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SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom - Samir Kassir Foundation

Lebanon Refrains from Signing Call to Protect Women Journalists

Tuesday , 15 March 2022
Photo credit: Dar al-Mussawir
On International Women’s Day 2022, (March 8), 49 out of the 50 members of the Media Freedom Coalition signed a joint statement calling attention to the safety of women journalists and media workers. The one member country of the Coalition that did not sign the statement was Lebanon.

Below is the full text of the joint statement:

Attacks on women journalists distort the media landscape by threatening diversity and perpetuating inequalities. Furthermore, the escalation of sexual and gender-based violence and harassment is of urgent concern and forms a serious threat to an inclusive and diverse media landscape. It is a risk to media pluralism and democracy as a whole. The threats women journalists and media workers face tend to silence their voices and limit their ability to exercise their freedom of speech. Women should always be able to speak out without fear of harassment, discrimination or violence. There is also in many places a climate of impunity surrounding online attacks on women journalists and media workers, which perpetuates the cycle of gender-based violence.

Striving towards gender balance in media leadership and ownership positions is critical for independent journalism to effectively pursue the public interest as it performs its information-gathering and -sharing roles in society. Lack of gender balance in media leadership results in blind spots, one-sided reporting and gender stereotyping. Unfortunately, women often do not occupy positions of power and their access to leadership roles remains limited. This leaves women voices unheard, their stories untold, and they are unable to break the glass ceiling.

Today, we call upon all countries to combat sexual and gender-based violence, protect women journalists and media workers both online and offline, and defend their ability to practice journalism freely and safely.


Signed:

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belize
Botswana
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
the Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Guyana
Honduras
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kosovo
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Maldives
Montenegro
the Netherlands
New Zealand
North Macedonia
Norway
Portugal
Republic of Korea
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Switzerland
Sweden
Ukraine
Uruguay
the United Kingdom
the United States

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