PSM Weekly | 4-10 Oct
Tuesday 10 October 2017
Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.
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News24: A media rights group has accused the government of Botswana of being aggressive and intolerant towards the media, as a hearing against a privately-owned newspaper kicks off on Tuesday.
Africa Times: In troubled Cameroon, where the government is disputing a death toll of 17 in weekend protests as reported by Amnesty International, a new appeal has emerged – this time from Anglophone journalists complaining of hate speech directed at their communities by their own colleague at Vision 4.
CAMEROON & EGYPT: When anti-terrorism laws are used to sacrifice free speech
RFI: Anti-terrorism laws are sometimes used to muzzle the media. Journalists Denis Nkwebo in Cameroon and Mohanad El Sangary in Egypt detail the challenges they and their colleagues face in trying to navigate deliberately opaque laws and not land in prison.
HRW: The Egyptian government has intensified its campaign against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their supporters, arresting dozens of people in less than two weeks, Human Rights Watch said today. A media regulatory body has also banned all “positive” reporting on homosexuality.
EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Cartoonist detained in Equatorial Guinea for weeks without charge
CPJ: Authorities in Equatorial Guinea should immediately release cartoonist and blogger Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé, whom they have held without charge for weeks, [according to the] the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Berkman Klein Center: Kenya held general elections on August 8, 2017. The presidential election was nullified due to irregularities and is set for a repeat on October 26, 2017. Technology played a key role in the polls at two levels – there was use of tech in aspects such as results transmission and social media was employed massively in political campaigns with propaganda and fake news flowing freely.
Journalism Research News: Most Kenyan journalists feel they have freedom to decide what to include in news. Kioko Ireri, of United States International University Africa, conducted a survey in 2012-2013 to 504 Kenyan journalists, working at various media, asking about news selection decisions, media freedom and autonomy.
IFEX: Thirty-four FM broadcasting stations have been shut down by the National Communications Authority (NCA), the Communications regulator and radio frequency licensing body in Ghana.
The Southern Times: The Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is now looking towards South Africa for the supply of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Set-Top Box decoders.
IPI: The International Press Institute (IPI) has announced that it will hold its 2018 annual World Congress in Abuja, Nigeria from June 21 – 23, 2018.
via Ifex: The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria has announced the launch of “The Nigerian Journalists Internet Rights Initiative (NJIRI)”. The Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, said the main objectives of the NJIRI are to defend Internet and digital rights as well as the safety of journalists online.
SOUTH AFRICA: Fewer South Africans paying SABC TV licences
Channel 24: Fewer South Africans are bothering to pay their SABC TV licences with the beleaguered South African public broadcaster that’s experiencing another dramatic plunge in TV licence fee income.
SOUTH AFRICA: Zuma wants SABC control
News24: President Jacob Zuma and Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo have been accused of deliberately delaying the appointment of the SABC board to make their own appointments as far as the strategic positions of chief operating officer (COO), chief executive officer (CEO) and chief financial officer (CFO) go – without the board’s input.
MEMO: The National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists reported on Wednesday that 100 attacks have been recorded. These attacks affected 139 media sector workers in the country, including 34 female journalists, between March and August 2017.
New Vision: The journalists penned a missive asking UCC to desist from what they referred to as ‘misreading and misapplication of the law’ and suppressing press freedom.
ZIMBABWE: Journalists Launch Investigative Website
via AllAfrica: A network of local journalists has launched a new independent investigative journalism website, ZimFerrets, with the support of Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Zimbabwe and Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (Osisa).
The Media Online: During the past five or so years, a couple of large Western media players, Swiss-based Ringier and US-publisher HuffPost for example, have launched major initiatives in Africa that are already paying off, with representatives from each telling delegates at the World News Media Congress that they are looking forward to continuing and growing their efforts on the continent.
via Ifex: Eight national MISA Chapters, together with local researchers, sought to determine the ease or difficulty with which citizens can access information held by public institutions in their respective countries.
Sixth Tone: Poorly factchecked and constantly updated, a slew of contradictory online articles will do anything to court clicks — even if it means peddling fake news.
Missoulian: The government-funded broadcast media operation intends to compete with CNN and and BBC for international news coverage.
IFJ: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) denounces a series of threats made against Hong Kong-based journalists. The IFJ calls for an immediate investigation into the threats, and the government to guarantee the safety of the journalists.
Asia Radio Today: 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.
Deutsche Welle: Fake news in India is a rising problem. The practice of using social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp to disseminate false information is ushering in a dangerous trend.
RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Indian authorities to identify and prosecute those responsible for the many death threats against journalists in the past two weeks and reminds Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government that the safety of journalists is a cornerstone of democracy and the rule of law.
The Indian Express: The AIR conducts auditions in different genres of music, including classical, light, folk, tribal and western, and award suitable grades to them.
Japan Today: The death of a 31-year-old NHK female reporter in 2013 was determined by labor standards inspectors the following year as caused by overwork, the public broadcaster said Wednesday, providing further evidence of the severe working conditions many Japanese employees endure.
ABU: NHK World, the international broadcasting service of NHK, has launched this week a full-scale, multilingual video on demand (VOD) service.
KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakhstan bans foreign channels
Broadband TV News: Eight foreign channels will be banned in Kazakhstan on October 11.
Maldives Independent: TV stations have been warned against broadcasting footage live-streamed on social media by MPs who are inside the parliament chamber.
DAWN: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday imposed a Rs1 million fine on Geo News for airing comments against the Pakistan Army.
Nieman Lab: New Naratif, modeled loosely on the successful Dutch site De Correspondent, has started a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of signing up 3,500 members.
News1st: News1st Digital, which is a part of the MTV/ MBC Media Networks, owned by The Capital Maharaja Organisation took its first ever step in publishing news on its web page.
AUSTRALIA: ABC defiant amid corporate, political foes
News.com.au: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie says media laws must change to keep up with digital change, but has hit back at industry critics of the public broadcaster.
IF: The ABC has dismissed calls from FTA broadcasters to serve as the sole broadcaster of children’s content.
Broadcast Beat: SBS deepens partnership with Dalet to expand orchestration and content collaboration across all radio, TV and digital platforms
AUSTRALIA: Lateline, The Link to be axed in ABC overhaul
The Sydney Morning Herald: The ABC’s evening news program Lateline and Stan Grant’s The Link will be axed as part of a sweeping overhaul of the national broadcaster’s current affairs schedule.
AUSTRALIA: SBS welcomes fully-funded content quota
IF: SBS has formally made a pitch for a fully-funded content quota on its primary channel, subject to increased government support. The broadcaster has suggested a quota of about 30 per cent in peak viewing times, which it said would adequately deliver on SBS’s Charter and meet audience expectations.
NEW ZEALAND: Total NZ Radio New Zealand Audience Measurement
Scoop: Conducted across the whole of New Zealand, this unified New Zealand radio audience measurement survey gives valuable insights into the strength and scope of radio listening across the country. The survey was conducted over 39 weeks and sampled 14,962 people aged 10+.
RNZ: A restructure at Tonga’s state broadcaster has resulted in two of its most experienced journalists being moved to roles in the marketing department.
VANUATU: Ambae is Vanuatu’s story, not just a global media backdrop (Opinion)
Asia Pacific Report: It happens every time disaster strikes in the developing world. The inhabitants of the place become background players in a drama about selfless aid workers saving lives in the furthest corners of the globe.
Index: Albania’s mainstream media outlets have been reluctant to cover and expose corruption in the country, and observers blame vexatious lawsuits for the hesitancy.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: What dictates media agenda? (Bosnian)
Via OBC Transeuropa: Media outlets constantly focus their attention on those states that are considered to be élite, on the individuals who are accepted as the most important individuals in our society and on events concerning these people and nations.On the other side, a large number of those who are not big, rich and “important” are left behind closed doors that lead to media space.
Transitions Online: A Bulgarian lawmaker has announced his resignation to limit damage to the ruling party after he and a deputy prime minister hinted that a TV host risked being sacked for pressing them on controversial topics.
CROATIA: Croatia pressure on science writers
ECPMF: Journalists criticising Croatian science and higher education institutions, namely declining performance at most of them, are facing abuse and being accused of ’destroying the national order’.
FRANCE: Radio France strengthens its policy in favor of diversity (French – Interview)
Les Médias Francophones Publics: The Director of Fip and President of the Radio France Diversity Committee, Bérénice Ravache, reminds us of the key dates of the implementation of a diversity policy at Radio France and discusses the new measures applied in this field.
Real Screen: ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF, has announced the resignation of president and CEO Alexander Coridass, effective at the end of 2017.
Greek Reporter: Dionysis Tsaknis, the chairman of ERT; the Greek Public Broadcaster, has resigned from his post following speculation of an argument with the newly appointed CEO Kostopoulos.
IFJ: International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) affiliates from all over the world have backed colleagues from the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers who began a 24-hour general strike on 3 October.
SEENPM: As Hungary prepares for parliamentary elections, independent journalists have become a target of the pro-government media outlets.
IPI: Half a year before parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government has finished buying up, through various cronies and government-friendly businessmen, all of Hungary’s regional newspapers.
IRELAND: Sky and Virgin threaten to drop RTE
Broadband TV News: Sky and Virgin Media have told a Irish parliamentary committee that they would risk losing channels from RTE rather than pay for their carriage.
Advanced Television: The Italian government has issued a decree imposing increased local content quotas on national TV channels. Italian TV channels must now increase their output of Italian movies and TV series aired during primetime hours (6pm to 11pm), and also make compulsory content investments, subject to severe sanctions.
ITALY: The loss of credibility of journalism (Italian)
AGI: A research by the University of Urbino on fake news confirms that the problem is not the web but the distrust towards traditional media. The reason? Too many times we lose ethics and objectivity.
MACEDONIA: Macedonia: People are mostly informed by TV
Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso: Television is still the main news bulletin for political developments, but the number of citizens who get informed about politics via internet is growing, according to the latest poll of the International Republican Institute (IRI) conducted from 4th to 21st August 2017.
Poynter: The Norwegian fact-checking outfit deftly debunked claims by politicians, lead discussions on social media and quickly grew its audience leading up to the election. When all was said and done, Faktisk had become one of the most popular sites in the country — once even surpassing the social media engagement of a false claim it debunked.
Broadband TV News: The Polish national commercial broadcaster TVN celebrated its twentieth anniversary this week.
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EFJ: The Romanian trade union of journalists MediaSind expressed its concerns about the new draft law intended to regulate the national news agency AGERPRES, to be discussed on 11 October 2017 by the Romanian Parliament.
ROMANIA: Let the press reach readers! (Comment)
OBC Transeuropa: Starting from Bucharest newsstands, the closing down of distribution channels of newspapers and magazines represents one of the main threats against press freedom in Romania.
Freedom House: The increasingly authoritarian government has steadily broken down press freedom over the past four years.
Balkan Insight: Serbian media outlets and NGOs that recently blacked out websites or went off air in protest against what they see as assaults on media freedom are meeting in Belgrade on Thursday to chart a new campaign.
SLOVAKIA: Dolezal leaves Slovakia’s RTVS
Broadband TV News: Andrej Dolezal has left his position as technical director at the Slovakian public broadcaster RTVS.
IPI: Public confidence in station’s news gathering operation at risk, critics warn
RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled that media personnel were among the victims of police charges against civilians during the illegal independence referendum organized by the regional government in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain, on 1 October.
BBC: Contrasting interpretations of what is happening in Catalonia reflect the deeply divisive nature of Spain’s territorial crisis and the media has been a key factor in fuelling the polarisation.
Electronic Frontier Foundation: The ruthless efficiency with which the Spanish government censored the Internet ahead of the referendum on Catalonian independence foreshadowed the severity of its crackdown at polling places on October 1.
Rapid TV News: Spain’s video and TV industry has launched a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the harm caused by content piracy.
EFJ: The lack of protection of journalists’ authors rights in Spain undermines their living standards and journalism ethics.
Rapid TV News: In the middle of accusations of censorship against Spain’s RTVE, there has also been criticism of the role of Catalonia’s public broadcaster TV3 in spreading nationalistic ideology and manipulating its audience.
SWITZERLAND: RTS tests the mounting booth of its future site (French)
Les Médias Francophones Publics: The order of the future building of the RTS in Lausanne is on the right track, but without waiting for the laying of the foundation stone, the project team carries out various studies. The aim here is to test solutions by associating RTS employees, in order to make the right choice of equipment at the best cost.
Shoot Onine: Swiss public broadcaster RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera has adopted WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based media management platform to market television content to broadcast partners worldwide.
The Guardian: Media Fund invites 21 outlets to become partners in cooperative, which aims to counteract ‘old system’
RSF: The new laws would reportedly see anyone “repeatedly” viewing extremist content online jailed for up to 15 years.
RSF: The influence of politicians over media in Ukraine has increased over the last year. Complex offshore structures that obscure levels of influence via media ownership remain popular business models.
REGIONAL: Media visibility of radical right media in Romania and Hungary (Article)
Journalism Research News: The authors analyse the differences and similarities in the media visibility of the populist radical right in Hungary and Romania. The characteristics of media discourses were analyzed and the researchers also identified the position of radical right media products within mainstream media.
Variety: Faced with fierce competition from global streaming services such as Netflix, public broadcasters in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland have joined forces to jointly produce ambitious Scandi series.
ARGENTINA: TV Pública debuts web sketch show
C21 Media: Argentinian channel TV Pública has launched its first digital original production after partnering with local production company La Maldita.
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: The Public Prosecutor of the State of São Paulo wants to identify and punish those who threaten or persecute journalists on social networks.
Rapid TV News: Aiming to provide critical communication links in the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Hispasat, Cisco and Digicel, among other industry leaders, have reached an agreement.
Deutsche Welle: Rights groups have called on Mexican authorities to combat impunity, saying violence will continue “until that changes.” With more than 100 journalists killed since 2000, Mexico is set to break another tragic record.
GIJN: What the Mexican government has done is officially and unofficially enforce pressure against journalists, using diverse methods from spying to slandering.
VENEZUELA: International and local journalists released after being detained while reporting on prison in Venezuela
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Three journalists reporting at the infamous Tocorón prison in northern Venezuela were released Oct. 8 after being held by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB for its acronym in Spanish) for two days.
via Ifex: Move against Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists an attempt to stifle criticism, stigmatise independent NGOs, IPI says
Daily Sabah: A new project by TRT World, the English-language channel of public broadcaster TRT, introduces young Syrian refugees to the world of journalism. In a refugee camp in southern Turkey, 40 youths between the ages of 14 and 18 participate in the classes, which aims to endear more to the profession.
Broadband TV News: BBC Arabic and Arabsat have renewed their agreement to distribute the channel on Arabsat BADR-4 at 26 degrees East which covers the entire MENA region and most of Western Europe.
CISION: Cision’s 2017 Canadian Social Journalism findings provide insights into how Canadian journalists use social media and examines the problems that it has created for the media industry, which includes fake news and a negative impact on traditional journalistic values.
CANADA: Radio Canada launches digital comic for freedom of expression (French)
Les Médias Francophones Publics: Sentenced in June 2012 to ten years’ imprisonment and a thousand lashes for comments on his blog, Raif Badawi is serving his sentence in Saudi Arabia. His wife, Ensaf Haidar, and their three children took refuge in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 2013. On October 5, the CBC launched Raif Badawi: Dream of Liberty , a documentary comic that traces their story.
CANADA: Why is Melanie Joly ignoring the crisis in Canadian journalism? (Opinion)
The Conversation: Although we now live in a vast internet landscape with immense amounts of content, the diversity and quality of the news media we consume continues to be a concern. Large sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google should not be trusted to solve these problems.
Poynter: Many news reports have dubbed the horrific massacre in Las Vegas “the deadliest shooting in American history.” The only problem with the dramatic superlative? It isn’t true.
PBS: U.S. government-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty said Monday that Russia has warned of possible restrictions on some of its operations.
Buffalo News: Public broadcasting is a perennial punching bag for Republicans who presumably feel that the educational and children’s programming and the cultural, news and entertainment offerings on public radio and television would be infinitely more edifying if broken up by interminable advertisements for pharmaceuticals and SUVs. Or off the air altogether.
Ijnet: Pushing for more innovative storytelling can be challenging for newsrooms, especially when there isn’t enough time or resources. However, there are plenty of free digital tools that can help journalists introduce data visualizations and other, more creative ways of telling stories.
CIMA: There is growing concern that the channels for digitally distributing news–chief among them Facebook and Google–direct traffic and resources away from smaller, independent outlets in growing media markets. […] New findings from media researchers at Chartbeat, however, offer a ray of hope: during major news events, audiences worldwide are most likely to seek out quality information via search engines like Google before turning to Facebook and other social media platforms.
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via NiemanLab: Facebook’s outsized role in spreading fake news both during last year’s presidential election is, at this point, undeniable. Facebook has taken some responsibility, and on Thursday introduced a new feature meant to give users more context about articles while they’re reading and before they share them with others.
EJO: “Politics in Italy is rooted in corruption .” This assumption, repeated as a mantra in the main channels of information, has now become a widespread belief in Italian society. Through our study , published in the Journal of Information Issues , we have tried to verify whether this high level of perception of corruption is, at least in part, due to the way media deal with the phenomenon.
GEN: An interview with non-profit platform Coda Story’s co-founder and editor-in-chief Natalia Antelava.
Nieman Lab: A new ICFJ survey found, for instance, that people with digital-focused titles like “digital content producer,” “social media editor” or “analytics editor” made up just 18 percent of newsroom positions.
Rapid TV News: The latest edition of the Ericsson ConsumerLab and Media study has identified two major tipping points for TV viewing in three years’ time with linear and video on-demand (VOD) viewing almost equal, and half of all viewing being done on a mobile screen.
Journalism.co.uk: Gather will enable journalists to share insights and best practices, and to find people in other newsrooms doing similar work
EFJ: The Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) in partnership with the European and International Federation of Journalists (EFJ-IFJ) successfully organised a 2-day Safety Workshop in Diyarbakir (Southeast of Turkey) on 03-04 October 2017 for local and visiting journalists regularly covering conflict zones in the region.
ICIJ: Do you know where your news is coming from? That’s the question at the center of the latest campaign to help improve news literacy among American citizens.
Ijnet: This post is the second piece in an ongoing series on how newsrooms can expand their audience by using new storytelling techniques.
SEENPM: The study explores the hate speech phenomenon, examines cases of hate speech throughout Southeast Europe, provides recommendations and describes mechanisms for fighting against and preventing it.
Poynter: No algorithm of reporting is more enduring and productive than the Fives W’s: Who, What, Where, When and Why. None of those is harder to answer than the Why.
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