Art against racism, “communicational hegemony”, and what we must do to make it safer for women journalists

Poster for the art exhibit “20 times more art: against racism and censorship in Brazil”, Credit: ARTICLE 19/ Coalizao Negra por Direitos (Black Coalition for Rights)

A holistic approach to challenges faced by women journalists

  • Prohibit and criminalize sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence against women journalists, including threats of rape and other forms of gender-based violence such as online or ICT-facilitated forms of violence;
  • Remove any statute of limitation for prosecution and provide adequate reparations and compensation for victims;
  • Recognize “doxxing” against women journalists as a form of gender-based violence against women;
  • Address factors that increase the likelihood of violence and harassment in the world of work for women journalists, including discrimination, abuse of power relations and cultural and social norms that support violence and harassment;
  • Create special investigative units or independent commissions, such as media councils and tribunals that are independent of government, to address issues related to women journalists, in particular gender-based violence;
  • Support the establishment by media organizations or civil society of early-warning and rapid-response mechanisms, such as hotlines, online platforms or 24-hour emergency contact points, to ensure that journalists and other media actors have immediate access to protective measures when threatened;
  • Develop protocols and training programmes for police, prosecutors and judges who are responsible for fulfilling state obligations concerning the protection of the freedom of expression and human rights of women journalists and other media actors;
  • Establish information-gathering mechanisms, such as databases, to permit the gathering of verified information about attacks on and gender-based violence against women journalists;
  • Establish an effective response to online gender-based violence against women journalists and efficient cooperation with Internet intermediaries in that regard.

Art against racism, and defending the right to protest

Credit: Carlos Latuff

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