Forum

Women Journalists: Prime Targets of Cyberbullying?

Being both a woman and a journalist: a double burden? Targeted on social networks, women journalists simultaneously experience gender-based violence and mistrust of the media.

Pressures on journalists through social networks are increasingly common. They face daily attacks, both from isolated haters and from highly organized networks. Women are particularly targeted: through sexist and racist insults or calls for rape and murder, perpetrators aim to humiliate, terrorize and silence those who do their jobs. Almost always conducted by men, these virtual assaults generate a fear of seeing stalkers act on their threats. In the face of such outbreaks of hatred, how can we enable women journalists to pursue their work without endangering both their health and lives?

In A Dark Place, Javier Luque Martinez addresses the issues of gender, freedom of information and expression though the personal experiences of women journalists who have fallen victims to online violence in reaction to their work.

Debate organized as part of the 2019 Equality Week in the City of Geneva, entitled "Digital, what is your #gender?" More info at: www.semaine-egalite.ch

The debate will be held in English with simultaneous translation into French.

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Saturday 9 March

17:00

Espace Pitoëff - Théâtre

completed

Co-presented with the Service Agenda 21 – Ville durable of the City of Geneva, the Delegation of the EU to the UN in Geneva, the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, the OSCE, and the Equal Opportunity Office of the University of Geneva

Speakers

Kiran Nazish Founding Director of The Coalition For Women In Journalism

Arzu Geybulla Freelance Journalist, Azerbaïdjan

Nadia Daam Journalist, 28 minutes/ Arte, France

Moderated by

Célia Héron Chief of the section "Société" at the newspaper Le Temps

Thematic film

A Dark Place

by Javier Luque Martinez

Produced by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), A Dark Place gives voice to female journalists who have been victims of cyber violence for simply doing their job and defending freedom of expression. In Turkey, Azerbaijan, Latin America or Western Europe, each situation is unique, but the same patterns are repeated over and over again. A deeply topical issue, this documentary pays tribute to those women who continue, bravely, to resist.
  • Section: Thematic film
  • Original language: English , Spanish , Catalan & Turkish
  • Subtitles: English & French

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Director(s):

Javier Luque Martinez

Producers:

Jennifer Adams

World sales:

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Duration:

57'

Year:

2018

Production country:

Austria

Status:

Swiss Premiere