18 results for author: Ashley Spanton


WBU Monitors Treatment of Media in Sri Lanka

The World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) continues to closely monitor the Sri Lankan government’s response to attacks on journalists and attempts to intimidate media organizations. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has formally acknowledged an unjustified assault on media personnel by police and security personnel on ​July 9th, ​2022. It has confirmed that the journalists posed no threat to police and that the assault represented a gross violation of the rights of a free media. The media company which employs those journalists, MTV Channel (Private) Limited, further states that several staff members in the top-level of senior ...

WBU-Technical Committee Highlights Need to Maintain Resilient Mix of Media Distribution Infrastructures for Times of Crisis

The World Broadcasting Unions’ Technical Committee (WBU-TC) calls upon both regulators and public service broadcasters/media to ensure multiple media distribution infrastructures are maintained. This is to ensure service continuity and maximized reach in times of crisis. Read the full statement.

WBU Statement on the Assassination of Al Jazeera Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

The WBU is profoundly shocked, saddened and extremely concerned about the assassination of Al Jazeera TV Correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh. Her colleague Ali Al-Samoudi was shot and wounded and is now in stable condition in hospital. Abu Akleh and Al-Samoudi were clearly identified as PRESS and were standing with other journalists covering Israeli army raids in Jenin, in the northern West Bank, when shooting broke out. Read the full statement.

Updated WBU Cybersecurity Recommendations for Media Vendors’ System, Software and Services

The World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) updated the cybersecurity recommendations which reflect the performance aspirations of both organizations in media vendors’ systems, software and services.. These recommendations can be used as an attachment to any equipment or service RFP, RFI, or RFQ to help potential buyers ascertain the cyber maturity of the product and supplier. Our thanks to NABA members Grass Valley, Imagine Communications and Ross Video for leading part of NABA’s negotiating team and in working with Lucille Verbaere and her Cybersecurity team at the EBU on the changes. Read the full Cybersecurity Recommendations here.

WBU Statement on Ukraine and Freedom of the Press

As the situation between Russia and Ukraine escalates, access to trusted, factual, and impartial information is more critical than ever. All media broadcasters and the World Broadcasting Unions’ members are focused on doing our job for the public in difficult circumstances and we will not hesitate to condemn any infringements or violations of press freedom. It is vital for journalists to be allowed to continue to operate both freely and safely, and report without hindrance. Supporting media freedom must be prioritized, not despite these challenging circumstances, but because of them. View the full statement here.