Spain / The government wants to take control of the media in Catalonia

Having activated Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution on Saturday October 21st, suspending Catalonia’s autonomy, Madrid now wants to place the Catalan public broadcasters under state supervision, including the television channel TV3. This measure would allow the Madrid government to put new leaders in place at TV3 and dismiss those currently in office. In a …

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Italy / A reportage by Envoyé Spécial wins an award at Bologna

The 11th Terra di Tutti festival, held in Bologna between October 13th and 15th, presented awards to several French documentaries and television reports. Focussing on social cinema, Terra di Tutti this year offered 35 documentaries and TV reports from around the world, including twenty in competition. In a selection strongly influenced by the twin themes …

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Spain / The winner of the 2017 Mostra Viva del Mediterrani

This year’s Mostra Viva del Mediterrani ended on October 15th. Four awards were given to Mediterranean-based directors. Agnès Varda and JR’s Visages, Villages wins the Best Feature Film Award. This French documentary is a road trip across rural France, with the two directors talking to people outside the major towns. The Best Short Film Award …

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Algeria / Saadene Ayadi appointed to the Ministry of Culture

On October 18th the former vice chair of the Centre Méditerranéen de la Communication Audiovisuelle (CMCA), Saadene Ayadi, was appointed Director of Cooperation at the Algerian Ministry of Culture. He was appointed by Azzedine Mihoubi, the Minister of Culture. Since the 1990’s Saadene Ayadi has worked extensively in both culture and communication. The CMCA congratulates …

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Algeria / The state will authorise 7 private channels

In the Official Journal published on October 16th, the Algerian government announced it will attribute broadcasting licenses for seven private television channels, and launched a call for offers. This first step towards opening Algerian broadcasting to the private sector has been expected since 2010, when President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said he wanted to allow private channels …

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Israel / The government discusses the possibility of closing public television

Five months after reopening the Israeli public broadcasting service, currently known as Kan, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has said he wants to dismantle it once and for all. The Israeli press reported the content of a discussion between Netanyahu and his ministers at a coalition party meeting on October 15th. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri apparently …

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France / Candidate call for FIGRA’s Coup de Pouce

Entries are now open for the pre-selection of the FIGRA 2018 Coup de Pouce Award. Directors with a project for a 2nd film (documentary or TV report) are invited to send in their application. FIGRA (Festival International du Grand Reportage d’Actualité et du Documentaire de Société) is preparing its 25th session, next year from March …

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