Nearly one-third of female journalists surveyed considered leaving the profession due to online attacks and threats. That’s according to “Attacks and Harassment: The Impact on Female Journalists and Their Reporting,” which was released by the International Women’s Media Foundation and TrollBusters last week. Researchers also found that 70 percent of the women surveyed experienced more than one type of harassment, threat or attack, while 52 percent of respondents have experienced an offense in the past year. Against a global backdrop that has changed significantly in the past five years both politically and digitally, the report describes how different actors are using physical and social media strategies against women journalists to intimidate, sow disinformation, discredit the journalist and the news media and create significant professional harm.
Posted on: September 17, 2018