International Journalism Festival Panel Discussion: Sexual Violence, a Silencing Tool

In association with the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Journalism Festival is hosting a panel discussion, “Sexual violence: a silencing tool”. This panel will discuss how sexual violence is used to silence women journalists. The idea is that by the end of the discussion, there is a more concrete understanding of the scope of the issue, which will better inform CPJ and the public on how to respond to these threats moving forward. In 2011, CPJ launched a special report The Silencing Crime which documented how sexual violence is used to shut down women journalists. In 2016, CPJ also released the report, Attacks on the Press: Gender and Media Freedom Worldwide. Amongst other things, the report delves into how online sexual harassment can often deter women journalists from participating in the media. In truth, sexual violence, in its many forms (physical or digital) is often used to silence women journalists. Some women journalists end up re-evaluating the types of beats they cover, some maintain low profiles, some delete their online social media accounts, some censor themselves, and some leave the profession entirely. Panelists: Rosa Meneses – El Mundo Tracie Powell – All Digitocracy Lina Attalah – Mada Masr Anna Lekas Miller – Independent Journalist Moderated by Courtney Radsch-Committee to Protect Journalists, Advocacy Director There is no cost to attend this panel. Where: Sala del Dottorato Perugia, Italy When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:30-10:45 Find more information about the festival: