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World’s press, book publishers and journalists condemn Pakistan plan for strict control over media

2021-10-06. WAN-IFRA, the International Publishers Association (IPA), and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) call on Pakistani authorities to retract plans to establish the ‘Pakistan Media Development Authority’ (PMDA) that risks placing strict state control over all media.

Australia’s code: who won in the end?

The News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code became law in Australia on 2 March. Was there a winner? 

What exactly is section 230, and the position of News Media

How “the twenty-six words that created the Internet” are impacting on the news media business. It all started from the Wolf of Wall Street.

Big tech Congressional hearing paves way for reform of liability shield

On 25 March, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai returned (virtually) to the Hill to testify before Congress’ Energy and Commerce Committee about the handling of fake news on their platforms. After more than 6 hours and 40 minutes of questioning, lawmakers seemed to agree that it is time for regulation.

Cookie walls, user consent and the future of monetisation in the media

The future of monetisation for publishing has been turned upside down for several years. The context is likely to be further disturbed following the programmed extinction of third-party cookies, the challenges to first-party data real value, and recommendations on the consent of cookies collection issued by Data Protection Authorities.

Flexing the Muscles of Information Power in Australia

Since July 2020, the global news media industry has been looking at Australia’s draft code, that would force Google and Facebook to pay for news. Now that the code is law, we can look at the Australian experience as a case study to understand how platforms have consolidated their role of gatekeepers over information globally.

Science and journalism: building alliances for future health crises

2020-12-17. Due to the havoc caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the scientific community faces a few common questions from around the world: What’s next? Will another pandemic strike? And if so, how bad would it be?

“All we need is fair competition”

2020-12-07. In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on December 5, 2020, Mathias Döpfner, CEO Axel Springer and president BDZV, shares his views about the relationship between news publishers and platforms. He calls for the rapid and uncompromising implementation of the EU Directive on Publishers’ Rights in Germany.

Agreement between French press and Google still in the works

2020-12-03. France was the first country to implement the European law that recognizes a publishers’ right, in force of which digital platforms must pay for the news content they use. What is the state of negotiations after the French competition authority came into play to force a way forward.

Australia’s mandatory code to be tabled in Parliament next week

2020-12-03. The whole news media global industry is looking at Australia since the publication in July of a draft code that would force Google and Facebook to negotiate with news publishers, pay for news, and share data and advertising revenues.