect journalists and their sources

EFJ: The Danish Union considers that the bill in its present form does not contain the necessary protection for journalists and whistleblowers in cases of trade secrets’ disclosure serving the public interest.

FINLAND: Majority of Finns feel effects of fake news (Survey)

Yle: The majority of people in Finland think that online fake news reports affects people’s opinions about current events. Sixty-seven percent of respondents to a new media survey said that fake news affects Finns ‘much’ or ‘very much.’

FRANCE: Bring together France Télévisions et Radio France, remove France O: the startling plan of the Ministry of Culture (French)

Le Monde: The “contribution to the Public Action Committee 2022,” which Le Monde has retrieved, wants to radically reform public broadcasting. “It’s a working document,” says the ministry.

FRANCE: Public media: Françoise Nyssen’s disturbing approach to the revelations of Le Monde (French)

Le Monde: The Minister of Culture has announced her intention to file a complaint against “X” in response to our information on the public broadcasting reform. Luc Bronner, editor of Le Monde, answers.

GEORGIA: CSOs Concerned over GPB-Related Developments “The growing influence of the government and of individuals affiliated with former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is a matter of concern for us and contradicts to the mission of the public broadcaster in a democratic society,” a group of 29 civil society organizations wrote in their statement on the publicly-funded Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB.)

ICELAND: Advertisement revenue of the media halved since in 2007 in real prices

Statistics Iceland: Advertisement revenue of the Icelandic media has halved since its all-time-high in 2007, as calculated in fixed 2015 prices.

IRELAND: TV licence model broken with evasion at 14.6%, PAC told

The Irish Times: State broadcaster ‘needs to be fostered when traditional media is under immense attack’.

ITALY: RSF decries attack on two RAI journalists near Rome

RSF: Reporters Without Borders condemns a violent attack by an alleged crime family boss’s brother on two journalists with Italian state-owned broadcaster RAI while they were covering municipal elections results in Ostia, a costal town near Rome, on 7 November.

MACEDONIA: Promoting the new analyses for online media

ZNM: Today, the Association of Journalists of Macedonia presented two publications that analyze the situation of the online media in the country.

POLAND: In Poland, critical press hit by loss of state advertising

IPI: Government politicising distribution of resources to ‘weaken critical media’, critics say.

RUSSIA: Russia prepares to label US media as ‘foreign agents’

DW: Russia may require US media to register as a ‘foreign agent.’ It comes in response to similar moves by Washington against Kremlin-backed media.

SOUTH EAST EUROPE: New report analyses journalism education in South East Europe

SEENPM: A new report “Back to the Drawing Board: Crafting the Ideal Journalism Education Curricula for South East Europe”, published in November 2017, analysed the current state of journalistic education in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

SPAIN: The PSOE calls for the launch of the public tender to renew the dome of RTVE (Spanish)

El Mundo: The spokeswoman of the socialist parliamentary group, Margarita Robles, has presented a letter addressed to the president of the Congress, Ana Pastor, to demand that the contest for the election of the Board of Directors of RTVE be launched.

SWITZERLAND: Journalists from Switzerland arrested and held for two days in UAE

The Local: Two journalists covering the opening of the Abu Dhabi Louvre museum for Swiss public broadcaster RTS were arrested and held for two days, their employer said on Sunday, slamming an attack on press freedom.

UK: BBC and S4C agree new funding and co-operation deal

Seenit: S4C and the BBC have agreed a new funding and co-operation pact which guarantees the Welsh language broadcaster a space on the BBC iPlayer until 2028.

UK: BBC cancels £10m of cuts planned for local radio

The Guardian: Director general surprises awards event, saying rise of fake news means role of local radio has become more important – not less

UK: BBC launches Podcasting House

TVB Europe: Corporation is the second-largest podcast producer in the world.

UKRAINE: Ukraine awards national DTT licence

Broadband TV News: The Ukrainian regulator National Council has unanimously awarded a national DTT licence on the multiplex MX-5 to the parliamentary channel Rada.

WESTERN BALKANS: Media Days urges political leaders to ensure press freedom in Western Balkans


GENERAL: European Parliament: fighting racism and xenophobia in the media

EJF: ‘Race, racism and xenophobia in a global context III’ was the topic of  conversation on 9th November, in a conference organised by Italian Member of the European Parliament (MEP), S&D Cecile Kyenge in collaboration with New York University (NYU). EFJ director Renate Schroeder attended the conference, to speak about the ever more challenging role of journalists in an age of increased racism and hate speech.

GENERAL: The EU is asking for help in its fight against fake news

Poynter: Today the European Commission announced a new strategy to combat misinformation and fake news online. It’s asking for more help.

GENERAL: The European Union steps up support to independent media in the Western Balkans

European Commission: At the EU-Western Balkans Media Days that took place on 9 – 10 November in Tirana, Albania, the Commission announced that it will invest in new initiatives to support independent journalism, sustainable media outlets, and boost regional cooperation among public service media.

GENERAL: Public Service Media ‘spends more on content than Netflix and Amazon’

TVB Europe: Public service media spends 2.6 times more on content than Netflix and Amazon combined worldwide according to new research from the EBU.

ARGENTINA: For American fact-checkers working around gaps in government data, a lesson from Argentina


CHILE: Chilean Senate approves subsidies for public TV to overcome deficit (Spanish)

El Telégrafo: The Chilean Senate approved Tuesday to inject economic resources for 47 million dollars to the public broadcaster TVN, which will allow it to face a millionaire deficit that has been dragging this television signal in recent years.

CHILE: The models of public TV in the world that the local industry looks at (Spanish)

PULSO: The extraordinary subsidisation of TVN opened the debate on the need and feasibility of a quality public television, capable of surviving over time. When talking about successful models in the world, England, Germany and Japan are mentioned as examples.

CUBA: Cuba heads towards digital TV

Rapid TV News: Over the last two years, Cuba has boosted DTT deployment across the country and secured in-home signal reception.

DOMINICA: Opportunities for engaging Dominicans through local media: overview of the media landscape

CDAC: New media landscape guide for Dominica which provides an overview of the media channels that are available and provides some suggested formats for a more continuous and open conversation between humanitarian agencies and the affected population.

MEXICO: Government advertising and the viability of Mexican media

Open Democracy: In Mexico, if you want your video on a political and/or government-related issue to get significant views on YouTube, you have several options, including two that are actually safe bets: the first is to give it a title saying: “What you won’t see on Televisa”, or “What Televisa does not want you to see”; the second is to encourage people to watch your video “before the government deletes it”.

PERU: TV Peru’s international feed prepares for US launch

Rapid TV News: Peru’s public broadcaster TV Peru is getting ready to launch its international feed in selected US markets, while it continues contemplating a release date for Europe.

PUERTO RICO: PA’LANTE: An Assessment of Information Needs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Internews: In an effort to understand people’s information sharing innovations and ongoing needs, Internews’ Listening Post Collective conducted an information ecosystem assessment among communities in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria.

VENEZUELA: Venezuela’s new “anti-hate” law seeks to silence media

CPJ: Venezuela’s constituent assembly yesterday unanimously passed a law that mandates punishment including a prison sentence of up to 20 years for anyone who instigates hate or violence on the radio, television or via social media.

VIRGIN ISLANDS: The Breakthrough: How journalists in the Virgin Islands covered the disaster happening to them

Poynter: For The Virgin Islands Daily News, the reporting obstacles weren’t a stubborn source or a public records request that never came through. Instead, journalists had to navigate reporting without internet or phone service, and on an island under a 24-hour curfew.

GENERAL: Latin American journalists play pivotal role in Paradise Papers transnational investigation

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: As with the Panama Papers, Latin American journalists played pivotal roles in the management, reporting and editing of the global investigation known as the Paradise Papers, a reporting project led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that analyzes a trove of 13.4 million documents revealing details about the offshore activities of individuals and entities around the world.

GAZA: In Gaza, authorities crack down on freedom of speech (Comment)

The New Arab: Authorities in both Gaza and the West Bank are attempting to silence the critical voices of activists and journalists, writes Victoria Schneider.

PALESTINE: October sees highest number of Israel attacks on Palestinian media

MEMO: The Palestinian Centre for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) monitored 28 violations against media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territory during October, 27 of which were carried out by Israeli forces, according to a statement released by the group on Wednesday.

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi shake-up raises media ownership fears, Tencent’s IPOs

The Financial Times

SAUDI ARABIA: Arab media: Saudi purge promises tighter control (Comment)

The New Arab: Saudi Arabia’s recent political purge will place extra pressure on the country’s media during a time of frenzied discussion over the country’s future, writes James M. Dorsey.

TURKEY: Six journalists remain in prison while lawyers expelled from court

Index: Turkish journalists Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan’s defence attorneys were forced to leave the courtroom as their clients stood trial Monday 13 November, accused of taking part in Turkey’s failed 2016 coup. Both brothers are prominent Turkish journalists, known for their critical reporting on president Erdogan’s regime.

TURKEY: TRT World joins Roku

TVB Europe: Turkey’s first English broadcasting channel now available worldwide.

CANADA: CBC breaks the traditional broadcast design mold with new ‘National’

Newscast Studio: Mixing monochromatic graphics with minimal on-screen distractions and a pared-down mix of stories, the broadcast is vastly different from most evening news programs, especially those in the United States.

CANADA: Digital platforms increasingly popular

Advanced Television: Canadians are increasingly turning to platforms and devices connected to the Internet for their video and audio content, according to the 2017 Communications Monitoring Report from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

CANADA: Cultural divide in Canadian broadcasting: F-word OK in French

RCI: It’s the “F-word”. It’s been feared by broadcasters and print media since, well, forever. At least in English.Though standards have relaxed and it does on rare occasions appear in print now, it would be a direct quote or direct reference to a quote. In broadcasts it’s almost never heard, and when uttered is almost always “bleeped” out. That’s not the case in Francophone media in Quebec.

US: Even as podcasting grows, medium can stay true to public broadcasting’s roots (Opinion)


US: Journalists of color facing racism head-on: ‘It kind of rips you apart’


US: Structural Changes: A More Integrated Newsroom

WBUR: In an all-staff note issued today to the newsroom, NPR Managing Editor Sara Goo outlined structural changes enabling better alignment between digital editors, reporters and their respective coverage areas.

US: What Does Public Media Mean To You?

NPR: For the 50th anniversary of public service media in the US NPR are asking its listeners and viewers to share stories and moments about the effect public media had on their lives.

Freedom of the Net 2017 (Report)

Freedom House: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

Google: AR and VR a ‘multi-decade journey’

Digital TV Europe: Google’s head of AR and VR strategy, Steven Kan, believes we are on “multi-year, I would argue multi-decade journey” in understanding how we can use these new technologies.

How the news media activate public expression and influence national agendas (Article)

Science: The active participation of the people is one of the central components of a functioning democracy. King et al. performed a real-world randomized experiment in the United States to understand the causal effect of news stories on increasing public discussion of a specific topic.

“If you don’t trust it why would you pay for it?”

EJN: This was one of the key questions posed by Prof Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, the director of research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the annual conference of news ombudsmen in Chennai, where the Ethical Journalism Network joined self-regulators in a probing examination of the crisis of fake news, misinformation and their impact on editorial freedom.

LGBTQ Resources

GIJN: Investigative Reporting on Issues Affecting LGBTQ Communities

Media & public must work together to fight fake news

WAN-IFRA (via Ifex): In the age of digital, the media has had to adapt to the constant changes in how news is published and consumed. Misinformation and disinformation – as many call “fake news” – has become the latest challenge for global media. How do journalists filter through the junk and how do readers know where to find the truth?

New Report – Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

Freedom House: Governments around the world are dramatically increasing their efforts to manipulate information on social media, threatening the notion of the internet as a liberating technology, according to Freedom on the Net 2017, the latest edition of the annual country-by-country assessment of online freedom, released today by Freedom House.

The News Industry Has a Sexual Harassment Problem. #NowWhat?

Nieman Reports: How newsroom leaders can create workplaces that truly support women.

‘Trust in News’ study shows more trust for print publications than digital

IJNET: Trust is the topic that won’t go away. On either side of the pond, leaders with very different temperaments are dealing with issues of declining trust in very different ways.

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ANGOLA: Angolan Media: The Propaganda Machine (Blog)

The McGill International Review: Despite the fact that “freedom of the press” is loosely protected in the Angolan Constitution, the former president, Jose dos Santos, nullified these rights by passing a series of “security laws,”…

BURUNDI: Burundian Journalists Lack Forum to Discuss Their Challenges

Iwacu (via All Africa):  “It’s a big challenge that we do not have a forum or another appropriate platform to talk about our profession-related issues”.

ERITREA: Radio Erena: Eritrea’s free voice and refugee hotline

AlJazeera: For many Eritreans, Radio Erena is their primary information source and can mean the difference between life and death.

KENYA: Kenyan Public Prosecutor Orders Probe Into Attack On Journalists

All Africa: After a group of local journalists were assaulted during a meeting called by the National Super Alliance in Nairobi, the Director of Public Prosecutions has asked the Inspector-General of Police to investigate the incident.

KENYA: What it was like to fact-check Kenya’s election — and last week’s rerun (Interview)

Poynter: It was surreal. That’s the way Eric Mugendi describes fact-checking August’s fake news-laden election in Kenya.

KENYA: Search for new KBC MD on as Waihenya exits

KBC: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation board of Directors is in the process of recruiting a new Managing Director for the corporation following the exit of Waithaka Waihenya.

LIBYA: ARTICLE 19 and others urge protection of free expression in new Constitution

Article 19: ARTICLE 19, together with eight international and Libyan human rights organisations, have published an open letter to the Libyan Constitution Drafting Committee, urging the members of the Committee to ensure that the proposed draft complies with international standards, guarantees rights and freedoms and meets the aspirations of Libyan people for democracy and human rights.

MALAWI: Parliamentary Committee On Media Challenges Radios to Generate Resources

Malawi News Agency (via All Africa): The parliamentary committee on media has challenged community radio stations across the country to be more aggressive and start looking for other avenues that can help them generate resources for survival.

MOROCCO: Moroccan Journalists Keep Fighting to Cover the Hirak Movement, Despite State Intimidation

Global Voices: One year after protests erupted in the northern city of Al Hoceima, Moroccan media are still struggling to cover the news, despite intimidation and legal threats from Moroccan authorities.

NIGERIA: Nigerian media, CSOs launch secure whistle-blowing platform

Premium Times: To protect whistle blowers and guarantee the public’s access to relevant information, a coalition of media and civil society organisations has launched a secure, independent whistle-blowing platform.

SENEGAL: Senegalese journalists win the 2017 RFI Dupont/Verlon prize

RFI: The fourth Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon award, given in homage to the two RFI journalists, was awarded on Thursday to Arona Diouf and Nicole Diedhou in an emotional ceremony in Dakar, Senegal.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC now has a R600-million debt

Times Live: The SABC continues to bleed money. it emerged in Parliament on Tuesday that it now owes its creditors close to R600-million.

SOUTH AFRICA: SABC staff take to the streets to demand salary hike

The CItizen: A wage increase was due in April, staff members say.

ZIMBABWE: Charamba Bemoans Digitisation Budget Cuts

The Herald (via All Africa): The Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services is agonising over the meagre allocations it has been promised for digitisation in the 2018 Budget, saying this will impact negatively on the completion of the programme.

GENERAL: Peace through pluralism, a ‘Minister of WhatsApp,’ and Tanzania’s big panic: October in Africa

IFEX: Alice Nderitu’s quest for pluralistic peace, Zimbabwe’s clampdown on social media, newspaper shutdowns in Tanzania, Cameroon releases journalists from detention – IFEX’s roundup of free expression news in Africa.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan Decides Not To Ban WhatsApp, Telegram Messaging Services

RFERL: The Afghan government has decided not to block the instant messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram after having ordered a temporary ban on the popular services last week.

AFGHANISTAN: Gunmen storm Kabul TV station in attack claimed by Isis

The Guardian: Gunmen disguised as policemen stormed a television station in Kabul on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding two dozen others in the latest deadly attack on Afghan journalists.

AFGHANISTAN: Outcry as Afghanistan moves to ban WhatsApp and Telegram

BBC News: Journalists, media groups and users of social media in Afghanistan have accused the government of censorship after it moved to block the WhatsApp and Telegram messaging services.

AZERBAIJAN: Charges dropped against Azerbaijan’s Turan news agency

OC Media: Azerbaijan has dropped criminal charges against independent media outlet the Turan Information Agency and its head, Mehman Aliyev, according to the agency.

CHINA: Xi’s new power won’t stop dissent (Opinion)

The Japan Times: Chinese leader’s efforts to curb journalism and social media could be his largest mistake yet

HONG KONG: RTHK radio show by autistic hosts raises awareness of disorders

Asia Radio Today: A Child? A Guy! is a radio show on Radio Television Hongkong’s CIBS (Community Involvement Broadcasting Service), which is produced and presented by people living with autism.

INDIA: Practices of mobile journalism at Hindustan Times (Article)

Journalism Research News: Mobile journalism practices have provided new skills to and have also been time-consuming for journalists, Indian reporters state in a new study.

INDIA: Prasar Bharati staring at vacancies as key members set to go

The Economic Times: The Centre will soon have to fill up at least four important vacancies at national broadcaster Prasar Bharati with the tenure of two of its members having coming to an end and two ending soon.

INDONESIA: Indonesia threatens to block WhatsApp messaging over obscene content

Reuters: Indonesia on Monday vowed to block Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp Messenger within 48 hours if the service did not ensure that obscene Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images were removed.

MALDIVES: Raajje TV pays fine as court appeal begins

Maldives Independent: Raajje TV has paid off an MVR500,000 ($32,467) fine imposed by the broadcasting regulator for airing comments deemed a threat to national security, as a preliminary hearing to appeal an earlier fine began Sunday.

PAKISTAN: HRCP, journalists decry curbs on press freedom in Balochistan

Geo News: Balochistan has long been a hard place to practice journalism mainly because of a restraining atmosphere for freedom of expression and a restless security situation.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan Journalists Cite Growing Threats From Government, Militants Alike

VOA: Journalists in Pakistan say they are facing increasing risks ranging from the government’s expanding control over social media to extremist threats that have spread from long-volatile regions to the streets of the capital.

SINGAPORE: Deadline for end of analogue TV broadcast extended to end-2018: IMDA

Channel NewsAsia: Households will have one more year to switch to Digital TV after the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced on Monday (Nov 6) that the deadline to pull the plug on analogue TV broadcast has been shifted from end-2017 to Dec 31, 2018.

SOUTH KOREA: Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ex-MBC chief for aiding in state’s media control

Yonhap News: Prosecutors requested an arrest warrant Tuesday for the former chief of public broadcaster MBC over his alleged role in the spy agency’s illicit scheme to control the media under the past Lee Myung-bak government.

REGIONAL: SAMSN, IFJ demand concrete action to end impunity in South Asia

IFJ: The South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) demanded concrete action from the governments of South Asia to end impunity for crimes against journalists. South Asia has failed to provide justice for hundreds of journalists and media workers who have been killed merely for carrying out their duties.

AUSTRALIA: More screens & choice diversifying viewing

Advanced Television: The Q2 (April-June) 2017 Australian Video Viewing Report – from Regional TAM, OzTAM and Nielsen – reveals that people are continuing to take advantage of the nearly infinite choice in video content and the means of accessing it.

AUSTRALIA: What’s wrong with being ‘fair and balanced’?

ABC News: The ABC has been in the news a bit lately, not least because there is a push underway to make sure our journalism is fair and balanced.

NEW ZEALAND: Broadcasters tuning out of television

RNZ: What does the rise of TV on-demand mean for broadcast television as we know it?

NEW ZEALAND: NZ to improve broadcast news media services to the Pacific

RNZ: New Zealand’s new government plans to extend New Zealand’s public service broadcasting to the Pacific region.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Basil to revive radio station

Post Courier: Minister for Communication, Information Technology and Energy Sam Basil, wants all 22 provinces to have short wave frequency radio stations.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Prominent PNG journalist dies; sparks Pacific domestic violence debate

IFJ: The IFJ and PMN welcome news of an investigation into the circumstances of Rosalyn’s death and have called on Pacific media to take decisive action to change the culture of silence around the scourge of domestic violence that plagues the region.

TONGA: Former TBC CEO accuses Tongan government of suppressing media freedom

ABC News: Tonga’s government has been accused of suppressing the work of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission.

TONGA: Tonga gags state broadcaster two weeks before election

RSF: Reporters Without Borders joins all those in Tonga who are criticizing a decision to deprive two senior public broadcasting journalists of all editorial responsibility, in an apparent government move to seize control of the state media two weeks before a general election.

BALKANS: EBU secures funding for Balkan broadcasters

Broadband TV News: The EBU has announced that it is to take part in a new EU-funded project to strengthen public service media (PSM) in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Tighter Media Controls Sought During Bosnia Elections

Balkan Insight: Journalists’ unions have called for closer monitoring of the media ahead of next year’s general elections, in order to tackle hate speech and biased reporting.

DENMARK: Global players’ impact on the Danish media market

Nordicom: The Danish media companies have lost their impact on the media market development. Instead, global giants like Google and Facebook are setting the terms – and taking care of the money.

FRANCE: Digital transformation, agile synergies, democratic accountability: three challenges for public media (French)

Terra Nova: Public media can only be defended if they transform radically to adapt to the digital revolution and the new uses it generates. This is the conviction of Mathieu Gallet, current president of Radio France. In this note for Terra Nova, he lists the priorities of this transformation: to put the public and its uses at the heart of the offer, to master the data, to prepare for the vocal and semantic Web, to organize in global media and more.

FRANCE: France Televisions presents ‘The Enemy’ (French)

France TV Pro: The Enemy allows the public to meet and listen to 3 face-to-face fighters from conflict-prone areas: Israel-Palestine, Democratic Republic of Congo and El Salvador , in order to apprehend in the most faithful way, their lives, their aspirations and their hopes. With The Enemy , the photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa   signs a work that breaks with the traditional representation of the war delivered by the media.

FRANCE: Training for risks of terrorist attacks at Radio France (French)

MFP: On November 13, it will be two years since the drama of Bataclan took place in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris. Since the beginning of the series of terrorist attacks on French territory, training sessions have been offered to Radio France staff to learn how to cope with events while ensuring the antenna and the information of the listeners.

ITALY: Italy readies DVB-T2 HEVC roll-out over free 5G spectrum

Rapid TV News: Italy has joined other European countries in planning the DTT transition to the DVB-T2 HEVC standard and freeing the 700Mhz radioelectric slot.

ITALY: Milena Gabanelli: “Rai does not do enough public media” (Interview – Italian)

Vanity Fair: “RAI is not fulfilling its mission as a public broadcaster, because everyone pays the license fee, but the ever larger proportion of people who no longer get their news on TV is ecxcluded”.  While handing his resignations to RAI, valid from 15 November, Milena Gabanelli, memorable presenter of Report, has torn the plans the CEO Orfeo had for her and criticised his choices.

MACEDONIA: Long road ahead of Macedonian media workers

SEENPM: Mass media, as one of the pillars and watchdog of democracy, were heavily influenced and crippled during the eight years ruling of the previous VMRO–DPMNE-DUI government in the Republic of Macedonia. With the new government in power the media sector is expecting major changes.

MALTA: Investigative journalism’s uncertain future in Malta

RSF: The murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a well-known Maltese journalist who had been responsible for many sensational revelations in the course of her career, has sent an unprecedented shockwave through Malta’s journalistic community, which is now hesitating between surrendering to fear and continuing her mission to inform with determination.

MALTA: Maltese journalist’s funeral held after politicians told to stay away

The Guardian: Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family objects to presence of government and opposition leaders as day of mourning declared.

MALTA: The state of our journalism – Petra Caruana Dingli (Opinion)

Times of Malta: Since Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, unease about standards of journalism in Malta is finally rising to the surface. This concern has now spread beyond these shores.

MOLDOVA: Moldova’s Media Struggle to Shake Off Political Influence

Freedom House: The fate of press freedom in the country is closely tied to the success of its democracy.

ROMANIA: Journalists or Clerks?

Dilema Veche (via OBC Transeuropa): Compared to other countries with precarious democracy, in Romania journalists do not do so badly in terms of freedom of speech. There are minor aggressions, and there is also a vigilant civil society and on ramparts, which immediately draw attention upon them. […] The real threat to press freedom is financial constraint.

ROMANIA: Politicizing the Press? (Romanian)

Dilema Veche (via OBC Transeuropa): At the beginning of October, the Senate Culture Committee gave a positive opinion on a draft law amending the Agerpres (The Romanian National Press Agency) operating law, whereby the head of the agency could be dismissed by the Romanian Parliament.

ROMANIA: Romania Media ‘Must Defend its Independence’, Union Says

Balkan Insight: MediaSind president Cristi Godinac tells BIRN in an interview that journalists must unite to defeat the ruling party’s plans to clip the wings of the public news agency Agerpres.

RUSSIA: Russian TV channel debuts in China

Broadband TV News: Russia’s PM Dmitry Medvedev has announced the launch of Katyusha, a Russian TV channel aimed specifically at viewers in China.

RUSSIA: Russia, Ukraine finally terminate TV deal

Broadband TV News: An agreement on cooperation between Russia and Ukraine in the field of TV and radio broadcasting has finally ceased.

SPAIN: The PP warns that it will be “very vigilant” with the Catalan public media and “if necessary” will denounce it (Spanish)

La Vanguardia: The general coordinator of the PP, Fernando Martinez-Maillo has warned on Monday that his party will be “very vigilant” with the broadcasts of Catalan public media such as TV3 and added that, “if necessary” will report to the Electoral Board to ensure the plurality and objectivity during the campaign for the elections of December 21.

SWITZERLAND: Caravane FM: when the television films the radio that creates the social link (French)

MFP: This fall, RTS launched Caravane FM, a programme combining television and radio: in several selected locations, located on the fringe of ordinary life, a mini-radio station is open for forty-eight hours. It quickly fulfills its goal of socialization among residents.

UK: BBC chief warns British TV under serious threat from likes of Netflix

The Guardian: Director general to say British-made television imperilled by rise of streaming services and tough advertising market.

UK: BBC launches interactive voice drama

Broadband TV News: A sci-fi comedy inspired by the late Douglas Adams has become the first interactive voice drama to be launched by the BBC.

UK: BBC to ‘reinvent’ free-to-air sports broadcasting

TVB Europe: Over a thousand extra hours of live sport could be available every year

UK: Davey: Sky can work with BBC

Broadband TV News: Sky’s managing director of content says he sees competition from streaming platforms Netflix and Amazon as an opportunity, rather than a threat.

UK: How this local news co-op gets its members interested: Getting them involved in the production of news

Nieman Lab: The Bristol Cable now has a solid stable of members who can be involved in every stage — from pitching story ideas to assisting in investigations to delivering the quarterly print paper.

UK: Trade body warns of Brexit threat to UK broadcasting jobs

Rapid TV News: Almost precisely as the Governor of The Bank Of England was warning that Brexit would see the UK miss economic growth enjoyed by all other major economies, the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) has said that TV firms may have to move some operations abroad if there is no Brexit trade deal.

UKRAINE: NUJU Demands Rada Introduce Parliamentary Agent For Free Speech And Safety Of Journalists

Ukrainian News: The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) demands that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine introduce the position of an authorized agent of the Ukrainian Parliament for free speech and safety of journalists.

WEST BALKANS: End Impunity: 380 Attacks on Journalists In the Western Balkan Region Since 2014


GENERAL: Europe’s public broadcasters struggle to compete in the digital world

Deutsche Welle: With shows such as Sherlock and Strictly under ‘serious threat’ from streaming services, even media heavyweights such as the BBC are struggling to stay relevant. Why are public broadcasters so gloomy?

BRAZIL: Study from RSF/Intervozes shows high concentration, low transparency and political and religious interference in Brazilian media

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Brazil is in “red alert” due to the high concentration of audience, of property and geographical location, lack of transparency and economic, political and religious interference in the country’s media.

CARIBBEAN: Crowdsourcing coverage of hurricane recovery in the Caribbean

IJNET: In a year bursting with news stories, hurricanes Irma and Maria, category storms that ripped through the Caribbean one after the other, still managed to dominate headlines.

ECUADOR: Correa’s legacy leaves a long road to recovery for Ecuador’s journalists

CPJ: Since taking office in May, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno has pledged to end a decade-long battle between the government and the media.

MEXICO: New global project created to publicize “forbidden stories” of threatened journalists begins with Mexico

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: The “Forbidden Stories” project launched Oct. 31 by RSF and the Freedom Voices Network aims to protect the stories of journalists who are at risk or under threat for doing their jobs: to report.

VENEZUELA: IAPA General Assembly condemned Venezuelan government’s numerous mechanisms of restriction and persecution against the press

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: For harassing, persecuting, censoring and establishing legal frameworks against Venezuelan journalists and media, the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) condemned the practices of the Nicolás Maduro’s government against the freedoms of the press and of expression.

GENERAL: Media professionals and freedom of expression advocates launch initiatives to fight impunity in crimes against journalists

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Almost four years after the UN General Assembly declared Nov. 2 as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (IDEI), the date has become a time for media professionals and freedom of expression groups in Latin America and the rest of the world to call attention to levels of violence and impunity affecting their colleagues.

IRAQ: Kurdish journalist killed, others attacked amid post referendum tensions

CPJ: In recent days, attackers stabbed to death a journalist, a mob attacked two TV crews, and Iraq’s media regulator ordered two stations to cease broadcasting.

IRAN: Rouhani Forced To Take Back Bill Restricting Free Journalism

Radio Farda: Following an avalanche of criticism by lawyers and journalists, President Hassan Rouhani’s government decided to return a new controversial bill to its Cultural Commission for further review.

ISRAEL: Keshet, Reshet gain independent TV channels in Israel

Rapid TV News: Production companies Keshet and Reshet have launched their own 24-hour TV channels in Israel, following a shakeup in the country’s broadcasting sector.

SYRIA: Cyber armies, info wars and fake news add to Syria’s suffering

The Sydney Morning Herald: An intense information war being waged alongside armed hostilities in Syria is affecting efforts to help victims of the conflict, a senior humanitarian official says.

TURKEY: How Erdogan’s Purge Is Making Turkish Journalists Think Twice (Subscription)

Haaretz: Turkey has made more than 150,000 political arrests since the failed coup of July 2016. The Turkish president isn’t deterred by outside criticism, but the arrests are definitely deterring internal criticism of the regime.

TURKEY: Kurds in Turkey: the struggle of women between journalism and jineology (Italian)

OBC Transeuropa: “We have always considered the most important hope of victory, but now, some of our battles, we are winning it.” An interview with Ceren Karlıdaĝ, journalist, feminist, among the protagonists of the magazine Sujin Gazete

TURKEY: Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 26, 2017


TURKEY: Turkey journalists on trial for report on Erdogan holiday

IPI: Independent daily Sözcü targeted over story that appeared hours ahead of 2016 coup attempt

YEMEN: Yemen: Impunity state of play

IFJ: As a consequence of the fighting between the Houthis, the Saudi led-coalition and al-Qaida, 28 journalists have died in Yemen since 2007, three of whom have been killed this year.

CANADA: Meeting on digital innovation at Radio-Canada (French)

MFP: A brand new event for digital enthusiasts was born on Radio-Canada. Hosted by Annie Desrochers (Le 15-18), Insights on Innovation took place on Friday, October 13, and hosted a dozen internationally renowned guests. Their reflections on current and future technology trends fueled the discussions of the two hundred participants. A glance at the highlights of this day.

CANADA: The new National: Are four TV anchors four times as good as one? (Opinion)

The Conversation: Monday’s debut of the revamped The National newscast will have audiences wondering if four anchors are four times the heft of just one (Peter Mansbridge) — or rather are they one-quarter of one anchor.

US: Public Broadcasting at Fifty: From a Proud Beginning to an Uncertain Future

The Progressive: Fifty years ago, on November 7, 1967, President Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act.  Now, Donald Trump is threatening the legacy of our national broadcasting system.

US: The decimation of local news in New York City (Opinion)


US: The pubmedia difference: addressing audiences as citizens (Opinion)

Current: “Every day the work we do helps audiences build a coherent picture of the world they live in.”

US: WATCH: The Public Broadcasting Act turns 50. What’s changed?

PBS: Fifty years ago, the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 created the vast public media system we know today. How have things changed since then?

2018 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

Poynter: Now in its fourth year, the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media is returning to Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, the week of March 18-23, 2018.

9 questions to help you evaluate the credibility of news sources

Poynter: Here are questions you should ask in evaluating the sources used in information you read, see and hear

Beyond 800 Words: New Digital Story Formats

GIJN: The 800-word article is still the dominant form of online news from most publishers. But change is afoot.

Dangerous times: Reporting on the front line & the fake news phenomenon

IBC: Is this the most dangerous time to be a journalist? Industry figures spoke to IBC365 on reporting in a conflict zone, facing threats and the fake news phenomenon.

Dutch start-up The Playwall is giving readers the option to pay for online content by answering questions When a reader arrives at an article that is behind a paywall, they can either subscribe to the publication or try and access the story via a different source at no cost. But what if there was another option, that could benefit both the news organisation and the audience?

Getting Away with Murder

CPJ: CPJ’s 2017 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free.

Global media confronts its own Weinsteins

CJR: Since dogged reporting by The New York Times and The New Yorker unearthed decades of sexual abuse and harassment by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a burgeoning scandal has reflected back on the world of journalism itself.

How Perceptions of the News Audience Shape Pursuits of the News Audience

Tow Center (via Medium): Journalism stakeholders and researchers increasingly argue that the news industry should take a stronger interest in the audience. But which kinds of news publishers are answering that call? And how do their perceptions of the news audience affect their pursuit of the news audience?

How the onslaught of breaking news has shaped our lives since Nov. 8, 2016.

Slate: It has been an exhausting, exasperating, anxious year. A year of relentless assault, as one news break after another pushed its way into our daily existence and found us where we live, interrupting family dinners and drinks with friends, errands and work, rough patches and best-laid plans.

How We Reported the Paradise Papers

Süddeutsche Zeitung: A total of 13.4 million documents, hundreds of journalists and a year of reporting: Answers to the most pressing questions about the leak.

It’s a journalist’s duty to keep collected information safe. Here are some ways to get started.


Journalism under fire amid rise of ‘fake news’ and social media-driven echo chambers – UNESCO report

UN News Centre: The media industry, which remains the primary source of news and information in the digital age, faces both vast opportunities and steep challenges, the United Nations cultural agency said on Monday.

Longer content isn’t wearing audiences out — and they may even be hungry for more, two studies find

Nieman Lab: Audiences are engaging more with longer videos, and you shouldn’t think of all of the “bounces” that show up in your Google Analytics as bad visits. That’s according to two new studies on video and social traffic out today.

News app users read 20 times more mobile news than non-users

Journalism Research News

Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis

The Economist: An economy based on attention is easily gamed.

One year on, we’re still not recognizing the complexity of information disorder online

First Draft: [This] report for the Council of Europe provides a new definitional framework for information disorder, overviews current responses and summarizes key academic studies.

The dangerous life as a journalist (German)

Deutsche Welle: Kidnapped, Tortured and Murdered: Violence on journalists increases worldwide. But only one in ten crimes is cleared up. Often, the states where the journalists work are their biggest enemies.

Vicarious trauma: How dealing with graphic videos and images can harm journalists’ mental health

Press Gazette: Journalists who have never stepped foot in a war zone are nonetheless becoming traumatised by witnessing violent or distressing scenes through their computer screens.

Why Climate Action needs Media Freedom

DW Akademie: The world must understand and adapt to climate change. Media provide platforms giving people the facts they need. Learn about four key points explaining how this works!

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PSM Weekly | 25- 31 Oct Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:48:30 +0000 Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.

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EAST AFRICA: East African States Adopt China’s Playbook on Internet Censorship

Freedom House: As part of its expansionist foreign policy, China has been pursuing security and economic deals with governments across sub-Saharan Africa.

EAST AFRICA: Media in East Africa Under Threat From Punitive Laws (Opinion)

Via All Africa

KENYA: Attack of media on election coverage in bad taste and against the law (Opinion)

The Standard: Reporting of electoral proceedings is at the core of ensuring transparency of the process and thus, any form of interference is not only in bad taste but also against the law.

KENYA: Kenyans need more than fact-checking tips to resist misinformation


TANZANIA: Ban On Newspapers Unlawful, Says Shadow Minister

The Citizen: Shadow minister of Information, Arts, Culture and Sports Joseph Mbilinyi has described the government’s decision to ban a daily newspaper, Tanzania Daima, as unlawful and a continuation of threats to and attacks on press freedom.

TANZANIA: Tanzania Daima ban adds to press freedom concerns

AlJazeera: A 90-day ban on a popular Swahili daily in Tanzania – the fourth newspaper to be shut down since June – has prompted concern over press freedom in the East African country.

RWANDA: Jail Term for Insulting Rwandan President

The East African: Rwandan journalists could face seven years in jail or a fine of Rwf7 million ($8,353) under a new media law that has been passed by parliament.

SEYCHELLES: Seychelles Broadcasting Corp to Roll Out Digital TV in December

via All Africa: The Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) will roll out the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) early December, with an official switchover next year, said a top official.

SOMALIA: ‘Getting Away With Murder’ In Somalia, Where Journalists Are Killed With Impunity

Huffington Post: Dozens of journalists have been slain in Somalia over the past decade, but none of their killers have been brought to justice.

SOUTH AFRICA: African Pay-TV Market Heats Up as Subscriptions Surge

Variety: Competitors look for foothold while South Africa’s MultiChoice still dominates.

SOUTH AFRICA: Our fragile media freedom: Journalism is under attack


UGANDA: Government Targets Radio Stations in Age Limit Crackdown

Via All Africa

ZIMBABWE: Nearly half of all internet traffic in Zimbabwe goes to WhatsApp

Quartz: WhatsApp, is by far the most popular internet app in Zimbabwe, accounting for up to 44% of all mobile internet usage in the country. WhatsApp’s parent, Facebook took up only 1%. Mobile internet is 98% of all internet use in the country.

GENERAL: The African broadcaster is dead, long live the African broadcaster – changing to meet the mobile and digital futures

Balancing Act: Social Media, the mobile Internet and the proliferation of new DTT channels are all nipping at the heels of African broadcasters in the more competitive markets.

ARMENIA: Armenian Journalists Assaulted for Doing their Jobs

HRW: Lack of Effective Investigations Undermines Media Freedom.

CHINA: Protest after Western media ‘troublemakers’ barred from Xi Jinping speech

The Guardian: BBC, the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Guardian all refused access to unveiling of new politburo.

HONG KONG: Media blocked from Politburo leadership conference

IFJ: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly criticises the blocking of several Hong Kong-based media outlets to cover the press conference announcing the new leadership of the Communist Party on October 24, 2017.

HONG KONG: Of pirouettes and periodic tables, Hong Kong’s public broadcaster aims to bring scientists out of the lab and into living rooms

South China Morning Post: Six-part series follows renewed interest in promoting learning of science, technology, engineering and maths.

INDIA: Prasar Bharati chief A Surya Prakash bats for digital platform for public broadcaster

Indian Express: Prasar Bharati chairperson A Surya Prakash said he had headed a committee which had given its recommendations for the setting up of a digital platform apart from the conventional Doordarshan TV channels and All India Radio (AIR) stations.

INDIA: Smriti Irani calls for strengthening of regional broadcasting services

Livemint: I&B minister Smriti Irani calls for strengthening of regional broadcasting services by making the audience measurement system representative of local languages

JAPAN: A snap election (and global worries over fake news) spur fact-checking collaborations in Japan

Nieman Lab: When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the parliament and called a national election in late September, Japan’s newest fact-checking initiatives saw an opportunity to test the waters.

JAPAN: Japan’s public broadcaster NHK is trying to transform itself with a crazy idea: Let’s get on the internet.

The Splice Newsroom: It’s time to enter the 21st century by moving beyond television.

JAPAN: Supreme Court hears arguments over legality of NHK fee system

The Asahi Shimbun: For the first time, the Supreme Court on Oct. 25 heard arguments on whether Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) can legally force citizens to pay subscription fees to the public broadcaster.

MALDIVES: Broad powers for proposed media regulator

The Maldives Independent: A new media regulator proposed by government-sponsored legislation currently before parliament can impose hefty fines and temporarily shut down newspapers and TV stations.

MALDIVES: Maldives repeatedly slaps Raajje TV with huge fines under defamation law

CPJ: One of the largest TV stations in the Maldives, Raajje TV, says authorities are using newly recriminalized defamation law to try to shut it down by levying exorbitant fines.

PAKISTAN: Charge sheets filed against Farooq Sattar, Amir Khan, other leaders in sedition cases


PAKISTAN: Gang Attacks Pakistani Journalist Critical of Military

The New York Times: A prominent journalist and critic of Pakistan’s military was attacked on Friday by an unidentified group of men in the capital, Islamabad, leaving him gravely wounded.

PAKISTAN: Pakistani journalist attacked in Islamabad; three attacks on media groups in Balochistan

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to swiftly investigate and bring to justice perpetrators of multiple attacks against journalist and news organizations in the country this week.

SOUTH KOREA: Main Opposition Enraged over Public Broadcaster Board Membership

KBS World Radio: The conservative main opposition party is threatening to boycott parliamentary affairs over the state broadcasting authority’s decision to add progressive members to the boards of directors for the nation’s public broadcasters.

SOUTH KOREA: Prosecutors Raid Home and Office of Former MBC Chief

KBS World Radio: Prosecutors on Monday raided the homes and offices of former and incumbent senior officials of broadcaster MBC as part of their probe into allegations the National Intelligence Service sought to dominate public broadcasting during the Lee Myung-bak administration.

SOUTH KOREA: South Korea’s public broadcasters are in an impossible political position

The Conversation: Compared with their counterparts in other democratic countries, South Korea’s national public broadcasters are politically vulnerable.

UZBEKISTAN: A Year into New Presidency, Cautious Hope for Change

HRW: Government Needs to Secure Steps Taken to Support Rights.

AUSTRALIA: Queensland police search ABC Brisbane office over cabinet leak

The Guardian: ABC says warrant relates to documents that informed news stories about budget cuts under Campbell Newman.

AUSTRALIA: SBS-Australia to be part of Reconciliation Film Club

ABU: NITV, SBS and Reconciliation Australia have proudly partnered to launch the Reconciliation Film Club, an online platform that supports organisations in hosting screenings of a curated selection of Indigenous documentaries from Australia’s leading Indigenous filmmakers.

NEW ZEALAND: Labour confirms big picture policy on public media Clare Curran says expanding the role of RNZ and creating a new Public Media Funding Commission will be one her priorities following her swearing in as a Cabinet Minister.

NEW ZEALAND: New minister wants funding boost to deliver better public service media from 2018

RNZ: The three parties now in our government went into the election with different ideas for broadcasting and the media. Mediawatch asks the new minister Clare Curran: what’s the plan now?

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Domestic violence: PNG journalist Rosalyn Albaniel Evara’s death sparks outrage, investigation

ABC News: The death of a senior Papua New Guinea journalist and subsequent allegations that she was a victim of domestic violence has again shone a spotlight on an issue that is rife in the Pacific region.

TONGA: Election workshop for journalists and women candidates

Matangi Tonga: An election reporting workshop for journalists, alongside media presentation training for women candidates in Tonga’s 2017 general election, is being held from October 30 to November 3, in Nuku’alofa.

TONGA: Former TBC boss says Tongans denied pre-election talkback

RNZ: The former head of Tonga’s state broadcaster says the end of a talkback show means people are missing out on opportunities to discuss issues leading up to the 16 November election.

TONGA: Tonga Government Accused of Controlling State Media Ahead of Elections

Global Voices: A shakeup at the Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) prompted speculations that the Tongan government has taken more control over the state-funded media.

ALBANIA: Albanian PM insulted journalists for reporting on drug trafficking involving former minister

EFJ: The European Federation of Journalists joins its affiliate the Association of Professional Journalists of Albania (APJA) as well as the Association of Electronic Media of Albania (AEMA) and the League of Albanian Journalists (LAJ) in expressing profound indignation over the insults and the attacks done by Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama to the Albanian media on October 25, 2017.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech president threatens journalists with mock Kalashnikov

RSF: Pretending to make a joke, he brandished a dummy Kalashnikov bearing the words “for journalists” at a press conference last week.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Politicians slam suggestion that the public broadcaster should be nationalized

Czech Radio: Czech politicians have sharply rejected the idea that the country’s public broadcasters –Czech Radio and Czech Television – should be nationalized.

FINLAND: Reacting to accusations about migration reporting (Video)

Journalism Research News

FRANCE: France leads Europe for multilingual content

Digital TV Europe: France is “the king of multilingual content”, according to new research that shines a light on the ‘linguistic diversity’ of the European TV market.

FRANCE: Françoise Nyssen sets the axes of the public broadcasting reform (French)

LaCroix: Heard Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Luxembourg Palace on the basis of a recent Senate report, the Minister of Culture has advocated for a structural reform of public broadcasting on the basis of “three levers”  : the scope of missions, the financing and governance.

GEORGIA: EBU supports GPB’s proposed amends to broadcasting law

EBU: An EBU team has met with the Georgian Parliamentary Committee on Legal Issues to discuss the Georgian Public Broadcaster’s (GPB) proposed amendments to the Broadcasting Law.

GEORGIA: Ivanishvili’s son to ‘award equipment’ to Public Broadcaster

OC MEDIA: The son of former Georgian prime minister billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, has said he will gift equipment for a TV studio to the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB).

GREECE: Greek journalists on strike over social security

EFJ: The Athens Journalists’ Union (ESIEA) called on a 48-hour strike in all Greek media on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October to protest against the impact of cutbacks on the health care and social security organisation (EDOEAP) as well as recent job cuts across the sector.

ITALY: Italy’s RAI plans English-language channel

Advanced Television: Italy’s RAI is planning to launch its first English-language TV channel in 2018.

ITALY: Italy’s RAI Invests in DAB+ Radio

Radio World: Will also continue its investments with its traditional FM stations

HUNGARY: Inside Europe: Concern over press freedom in Hungary (Listen)

Deutsche Welle: Elections in Hungary are not scheduled until April 2018, but there’s concern that the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban is clamping down on critical journalists.

MACEDONIA: EBU Threatens Macedonian Broadcaster Over Debt; Eurovision At Risk

RFERL: Macedonia’s national broadcaster, MRT, faces serious sanctions, including losing the right to broadcast and participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, due to mounting debts.

MONTENEGRO: Pressures on Montenegrin Public Broadcasting Service

SEENPM: Public Broadcasting Service of Montenegro (RTCG) has recently faced pressures imposed on its Council, whose several members have been identified by the Agency for Prevention of Corruption as being in the conflict of interests.

NETHERLANDS: Dutch public and commercial broadcasters unite to promote diversity

Dutch News: State broadcaster NPO plus commercial companies RTL and Vice have joined forces to fight the discrimination and stereotyping of women who work in the media.

RUSSIA: Opening Up Data in Russia’s Closed System

GIJN: Anastasia Valeeva, a Russian-born investigative journalist who specializes in open data, has been exploring the state of data journalism in her home country.

SERBIA: European Commission: Media in Serbia under constant pressure from the authorities

SEENPM: In its report for European Commission, the expert mission for the protection of journalists in the Criminal Code (TAIEX), states that the Serbian media is under constant pressure from the authorities.

SLOVAKIA: How Fake News Helped Slovak Extremists Become Reality

Coda Story: Websites pushing an anti-Western, pro-Kremlin agenda have put Slovakia’s far right on the cusp of national power

SPAIN: Catalan public media accuse the government of wanting to “hijack” press freedom through the 155 (Spanish)

infoLibre: The workers and the management of Televisión de Catalunya (TVC), Catalunya Ràdio and the Catalan News Agency (ACN) have published a joint manifesto in which they oppose the intervention of Catalan public media by the State Government to the who accuse of wanting to “hijack” freedom of the press.

SPAIN: RTVE raises bet on transmedia, interactive platform

Rapid TV News: Released in September only for a special showing, RTVE’s Playz will be now officially launched with a lineup full of digital, interactive and transmedia formats, live programming and eSports.

UK: BBC apologises over interview with climate denier Lord Lawson

The Guardian: Lawson’s claim that global temperatures are not rising went unchallenged, breaching guidelines on accuracy and impartiality

UK: BBC fears for quality drama in face of Amazon and Netflix

The Telegraph: The BBC could find it increasingly difficult to produce quality drama because of competition from new digital outlets such as Netflix and Amazon, senior TV executives have warned.

UK: Channel 4 move from London could create 7,500 jobs, report says

The Guardian: Government study says relocation could bring almost £600m in economic benefits to the region where broadcaster is moved.

GENERAL: How Europe fights fake news

CJR: Unlike the US, where we rely on corporate efforts to tackle the problems of fake news and disinformation online, the European Commission and some national governments are wading into the murky waters of free speech, working to come up with viable ways to stop election-meddling and the violence that has resulted from false news reports.

GENERAL: Whistleblowers: looking for European protection

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso: The second of a series of three thematic itineraries to explore the Resource Centre on Media Freedom through a curated aggregation of contents

GENERAL: #NoImpunity: Crimes against journalists go unresolved

Index on Censorship: Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders have highlighted prominent cases of impunity.

ECUADOR: Irregularities detected across all public media (Spanish)

El Comercio: In the Comptroller report, which analyzes the management of TC between 2008 and 2014, the auditors established payments in excess of remunerations to managers and workers for USD 706 439. The administrations of El Telégrafo, TC Televisión and Radio y Televisión Públicas del Ecuador (RTV) were also observed by various irregularities by the Comptroller.

ECUADOR: Politicians stir public media debate (Spanish)

El Comercio: The assembly members reacted to the news of the millionaire losses recorded in public media organisations.

GUATEMALA: Corruption, killings and impunity: A message for Guatemalan authorities

IFEX: Ongoing journalist killings, impunity, and an attempt to silence the head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala raise serious concern among regional freedom of expression organisations.

HAITI: Haitian Journalists Reject Request to Share Anti-Government Protest Videos

Voice of America: Two prominent Haitian journalism organizations have rejected a request to share video recorded during anti-government protests with authorities.

MEXICO: Canal 22 and other public media to form an alliance in the face of emergency (Spanish)

El Universal: Director Pedro Cota says that it should be discussed whether the function of this cultural channel is to report what is happening in the day to day.

PARAGUAY: CPJ calls on Paraguay to reject social media regulations

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with more than 20 international and local rights organizations sent a letter to Paraguayan lawmakers on October 25, calling on them to reject a proposed law regulating anonymous online posts during elections.

GENERAL: Colombian, Mexican and Salvadoran journalists and media outlets among nominees for RSF-TV5 Press Freedom Prize

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Journalist advocacy organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its acronym in French) and TV5-Monde honored journalists and media outlets from Colombia, Mexico and El Salvador as nominees for their 2017 Press Freedom Prize.

IRAN: UN Rights Officials Call On Iran To Stop Intimidating BBC Journalists

RFERL: Two United Nations human rights specialists have called on Iran to stop intimidating BBC journalists after the British broadcaster complained to the UN about Tehran launching a criminal investigation of its Persian staff.

PALESTINE: Surveillance of Palestinians and the fight for digital rights

via Ifex: Surveillance of Palestinians has always been part of Israel’s colonial project, but new technologies have made this surveillance even more intrusive and widespread.

TURKEY: Court supports Turkish journalists’ association right to reply to criticism

ECPMF: The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on 24th October backed the domestic Turkish court for ordering a newspaper in Sinop to publish a reaction from the local journalists’ association.

CANADA: Canada strengthens the protection of journalists’ sources

IFJ: The International Federation of Journalists welcomes new Canadian law protecting confidential sources of journalists that was approved on 18 October.

CANADA: Canadian film, TV leaders to meet about industry’s ‘prevalent’ sexual harassment

CTV News: Canadian film and TV leaders are acknowledging that sexual harassment has also been a “prevalent” part of the entertainment industry north of the border and have planned a meeting to discuss how to tackle it.

CANADA: Change, disruptive innovation, trust, and public broadcasting in the digital world

CBC/Radio-Canada: Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, was speaking to students at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism about the digital transformation of the national public broadcaster…

US: KRCB tests cross-platform approach to cover California wildfires

Current: KRCB’s radio and television studios are housed in a ramshackle building in Rohnert Park, Calif. We’re just south of the city of Santa Rosa, where several neighborhoods were flattened by the fires this month.

US: Native American journalists break free of mainstream media

RFI: Is a new era for Native American media in the United States opening up? Three Native American journalists talk about challenging stereotypes and bringing a nuanced voice to indigenous issues. They belong to a generation that believes in making things happen, despite all the odds, and not waiting for mainstream media to catch on.

US: NYT CEO: Digital media alone won’t address public’s need for quality news

Current: Public broadcasting will become more, not less, important to audiences over the next decade. Yet political support for public service broadcasting is weaker today than at any time in its history.

US: PBS head: Public Broadcasting provides vital access to information, entertainment

Rapid City Journal: Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the public television act, and in the wake of calls earlier this year by President Donald Trump to cut its federal funding, public television remains a vital source of education and entertainment for many communities across the nation.

Advice from 24 news organisations to help you tailor your story pitches Want to pitch a story or a project to a particular news outlet and not sure where to start? Check out these resources that explain what editors are looking for.

‘Downright Orwellian’: journalists decry Facebook experiment’s impact on democracy

The Guardian: Media professionals in countries such as Guatemala and Slovakia fear for effect Facebook’s news feed changes will have on their already fragile politics.

Fake news hurts trust in media, mainstream outlets fare better: poll

Reuters: Controversies over fake news have damaged trust in media in the United States and elsewhere, but the impact is far worse for social media and online-only outlets than it is for traditional print and TV outlets, a survey has found.

Nothing new about fake news (Opinion)

Open Democracy: Media diversity must mean more than more of the same. The media sphere needs to be a public space where debates occur among and between many different groups and classes.

NYT CEO: Digital media alone won’t address public’s need for quality news

Current: Public broadcasting will become more, not less, important to audiences over the next decade. Yet political support for public service broadcasting is weaker today than at any time in its history.

Open internet principles for democracy: putting media freedom front and center


Targeting journalists in the name of national security


The Guardian Mobile Lab’s latest experiment targets public transit commuters with an offline news app

Nieman Lab: “The app is a really good first step for gathering information, using it in a respectful way, and seeing how people feel about that.”

This tool helps you tell stories in your data

Poynter: Are you making charts and graphs for your audience? This week’s tool will help you add context to the data.

This Week’s Top Ten in Data Journalism


What do ordinary people think fake news is? Poor journalism and political propaganda.


YouTube living room viewing up 70%

Digital TV Europe: Viewers now watch more than 100 million hours of YouTube in the living room every day, up 70% compared to last year, according to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

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PSM Weekly | 18 – 24 Oct Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:43:53 +0000 Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.

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Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.

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BURUNDI: Communications council rescinds media licenses

Via IFEX: The decision by Burundi’s National Council for Communication (CNC) to strip four broadcast media outlets of their licences and to suspend a radio station for three months will have disastrous consequences for the country’s already fragile media.

CAMEROON: Journalists Not Terrorists

CPJ: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Threats force provincial radio station to close in CAR

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regrets that a leading community radio station in the southeast of the Central African Republic has been forced to close after being threatened by armed groups, and reminds all parties to the conflict of the need to respect media freedom and independence.

GHANA: Ghana to host 2018 World Press Freedom Day


KENYA: Journalists injured, cameras smashed as they covered police brutality

KDRTV: Rights groups and journalists trying to document police brutality as they dealt with protesters soon after the August 8 polls have been met with fierce force.

LIBERIA: Liberian President Slams Abuses, Violence Ahead of Runoff Elections

Front Page Africa: Ahead of the upcoming run-off Presidential elections, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has condemned in the strongest terms what she calls the abuse and misuse of social media through the use of invective, hate speech and outright vulgarity.

MAURITANIA: Mauritania cracks down on critical press after referendum

CPJ: The Mauritanian Radio and Television Broadcast Authority today ordered Mauritania’s five privately owned news stations to shut down for “failing to fulfil their financial agreements” with the country’s broadcast regulator, local media reported.

NIGERIA: Court denies Journalists Access to Courtroom

MFWA: The judicial authorities in Nigeria have denied a group of journalists access to a hearing that was taking place at a High Court in Abuja.

SENEGAL: Presidency Targets ‘Fake News’

Via All Africa: Senegal’s presidency is getting into the fact-checking business.

SOUTH AFRICA: Media freedom continues to face external threats in the form of legislation, intimidation, harassment and surveillance.

Quartz: Media freedom continues to face external threats in the form of legislation, intimidation, harassment and surveillance.

SOUTH AFRICA: One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back For The SABC (Opinion)

Huffington Post: The President has finally appointed the permanent Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Whilst the appointment is most welcome, it comes with some red flags raised regarding some appointees, as well as regarding the circumstances surrounding the timing of the appointment.

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa’s media should beware of being the voice of only some (Opinion)

The Conversation

TANZANIA: Shonza Asks Journalists to Publish, Broadcast Worth-News

Via All Africa: Deputy Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Ms Juliana Shonza reminded journalists and media owners to publish air and broadcast information that aim at transforming the society.

UGANDA: Ugandan editors charged over presidential age limit stories

Via Ifex: Two Ugandan newspaper editors were quizzed by the police’s Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) over age limit budget stories.

ZIMBABWE: Why Zimbabwe has a ‘Minister of WhatsApp’

BBC News: A spoof government notice hit social media as soon as President Robert Mugabe announced he had set up a new ministry responsible for Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation.

GENERAL: “They’ll only kill you if the denial of revenue does not bring you down”

Nieman Reports: Despite government and commercial pressure—and, sometimes, physical threats—incisive investigative work is getting done across Africa.

AZERBAIJAN: Seeking to Arrest Critical Journalists throughout the Ex-USSR

Eurasianet: The arrest of an Azerbaijani journalist in Ukraine marks a fresh instance of free-media-wary Azerbaijan having a critical reporter apprehended outside its borders.

CHINA: “Change China before it changes us” (Comment)

RSF: If the democracies do not resist, China will not only never be able to enjoy press freedom but will also gradually extend its own lid on free speech to the rest of the world.

CHINA: China Media Bulletin: Beijing’s foreign meddling, censorship innovation, HK campus tensions

Freedom House: A monthly update of press freedom news and analysis related to China.

CHINA: China’s multi-billion dollar telecommunications investment in Africa poses threat to independent media 

CIMA: While investments in telecommunication infrastructure are much needed in many parts of Africa, African societies should be aware that Chinese technology and technical assistance may pose a long-term threat to individual privacy and media freedom. 

CHINA & PAKISTAN: China Radio International and Radio Pakistan launch Dosti Channel

ABU: The Channel will broadcast programs in Urdu, Chinese and English languages.

HONG KONG: Clarify guidelines for former office holders, Hong Kong government told in wake of John Tsang probe

South China Morning Post: Lawmakers and analysts see no conflict of interest in Tsang’s unpaid radio and TV roles, and say government could have handled the matter with more sensitivity.

HONG KONG: Plans to find RTHK a new home appear in doubt as government struggles to find roommates

South China Morning Post: Authorities still considering a plan for the city’s public broadcaster to share space with other departments, secretary for commerce and development says.

INDIA: All India Radio to expand global presence

ABU: India’s public broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) is planning to launch services for several countries to boost diplomatic ties and the government’s outreach programmes to Indians settled overseas.

INDIA: Prasar Bharti to go digital, sell India story to world

The Times of India: India’s public broadcaster Prasar Bharati is looking to spread its wings overseas, digitally.

INDONESIA: Global research project examines ‘social impact’ of natural disasters (Project)

Asia Pacific Report: How Indonesian society manages in the face of natural disasters is the focus of a global research collaboration as part of the Indonesian government’s World Class Professor programme.

NEPAL: Underutilised domain

The Kathmandu Post: Community radios have established themselves as indispensable, but the air time value remains largely misspent.

PAKISTAN: Balochi journalists caught between army and rebels

RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed to learn that two rebel groups in Balochistan, in southwestern Pakistan, have threatened to attack the province’s media if, by 24 October, they have not begun defying a Pakistani government ban on covering rebel activities.

VIETNAM: #StopTheCrackdownVN: RSF joins counter-offensive against Vietnam’s persecution of bloggers

RSF: As another citizen-journalist, Phan Kim Khanh, awaits trial on 25 October on a charge with a possible 20-year jail sentence, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins nine other human rights groups in launching #StopTheCrackdownVN, a campaign against the current unprecedented crackdown on the freedom to inform in Vietnam.

AUSTRALIA: ‘Massively unfair’: Guthrie attacks demand to disclose ABC pay

The Guardian: Chief executive tells Senate estimates the push to publish presenters’ salaries would breach the Privacy Act.

AUSTRALIA: ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie reveals staff salary details The ABC’s managing director Michelle Guthrie has revealed what the highest paid presenter’s salary is at the national broadcaster.

NEW ZEALAND: New era for public broadcasting anticipated Public broadcasting is to benefit from a Labour-NZFirst-Green government, a lobby group says, and it is not too concerned which of the plans proposed by Labour and NZ First is taken forward.

TONGA: Lawyer claims Tonga govt controlling media

RNZ: A lawyer says ousting two journalists from the Tonga Broadcasting Commission’s newsroom is a political move designed to control coverage of the upcoming election.

TONGA: Restructure highlights ongoing struggle for TBC

PMA: The repositioning of two prominent journalists sparks further concern of government interference at the Tongan public broadcaster.

GENERAL: Shailendra Singh: How journalists can walk the Pacific climate change talk

Asia Pacific Report: Climate change seems to be getting increasingly more news coverage recently, which is a positive outcome—on at least some levels.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Bosnia’s Rights Ministry Spotlights Challenges Facing Media

Balkan Insight: A report from Bosnia’s Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees on freedom of speech, which the government has adopted, notes threats, defamation lawsuits and self-censorship as some of the key problems in the media.

BULGARIA: Politicians exert control over Bulgarian media

via Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso: The Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) argues that politicians exert unwarrantable pressure over Bulgarian media.

CYPRUS: From PSB to Privatisation (Journal Article)

VIEW: Structures and vulnerabilities of the greek-cypriot broadcasting sector.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Anti-Fake News Center Doesn’t Czech

Coda Story: The Czech government is on the defensive over its efforts to combat Russian disinformation before this weekend’s elections.

CZECH REPUBLIC: On election eve, billionaire Czech media mogul sparks press freedom concerns

IPI: After purchase of key media outlets, Andrej Babiš on cusp of becoming country’s next leader.

FRANCE: French parliamentarians reject move to ease pubcaster budget cuts

Digital TV Europe: French parliamentarians have withdrawn support for a move to ameliorate an additional €50 million in budget cuts imposed on the country’s public broadcaster, France Télévisions.

GREECE: Greek journalists begin 48-hr strike for better conditions

Sun News Online: Greek news reporters began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday at 5:00 a.m. (0200 GMT), demanding better working conditions.

GREECE: Why Greek journalists are on strike – and hunger strike

ECPMF: No news today. In Greece retired as well as working journalists find themselves ineligible of their pensions and health care. The Greek journalists unions decided a 48 hours strike on Tuesday and Wednesday. Four women have been on hunger strike for more than ten days.

ICELAND: Injunction Prohibiting Media from Reporting on the Financial Dealings of Iceland Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson

COE: The District Commissioner of Reykjavík issued an injunction on 16 October 2017 against media outlets Stundin and Reykjavík Media, prohibiting them from doing any future reporting on the financial dealings of Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and his family with Glitnir bank just before the economic collapse of Iceland in October 2008.

ITALY: ’End impunity for those who kill journalists’ – Italy unites with jazz

ECPMF: Just one week after Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in Malta, the media freedom community, with United Nations backing, is meeting in Rome to call for an end to impunity for those who murder journalists. With music.

MACEDONIA: Indicators for the level of media freedom and journalists’ safety (Report)

ECPMF: Supported by the European Union, the Association of Journalists of Macedonia has produced a report which intends to assess media freedom throughout three main indicators.

MALTA: Death of Maltese journalist ‘could be linked to fuel-smuggling network’

The Guardian: Sicily chief prosecutor says he ‘could not exclude’ possibility that alleged crime syndicate may be behind murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

MALTA: In Malta, RSF urges EU to back campaign for journalists’ safety

RSF: In an address to thousands of people who gathered yesterday in Malta to demand justice for slain Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urged the European Union to press for the creation of a special UN representative for the safety of journalists.

NETHERLANDS: Dutch public and commercial broadcasters unite to promote diversity State broadcaster NPO plus commercial companies RTL and Vice have joined forces to fight the discrimination and stereotyping of women who work in the media.

POLAND: Eroding Checks and Balances (Report)

HRW: Rule of Law and Human Rights Under Attack in Poland – including interference with the independence of public media and undermining freedom of expression.

POLAND: TVP to Coproduce Documentary Series with Chinese TV Chengdu Radio & Television

Film New Europe: Polish public broadcaster TVP and CDRTV China’s TV Chengdu Radio & Television are coproducing an eight-episode documentary series about Polish and Chinese economic relations.

RUSSIA: How Russia Weaponized Primetime

Coda Story: The Kremlin has found the perfect vehicle to spread its message: drama and comedy hits on its own TV channels.

RUSSIA: ‘Nobody defends us’: Russian journalists respond to knife attack

The Guardian: Reporters decry climate of hatred after Tatyana Felgenhauer is stabbed in neck at Ekho Moskvy radio station.

SPAIN: RTVE, TV3 workers oppose Spanish state’s threat to take over Catalan media

Rapid TV News: Following the Spanish Government’s potential move to take control over Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals (CCMA), workers from both RTVE and TV3 have spoken out to defend freedom of speech.

SPAIN: Spanish Government considers taking control of Catalan public broadcaster

Rapid TV News: In the escalating conflict between the Spanish and Catalonian governments, public media continue to play a key role, with the Spanish Prime Minister mulling the takeover of Catalan public TV.

SWEDEN: Sweden concludes DTT migration

Broadband TV News: This month, transmitter comoany Teracom will conclude the DTT migration from the 700 MHz band.

SWITZERLAND: Radio and TV licence fee vote to be held next March Voters will decide on March 4, 2018 on a proposal to scrap the mandatory licence fee for services of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), including

UK: BBC partners with UK universities in major data initiative

Digital TV Europe: The BBC has launched a five-year research partnership with eight UK universities in a bid to “unlock the potential of data in the media”.

UK: Radio bulletin BBC Minute expanded its news service to young audiences around the globe with 60-second videos The project will allow partner stations to share lively 60-second news videos on their own websites and social media channels.

UKRAINE: Impunity for crimes against journalists must end, media workers should be free from fear of violence, says OSCE media freedom representative during visit in Ukraine

OSCE: The safety of journalists and putting an end to impunity for crimes committed against them must be adequately addressed to maintain a favourable environment for freedom of the media in Ukraine, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir said during his visit to Kyiv.

GENERAL: European Broadcasting Union Director Simon Fell to step down

IBC365: Director of Technology and Innovation Simon Fell has announced he will leave the EBU at the conclusion of his tenure in February 2018.

GENERAL: First speakers announced for Vienna 2018

RadioDays Europe

CUBA: For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family

Reuters: The introduction of Wi-Fi hotspots in Cuban public spaces two years ago has transformed the Communist-run island that had been mostly offline. Nearly half the population of 11 million connected at least once last year.

ECUADOR: Ecuador TV and Gamavisión seal alliance (Spanish)

El Comercio: Within the framework of the public policy of optimization of resources of the State , the television channels Ecuador TV and Gamavisión unite.

MEXICO: The murders of journalists in Mexico (Spanish)

RCI: Violence, impunity and forced displacement in Mexico have taken on alarming proportions since the armed forces were deployed to combat organized crime.

PERU: Smart TV market thrives in Peru

Rapid TV News: Along with increasing online video and over-the-top (OTT) consumption, the penetration of smart TVs has tripled in Peru over the last two years.

VENEZUELA: Venezuelan journalists and media outlets censored and attacked during regional elections

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Journalists were the targets of anti-press sentiment and actions from officials, security forces and citizens leading up to and during the Oct. 15 regional elections for 23 governorships in Venezuela.

ISRAEL: Israeli forces raid several Palestinian media production companies

CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Israeli authorities to stop harassing Palestinian media and to release two staff members of a media company arrested during a series of raids in the West Bank yesterday.

GENERAL: In the Arab media world, politics is in the spotlight. This site is breaking the mold by using music as its lens

Nieman Lab: As a site focused on independent music, the five-year-old still has limited competition — and is trying everything from new print products to multi-country live music festivals.

TURKEY: Trial for Turkey journalists in energy minister email case

IPI: Six journalists and media employees in Turkey face trial today in Istanbul on accusations of spreading terrorist propaganda and revealing state secrets stemming from leftist hackers’ release of emails last year from a private account of the country’s energy minister, the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

CANADA: Journalism in the age of alt-facts and fake news the topic of Banff Centre conference (Q&A)

CBC News: ‘Pointing out where the inaccurate facts and the fake news is, is more important than ever’.

CANADA: Magnitsky human rights law, protections for journalists’ sources get royal assent

CBC News: Russia says passing of Magnitsky law causes ‘irreparable damage’ to Russia-Canada relations.

CANADA: Why the murder of a journalist in Malta sent ripples as far as Canada

CBC News: Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death has implications for investigative journalists around the world.

US: Bringing the ‘Public’ Back to Public Media (Opinion)


US: CPB Commits $5.6 Million to Enhance PBS KIDS Digital Learning Experiences for Children

CPB: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has awarded PBS KIDS a $5.6 million grant for digital innovation, which will help fund the creation of integrated video-and-game experiences for children, experimentation with short-form video and community engagement around the recently launched PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream via local PBS stations.

US: Deborah Amos | 2017 Courage In Journalism Award

IWMF: “I’ve been thinking about the reporters on the ground. That was as risky a situation as I’ve ever seen.” One might think that NPR’s Deborah Amos was commenting on a conflict in Syria, Iraq, or another of the war-torn locales she’s covered over the years. In fact, she was reflecting on the recent protests in Charlottesville, VA.

US: Laura Walker: Public media can be ‘a haven from divisive rhetoric’

Current: Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act into law, the American media landscape has transformed in ways that visionaries, pioneers and advocates for nationally funded “public telecommunications services” scarcely imagined.

US: Nearly Half of US Voters Thinks the Media Is Conspiring Against Trump, Poll Says

VICE: A whopping 46 percent of all American voters believes the media makes up stories about the president.

US: Pioneering Virtual Reality and New Video Technologies in Journalism

The New York Times: How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Marcelle Hopkins, deputy video editor and co-director of virtual reality at The Times, discussed the tech she is using.

US: Reporting on Las Vegas, Pixel by Pixel

The New York Times

4 tips for staying safe when covering disaster or unrest

IJNET: Based on their decades-long experience in journalism, Magar and Narendra Shrestha, a Nepalese photojournalist who also covered the earthquake, shared some tips for staying safe when reporting in dangerous and traumatic situations.

Best practices for covering climate change with data

GEN: Six data journalists weigh in on how to best report on climate change.

DAB digital radio sales approach 60 million worldwide

Asia Radio Today: WorldDAB’s latest market report reveals that, by the end of Q2 2017, almost 60 million consumer and automotive DAB/DAB+ receivers (58,432,000) had been sold in Europe and Asia Pacific – up from 48 million one year earlier.

For local reporters, climate change means covering an ‘existential threat’


Interpol: The abuse red notices is bad news for critical journalists

Index on Censorship: Red notices have become a tool of political abuse by oppressive regimes. Since August, at least five journalists have been targeted across Europe by international arrest warrants issued by Turkey, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.

“News you don’t believe”: Audience perspectives on fake news (Report)

RISJ: In this RISJ Factsheet by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen and Lucas Graves, we analyse data from 8 focus groups and a survey of online news users to understand audience perspectives on fake news.

Public radio’s digital moment: Smartphones, streaming, and the future of listening


Rules of Engagement: When should journalists intervene?


The Agora Project turned polarising topics into deeper stories through cross-border collaboration ‘There’s so much possibility to learn from each other’: 10 journalists worked together to put their stories into a European context

The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online (Report)

Pew Research Center: Experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives online. Those forecasting improvement place their hopes in technological fixes and in societal solutions. Others think the dark side of human nature is aided more than stifled by technology.

The powers and perils of news personalization

Nieman Lab: News personalization could help publishers attract and retain audiences — in the process making political polarization even worse.

This Week’s Top Ten in Data Journalism


Want more women in journalism? Get predators out of our way.

Witness: Photojournalism has an undeniable diversity problem. In recent years, World Press Photo contest statistics have consistently tracked women’s participation at about 15 percent.

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