Journalist Safety

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Every year, women journalists are killed, assaulted, threatened and defamed – all in pursuit of the truth. They do it in defense of their societies, bearing witness in countries where media are not free. Many of these women face not only the implicit dangers of hostile environments, but cultural and social prejudices that would keep them silent.

In 2013, the IWMF launched the first-ever global survey of security risks for women journalists. The survey, created in conjunction with the International News Safety Institute (INSI), produced much-needed data on the challenges faced by women in news media around the world.

In March 2014, IWMF and INSI published a report entitled “Violence and Harassment against Women in the News Media: A Global Picture”. It provides the first comprehensive picture of the dangers faced by many women working in news media around the world.

  • Violence and Harassment against Women in the News Media: A Global PictureViolence and Harassment against Women in the News Media: A Global PictureWeb Version
    This joint report by the International Women’s Media Foundation and the International News Safety Institute provides the first comprehensive picture of the dangers faced by many women working in news media around the world. It describes the types of violence and threats female journalists encounter and considers how these incidents affect their ability to conduct their work.

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  • ReportViolence and Harassment against Women in the News Media: A Global PictureOnline Publication
    This joint report by the International Women’s Media Foundation and the International News Safety Institute provides the first comprehensive picture of the dangers faced by many women working in news media around the world. It describes the types of violence and threats female journalists encounter and considers how these incidents affect their ability to conduct their work.

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  • Press Kit Press Kit The IWMF welcomes the opportunity to discuss the details of the report with members of the media.

    Please direct all inquiries and interview requests to Anna Schiller (+1 202 496 1992).

    A PDF version of the report, high resolution images, and the reports’ charts are available for download in this press kit.


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  • Report-Icon03 Study: Almost 2/3 of women journalists polled have experienced abuse or harassmentDecember 2, 2013 – Almost two-thirds of women journalists polled have experienced intimidation, threats or abuse in relation to their work, according to the findings of the first global survey on violence and threats against women working in the news media. The survey by the Washington, D.C.-based International Women’s Media Foundation and the London-based International …

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  • globalsurvey-thn Global research project investigates violence against women journalistsInternational News Safety Institute and International Women’s Media Foundation global research project investigating harassment and violence against female media workers. See Press Release December 2, 2013 – The INSI/IWMF global research project investigating harassment and violence to female media workers was launched in July 2013 following a small pilot study. Between its launch and 22nd …

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