The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has alerted women journalists to online violence. She thus indicates that nearly three out of four women journalists in the world claim to have been victims of online violence while this violence continues in real life for 20% of them.
It emerges from a world study by Unesco, published on Friday, that these are large-scale attacks or extreme threats at a given time and constant attacks from a lower level on the networks.
Conducted with 901 journalists from 125 countries, the study is supported by 173 in-depth interviews, 15 country case studies and the analysis of more than 2.5 million Facebook and Twitter messages targeting investigative journalists, the Briton Carole Cadwalladr and American-Filipino Maria Ressa, 2021 laureate of the Unesco / Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
According to the same study, 64% of white female journalists said they had experienced violence online, compared to 81% of black journalists.
This cyberviolence, Unesco observes, is also making its appearance in the physical world. 20% of journalists surveyed claim to have been victims of assaults, name-calling and offline harassment linked to cyberattacks. This rate reaches 53% in the case of Arab women journalists.