Digital threats targeting female journalists
The digital environment has made journalists more exposed and vulnerable. Female journalists are increasingly being singled out and attacked on the Internet. For some, online threats of rape and sexual violence have become part of everyday life; others experience severe sexual harassment and intimidation.
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Call to OSCE States
Call to the OSCE participating States
In a communique issued on 6 February 2015 to the OSCE’s 57 participating States, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media demanded swift action to address the growing problem of online threats to female journalists online. She called on States to:
- Acknowledge the gravity of the problem and put it on the agenda now;
- Give priority to improving the conduct of law enforcement agencies;
- When new laws are drafted be aware of the chilling effects that laws aimed at restricting speech may have;
- Invest in media and Internet literacy to inform and improve citizens’ capacities to contribute to healthy and constructive media environments;
- Encourage more data and research and support non-governmental organizations that address the issue.