As the world celebrates International
Women’s Day 2023, the undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition call
attention to the safety of women journalists and media workers. Women journalists are integral to the pursuit of justice and truth.
Via their work as journalists and media workers, they bring attention and a
diversity of views on issues that need to be raised. However, while pursuing
their work, they continue to face disproportionate violence, threats and
We are deeply alarmed by the significant worldwide escalation
in the scale and intensity of deliberate attacks on women journalists and media
workers, both online and offline. 73% of women
journalists reported they had experienced online violence during their work in
a December 2022 ICFJ report.
This International Women’s Day we also honour and recall the women journalists
who have been killed in the line of duty while reporting on wars, especially
those who lost their lives in 2022.
The Media Freedom Coalition recognises the
powerful role that a diverse and pluralistic media environment can have in providing
access to information and debate, and in ensuring the enjoyment of the right to
freedom of expression for all. To enable
a positive and flourishing free media, the chilling effect of online and
offline harassment of women journalists and media workers must cease.
We call on states, media companies, workplaces, technology
platforms and civil society groups, to speak out against technology facilitated
gender-based violence, to prevent and address all forms of violence against
women journalists and media workers, both online and offline, to defend their
ability to practice journalism freely and safely, and join forces to develop
viable solutions to this serious threat to media freedom and diversity.
On this International Women’s Day, we call
on States to end the repression and targeting of women journalists and to
combat egregious sexual and gender-based violence and commit to the protection
of women journalists and media workers, both offline and online, and defend
their ability to carry out their work in safety.Signed:
|Bulgaria||Guyana||New Zealand||the United Kingdom|
|Chile||Iceland||Norway||the United States|
|Croatia||Italy||Republic of Korea|
|the Czech Republic||Kosovo||Seychelles|