New OSCE RFoM resource on safety of female journalists online

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I am super-thrilled about this new publication launched by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media in early February.

The compilation of essays and interview-based articles, New Challenges to Freedom of Expression: Countering Online Abuse of Female Journalists (available as a free download here) collects stories and best practices from women doing journalism and media work around the world, framing them through the prism of  the recommendations issued by the OSCE RFoM Dunja Mijatović earlier in September 2015.

“The contributions in this publication written by Criado-Perez’ and other free speech advocates show the severity and the magnitude of the abuse female journalists are subjected to,” said OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović. “Online abuse of female journalists has become a clear and present threat to journalism, free media and freedom of expression.”

The resource brings together research and case studies of the damaging effects on journalism and free speech, outlines the legal and human rights issues, and identifies key factors in the effective prevention of and response to online abuse of female journalists, as well as addressing the broader context of misogyny and violence against women and considering their root causes.

Contributors to the publication are: Zorana Antonijević, Caroline Criado-Perez, Aina Landsverk Hagen, Alison Bethel McKenzie, Elisa Lees Munoz, Snježana Milivojević, Courtney C. Radsch, Sejal Parmar, Elana Newman, Susan Drevo, Bradley Brummel, Gavin Rees, Bruce Shapiro and Becky Gardiner.

As someone who contributed to this collection through sharing my own experiences of working as a female journalist, I am convinced this resource will be an important tool and source of knowledge for other women in the field, as well as the media, policy-makers and human rights advocates.

Download the publication here.

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