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ON THE OCCASION OF 2019 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, THE OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION PRESENTS THE REPORT "WOMEN JOURNALISTS AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: DISCRIMINATION AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE FACED BY WOMEN JOURNALIST IN THE EXERCISE OF THEIR PROFESSION"

Washington D.C. - On the occasion of 2019 International Women’s Day, the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) presents the thematic report Women Journalists and Freedom of Expression: Discrimination and gender-based violence faced by women journalist in the exercise of their profession, which analyzes the situation of women journalists in the region, and examines the obligations of States and the private sector in the elimination of the main obstacles and specific risks faced by women journalists in the exercise of their profession.

Likewise, women journalists are not only more exposed to online attacks than their male colleagues, but in recent years they have suffered an increase in insults, bullying, and online harassment. Among the most frequent forms of online violence are monitoring and stalking, the publication of personal data, trolling, discrediting, defamation, disqualification, and viral hatred. In addition, women who cover issues such as politics, law, economics, sports, and women's rights are at particular risk of being victims of online violence.

Among women journalists, the most common reported cases are rape in retaliation for their work, sexual abuse of journalists in captivity or detention, or sexual violence by mobs against journalists covering public events. In the office, the most frequent practices are unwanted comments about their clothes, whistles, jokes of a sexual nature, and unwanted physical contact.

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