Global research/ MIRH/ 29 September 2022
By: ICFJ & UNESCO
The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) have conducted a global survey to assess the scale and impacts of online violence targeting women journalists, and to help identify solutions to this pernicious problem.
It is the most comprehensive and geographically diverse survey ever undertaken on the theme, having been offered in five languages and receiving responses from 714 women journalists* across 113 countries.
The survey is part of a broader UNESCO-commissioned study to examine online violence against women journalists in 15 countries, with an emphasis on intersectional experiences and the Global South.
The women journalists surveyed in this study said they had been subjected to a wide range of online violence, including threats of sexual assault and physical violence, abusive language, harassing private messages, threats to damage their professional or personal reputations, digital security attacks, misrepresentation via manipulated images and financial threats.