NEWS DIGEST 06.09.2020: Awards honouring journalists fighting for society’s rights

Good morning. Today’s news digest is some of the leading stories from HEM News Agency’s HEM Journalism Portal on Twitter. International press freedom activist network Index on Censorship is now gathering nominations for its Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship 2021, which honour journalists, activists and artists working against the overreaching arm of state censorship and oppression of free speech worldwide. The event, which is now into its twenty first year of hosting, is seeking nominations from the general public, civil society organisations, non-profit groups and media organisations to put forward those who have stood up against censorship – Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship 2021 (Index)

Iconic and well-loved UK radio presenter Kate Garraway, who took time off from her role at Smooth Radio to look after her sick husband who contracted coronavirus and fell into a coma, has now returned to work. Garraway will make a return to the airwaves on 14th September. She told Radio Today: “I’m delighted to be returning to my morning show on Smooth and to my Global family who have been a big support to me. Things are still hugely challenging and a long way from being normal, but I’d like to think that this will give Derek yet another opportunity to hear my voice as well as many of the songs we both love.”Presenter Kate Garraway returns to Smooth Radio (Radio Today)

The world’s ‘loneliest elephant’ has finally tasted freedom after being cooped up in a Pakistani zoo for 35 years. Kaavan, who lived at a zoo in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, had been long the subject of protests by animal welfare activists upset at his less than savoury living conditions. The elephant has now been given the all-clear by veterinary medics to make the journey to an elephant sanctuary in Cambodia. Kaavan was reportedly left tethered to chains and exhibited signs of extreme boredom and loneliness after his companion died several years ago – ​‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ Okayed By Medics To Leave Zoo For New Home (LADbible)

Reporters and freelance news professionals working for the BBC in the UK have expressed confusion and frustration at new rules governing their use of the social media platform Twitter by the Corporation’s new director general, Tim Davie. Davie called for restraint and greater impartiality from presenters and reporters. “If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice, but you should not be working at the BBC,” he said. In recent months, several BBC staffers were criticised in some quarters for using Twitter to air personal views and opinions, which goes against the BBC’s rules on impartiality. Critics of Davies new rules for news staffers say it could cause confusion among freelancers who work closely with the corporation and give rival news network’s a boost in their social media promotions – BBC broadcasters furious over new rules restricting ‘partisan’ use of Twitter (The Guardian)

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is launching its 2020 Tribute to Journalists event which pays homage to outstanding feats of reporting excellence that have had tremendous impact in our world and societies. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be completely virtual and will take place on October 5th, 2020 across the world – ICFJ Tribute to Journalists 2020 (ICFJ International Center for Journalists)

radioinfo, a site for Australian radio broadcast professionals talks in one of their latest articles on how much advertising a radio network should run in order to strike a balance between keeping the budget watertight and not putting off listeners. Pat Bryson, a radio revenue consultant, gives some useful tips on how to make radio advertising work for stations and shows – How Many Ads Must I Run? (radioinfo)

South Africa’s Maverick Citizen (an imprint of its renowned online paper the Daily Maverick) chronicles the life and times of ‘card-carrying feminist and freelance trouble maker’ Ishtar Lakhani, who has had an illustrious career supporting social justice issues all across the world. Among issues she has tackled is the drive to decriminalise prostitution in her native country and fighting against gender-based discrimination and violence – Ishtar Lakhani: An activist working to create the world of our dreams (Maverick Citizen)

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