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A Guide to Protecting Newsrooms and Journalists Against Online Violence

Wednesday , 21 September 2022

Online violence poses a constant threat to journalists, resulting in serious implications for press freedom, including self-censorship. This abuse disproportionately affects women and diverse journalists who are often reluctant to speak out for fear of jeopardizing their careers.

The International Women's Media Foundation is dedicated to promoting a culture of change in newsrooms when it comes to tackling online violence. “A Guide to Protecting Newsrooms and Journalists Against Online Violence” details policies and best practices newsrooms can implement to better protect staff members who are targeted simply for doing their jobs.

The guide also includes case studies from six months of work with a wide range of newsrooms – from small specialized outlets covering health in South Africa to established independent newsrooms in the United States.

Templates and resources from the guide are also available.

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