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RightsCon Lunch Session on Do-No-Harm Principles for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Counter-propaganda - How Do We Get There? 

 
The media development sector, freedom of expression activists, digital rights groups as well as other members of civil society are increasingly feeling pressure from donors and authorities to participate in government efforts to counter violent extremism. Organisations are expected to contribute to strategic communications efforts including counter-narratives, in many cases much against their will and in contradiction to their own ethical standards. GFMD has asked Dr. Joan Barata Mir, an international expert in freedom of expression, media freedom and media regulation, to moderate a discussion at RightsCon dedicated to Do No-Harm Principles and Best Practices for the PVE/CVE agenda. In the following Q&A Dr. Joan Barata Mir provides a snapshot of the primary concerns to be addressed during the meeting and outlines the way forward in what promises to be a highly charged multi-stakeholder discussion and deliberation at RightsCon.
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#TellMyStory: 2017 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize Deadline Extended to 20 March 2017

 
Who tells the stories to the world about the development challenges we care about? Journalists. When it comes to democracy, human rights, poverty eradication, and religious freedom, journalists are there capturing the big moments. The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize celebrates the best and the bravest among them on a global scale. The deadline for applications has now been extended to 20 March 2017.
 
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Fundraising

 
This article contains a round-up of grant opportunities such as the Journalism 360° Challenge and the Knight Prototype Fund along with Bellingcat’s fundraising strategy and the success story of 22 watchdog projects in Africa winning $1 million in funding and technology support.)
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Global Media Development Agenda and Engagement

 
In Fake News Special Rapporteurs issue a Joint Declaration on the Freedom of Expression and “Fake News”, Disinformation and Propaganda with assistance from Article 19 and GFMD member Centre for Law and Democracy; also German publishers are skipping Facebook’s Fake News Initiative. Toby McIntosh, writing for freedominfo.org, identifies four key challenges for global freedom of information including SDG16. In Media Freedom, a 20-day internet blockage in the Indian state of Nagaland marks the 19th such incident in the country since 2015 and the International Emergency Press Freedom Mission to Turkey has issued a joint declaration with recommendations for the Turkish government as well as foreign governments. This article also lists a resource on Mapping Media Freedom which identifies threats, violations and limitations faced by members of the press throughout European Union member states, candidates for entry, and neighbouring countries.
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Frontiers in Current Media Business and Practice

 
With the media industry looking for sustainable business models in an age of convergence and falling revenues, this article summaries key takeaways from successful digital transformations, business models, and innovative media practices aimed at greater audience engagement and commercial sustainability. In Media Business, examples include a cross-country merger to create a nationwide digital local news chain and four international news outlets who are making money off creating truly digitally native content. In Media Practice, examples include an app that counters filter bubbles by offering users the opportunity to read news material across the ideological spectrum and sending them a notification if their reading habits skew to either extreme. Also short-form news video giant NowThis is branching off into long-form programming, original news, and investigative journalism.
 
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Defamation and Insult Laws in the OSCE Region: A Comparative Study, The Representative on Freedom of the Media, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

 
This study examines the existence of criminal defamation and insult laws in the territory of the 57 participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). In doing so, it offers a broad and comparative overview of the compliance of OSCE participating states’ legislation with international standards and best practices in the field of defamation law and freedom of expression.
 
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New MeCoDEM Working Paper: Comparative Analysis of Political Communication and Media Strategies in Conflict

 
This paper examines how political authorities communicate with one another and to their constituencies during democratisation conflicts in Kenya, South Africa and Serbia. By adopting a comparative perspective, it aims to situate the logics and practices of political communication in the broader political and socio-cultural milieu in which they originate and are deployed. It also discusses how narratives and ideologies inform the strategies deployed in the conflict, the role of old and new media as it emerges from both the interviewees’ expectations and experience, and what the gap between these two tells us about the transformations that ICTs are prompting in political communication.
 
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Beyond the Article: Frontiers of Editorial and Commercial Innovation, Kevin Anderson, Reuters Institute

In a new Reuters Institute report, Kevin Anderson examines how news organisations are moving “beyond the article” and using distributed publishing, chat bots and messaging apps, as well as visual journalism including mobile-first video and virtual reality to develop forms of journalistic storytelling and revenue streams that go beyond traditional formats. The report, Beyond the Article, Frontiers of Editorial and Commercial Innovation, examines how news organisations across the United States, the United Kingdom, Finland, Spain, Turkey, and the Philippines are adapting to the fast-changing digital landscape. Anderson has interviewed high-profile digital innovators, including the New York Times, Quartz and the Guardian, smaller digital-born start-ups like 140journos in Turkey, and legacy media outlets including El País in Spain and Helsingin Sanomat in Finland.

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UNESCO Colloquium Journalism under Fire: Challenges of Our Times, UNESCO Headquarters (Room X), 23 March 2017

 
UNESCO will organise two round table discussions in order to provide a global platform for assessing the international landscape facing media actors. Thus, media leaders, journalists, experts, and Member States will have an opportunity to analyse the extent to which there is a “crisis of journalism”, and unpack the main driving forces involved. The format of both round tables will generally not be speeches, but television-style discussion and debate with a panel, as well as audience interaction. Organised in association with the International Programme for the Development of Communication, this colloquium will be held at UNESCO Headquarters within the framework of the La Presse en Liberté week of 22 to 29 March 2017, which includes a series of round tables on topics related to press freedom and an exhibition of original front pages of newspapers’ first editions. The week is co-organised by UNESCO together with the Permanent Delegation of Switzerland to UNESCO and the Permanent Delegation of France to UNESCO.
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Gender Reality Check- WAN-IFRA

 
In recognition of International Women’s Day, WAN-IFRA is issuing a global 'Gender Reality Check' survey to identify areas where the media industry can improve their track record in gender diversity. You can support their efforts by ensuring your media organisation completes the survey during the month of March and sharing the survey with your networks. The survey also supports the ‘Step it Up’ UN Women Gender Equality Media Compact, an initiative to promote women’s leadership within the media industry and reduce gender bias in the news. WAN-IFRA is proud to support UN Women in its goal to achieve a 50/50 representation of women across all industries by 2030, and UNESCO’s ‘Women Make The News’ campaign.
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Recommended Read: #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media, Cass Sunstein

 
According to a review by The Economist the book argues that “(i)n the digital age social media function as the public forums where ideas are exchanged. But when people filter what they see—and providers race towards ever greater “personalisation” in the name of consumer choice—democracy is endangered.” #Republic argues against Facebook algorithms and filter bubbles that restrict people’s worldviews by reducing exposure to wide ranging information and debates thereby leading to a more fragmented democratic culture. In response Mr. Sunstein proposes practical and legal changes to make the internet more conducive to democratic deliberation that increases the frequency of unchosen, unplanned encounters and exposes us to people, places, things, and ideas that we otherwise would have never picked up on our social media feeds.
 
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Call for Proposals: Photographs on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity

 
UNESCO is inviting professional photographers from all over the world to send a sample of their best photographs illustrating journalists while doing their job and in particular on the issues of the safety of journalists and impunity for crimes against them. UNESCO is looking for images that illustrate journalists working in different situations, for example, international and/or local journalists covering demonstrations, trials, major public events, investigations on corruption, citizen journalists, journalists embedded with police or the military, journalists reporting from a conflict zone, journalists in protected vehicles or in front of media houses with protection or any other case in which journalists, including women reporters, are at work in sensitive situations. Applications are due by 5PM (GMT) on 15 April 2017.
 
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ICFJ Knight Fellowship

 
The International Center for Journalists seeks outstanding applicants with a strong background in Western TV media for a six-month ICFJ Knight Fellowship involving the Central Asia region. The fellow will lead projects in collaboration with Kazakh state and private television networks and TV stations in Kyrgyzstan to improve their reporting, news production and management practices, as well as raising their skills in digital and data journalism. The Fellow may also conduct training workshops for journalists from across Central Asia, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and possibly Uzbekistan.
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Fellowships for the Global Investigative Journalism Conference

 
The Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) is the premier international gathering of investigative and data journalists, held once every two years. This year, the 10th conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 16-19 November 2017, and is being co-hosted by the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Wits University Journalism Programme. With the support of sponsors, GIJN and Wits Journalism are offering fellowships to both established and young promising journalists in developing and transitioning countries to participate in this prestigious event. There are between 40 and 60 fellowships on offer to African journalists, and nearly 100 more for journalists elsewhere. Application deadline is 15 May 2017 and winners will be notified via email by 1 August 2017.
 
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