Next month a group of Chinese press leaders are coming to London to talk press ethics and self-regulation at the invitation of the Ethical Journalism Network. But if the delegation from the All China Journalists Association, a governmental organisation set up to manage media affairs, is under the impression that Britain provides a model of press regulation they are in for a shock.
One of Ed Miliband’s closest advisers has torn into the Daily Express over its front page about millions of “hidden” migrants, saying it was offensive to suggest the British-born children of foreigners were immigrants. (via The Guardian)
Today, the press no longer controls the platforms by which our reporting gets to audiences. Instead, it is controlled by private companies that are unaccountable to the public, since they’re fundamentally accountable to commercial interests. (via NPR)
Death threats, bombings and getting attacked is part of the job for many Pakistani journalists but they say one of the biggest barriers to seeking counselling to help cope is the stigma that they need it – and others in the business talking about it. (via Reuters)
A delegation of writers from PEN International, the world association of writers, visited Istanbul and Ankara to raise long-standing concerns about the state of freedom of expression in Turkey. Among the topics raised were: the large numbers of writers then in prison and on trial; the use of anti-terror legislation to stifle dissent; writers who had served years of untried detention; and suppression of the Internet. (via Norsk PEN)
In a country deeply polarized after three years of tumultuous change, Egyptian news websites have become very important media for free expression. This study looks at some of the pressures they are experiencing. (via Article 19)