Episode 13: Online Harassment and Attacks on women in media


Mehmal Sarfraz – Journalist and Co-Founder, The Current

Ramsha Jahangir – Award-Winning Journalist, covers Technology and Human Rights

Tanzeela Mazhar – Journalist/TV anchor and Co-Founder, Women in Media Alliance Pakistan


The discussion revolves around attacks that women in the media face due to their work and on the basis of their gender, how this impacts them and their work. We talked about the joint statement released by women journalists and commentators regarding targeted attacks and harassment they face online, the abuse they and others have received in response to the statement. The false equivalence – their past statements equated with gender-based slurs and threats. The difficulty in reporting harassment formally and facing criminal defamation as a result as well as their expectations from the government and political leadership across parties, to address the culture of abuse.

Watch the complete discussion here.

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