According to Paolo Rosa’s article on 22/08/19, there is a rise in online harassment against women in the media everywhere. In Bosnia, this type of harassment takes the form of online insults, threats and intimidation in the everyday work life of female Journalists. The deeply-rooted Bosnian culture of undermining women in society in general is exacerbated for female Journalists, as they are attacked not only as women, but for their views as Journalists. Such attacks result in many Journalists declining to go public about the harassment, due to the potential negative effects upon them, their job, their colleagues and their family.

“The increasing nature of abuse and censorship against “marginalised” voices has been acknowledged by the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe), the United Nations, UNESCO, and the European Parliament, as not only a matter of human rights, but also as a specific threat to the security of Journalists and as gender discrimination. A UN Report in 2018 highlights the fact that 23% of women have reported experiencing online abuse or harassment at least once in their lives, while Journalists and bloggers and members of other ethnic or sexual minorities are undoubtedly part of the most affected groups. It has been argued that female Journalists in the Balkans are subjected to widespread misogyny and disdain for Journalists, about which arises the need to denounce the abuse by these same Journalists in order to create solidarity. A 2018 Survey conducted by the International Federation of Journalists, based in Brussels, demonstrates that 66% of the women journalists, who were victims of online harassment, suffered attacks based on their gender, while almost 400 of the 600 surveyed by the International Women’s Media Foundation have suffered an online attack full of sexual threats. Unfortunately, these types of attacks have triggered the desired effect by bringing almost 40% of the Journalists to abandon the theme they were working on. As a result of these alarming attacks, the Female Journalists Network BH was created in July 2019 as a safe house to which Journalists, female and male, can draw strength, knowledge and ideas together.

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