How African governments use advertising as a weapon against media freedom – George Ogola

23 04 2017

National governments remain the single largest source of revenue for news organisations in Africa. In Rwanda, for example, a staggering 85-90% of advertising revenue comes from the public sector. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »

Spain’s freedom of speech repression is no joke – Federico López-Terra

17 04 2017

For the most part, social media users in democracies are free to express their opinions online. In Spain, however, that’s not the case. The Conversation

Cassandra Vera, a 21-year-old student from the city of Murcia in the south-east of Spain, has been sentenced to a year in prison, and disqualified from public functions for seven years, after making jokes on Twitter that “glorified terrorism”. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook’s ‘fake news’ plan is doomed to failure: social media must do more to counter disinformation – Tom Felle

13 04 2017

Fake news has become an important focus for news foundations, democratic interest groups and various journalism academics and researchers, following claims that the US presidential elections may have been influenced by anti-Clinton propaganda created by Russia and shared on social networks. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »

The media must respond more responsibly to terrorist attacks: here’s how – Richard English

6 04 2017

Image 20170403 21938 1o8yf0bTwo days after the Westminster attack on March 22, the journalist Simon Jenkins cautioned against overreaction to such assaults, claiming “the actions of the authorities and the media in response to Wednesday have ramped up the hysteria of terror”. Read the rest of this entry »

Google’s YouTube battle with big brands could shake up how content is shared – Robert Cluley

4 04 2017

Leading brands are boycotting advertising services on Google’s YouTube after their ads were placed alongside content they deemed inappropriate and – even worse – were charged for the privilege. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump’s FCC continues to redefine the public interest as business interests – Christopher Ali

31 03 2017

The U.S. Senate voted last week to allow internet service providers to sell data about their customers’ online activities to advertisers. The House of Representatives agreed on Tuesday; President Trump is expected to sign the measure into law. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »

George Osborne, the Evening Standard and the Conservative media establishment – Angela Phillips

18 03 2017

The appointment of George Osborne, a Conservative MP and former chancellor of the exchequer, as editor of the Evening Standard was, to put it mildly, a surprise to many. But the move only makes more explicit the newspaper’s close ties to the Conservative Party. Read the rest of this entry »