PSM Weekly | 2-8 August
Tuesday 8 August 2017
Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.
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Music in Africa: Botswana’s music industry employs an estimated 30 000 people directly and indirectly. This is a fairly big number considering that the country has a population of only 2 million people.
RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrests of at least 15 journalists in various cities in the Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday while covering demonstrations to demand the publication of an election calendar.
EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Newspaper seized over story about harassment of journalists
RSF: The authorities gave orders on 1 August to withdraw all copies of the latest issue of the pro-government weekly Ebano from sale and then burn the entire issue because of an article about government harassment of the media and journalists in Equatorial Guinea.
The New York Times: Fake news. Odd plot twists. Tit-for-tat accusations. One candidate calling another “crooked.”Those political phenomena, familiar to voters in the United States and Europe, have surfaced in Kenya ahead of a tightly contested presidential election on Tuesday. But in a country with a history of election violence, the addition of such toxic behavior has further fanned fears about whether the country can pull off a credible and peaceful vote.
ALjazeera: A look at fake news, inaccurate polls and misleading ads in the run-up to Kenya’s vote. Plus, Omar Khadr and the media.
Deutsche Welle: Kenyans go to the polls on August 8 and both the opposition and the ruling government are trying to woo voters online. But could social media also be used to incite violence?
MFWA: In a major act of statesmanship before leaving power at the end of the year, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia on July 20, 2017, submitted to Parliament a bill to decriminalise press offenses, particularly, libel.
MAURITANIA: Freedom of Assembly under Siege
MFWA: MFWA has observed with concern the Mauritanian authorities’ recent crackdown on dissent, particularly against opponents of the constitutional amendments which is the subject of a referendum scheduled for August 5, 2017.
MOZAMBIQUE: Misa Warns of ‘Attempts to Silence Press’
Via All Africa: The Mozambican chapter of the regional press freedom association MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa) was warned of “attempts to silence the press and civil society organisations” over the past two months.
NIGERIA: BBC Media Action On Nigerian Media
AIT: Broadcast media organizations in Nigeria are being encouraged to promote and focus more on issues of good governance and public participation thorough their programmes.
CPJ: On July 13, Somalia’s Cabinet approved proposed changes to the country’s national media law as part of a review to overhaul the regulatory framework under which journalists currently work. But Somali journalists and local media rights groups have criticized the government for not doing enough to provide journalists with a less restrictive environment.
SOUTH AFRICA: Interim SABC board to sue licence fee collection agency
The Citizen: The SABC interim board will be suing licence fee collection agency LornaVision following a court ruling that its contract with the public broadcaster was irregularly awarded.
The Citizen: The public broadcaster plans to increase revenue as regular TV licence returns plummet.
SWAZILAND: No Chance of Open Broadcasts
Via All Africa: A call by the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) for the Swazi Government to open up television and radio to critical voices will certainly fall on deaf ears.
Via All Africa: Workers at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) have not been paid for two months over what the national broadcaster managers says is a “cash flow problem”.
Zambia Daily Mail: Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba Mulenga has urged employees working in public media institutions to adopt a positive attitude towards ensuring that their institutions change for the better.
The Zimbabwean: Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Christopher Mushowe’s recent remarks relating to the impartiality of the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) can only be described as deceptive.
The Guardian: The channel employs 50 women to create its daily mix of news, politics and lifestyle shows. In a country still recovering from Taliban rule, Zan’s team are transforming attitudes – and ratings are soaring.
NPR: In China, a country where all media are nominally owned by the state, the government invests vast amounts of money and labor into controlling information.
Hong Kong Free Press: Hong Kong is the “most mobile” market when it comes to news consumption, a Reuters Institute study has shown, with a 36 percentage point difference between those using smartphones and computers as their main news source.
liveMint: I&B ministry writes to central govt ministries, PSUs and govt departments to effectively use its media units, including public broadcaster Prasar Bharati and the Press Information Bureau, to inform the people.
liveMint: Information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry allocates Rs20 crore to Prasar Bharati to distribute 30,000 DTH set-top boxes free of charge in tribal, remote and border areas
The Japan Times: How can NHK ensure the financial burden of television reception fees paid by citizens is fair? There needs to be an in-depth debate about the role of the nation’s public broadcaster.
EurasiaNet: In order to silence critics of Kyrgyzstan’s president, prosecutors earlier this year took a punitive approach by filing financially crippling libel suits on his behalf.
Reuters: Aung San Suu Kyi has turned to state-run media inherited from the former junta in an overhaul of her PR approach, after warnings her agenda is being swamped by crises and amid fears among rights groups of eroding free speech.
Scroll.in: Since May, an official crackdown has led to the arrest of hundreds of activists, politicians and critics under a new cyber crime law.
SOUTH KOREA: Korean Broadcasters Launch U.S. Streaming Service
ABU: The Korean broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS have launched the video streaming platform Kocowa for U.S. audiences.
SOUTH KOREA: President urges freedom, independence of state media
The Korea Herald: President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for efforts to ensure the independence, as well as freedom, of state-owned and state-run broadcasters.
RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by a sudden increase in the persecution of dissidents by Vietnam’s authoritarian one-party state. Seven bloggers and citizen-journalists have been arrested in recent weeks and two have been given long jail terms.
NewsMediaWorks: Australian commercial media created a united front this week to push for federal government action to level the playing field between them and the taxpayer-funded ABC and SBS, which offer free news content in competition to the subscription-based digital model publishers have been forced to adopt.
AUSTRALIA: News Corp’s Handmaid’s fail is SBS’s gain as boss hits back at ‘bunch of sooks’ (Opinion)
The Guardian: Michael Ebeid accuses News Corp of ‘rank hypocrisy’ following commercial media’s jealous outburst.
FIJI: Media Industry Development Authority Chair Hits Out At Prasad
Fiji Sun: Media Industry Development Authority chairperson Ashwin Raj has described as hypocrisy National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad’s selective championing of media freedom.
IPI: IPI study highlights need for support structures inside newsrooms.
EBU: Staff at Austrian Member ORF have been reflecting on their own work and how it creates public value in a new report for the broadcaster.
PMA: New model allows BHRT to source independent funding via electricity bills in a deal reached with the Electric Company (Elektroprivreda – JP EP).
Deutsche Welle: Despite increasing violence against refugees in Germany, the media focus is on migrant criminality, a new study says. The refugee crisis has dominated headlines since the summer of 2015.
Digiday UK: Broadcasters have become the latest media companies in Germany to challenge the market dominance of tech giants Google, Facebook and Amazon.
RSF: RSF deplores the purchase of Hungary’s last five independent regional newspapers by oligarchs allied with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Their acquisition in the past few days is the latest attack on pluralism in a country where the government keeps extending its control over the media.
RTÉ: The fees cover earnings for 2015, and as in previous years, are published two years in arrears. The latest earning figures for 2015 demonstrate a reduction of 34% as compared to fees earned in 2008.
The Independent: ‘No one running a business of any scale can wait to the end of negotiations before deciding what to do,’ said Adam Minns, executive director of the Commercial Broadcasters Association.
Broadband TV News: Poland is set to introduce a 15% foreign ownership limit on media companies in a move that could have far-reaching consequences for TVN, the national commercial broadcaster backed by Scripps Networks Interactive.
South Eastern Europe: Reporting Crisis in South East Europe: Case Studies in Six SEE Countries (Report Series)
SEENPM: The general weakness of the media sector in South East Europe manifests itself to the full during socio-political crises.
Rapid TV News: Spain’s Movistar+ and the BBC have extended their content agreement for two more years, including exclusive BBC Earth premieres.
Radio Ruta: Although it includes measures to strengthen these means and punish illegal broadcasters, it leaves doubts on incentives or licensing.
Digital TV Europe: Weak advertising growth in Spain and the UK could have an adverse impact on commercial broadcasters Mediaset España and ITV respectively, according to analysts at Berenberg.
TVB Europe: The BBC has joined forces with Microsoft to build an experimental version of iPlayer that uses AI to allow users to log in using their voiceprint.
Ofcom: The UK has become a nation of binge viewers, Ofcom research reveals, with eight in ten adults now watching multiple episodes of their favourite shows in a single sitting.
C21 Media: The UK government has announced a review into the way Welsh-language pubcaster S4C is funded, while confirming the BBC will provide it with an extra £350,000 (US$456,000) in 2017/18.
UKRAINE: Ukraine’s Imperiled Press Freedom
Mapping Media Freedom: Journalists continue to face unprecedented pressure in Europe as reports submitted to Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom platform in the first quarter of 2017 demonstrate.
El Diario: The Federal System of Media and Public Content launched an interactive multimedia platform of public services made with the contribution of the digital equipment of National Radio, Public Television Argentina and the national news agency Télam.
RapidTVNews: Colombia’s public broadcaster the Sistema de Medios Públicos RTVC is to be headed by industry executive José Jorge Dangond.
COSTA RICA: Nonprofit combines data and investigative journalism with community interaction to report on northwest Costa Rica
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: The Costa Rican newspaper La Voz de Guanacaste, founded in 2002 as La Voz de Nosara, began as a printed newsletter featuring local stories from the northwestern Costa Rican province of Guanacaste. Today, it is the only non-profit Costa Rican newspaper with digital and print versions published in English and Spanish, and almost 42,000 followers on social networks.
Demerara Waves: Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo Thursday night defended government’s decision to amend the Broadcasting Act, compelling private radio and television stations to set aside 60 minutes every day for “public service” programmes, saying the law would now put a “cap” on airtime.
Kaieteur News: The Guyana Press Association (GPA) will be seeking legal advice on proposed amendments to the Broadcasting Act.
IPI: Reporter killed on anniversary of high-profile slaying as dozens of cases remain unsolved.
CIMA: Throughout Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists currently face violence for reporting on sensitive issues, such as endemic corruption, leaving many reporters with a difficult choice to either flee the country or seek patronage and protection from specific political parties.
RSF: As Hassan Rouhani prepares to be sworn on 5 August for a second term as the Islamic Republic of Iran’s president, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges him to finally keep his promises to the Iranian people and to carry out a series of measures that would increase media freedom and promote the rule of law.
The Australian: Former Middle East correspondent for The Australian John Lyons is right that objectivity doesn’t come easy when reporting from Israel.
The Guardian: Reporters have press cards revoked and cable and satellite broadcasters asked to block transmission of Qatar-based network.
Ifex: This July, protesters in Israel and Morocco were met with violence and journalists were subjected to harassment and denial of access, Lebanon banned protests, and 150 organisations met in Doha to discuss threats to freedom of expression in general, and the case of Al Jazeera in particular.
CBC: CBC’s flagship news show will relaunch in November
National Post: Canadians are still watching “America’s Got Talent” and “Game of Thrones” this summer — but overall, viewership is down.
NPR: A narrative journalism podcast that brings perspective-shifting stories from around the world.
Rapid TV News: TV viewing that takes place in a bar, gym, airport or office, can be just as important to networks and advertisers as at-home watchers, according to data released by industry analyst Nielsen.
RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins more than 20 press freedom organizations announcing the launch today of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a new nonpartisan website dedicated to documenting press freedom abuses across the United States.
The Guardian: One of the top officials at the US justice department said on Sunday that the agency’s heightened focus on policing leaks of classified information is not intended to put journalists in legal jeopardy.
Pew Research Center: The latest fact sheet on public broadcasting in the US, released with Pew’s annual report.
Courthouse News Service: If not for threats to its federal funding, public broadcasting would have been having a great year as the Pew Foundation reported Monday that millions more people tuning in fueled increasing revenue at radio and TV stations.
Poynter: In an age in which technology gives us the ability to publish anytime, anywhere, on any platform, it can be tricky to choose the best lead–especially when the news is breaking. Here are some guidelines to make sure your story is the one your audience chooses.
IJNET: A British company called Speechmatics is working to build more accurate technology to turn spoken words into text across a wide range of different languages.
CJR: The challenge for journalists is to thoroughly and selectively grasp the power of technology while upholding the profession’s core journalistic mission.
NiemanLab: Plus: Surrounding fake news with real news, fake news games, and Kenya faces an election.
Nieman Lab: “What I found to be really great about the game is how terrible at it I am and how terrible people are at it.”
Pew Research Centre: News media made by and for the two largest racial/ethnic minority groups in the United States – blacks and Hispanics – have been a consistent part of the American news landscape. Explore the patterns and longitudinal data about Hispanic- and black-oriented news outlets below.
Music and Public Sector Radio
Music Business Journal: Broadcasting, especially radio, is a premier medium for the communication of music in society.
Poynter: The New York Times isn’t the only major U.S. news organization to get rid of its public editor in recent years. With trust in the media sinking ever lower, several other outlets have pruned or decided not to hire a reader representative. But abroad, it’s a different story — public editors and ombudsmen are more important than ever.
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CJR: As votes near in Kenya and Germany, concerns over fake news have taken center stage.
Rapid TV News: Virtual reality (VR) gained investor confidence this week, with major funding developments.
Medium: Lessons learned from testing further actions and personalization in web notifications for the UK snap election.
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