PSM Weekly | 5-11 July
Tuesday 11 July 2017
Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.
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Cameroon Concord: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has addressed a letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to urge Cameroon to release all journalists arrested for their work in the country, reports Daily Nation.
RSF: Announcing the measure on 30 June, Guinea-Bissau communication minister Victor Pereira blamed Portugal’s failure to respect bilateral agreements on media cooperation with its former colony.
KENYA: Kenya seeks to restrict political commentary on social media ahead of elections
CPJ: Kenyan authorities should ensure that proposed social media guidelines do not prevent journalists from reporting critically or close the space for public debate ahead of general elections due to take place August 8, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
RSF: Ten years after appalling election violence was accompanied by serious media freedom violations in Kenya in 2007, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has been looking at the current election campaign’s impact on press freedom.
Broadcast Media Africa: Content and TV programming from scores of television stations in Japan have been given to Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) free of charge.
PMA: Nigeria’s journey towards digital transition has faltered once more after missing another deadline. But the country aims to continue steps towards a digital future with a slower, phased switchover.
via All Africa: The media has been encouraged to embrace data journalism to be able to enhance their reporting particularly on issues like budgets and financial reports.
SOUTH AFRICA: Outcry Over Zuma’s ‘Stalling’ of SABC Probe
IOL: Alleged delays by President Jacob Zuma to sign a proclamation for a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe into the SABC is causing consternation.
SOUTH AFRICA: SABC channel head resigns
Times Live: After 13 years at the SABC, TV boss Maijang Mpherwane has resigned from the public broadcaster.
SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa journalists obtain order against activists
IPI: Court bars group from demonstrating outside homes, threatening violence.
AFEX: The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of African freedom of expression groups, has expressed serious concerns about the increased incidents of attacks against journalists, media practitioners and free expression advocates on the continent, and urged governments in the region to step up efforts to safeguard free speech online and offline.
GBN: The African Communication Regulation Authorities Network (ACRAN) will intensify its efforts to rope in all media regulatory organisations on the continent.
Asia Times: On the sidelines of the July 4 Xi-Putin summit, 17 agreements were concluded at the third China-Russia Media Forum, aiming to reshape global opinion.
PMA: Hong Kong’s public broadcaster denounces censorship after one of its satirical programmes was pulled at the last minute to be replaced by the Chinese Presidents speech.
LiveMint: The CCI has ordered a detailed probe against public broadcaster Prasar Bharati for alleged abuse of dominance with respect to draft FM radio licensing agreement.
Indian Television: India’s public broadcaster Doordarshan is all set to expand its viewership in non-Hindi speaking markets having drawn up plans to increase presence in the southern and eastern parts of the country by launching new TV channels.
The Drum: Media businesses all over the world are facing disruption from changing consumer habits and channel fragmentation but with the Indian Government putting investment into accelerating digital usage in society, for broadcasters like Network 18, transformation is essential to succeed.
GIJN: In June, Japan passed a controversial law targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, a measure critics warn will bolster state surveillance of dissidents and other opposition.
RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the increase in media freedom violations in Burma and, in particular, reiterates its call for the unconditional release of three journalists who were arrested in the northeast on 26 June and the repeal of article 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Act.
NEPAL: Nepal Army’s plan to run FM radio triggers debate
The Kathmandu Post: The Nepal Army’s plans to run FM radios, as it began test transmission in Dipayal recently, has triggered a debate whether the national defence force should act as a broadcaster in a democracy.
CIMA: Tensions between press freedom and national security came to a head recently in Pakistan when the nation’s most widely read English newspaper, Dawn, published remarks from a closed-door government meeting last fall that offered a glimpse into the increasingly fractious relationship between elected officials and military leadership.
Advox: Philippine Senator Joel Villanueva filed a bill in late June that would criminalize the “malicious distribution of false news.” Media groups are warning it could lead to censorship.
Bangkok Post: The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has voted in favour of short and long-term recommendations for online media reform, including tighter regulations over content.
The Australian: Federal conservative MPs Eric Abetz and Cory Bernardi have slapped down the ABC for a proposed restructure of its religious unit, saying the broadcaster was “unreflective” and favoured other specialist areas such as science.
Decider TV: Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras, Create NSW and SBS have announced a funding initiative supporting emerging LGBTIQ filmmakers.
RAPID TV News: Both free and subscription-based broadcast television is watched at home weekly by 83.7% of the population – some 19.9 million people, according to the latest Australian Video Viewing Report.
NEW ZEALAND: Culture clash over controversial comedy
RNZ: Heard the one about the Aussie comedian, the Tongan teenager and the New Zealand TV channel? No-one’s laughing now after Māori TV’s top brass stepped in to dump a controversial comedy after one episode.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Green MP Delahunty calls for NZ action, media focus on West Papua
Asia Pacific Report: Final year Bachelor of Communication Studies student journalist Ashleigh McCaull at Auckland University of Technology talks to Green MP Catherine Delahunty about the West Papuan human rights violations and lack of New Zealand political and media interest.
ALBANIA: Return Albania’s public broadcaster to the public! (Opinion)
ECPMF: At a time when ‘fake news’ is undermining trust in media across the globe and is threatening the stability of both consolidated and fragile democracies, defending the truth is not just a challenge for the new media. Surely it also becomes as much of a challenge for the mainstream public service media (PSM) across Europe.
Balkan Insight: Weakening EU and US influence in the Balkans and increased Russian influence, as well as growing political and economic pressures on journalists, have created a harsher environment for Balkan media, BIRN’s biennial meeting heard.
Nieman Lab: With events, trainings, and a freelance database, OpenVRT is an attempt to make the Belgian public media broadcaster VRT more accessible.
Broadband TV News: Dutch public broadcaster NPO is revamping its online OTT on-demand service, formerly Uitzending Gemist, calling it NPO Start and introducing a premium version.
RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is asking French ombudsman Jacques Toubon to investigate ten cases of journalists who have been subjected to unwarranted violence by the security forces while covering demonstrations in France during the past year or so.
GERMANY: German parliament adopts controversial law on social media threatening media freedom
EFJ: The German parliament voted last Friday on 30 June a law on social media forcing online platforms like Facebook and Twitter to remove illegal hate speech posted by users. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) expressed concerns regarding the adoption of the law warning that the law would lead to widespread online censorship and limit media freedom.
Digital TV Europe: German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has called for public funding to be made available to commercial broadcasters to support public service broadcasting that can “reach a larger number of young people”.
OC MEDIA: A number of private TV companies and civil rights organisations in Georgia have urged Parliament not to pass a bill removing restrictions on commercial advertising on Georgia’s Public Broadcaster (GPB).
Advanced Television: Greece’s Syriza-led government is keen to limit the number of national terrestrial broadcasters to four.
Irish Examiner: A debate on the future of the TV licence system is needed to ensure that a viable public service media is provided, says Communications Minister Denis Naughten.
Irish Independent: The proliferation of unreliable or ‘fake news’ on social media has actually boosted trust in traditional media in Ireland, according to the head of the State broadcasting watchdog.
Journalism.co.uk: Reporter Cian McCormack told Journalism.co.uk about his cycling trip around the country, producing daily radio reports for RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland programme.
The Irish Times: The Government is to appoint a “new agent” to collect television licence fees in an attempt recoup some of the estimated €40 million a year that is currently going unpaid, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has said.
Balkan Media Watch: The largest coalition campaigning in the Kosovo elections is divided over a controversial proposal to reintroduce criminal penalties for defamation.
LATVIA: LTV cuts ties with Ventspils council following oligarch revelations
LSM: Latvian Television (LTV) has cancelled an agreement with the Ventspils City Council in the show Dziesmu sirdij rodi Ventspilī (Find Your Heart’s Song in Ventspils), the television announced July 5.
MONTENEGRO: Public Service Broadcasting in Montenegro (Research)
Analitika: This paper examines the status and operation of the public service broadcaster in Montenegro and the process of transformation of the state-controlled Radio Television of Montenegro (Radio i Televizija Crne Gore, or RTCG) into a public service broadcaster.
ROMANIA: TV consumption grows in Romania
Broadband TV News: Romania is one of the few countries in the world where the consumption of linear TV services is still rising.
RSF: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Duma to reject two bills that have been approved on first reading and, if adopted, would eliminate much of what remains of Internet freedom in Russia. They would ban software for bypassing the blocking of websites, censor search engines and bring messaging apps under control.
Broadband TV News: A new Russian channel named Katyusha and aimed specifically at viewers in China will be launched by the end of the year.
BusinessWire: SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced today that, together with its long-term partner Telekom Serbia, it will carry six TV channels and one radio station for Serbian public broadcaster RTS across Europe.
SPAIN: RTVE’s international kids signal secures first LATAM partner
Rapid TV News: Colombia’s Movistar has become the first Latin American operator to add RTVE’s international kids signal.
SPAIN: RTVE live broadcast in Dolby Audio, Dolby Vision
Advanced Television: RTVE has become the first national channel in Spain to complete a live broadcast in Dolby Audio and Dolby Vision.
La Vanguardia: The Federation of Trade Union of Journalists (FESP) today called for the election of the presidents of all public media, not just RTVE, to be carried out via public competition.
The Guardian: Broadcaster outlines plan for ‘reflecting and representing a changing UK’ and its strategy for competing with Netflix and Amazon.
The Guardian: Proposals include abolishing unpredictable hours allowance and cutting overtime as corporation prepares to reveal top salaries.
TBI Vision: The head of UK pubcaster the BBC’s kids department has said her division’s commissioning focus has switched to ordering fewer, but “bigger and better” shows.
UK: Fifteen hyperlocals to partner with the BBC
Community Journalism: The Centre for Community Journalism has learned that 15 community & hyperlocal news publishers have successfully partnered with the BBC to receive local news content as part of the Local Democracy Reporter Scheme.
The Spectator: When the audience don’t believe the news, we’re all in trouble.
UK: Report: PSBs boost factual, sports and kids programme spend
Advanced Television: UK regulator Ofcom has published its Public Service Broadcasting Annual Research Report for 2017. The report assesses the performance of the designated public service broadcasters – the BBC, ITV, STV, UTV, Channel 4, S4C and Channel 5.
UK: UK swaying towards UGC for trustful news
Advanced Television: A study from Newsflare reveals the current level of mistrust for the UK media, with findings showing just 22 per cent of people always believe the information reported by news sources.
UK: Younger viewers turning off public broadcasting in UK
Rapid Tv News: Data from UK broadcaster Ofcom has found that the UK TV viewers are watching fewer public service broadcasts with the fall most evident among the younger elements of the audience.
GENERAL: Which are the challenges and solutions for public service media?
EFJ: Politicians with an agenda, managements on tight budgets and industry competitors under existential threats to malicious disseminators of falsehoods – it is a “perfect storm” of challenges for today’s public service news providers. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU)’s new study addresses those changing demands, much of which were researched during a rapid tour of small group of European broadcasters in the spring 2017.
BRAZIL: Innovative tool created by Brazilian helps to measure journalism’s impact on society
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: From the start, journalists are taught that the profession is important for society and for the defense of democracy. But how can that relevance be measured in people’s everyday lives?
COLOMBIA: “We want to build a good quality public television” (Spanish)
Kien Y Ke: Canal Capital belongs to everyone in Bogota. This is very clear for Yesid Lancheros, its information director, a journalist with extensive experience in written and digital media, who now faces the challenge of public television with the sole objective of removing the political overtones from the public broadcaster that damaged it so much in the past.
ECUADOR: Melendres: “Public media tell the other truth of the information” (Spanish)
El Telégrafo: Geovanna Melendres, editor-in-chief of the newspaper El Telégrafo, participated yesterday in ‘Dialogues for Democracy’, along with Luis Eduardo Vivanco, editor-in-chief of La Hora newspaper.
The Washington Times: The murder was outrageous, but for Mexican journalists these days, grimly familiar.
MEXICO: The Invisible Costs of the War against the Press in Mexico
Nieman Reports: Marcela Turati on the Mexican journalists who have to flee the country because of threats to their safety
ISRAEL: The Israeli media has kept us in the dark for 50 years (Opinion)
972: Since 1967, the Israeli media has hid the ugly, everyday reality in the occupied territories. But even if they really knew, would Israelis still choose to end 50 years of military rule over the Palestinians?
Middle East Eye: Journalists and media rights activists have warned that the arrest of a journalist by the Palestinian security forces last week points to new attempts to drastically restrict journalism in the West Bank.
EFJ: The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomes the resolution of the European Parliament calling for the immediate release of arrested journalists in Turkey.
TRT: Turkey’s cabinet appointed Eren, who had served as deputy director general of TRT for four years.
Journalism Research News: Twitter has become an important playground for the news media in Turkey. Burak Doğu of the İzmir University of Economics, conducted a network analysis in Twitter to look at Turkey’s polarized news media landscape after the Gezi protests.
Arab News: Middle East media need to present a united front against Google and Facebook due to the allegedly unfair advantage enjoyed by the social-media giants, something that could kill off local media within years, it has been claimed.
Screen Africa: In 1997, Canada and South Africa signed an Audiovisual Co-production Treaty which would pave the way for collaboration between Canadian and South African film and television productions.
Current: This year’s Public Media Development and Marketing Conference kicks off Wednesday in San Francisco, a longtime home of innovation in public media fundraising.
Inside Radio: The Federal Communications Commission has put everything in its media rulebook up for review as part of a wide-ranging proceeding to eliminate regulations that are “outdated, unnecessary or unduly burdensome.” The industry has responded with an array of ideas that the agency can take to ease the requirements on stations while at the same time upholding their end of the bargain as licensees.
Media Matters for America: Major television network affiliates in metropolitan areas most affected by a record-breaking heat wave in June failed to discuss how climate change exacerbates such heat waves or mention that it will make them more frequent in the future, and major national TV networks neglected to report on the connection too.
Lakeshore Public Radio: Indiana Public Broadcasting (IPB News) has won two national Public Radio News Directors Incorporated Awards (PRNDI), for the 2016 coverage of the lead contamination crisis in East Chicago, Indiana.
The Hollywood Reporter: Together with NPR, the public stations also suggest the time might be right to ditch a rule prohibiting the broadcast of lottery drawings.
CPJ: The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a report released today by a group of Senate Republicans arguing that “an avalanche” of media leaks under the Trump Administration is harming national security.
Current: Renewed confidence in the future of public radio is showing up all across the country.
Grist: Last year, the New York Times called climate change “the most important story in the world.” So the Trump administration raised some eyebrows at a recent White House briefing when it turned to the newspaper of record for support in its effort to defend the president’s deeply unpopular decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
Digiday UK: The existential threat of Google and Facebook are causing competitors to ally in France. Major French national newspaper and magazine groups are setting aside traditional rivalries to scale their digital advertising offers to rival the duopoly, while also ridding their digital ad supply chains of unnecessary intermediaries.
Poynter: Sometimes it takes a village to find the truth — or at least a handful of fact-checking news partners.
How media outlets and journalists can develop their audiences: advice for tracking and growing your metrics
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: This article is part of the book, “Innovative Journalism in Latin America,” published by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, with the help of Open Society Foundations’ Program on Independent Journalism.
Journalism.co.uk: Initial results of the first Global Data Journalism survey, studying and analysing the current state of data journalism in newsrooms internationally, were released this week
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: The Emotional Toll on Journalists Covering the Refugee Crisis is the first study of its kind into the response of news media professionals covering a humanitarian crisis. Supported by the International News Safety Institute (INSI), it shows how moral injury – linked as it is to a sense of guilt and the loss of one’s moral compass – emerged as the biggest psychological challenge facing those covering the refugee crisis.
The New York Times: Google and Facebook continue to gobble up the digital advertising market, siphoning away revenue that once paid for the quality journalism that Google and Facebook now offer for free.
Quartz: If you blink, you miss it.
Journalism Research News: How can algorithms help journalists judge the credibility of sources? Richard Fletcher, of the University of Oxford, Steve Schifferes, of City University London, and Neil Thurman, of Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, examine the tool ‘Truthmeter’, created for evaluating Twitter sources.
Poynter: As trust in the media wanes and news organizations struggle to engage with readers, Wikipedia has emerged as a leader in transparency and user growth — and it can offer some important lessons to journalists and fact-checkers.
“Words must not lead to imprisonment” – press freedom campaigns at the G20 summit
European Centre for Press & Media Freedom: As presidents Erdogan, Trump, Xi, and Putin arrive on the banks of the river Elbe, representatives of the German press are showing their opposition.
The Guardian: Three recent reports – from Ofcom, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and the Oxford Internet Institute – provide some pointers.
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