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In 13 Tweets, The Threats And Abuse Women Journos Face Around The World

On September 29, people flocked to Twitter to discuss a pressing, yet largely ignored issue. The mental and physical threats to women in journalism.

Using the hashtag #ThreatsToWIJ, people from all over the world shared how there was a disproportionate amount of harassment and intimidation targeted at women reporters simply because of their gender. Led by the Coalition for Women Journalists, an hour long Twitter chat revealed the dark side of what these women go through.

Feminist media critic Soraya Chemaly had this to say:

Freelance journalist Neha Dixit also shared her experiences:

And more and more joined the chat to share theirs:

Unfortunately, all of this has created several parallel threats to women journalists, which often diminish their career paths in ways that never happen to male counterparts:

A statement released by the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) reads: “Especially after the recent murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru, it is imperative that neither the law enforcement officials nor the media community ignore such threats to journalists’ lives.”

Among its demands were that social media platforms be made safer for women, by detecting abuse in regional languages, and that the Editors’ Guild of India and Press Council of India take suo moto notice of such harassment.

Action must be swift and uncompromising. With folks finally talking about the problem, it’s expected that the journalist community will come together to find solutions.