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January 28, 2011

Watching terror coverage psyches you out

Viewing TV coverage of terrorist events causes deterioration of psychological resources, such as commitment and a sense of success, and to feeling threatened, which in turn can also lead to loss of resources and other negative affects. This has been found in a new study at the University of Haifa. “Mass media plays a central role in reporting on terrorism and political violence. The present study shows that watching this type of coverage on television has negative effects, even for someone who... MORE
January 27, 2011

Al-Jazeera launches new unit to support future leaks

Al-Jazeera has launched a new Transparency Unit website parallelly to the release of almost 1,700 leaked documents relating to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, according to . The new platform enables the public to submit content to the broadcaster such as documents, photos, audio and video clips, and story tip-offs, to be reviewed by its editorial team for potential coverage. The site also currently houses a database of the Palestine Papers, which can be searched by key... MORE
January 14, 2011

Governments continue to dominate terrestrial TV channels in the Arab World

The history of terrestrial TV channels in the Arab World goes back to the early 1960s. Until the booming era of free to air satellite TV, terrestrial TV was the main source of entertainment and information for people in the Arab World. Local terrestrial TV stations are still alive in the region, but regulations and market dynamics have ensured that -except in a few countries- the number of terrestrial TV stations did not grow in the past few years. There are 138 terrestrial TV stations... MORE
January 12, 2011

Euronews to put a face on some of its stories

Viewers of Euronews, a 24-hour television news channel, may soon see images of people they can’t avoid on other TV news programmes, even though they have been practically invisible on Euronews: the journalists, the New York Times has reported. Euronews, which is owned by 21 European public broadcasters, has avoided showing reporters and anchors because of the network’s unusual, polyglot approach. The channel provides a single video feed, while the audio narration is translated into 10 languages... MORE
January 7, 2011

IPI's top 10 press freedom stories of 2010

The year 2010 ushered in a number of major setbacks for the media across the globe, says the International Press Institute (IPI), from the numerous journalists murdered in Pakistan and Honduras to the oppressive media laws passed in South Africa. But what did IPI consider to be the number one press freedom event of 2010? The January 12 earthquake in Haiti claimed nearly 300,000 lives, including those of 30 journalists, and virtually destroyed the country's media industry. A year later, many... MORE
January 1, 2011

IFJ reports heavy media loss to violence after 94 journalists died in 2010

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has warned that journalists and media personnel remain prime targets for political extremists, gangsters and terrorists as it announced that 94 journalists and media personnel who were killed in 2010, victims of targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents. Three other journalists lost their lives in accidents this year. The IFJ list was issued on Friday just two days after police in Sweden and Denmark revealed they had foiled a... MORE
January 1, 2011

Journalists in 2010 targets and bargaining chips

Fifty-seven journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2010, 25 per cent fewer than in 2009, when the total was 76. The number of journalists killed in war zones has fallen in recent years. Significantly, it is becoming more and more difficult to identify those responsible in cases in which journalists were killed by criminal gangs, armed groups, religious organisations or state agents, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “Fewer... MORE
December 21, 2010

As Bank of America joins anti-WikiLeaks bankwagon, RSF launches mirror site

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders) has launched a mirror website for the US diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks. Its address is . “This is a gesture of support for WikiLeaks’ right to publish information without being obstructed,” RSF said in a statement. “We defend the free flow of information on the Internet and the protection of sources, without which investigative journalism cannot exist.” By publishing the US... MORE
December 19, 2010

Cablegate: Press freedom groups urge Barack Obama not to prosecute Julian Assange

Press freedom groups have urged US President Barack Obama and Attorney-General Eric Holder to avoid prosecuting WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange for publishing classified cables and other documents. Chairman Paul E Steiger and Executive Director Joel Simon of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) , and Jean-François Julliard Secretary-General of Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) have written separate letters to Obama and Holder. Steiger... MORE
December 17, 2010

There are marked differences between countries in reporting on climate change

There were marked differences between countries in the coverage given to the UN’s Copenhagen summit on climate change in 2009. A new study has found that of the 12 countries studied, Brazil and India provided the most coverage, followed by Australia and the UK. Nigeria, Russia and Egypt gave the summit the least space in its newspapers. In Summoned by Science: Reporting Climate Change at Copenhagen and Beyond , researchers from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism analysed more... MORE