PSM Weekly | 8-14 March
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Our weekly round-up of public service media related stories and headlines from around the world.
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8-14 March 2017
The Economist: A bust-up over language has exposed new tools of repression
Via All Africa
Broadcasting & Media Africa: In a bid to drive its media development agenda, the Kenyan Government is planning to decentralise the services of Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).
The Star (Kenya): The Media Council of Kenya has said it is not possible to provide coverage for all political rallies as directed by the Communication Authority of Kenya.
MEDMedia: The reforms shaping Morocco’s media sector since the beginning of the millennium have been characterised by a unique set of features which differentiate them from similar experiments in the Southern Mediterranean.
PMA: The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) of Nigeria has issued a stern warning to broadcasters with outstanding licence fees, threatening them with sanctions and shutdown if they do not comply.
Broadcasting & Media Africa: Nigeria’s broadcasting regulator the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has cancelled the licenses of 54 broadcast stations for refusing to pay their fees within the 60-day range.
South Africa: ICASA Tells SABC – Editorial Policy Amendments Not Valid
Broadcasting & Media Africa
News24: The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) and the Democratic Alliance on Tuesday lashed out at State Security Minister David Mahlobo, who at the weekend said the regulation of social media in SA was being discussed at government level.
Deutsche Welle: In the middle of Wakaliga, a slum in Uganda’s capital Kampala, Isaac Nabwana has been shooting low-budget action films for eight years. He is now an international star.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Reporters Without Borders has launched a center to protect women journalists in Afghanistan, the second-most dangerous country for female reporters after Syria.
ABU: Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) has today 92 stations spread across the huge archipelago consisting of 17,000 islands. Managing radio infrastructure and services to reach more than 250 million people is not an easy task.
ABU: Due to the increase in demand for sign language programs in Japan, NHK is presently expanding its sign language broadcasting services.
eMarketer: But trust in those sources is in decline.
Variety: The two-seat ride is produced by a group of Japanese media and entertainment companies, led by NHK Enterprises and NHK Media Technology, which are affiliates of Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.
MALAYSIA: BBC Player launches in Malaysia
Advanced Television: BBC Worldwide – the commercial arm of the Corporation has launched BBC Player in Malaysia, the second country to receive the service following its successful launch in Singapore in 2016.
Maldives Independent: Raajje TV has set up a “defamation fund” after the broadcasting regulator slapped an MVR200,000 (US$13,000) fine on the opposition-aligned station and an MVR50,000 (US$3,200) fine on a journalist last week.
BBC News: A Thai soap opera that appears to depict Burmese palace intrigue has angered some in Myanmar including a descendant of Myanmar’s last king.
PAKISTAN: Pakistan, social media and blasphemy (Audio)
BBC News: The interior minister has threatened to block all social media that have blasphemous content hours after a Pakistani court ordered the government to open investigation into online “blasphemy”.
GEO TV: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday directed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali to take all possible measures to block blasphemous content on social media.
ABS-CBN News: President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he wants state-run television network PTV-4 to cater to public concerns, including those of the “Moros and communist rebels”.
SINGAPORE: Broadcast laws to be updated this year
Via Asia One: Singapore will update its laws to ensure that overseas content – which has become more readily available – is in line with local values.
eMarketer: Confidence in traditional media drops 16 points in five years.
Bangkok Post: Britain’s BBC has announced it is ending its shortwave transmissions from Thailand after 20 years of operation because it failed to reach agreement with Thailand’s military government on a renewal of its operating permit.
ABU: This is becoming a very serious concern for broadcasters since quite recently major American and European television networks were hacked.
Content + Technology: The ABC will invest $50 million in new content and create 80 new jobs in rural and regional Australia under a new strategy and transformation program.
Stuff: Australian state network ABC has come under fire for removing male presenters and djs for one day, to celebrate women.
ABC News: The ABC has expressed concern about the exclusion of its journalists from a One Nation function on WA election night, saying it could be seen as an attack on both the broadcaster and the role of media in a democracy.
Asia Pacific Report
NEW ZEALAND: Merger decision due, media chief out
RNZ: [Simon Tong’s] departure date will come just two days after the Commerce Commission is due to rule on a proposed merger of Fairfax Media and rival publisher NZME.
NEW ZEALAND: New television channel to launch in New Zealand
Scoop: A new television channel featuring locally-produced content and targeting New Zealand’s Chinese community, as well as Kiwis and Asian Kiwis interested in Chinese culture, is being launched on Sunday 19 March.
NEW ZEALAND: Online news start-up off to cracking start
RNZ MediaWatch: A new online news service launched this morning with a headline-making scoop about eggs. It is led by two experienced news editors who promised to cover “the things that matter”. Will Newsroom.co.nz deliver?
Pacific Media Centre: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Asia-Pacific affiliates today demanded meaningful action against the growth of online harassment of women journalists in the region.
EASTERN EUROPE: Eastern European journalists’ ongoing battle
DW Akademie: Journalists working in Eastern Europe and Russia face the double digital security threats of targeted surveillance and hacking attacks by cybercriminals.
Financial Times: Berlin wants fines of up €50m on sites failing to delete slanderous or hateful content.
NPR: Breitbart News has yet to launch its proposed German-language website, but it’s already causing confusion in Germany.
The Irish Times:
La Repubblica: The Council of Ministers gives the green light to the decree which assigns to Viale Mazzini the public broadcasting for the next ten years. News programmes available even in English. Relays companies encouraged to create transmissions systems with private broadcasters.
La Repubblica: It’s the tenth news programme for the public broadcaster, with 120 journalists and 40 web technicians who will come from Televideo, from the web version of Rai News 24, from Tg2 and Tg3.
Euroactiv: The Polish media sector is struggling to innovate under increasing government pressure.
Digital TV Europe: The Polish government has unveiled controversial proposals to collect TV licence fee payments using the subscription databases of cable and satellite DTH providers.
CPJ: Security services have detained at least three journalists who had traveled to report from the northwestern city of Svetogorsk, on Russia’s border with Finland, in the past two days (7 March)
B92: Address of Veran Matic, head of Serbia’s Commission for the Investigation of Murders of Journalists and news editor-in-chief for B92 at the OSCE’s Freedom of the Media in the Western Balkans conference.
IPI: Government decides to drop fines against journalist, citing formal errors.
SPAIN: RTVE returns to profit
Advanced Television: For the first time since 2009, Spanish public broadcaster RTVE, operator of La 1 and La 2 among other channels, has climbed out of the red with a profit of €800,000.
elEconomista: José Pablo López, the new general director Of Telemadrid, tells the elEconomista his plans.
El País: Unidos Podemos ask to eliminate the broadcasting of the mass on La2, but the PP and the PSOE defend their continuity, while TVE remembers that other confessions have their space.
El Diario: The SPC asserts that the director has been imposed in a sectarian way, and has always been aligned with pujolismo and with the CDC.
SWITZERLAND: Public broadcaster faces political pressure
Swiss Info: Parliament is debating the role of public broadcasting in Switzerland. The political right and private media claim it has a monopoly position while the head of the` Swiss Broadcasting Corporation argues the SBC is essential for maintaining cohesion in the multicultural country.
BBC News: The Welsh Government has vetoed the preferred candidate to represent Wales on the new BBC Board.
The Guardian: Sharon White tells media audience that corporation needs to do more to address diversity and does not rule out quotas.
The Guardian: The C4 news programme is flying high with a host of awards, but De Pear sees plenty of challenges ahead, from Trump to Facebook.
European Journalism Centre
OSCE: OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović reflected on her seven years in office today while presenting her final report to the OSCE Permanent Council.
Knight Center: Journalism in the Americas: The Forum for Argentine Journalism (Fopea) recently presented the report Monitoring Freedom of Expression 2016, in which it recorded and analyzed the 65 direct attacks and aggressions the Argentine press suffered during the year.
BRAZIL: Approval of MP 744 does not end fight in defense of EBC, says FNDC (Portuguese)
Rede Brasil Atual: Entity denounces dismantling of public communication, says provisional measure is unconstitutional and that EBC is being transformed into a company to serve the interests of the government on duty.
Upec: Colleagues from various provinces of the country held an exchange this Monday in Santiago the Cuba about their journalistic work in the radio, television, print media and the digital newsrooms.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: CDP, Trade Union and media ponder the impact of digital journalism and cyberjournalists (Spanish)
El Caribe: The topics were discussed during the workshops of Taínos Ciberperiodistas, held in the CDP.
The Times of Israel: New plan would repeal key reforms aimed at ensuring editorial independence for state-regulated media outlets. `
ECPMF: Severe concern expressed by ECPMF following international press freedom mission to Turkey.
Current: A proposed state budget that would eliminate support for West Virginia Public Broadcasting is already having an impact on the station.
Current: PBS said in a statement Thursday that it couldn’t secure funding for a new season.
Montreal Gazette: The chief of NBC News has a message for President Donald Trump: We’re not going to be intimidated.
The Durango Herald: We have been here before. Six years ago, Republicans in Congress, led by Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn, introduced legislation to eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Hackastory: There are plenty of tools and resources to help storytellers build their digital stories. This is a selection of the 10 best free and easy to use digital storytelling tools.
Nieman Lab: Read Across the Aisle is taking the Fitbit approach to popping filter bubbles.
London School of Economics: Polis: Fake News has upset a lot of people and caused real damage but it’s been good news for journalism analysts like me. I’ve never had more interest in a media issue than this. I’ve never been busier talking and researching a topic and it’s consequences.
Google Earth & Earth Engine: Excitement about the about the innovative ways newsrooms across the world have leveraged Google Earth Engine for data journalism.
ECPMF: ECPMF has launched an alarm centre for female media workers, where they can inform the Centre about attacks against them and seek help or advice.
Journalism.co.uk: Journalism still has “a long way to go” before it adequately represents the audience it is serving, Zing Tsjeng, UK editor of Broadly, Vice’s women channel, explained during a workshop (7 March)
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