Several hundred Egyptian journalists have rejected a recent declaration by newspaper editors pledging near-blind support to the state and banning criticism of the police, army and judiciary in their publications, arguing that the move was designed to create a one-voiced media. (via The Guardian)
The battle for hearts and minds of the global television news audience has entered a new phase with the launch of a dedicated UK version of the Kremlin-backed 24-hour news channel, RT. (via The Guardian)
Can the race for scoops, scandals, clicks and ratings be the undoing of proper verification, accuracy, fairness and balance? Absolutely. This is why Social Media Exchange (SMEX) launched a campaign called “Taakad” (Arabic for to verify) to verify online content in Lebanon. (via The Huffington Post)
Drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – raise a host of legal and ethical issues but responsible journalism should be exempted from many legal restrictions, according to international media law expert Dr. David Goldberg. (via journlaw)
Advertisers and journalists have always been partners, and that partnership contained an inherent tension. Will content marketing turn that tension into an existential threat? (via Columbia Journalism Review)
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On 5 November, the European Federation of Journalists is organising its 7th anniversary of the action day “Stand Up For Journalism”. This year, the EFJ has chosen to spotlight the growing concentration of media in Europe and its impact on the quality of journalism and the working conditions of journalists.
The EFJ Steering Committee is proposing to use the day to highlight the situation of journalists in an increasingly concentrated media environment. New actors including Google threaten not only media pluralism but increasingly the survival of many freelance journalists who often only face one media employer, especially at local level. Media tycons have been buying media outlets and in many countries appear to exert media control. In virtually every country in eastern and southeast Europe, those involved in media are also involved in other businesses. All of them influence editorial control or promote a political ideology. (via The European Federation of Journalists)
Help to shape UNESCO’s consultative study on Internet-issues which will be discussed at a multi-stakeholder conference on 3-4 March 2015 in Paris. From now until 30 November, UNESCO is seeking inputs and research for the study, and you are invited to respond to all or some of the 30 questions on Internet-related issues in the four areas of access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy, and ethical dimensions of the information society. The questions also explore the intersections between these areas and options for future UNESCO action in these fields. (via UNESCO)