Happy World Freedom Press Day! In this newsletter you'll find a long read on how journalism is threatened in Kashmir and a podcast episode on press freedom with two of our Journalist Fellows from Chile and Kenya. You'll also find a writeup of our latest seminar on an innovative news product, a link to join the next one on the Philippines, and an excerpt of a new book on digital platforms. 

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Besieged by threats and arrests, Kashmir's newspapers try to survive under Delhi’s rule

The issue. On 5 August 2019, the Indian government brought the territories of Jammu and Kashmir under its direct control. As soon as autonomy was reversed, the Kashmiri press reacted by protesting the shrinking space for dissent. But measures were taken to ensure people in the region did not voice their frustrations. The internet was shut down for 150 days in the world’s longest internet shutdown in any democracy.  

The repression. As the internet was being restored, India imposed a ‘new media policy’, which gave the administration powers to determine ‘fake news’ and penalise any reporting against ‘India’s integrity’ and ‘public decency’. Under New Delhi’s direct rule, more than 35 journalists have faced police interrogation, raids, threats, physical assault or criminal cases for their reporting, according to Human Rights Watch. 

The piece. What was once a vibrant media environment is now reduced to a sprinkling of driven journalists finding newer ways of doing their jobs. Our contributor Raksha Kumar has travelled to the region to learn how reporters and editors are surviving under the new rules. Only four of the 24 journalists she interviewed for her piece agreed to be quoted. Many requested anonymity for fear of reproach from the State.

Read the piece


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"Young Kenyans realise that press freedom has to be protected for the sake of having stronger institutions in the country, so we can have a stronger judiciary and to keep in check our government and also our Parliament"

Maurice Oniang'o
Kenyan Journalist Fellow
Audio and transcript here
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Are you the next Director of our Journalist Programmes?

The job. We are looking for a new Director of our Journalist Programmes. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading on delivery, strategic development, and long-term sustainability of all Journalist Programmes at the Institute, including our Journalist Fellowship Programme and the Oxford Climate Journalism Network. They will report to our Director and will be part of our management team.

✅ What we are looking for. We are looking for a person with senior experience and editorial leadership, particularly in a global and digital context, as well as a successful track record in leading funding applications and generating earned income. The successful candidate will also have excellent interpersonal skills and a sensitivity to working closely with people from different cultural backgrounds.

🙋🏾‍♀️ How to apply. Applications for this role must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV, a supporting statement and details of three referees. If you want to know more about this role, you can send an email to our Director's email address. The deadline to apply is 23 May at midday, UK time. Interviews are likely to be held on 6-10 June.  

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💸 Quartz was sold to G/O Media for an undisclosed amount after reporting losses of $6.9m in 2021. | 🛝 The ratings of Piers Morgan’s new TV show have plummeted from 400,000 viewers on his debut to 123,000 a couple of days later. |🔍 American journalist Dean Baquet will lead a new local investigative reporting fellowship at the New York Times. | ⚠️ On April 28, a cyberattack rendered inaccessible the website of the Czech TV channel ČT24 | 👩🏿 61% of BBC teams involved in the 50:50 Project featured at least 50% women contributors in March 2022 | 📰 52% of people in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic fear media freedom in their country is in danger, according to a new survey

FROM DNR 2021 

A Biden slump? Interest in the news in the United States declined by 11 points from 2020 to 2021. To some extent this is not surprising as our poll was conducted after the departure of Donald Trump and the turbulent events on Capitol Hill in January last year. But our data show signs that many former Trump supporters may be switching away from news altogether. As the chart shows, almost all of this fall in interest came from those on the political right. | Learn more

Explore Digital News Report 2021

🔗 Read the executive summary of the report. | By Nic Newman
✊🏿 How people perceive news coverage. | By Richard Fletcher 
⚖️ What audiences think about impartiality. | By Craig T. Robertson
🏡 How technology has disrupted local news. | By Anne Schulz
💰 Financing commercial news media. | By R. Fletcher and R. Nielsen
🕺🏻 How and why people use social media for news. | By Simge Andı 

📈 Explore data from your country. Figures from 46 markets
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👩‍🔬 Learn about our methodology. How we produce the report

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👩🏾‍💻 Explore the report in 192 slides. A presentation to use in your class


"Our target audience is people who have read a lot of stuff that’s partially reported or politically slanted and are not quite sure they understand what is happening. So we're trying to give them deep, quality reporting on the topics in the news"

Malcolm Moore
Editor of the new FT Edit app
Video and writeup here

The reasons behind the power of platforms

The book. Large technology companies increasingly define the way the internet works and influence the structure of the entire digital media environment. But how do they exercise this power, how have news organisations responded, and what does this development mean for the production and circulation of news? These questions are the focus of a new book by our Director Rasmus Nielsen and Sarah Anne Ganter.

The excerpt. On Friday we published an excerpt of one the book's chapters. "Platforms succeed and come to exercise power through association, by enabling interactions. They control inclusive means of connection, not exclusive means of production, and they benefit from increased connectivity and a growing number of users and partners," the authors write. 

Read the excerpt
The incoming election and press freedom in the Philippines

The event. On Wednesday we'll host the next event of our global journalism seminar series. The speaker will be Regine M. Cabato, a reporter in the Manila bureau for the Washington Post, where she covers wide-ranging topics, from women’s rights to politics and human rights abuses in the Philippines. Regine is joining us five days before the landmark general election to discuss press freedom and key policy issues. This one-hour seminar is open to everyone. 

📅 Wednesday 4 May | 🕐 13:00 UK time 

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🇭🇰 Self-censoring in the face of autocracy. The Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) has suspended its annual Human Rights Press Awards to avoid legal trouble. “By self-censoring, cowering, and hiding behind empty platitudes, the FCC risks carrying on as little more than a decorative carapace that serves to conveniently disguise the corrosion occurring inside,” Timothy McLaughlin writes. | The Atlantic

🇰🇪 Kenyan innovation. A crowd-sourced database to help Kenyans find fuel in a crisis is the latest tech innovation in “an environment where people often have to seek private sector solutions to public sector problems, and where internet penetration and relatively light government regulation have allowed digital innovation to thrive,” Kenyan journalist Christine Mungai writes. | Rest of World

🇧🇾 On journalism in exile. Sofiia Padalko writes about the journalists who had to flee Belarus to keep working. “Everyone that The Fix spoke to for this story has one thing in common: their departure was quick and they don’t know when they will return home. Editorial teams had to build their work from scratch in an unfamiliar place,” she writes. | The Fix

🇺🇦 Social media and the war in Ukraine. “As Russian tanks rolled towards Kyiv and Western sanctions kicked in, local journalism in [the Eastern city of] Slovyansk was silenced once again. This time, it seems that Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram – not Russia – was to blame.” Natalia Antelava looks at how Facebook is stopping Ukrainian newsrooms from reaching their social media audiences. | Coda

🇦🇺 Reach the youth. “Skin care tips and horoscopes sit alongside articles about rising student debt and checking your fertility in your 20s. The editorial and production teams are 100% female, and decades younger than the typical editorial lineup, a byword for old, white, male, reactionary and culture war-obsessed.” Alex McKinnon discusses The Australian’s new youth media title and its chances for success. | The Guardian

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