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Don’t read the comments: Enhancing online safety for women working in the media

This guide has been designed by GenVic to assist media companies to protect their journalists, particularly women journalists, from online hate.

Don’t Read the Comments: Enhancing Online Safety for Women Working in the Media recommends that media organisations should begin treating gender-based abuse against women journalists on social media and websites as an issue of health and safety and take more responsibility for ensuring that women journalists are supported in the aftermath.

A vast majority of journalists had experienced online harassment, trolling and stalking during the course of their work, but only 16% said they were aware of their workplace having existing policies to address online abuse.

GenVic is calling for a united industry approach by media organisations to combat the prevalence of online harassment and abuse of women media workers.

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