CJF examines online harm and harassment suffered by women journalists

TORONTO, November 23, 2022 /CNW/ – The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), in collaboration with the #Not Ok campaign and the Canadian Women’s Foundationhosts a special free web event on virtual harm and harassment faced by female journalists on Wednesday, November 30at 1 p.m. EST.

CJF’s final online J-Talk of the Fall 2022 season, November 30, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. EST, is presented in collaboration with the Canadian Women’s Foundation and #NotOk. The panel will discuss online harm and harassment faced by female journalists. Guest speakers are (left to right) Salimah Shivji, CBC; Garvia Bailey, media buddies; Saba Eitizaz, Toronto Star; and Christina Frangou, freelance journalist. (CNW Group/Canadian Journalism Foundation)

Participating in the round table are Garvia Baileyhost and co-founder of Media Girlfriends; Christine Frangou, freelance journalist; and Saba Eitizaz, Toronto Star producer and co-host of It matters podcast. CBC News correspondent Salimah Shivji will lead this discussion.

Online attacks are increasingly personal, brutal and coordinated, and carry the serious threat of offline damage. In Canadaseveral journalists – almost all racialized women – have recently been the target of an escalation hate campaign through encrypted messaging services, threatening “real life” sexual violence and harm. Evil radiates from those most affected to the news and information ecosystem.

“Online harm and harassment is one of the most significant health and safety issues facing women journalists today, and it’s on the rise globally,” says the president and chief executive. of the CJF, Nathalie Tourvey. “These attacks, targeting women and racialized journalists, not only affect the health and well-being of targeted journalists, but ultimately undermine trust in the facts and jeopardize press freedom.”

A UNESCO/ICFJ report published earlier in 2022 found that online abuse was linked to disinformation campaigns and the silence of journalists. In Canadaseveral news and media organizations have joined together to confront this toxic influence.

“CBC/Radio-Canada is deeply committed to working with other media to raise awareness of this persistent and troubling issue. Collectively, it is essential that we continue to do all we can to protect journalists. ,” States Barbara WilliamsSenior Vice-President English Services of CBC-Radio-Canada.

CJF is thrilled to partner with both the #NotOk campaign and the Canadian Women’s Foundation on the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

“Widespread gender-based violence, including acts and threats of abuse, harms diverse women, girls, and Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people every day in Canada“says the President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Paulette Senior. “During the pandemic, rates of abuse have increased. We must view this targeting of racialized women and journalists as an attack on those who are already at high risk of abuse. And we must seek systemic solutions not only to intervene but also to prevent these abuses from happening in the first place.”

For a complete list of speaker biographies, visit CJF J Talks event page.

The CJF also thanks the generosity of donors in kind CPAC and Quote.

Quote is the exclusive distribution partner of the CJF.

DATE: Wednesday, November 302022, 1 p.m. EST.
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About the Canadian Journalism Foundation

Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes, celebrates and facilitates excellence in journalism. The foundation runs a prestigious annual awards and fellowship program including an industry gala where news leaders, journalists and businesses Canada come together to celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement and the value of professional journalism. Through monthly J-Talks, a series of public lectures, CJF facilitates dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital age. The foundation also promotes educational, training and research opportunities in journalism.

About the #NotOk campaign

#NotOk was launched by CBC/Radio‑Canada, with members from all parts of the Corporation. We are united in support of our journalists, our newsrooms and our media professionals against those who seek to silence their stories and threaten their safety. We believe this must be an industry-wide effort to combat this threat, and together we will continue to advocate for collective responses to end this behavior.

About the Canadian Women’s Foundation

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is a national leader in the movement for gender equality in Canada. Through funding, research, advocacy and knowledge sharing, the Foundation strives to achieve systemic change that includes all women. By supporting community programs, the Foundation empowers women and girls to emerge from violence, poverty and gain confidence and leadership. Launched in 1991 to address a critical need for women-focused philanthropy, the Canadian Women’s Foundation is one of the largest women’s foundations in the world. With the support of donors, the Foundation has raised more than $100 million and funded more than 2,000 programs across the country. These programs aim to tackle the root causes of the most critical problems and help the women and girls who face the greatest obstacles. The Canadian Women’s Foundation aims to be inclusive of diverse people of all genders and sexualities. We focus our efforts on supporting those who face the most barriers and have the least access to relevant services. This includes people who identify as women, girls, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, and 2SLGBTQI+. To learn more, visit canadianwomen.org.

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