News Reporting: Is Gender A Factor?


June 24, 2015 – On Tuesday, Elisa Lees Munoz, executive director of the IWMF moderated a panel organized by the IWMF, the Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) and the Rory Peck Trust in London.

Three experienced journalists, Allison Baskerville, board member of FFR and a documentary photographer, Nadine Marroushi, freelance journalist writing about the Middle East and Africa, and Richard Spencer, the Middle East editor for The Telegraph joined the panel. Caroline Neil, director of hostile environment training RPS Partnership, also spoke at the event and shared her knowledge in conflict mitigation.

According to the IWMF’s research in a 2014 report, about 20 percent of 1000 female journalists who took the IWMF’s survey suffered abuse while reporting. Panelists agreed that women journalists would face both physical and psychological trauma after being sexually assaulted, and it’s important for them to acknowledge how things are affecting them and to create space to talk openly. Some panelists pointed out, for journalists working on the frontline, more access and funding for mental health support is needed.

Munoz, also emphasized the need for an international databases of trusted fixers and translators, global hostile environment training standards and for increased efforts to reach out to local journalists affected by sexual assault.

June 23, 2015: The IWMF organized a panel with
the Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) and
the Rory Peck Trust in London (Video: Frontline)

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IWMF Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz with
panelists Allison Baskerville, Nadine Marroushi,
Richard Spencer and Caroline Neil

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Francis Churchill, Frontline Club

Elisa Lees Muñoz with Nadine Marroushi
and Caroline Neil

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