According to a particularly sad report released by the International News Safety Institute and the International Women’s Media Foundation, a majority of female journalists — 64 percent — claim to have faced “intimidation, threats or abuse” while working. Not only that, but more than 50 percent of that abuse was brought by a boss or a colleague.
The report is based on responses from 875 women from all over the world. The survey took into account all forms of media; the majority of respondents worked for newspapers.
The most common form of intimidation, threats or abuse was “Abuse of power or authority,” cited by 25 percent of the respondents. Following closely behind that was “Verbal, written and/or physical intimidation including personal threats at 21 percent, and “Attempts or threats to damage reputation or honour,” at 18 percent.
Sexual harassment, which was its own category, was prevalent as well. The survey found that 46 percent of female journalists had been subject to that form of abuse.
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