Turkmenistan Escalates Attacks Against RFE/RL Journalists

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 in AIB News Feed, Members, News from Members

(WASHINGTON — December 5, 2016) Turkmen authorities have arrested contributor Khudayberdy Allashov on charges of possessing chewing tobacco only days after one RFE/RL correspondent was threatened with arrest and another was physically injured in a series of violent attacks. “We believe these charges are part of a targeted campaign intended to silence our Turkmen Service and intimidate the Turkmen people,” said RFE/RL President Thomas Kent. “Over the last 18 months our reporters have been arrested, held incommunicado, beaten, interrogated, threatened and arbitrarily jailed, and we hold the Turkmen government responsible.” Allashov was apprehended in Turkmenistan’s northern Dashoguz province on December 3, when a group...

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Mediacorp’s Channel 5 launches YXY: Youth by Youth

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 in AIB members, AIB News Feed, News from Members

Mediacorp’s Channel 5, an English mass entertainment and lifestyle channel, launches YXY: Youth by Youth this December, on the weekly current affairs magazine programme, On the Red Dot. YXY: Youth by Youth is a four-part co-production between Mediacorp and four local institutes of higher learning – Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Lasalle College of the Arts, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Nanyang Polytechnic. Each half-hour episode zooms in on a specific issue impacting the youth of today in Singapore. The series explores the lives of youths as they experience the ups and downs of living with a disability; pursuing their...

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Mo Amin commemorated

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 in AIB News Feed, News from AIB, Slider

20 years after the tragic and untimely death of Mohamed Amin, founder of Nairobi-based Camerapix, the Association for International Broadcasting pays tribute to the renowned cameraman. Mohamed Amin was born on 29 August 1943 in Nairobi where he developed an interest in photography at school. He founded Camerapix company in 1963 in Dar es Salaam and moved the company to Nairobi three years later. During the 1970s, he became one of the most relied-upon African news photographers, reporting on wars and coups all through the continent. His pictures were often used by Western news media. Amin’s most influential moment came...

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Africanews: first audience results show high awareness 6 months after launch

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 in AIB News Feed

According to the results of Africascope 2016, Africanews enjoys 31% awareness across seven countries* in French-speaking Africa, where it is already watched weekly by 1.7 million viewers. Africanews is a leading multilingual, pan-African news outlet, available in sub-Saharan Africa via its complete offering: TV and digital (website, social media). Every week, 1.7 million people in French-speaking Africa watch Africanews TV.   According to the findings of the latest Africascope survey, conducted by Kantar TNS in seven French-speaking African countries, 31% of respondents have heard of Africanews.   Barely six months after launching, Africanews has already secured the loyalty of...

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Grand Tour moves into top gear

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 in AIB news archive

The launch episode of motoring TV show The Grand Tour was released by Amazon on its Prime TV platform on 18 November to critical acclaim from viewers and critics. Amazon says that the new programme – presented by the three former hosts of the BBC’s Top Gear programme – was the biggest show premiere ever on Amazon Prime, knocking its The Man in the High Castle drama off the top spot in terms of viewer numbers. Amazon has also said that sign-ups to its Prime membership was high, beaten only by the company’s so-called Prime Day. Subsequent episodes will...

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AIB concerned by plans to abolish Romanian TV and radio licence

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in AIB news archive

The Association for International Broadcasting has expressed its concern about the proposal to abolish the TV and radio licence fee in Romania. The plan was included in a bill that proposes the abolition of more than 100 fiscal taxes without any public debate or discussion. The AIB notes that in no EU Member State has there been a proposal for such a fundamental alteration to the funding model of a country’s public service broadcasting that has not been subject to public scrutiny and discussion. The AIB has written to Romanian President Klaus Iohannis expressing the Association’s concern and asking him...

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