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  • 23 January 2012 | Reuters

    Hungarians rally to demand opposition radio stay on air

    Thousands of Hungarians rallied in Budapest on Sunday to demand that an opposition radio station be allowed to stay on air, protesting against what they say are attempts by the government to silence its critics. The demonstration followed a pro-government rally which attracted over 100,000 on Saturday in a show of support for the embattled Hungarian government, as it prepares to compromise in a bitter row with the EU to secure vital international aid. The country's Media Council, set up by a media law in 2010, ruled in December that a local opposition radio station, Klub Radio, could not renew its licence for a wavelength it has used in Budapest for a decade. Klub had already lost five of its ten frequencies in rural areas, leaving it with a diminished audience. The owners of Klub have started a lawsuit to reclaim the wavelength, which they stand to lose in March to an untested and unknown new station, Autoradio, which tendered a higher price.
  • 23 January 2012 | Knight Center

    U.S. online ad spending to surpass print for first time in 2012

    U.S. online advertising spending is expected to surpass print for the first time this year, according to a study released Thursday, Jan. 19, by eMarketer, reported AdAge, adding that this would "represent a watershed in the media business." Forbes noted that such a forecast means "digital remains the sole bright spot for newspapers and magazines," as print ad revenue dropped 9.3 percent to USD 20.7bn in 2011, the report said. The report also noted that total U.S. ad spending is expected to increase 6.7 percent to USD 169.5bn in 2012, attributed to campaign ads and mobile advertising, said Mashable. The Mobile Market 2011 Review released Tuesday, Jan. 17, showed mobile advertising skyrocketed in 2011, with tablet ad impressions up 771 percent, reported Tech Crunch. Meanwhile, mobile advertising on tablet computers is "outpacing and outperforming" the printed versions of the ads, reported the site Tab Times. Research from marketing company Affinity shows that iPad and tablet users have better product recall and are more likely to make a purchase after viewing an ad than those who viewed print ads.
  • 23 January 2012 | New York Times

    Britain revokes Iranian TV network’s license

    Britain’s media regulator revoked the broadcast license for the Iranian state-owned television network Press TV on Friday, saying the network had failed to address concerns over its editorial independence and had not paid a fine. The network was set to cease broadcasting almost immediately. A “channel unavailable” message was displayed by Sky, the satellite broadcaster that had hosted Press TV, Friday night. It was not immediately clear whether the shutdown was widespread. The move follows a marked chilling of relations between Britain and Iran after hundreds of Iranian protesters stormed the British Embassy in Tehran last November. Britain closed its embassy in Tehran and expelled all Iranian diplomats in London. The media regulator, Ofcom, said Friday that the decision followed an unresolved dispute over an interview that Press TV broadcast with the Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari. Mr. Bahari was imprisoned in Iran in June 2009 in the tumult that followed the disputed election, and he was released in October 2009. The regulator said that the interview had been conducted under duress and that Press TV’s editorial operations were beholden to Tehran, and it fined the network about USD 155,700. The network proved “unwilling and unable to pay,” Ofcom said in a statement, and had failed to address the issue of its independence.
  • 23 January 2012 | Radio Netherlands

    Dutch journalists to stand trial for filming Nazi

    Two Dutch journalists from the TV current affairs programme Een Vandaag will stand trial in the German town of Eschweiler for breaching German privacy laws. In 2009, Jan Ponsen and Jelle Visser filmed an interview with former Dutch Nazi Heinrich Boere with a hidden camera while he was staying at a nursing home in Eschweiler. The trial date has been set for 9 February. If convicted, the two reporters face a maximum of three years in prison. The website of Een Vandaag says they expect Ponsen and Visser will be found guilty of the charges. Boere first filed a complaint in 2010 with the Netherlands Press Council, which ruled in favour of the reporters. The council said the two had not behaved dishonourably.
  • 23 January 2012 | Knight Center

    Chilean government puts a stop to bill that would have allowed warrantless access to media archives

    The Chilean government announced that it will withdraw the "Hinzpeter Bill," a proposal that would have permitted authorities to demand media companies turn over their archives to the police without a warrant, reported ANSA. The controversial bill was introduced in September 2011 by Minister of the Interior Rodrigo Hinzpeter, and was part of the "Bill to Fortify the Protection of Public Order," explained Prensa Latina. In a letter addressed to 120 representatives, the Chilean Union of Journalists said that the bill "violates public liberties, liberty of expression and public protest, both recognized internationally and by the Chilean State as fundamental rights." According to the Paraguayan newspaper ABC, the Journalists Circle of Santiago considered the bill "the worst attack on the free practice of journalism since the installation of democracy in 1990."
  • 23 January 2012 | AFP

    At least 34 Chinese reporters jailed in 2011: Human rights group

    At least 34 Chinese journalists were jailed last year for charges ranging from 'inciting subversion' to 'revealing state secrets', a rights group said on Sunday, as Beijing tightened media restrictions. Investigative journalism in China has gained strength in recent years, despite a strict censorship system aimed at rooting out information deemed a threat to the ruling Communist Party. But in its annual report, the United States-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said 'censorship restrictions continue to pose a threat to journalists whose reporting oversteps official guidelines.' 'Ambiguous 'inciting subversion' and 'revealing state secrets' laws contributed to the imprisonment of at least 34 Chinese journalists,' the group said. It cited the example of Qi Chonghuai, whose original four-year jail sentence in 2008 for 'extortion and blackmail' after he exposed government corruption in the eastern province of Shandong was extended by eight years last year.