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International Press Review

05 September 2019
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(18 – 23 August 2019)
On the 18th of August the news channel CNN revealed the Global Disinformation Index study results on the lucrative business of disinformation. The organization surveyed 20,000 domains suspected of sharing false information and examined their audience, advertisements and how much they earned for every visitor. At least 235 million USD have been raised due to ads on disinformation and extremist websites, according to the study. Advertisers are not informed that their brands end up on these websites. "I think given the choice they would actively choose not to subsidize this kind of content, but right now they don't have the choice," Danny Rogers, chief technology officer at the Global Disinformation Index, said. It is the responsibility of companies to monitor where their advertisements are published. Sleeping Giants, an activist group created after the 2016 elections, is advocating for the removal of ads from untrustworthy news outlets. "Advertisers for a long time viewed media as reach and frequency, and now they have to view it with responsibility, too. It's bad for society if they're funding this hate and disinformation," Sleeping Giants Founder Matt Rivitz said.
On Monday, August 19th, BalkanInsight wrote about the opening of the tenth edition of the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Journalism. The summer school, that started on the 19th of August in Montenegro, Herceg Novi, has gathered reporters from across the Balkan region and beyond (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and the United States). During a week, journalists took part in lectures, debates and workshops focusing on the best ways to practice investigative journalism.
After the introduction by Marija Ristic, regional director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, participants learned from the school’s lead trainer Blake Morrison about the ways to approach complex investigate stories. how to write and pitch the ideas. Journalist Frederik Obermaier, who was part of the Panama Papers investigation, shared his experience with data and leaks and Ivan Angelovski, the BIRN investigative editor, disclosed ways of tracking ships and planes online.
The daily newspaper Le journal du Québec published on Thursday, the 20th of August, an article about the bankruptcy of the Groupe Capital Media (GCM). The media group, that publishes 6 out of the 10 daily papers of Quebec, owes 26 million dollars to their creditors. According to Claude Gagnon, the CEO of GCM, the newspaper’s revenues are insufficient for covering all the expenses. In response, the Government will provide an emergency loan of 5 million dollars to GCM and the company should continue their activities at least until December 31.
In an article published on the 21th of August, the francophone daily newspaper L’Orient le jour informs about journalists’ manifestation in Beirut. Dozens of journalists gathered under the statue of the Martyrs place following the call of editors. The protesters wanted to highlight the many problems in the media sector: media organizations shutting down, journalists being dismissed or not being paid because of lack of funding. The threat of shutting down of the Future TV channel was taken seriously by the participants. Joseph Kosseifi, president of journalists’ federation, denounced the state’s negligence towards the situation of the press and media sector.
The International press review news were selected by European Solidarity Corps volunteer, Melanie Michelot