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Hard times
By Robert Nemeth
1 April 2020
Access to accurate information is essential to fighting a pandemic. However, many governments hide behind the emergency to restrict media freedom.
 
 
On January 26, Malaysian journalist Wan Noor Hayati Wan Alias wrote three posts on Facebook. In one of them, Hayati warned about the potential threat posed by 1,000 Chinese nationals that were allegedly arriving in Malaysia on a cruise ship. Little did she know that those posts could land her in jail.

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News analysis
By Marius Dragomir
13 December 2019
For more than a decade, the government has meddled with Bolivia’s news media. Following the collapse of the Morales regime, the country’s journalists want to put paid to that, once and for all.
 
In 2014, Virginie Poyetton, a researcher, found that more than half of Bolivia’s journalists have faced some form of censorship. The truth is that this terrifying fact was hardly shocking in Bolivia, a landlocked Latin American nation of 11 million people where censorship has a long tradition - particularly under the rule of Evo Morales, the man who led the Bolivian nation since 2006.

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The Hot Potato
By Anya Schiffrin
30 August 2019
Much time and money have been spent on combatting misinformation through fact-checking. But it’s not clear whether it has any impact at all.
 
Fact-checkers are taking credit for the circulation collapse of the doctored Nancy Pelosi video that circulated widely online after being aired on Fox news in the US and tweeted about by President Donald Trump on May 24th 2019. After it was highlighted by Washington Postand others, views and shares fell dramatically. Facebook was urged to remove it but declined saying that the company “does not require posts to be true.” Instead they flagged it as false and reduced its distribution. YouTube removed the video altogether. This ambiguous response was typical of the constant skirmishes seen in the ongoing war against online dis/misinformation.

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Head Honchos
17 June 2019
Radu Mazare pioneered independent journalism in the early days of post-communist Romania. But his excessive craving for fame, wealth and power led to his downfall.
 
When the weekly Catavencu, a satirical publication named after a character in a play authored by Romania’s celebrated playwright Ion Luca Caragiale, launched its first issue in February 1990, Romanian readers thronged to get a copy.

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Audiences
13 February 2019
Large, established media, including public service outlets, dominate the Twitter market in much of Western Europe, but less in the east.
 
Mainstream media outlets dominate the Twitter market in Europe, particularly in Western nations where often established newspapers and major television chains, including public broadcasters, lead in terms of outreach on their local Twitter market, according to the Twitter News Index Europe, released today by MediaPowerMonitor Research Unit.

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Funding Journalism
By Ian Graham
10 September 2018
For nearly two decades, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent more on media partnerships than almost any other philanthropy. Interview with Miguel Castro of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
A growing number of philanthropies are cultivating partnerships with news media. By funding journalistic content, philanthropic donors hope to drive up awareness of issues central to their missions, spark policy action, and alter public behavior. These partnerships have left donors with the task of determining what forms of journalism translate into tangible action and how they can measure the social impact of reporting. Journalists and media development professionals, on the other hand, have wondered whether these partnerships can provide long term benefits for media outlets that represent more than a simple exchange of cash for stories on very specific issues.

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Muckrakers
7 May 2018
Interview with Umar Cheema, an investigative journalist working with The News in Pakistan
 
Umar Cheema is a talented Pakistani investigative reporter currently working for The News, a well-known English-language daily. So far, as is the nature of investigative journalism, Mr Cheema’s life hasn’t been a cakewalk. 
 
In 2010, he was kidnapped and tortured for criticizing the government. His investigations uncovered tax evasion by MPs and a counter-terrorism fund that was used to buy luxury gifts for the relatives of ministers. He was part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) Panama Papers and Paradise Papers projects.

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Public Media
By Marius Dragomir
26 March 2018
Political enemies of Denmark’s public broadcaster DR are hatching plans to crop the station’s budget. A bellicose commercial media industry is going to bat for them.
 
A “TV hit factory.”
 
This is how Gerard Gilbert, a television writer for the British newspaper The Independent, in May 2012 described the Danish public broadcaster DR, producer of a string of successful TV series including The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge.
 
Among other things, a tight eye on quality control and strict production policies forbidding remakes and adaptations secure the success of the Danish TV drama, as DR’s culture head, Morten Hesseldahl, told Mr Gilbert. Every project has to be a winner simply because DR, with a budget eight times lower than that of its British counterpart, BBC, can’t afford to waste money.

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22 February 2018
 
 
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By Marius Dragomir 5 March 2018
 
 
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