Hate-speech and the safety of Women Journalists - Commemoration event of the 2021 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
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To commemorate the 2021 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, UNESCO, together with the Permanent Missions of France, Greece and Lithuania to the United Nations, and the Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists (co-chaired by France, Greece and Lithuania), will host a virtual event discussing the impact of hate-speech on the safety of journalists, especially on women.


Studies have shown that female journalists are targeted online significantly more than their male colleagues, and that the threats they face are highly sexualized, focused on their physical features, ethnicity, or cultural background, rather than on the content of their work.

As a result, these threats tend to silence women journalists' voices and to deplete freedom of speech by interrupting valuable investigative journalist work.

The event will aim to:

  • Examine the impact of hate-speech on the security of journalists by bringing together experts from technical agencies, media, civil society and UN Member States.
  • Understand why the online communication have increased the attacks against women journalists and female media workers putting their safety at risk – these attacks can range from violence, stigmatization, sexist hate speech, trolling, physical assault, rape to even murder.
  • Identify legal reforms and other measures that could be taken to tackle the gender dimension of journalists' safety.

The event will also provide a platform for the presentation of a Joint Statement on the Political Leaders' Narratives about the Press, by the OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.