Freedom of Speech and the Freedom and Safety of those who Report and Comment on Events and Issues that are Fundamental to Freedom of Speech

A Statement by the Broadcasting Unions united in the association of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU)

Broadcasters around the world reach hundreds of millions of viewers and listeners every hour of every day. Their news and journalism informs and enlightens citizens to empower them to make informed choices about the community, country and indeed the world they live in.

This journalistic mandate applies both to the public and private broadcaster. With it comes the responsibility to ensure that the highest quality and standards are central to the editorial process. It is therefore essential that all the necessary support is given to journalists to enable them to work to the best of their abilities in sometimes critical, extreme and dangerous situations. By doing this the broadcasting community is contributing to the core values of a civil society, as expressed so well in the Universal Charter of Human Rights, Article 19:

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DPP and NABA form Strategic Partnership

The UK’s Digital Production Partnership Ltd (DPP) and the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) have today announced they will work together in a strategic partnership to promote international exchange of content through the definition and implementation of common standards, to the benefit of the wider broadcasting industry.

The DPP brings its recent experience of defining and implementing a common standard for file-based programme delivery in the UK. NABA meanwhile brings its leadership role in the Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability (JTFFFMI) – and the huge experience of the North American networks that make up the NABA membership.

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NABA’s Michael McEwen Contributes to AIB #iamabroadcaster summit in London, UK

NABA Director-General Michael McEwen was asked to speak at the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB)’s #iamabroadcaster Global Media Summit. Since the Summit was taking place at the same time as (and across the globe from) the NABA Annual General Meeting Event (in Toronto, Canada), Michael pre-recorded his speech about the state of the industry in North America.

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NABA’s Michael McEwen pens McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology article on “The Next Generation of Television”

Television as a mass medium for public communication is only about 75 years old. Certain earlier experiments (neither viably commercial nor public) helped television to germinate, and without the prior development of wireless audio (radio), the development of television would have been severely constrained. Yet television has risen to its ubiquitous and highly influential current standing in the world with extraordinary speed while also undergoing a series of remarkable technological revolutions. The technology of television is by no means mature, however, and innovations now taking shape should soon catapult it to even greater heights.

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