Online, Workplace Harassment Add to Dangers Faced by Female Journalists

The number of journalists killed in 2018 because of their work nearly doubled compared to 2017, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. In all, 88 journalists and media workers died on the job, because they were targeted for their reporting or were working in hazardous environments. Female journalists face the same dangers as their male counterparts when working on an assignment; but, women journalists face other threats that don't affect men to nearly the same degree.  At a recent Global Conference for Media Freedom in London, a panel discussed some of those threats and why it's important to find solutions.Nadine Hoffman, deputy director of the International Women's Media Foundation, said that in a survey of 600 female journalists last year, more than two-thirds said they had experienced online harassment. She said those attacks are often sexual and misogynistic in nature. "If you're a woman and you assert yourself in the online space, men will attack you," Hoffman said, noting that female politicians often experience the same kind of harassment.'There must be laws'May Chidiac, the Lebanese minister of state for administrative development, survived a 2005 car bombing while she worked as a television journalist. The assassination attempt was part of a series of bombings targeting journalists and politicians who were critical of Syria.FILE - Lebanese protesters carry posters of prominent anti-Syrian news anchor May Chidiac, who was seriously wounded by a car bomb, during a sit-in at Martyrs square in Beirut, Sept. 26, 2005.Chidiac said that online harassment is a serious threat to women. She said more must be done to protect journalists targeted by those attacks and to prosecute the perpetrators."Personally, I never considered myself different from a male journalist," she said. "But when it comes to online harassment, believe me, there is a big difference between men and women."She said... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Online, Workplace Harassment Add to Dangers Faced by Female Journalists, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Online, Workplace Harassment Add to Dangers Faced by Female Journalists





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