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Online Attacks on Women Journalists Leading to ‘Real World’ Violence, New Research Shows | International Center for Journalists

By Julie Posetti, Jackie Harrison and Silvio Waisbord
November 25, 2020

The insidious problem of online violence against women journalists is increasingly spilling offline, with potentially deadly consequences, a new global survey suggests.

Twenty percent of women journalists and media workers who participated in the survey – run by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – reported being targeted with offline abuse and attacks that they believe were connected with online violence they had experienced.

Early results from our survey, which received 1,210 responses, also point to a surge in rates of online violence against women journalists. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of participants identifying as women say that they have experienced online abuse, harassment, threats and attacks.

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Source: Online Attacks on Women Journalists Leading to ‘Real World’ Violence, New Research Shows | International Center for Journalists

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