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Fresh vigilance is needed to protect media freedom across Africa

One of the least enviable tasks of journalists in the US must be reporting on how the public trusts their work less and less. A 2018 study found that only about four in ten Americans had at least a “fair” amount of trust in the media. Also, in a June 2019 survey, a full third of respondents agreed with President Donald Trump that the news media are “the enemy of the people.”


Facebook's new anti-fake news strategy is not going to work – but something else might

Facebook’s new, depressingly incompetent strategy for tackling fake news has three, frustratingly ill-considered parts.


Pseudoscience is taking over social media – and putting us all at risk

Researchers found evidence that most YouTube videos relating to climate change oppose the scientific consensus that it’s primarily caused by human activities.


Profit, not free speech, governs media companies’ decisions on controversy

For decades, U.S. media companies have limited the content they’ve offered based on what’s good for business. Recent decisions by Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube to remove content from their platforms follow this same pattern.


Consumer watchdog: journalism is in crisis and only more public funding can help

In all of our overlapping personas – friend, employee, audience member and citizen – digital platforms have become the means to our ends. We use them to keep up with friends, to work out where we are going and to choose goods and services.


We can put a leash on Google and Facebook, but there's no saving the traditional news model

How technology companies make money is a good question for digital media users of any age. It lies at the heart of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s inquiry into the power and profits of Google and Facebook, the world’s two most ubiquitous digital platforms.


Ghana's constitution is meant to protect the media: but does it?

Between 1957 – the year Ghana won independence from British – and 1992 the country had three civilian heads of state interspersed with several military rulers. But that year it finally embraced democratic rule and adopted a constitution. One of the areas of protection the new constitution offered was the independence of the media and of expression. But are these enforced? And has the media felt their positive impact?


Every Journalist's Worst Nightmare

A huge story of abuse, murder and exploitation, involving senior figures in the establishment. A confirmed police investigation into allegations the authorities describe as 'credible and true'. Lives and reputations are at stake, the headlines are lurid and compelling. But what if it isn't true?


The Mueller hearing and the death of facts

Founding Father John Adams once said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” But this is no longer Adams’ America, where facts were unalterable.


Media watchdog's report into Christchurch shootings goes soft on showing violent footage

Coverage of the Christchurch terrorism by Australia’s television channels raised “serious questions” about whether they had breached the television codes of practice, according to the broadcasting regulator, the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA). However, it has declined to make specific findings that the codes were in fact breached. Instead, it proposes to discuss with the television industry whether the codes are adequately framed to deal with the kind of material generated by the atrocity, especially the footage from the terrorist’s bodycam.