Publication Date: October 2021
Research and Editorial Team: Kiran Nazish, Die Morina Van Uijtregt, Aimun Faisal, Jaza Aqil, Aimun Faisal

The Coalition For Women In Journalism raises concerns about women journalists’ safety in Eastern Europe, where according to data women have been more vulnerable. The cases documented by CFWIJ include detentions, physical assault, legal harassment, threats of violence, troll campaigns, verbal harassment, arrest, sexual harassment, and state oppression, among others.

At the beginning of October 2021, Belarus had the highest number of violations against women journalists in Europe, with at least 46 cases documented since January. The country is followed by Russia and Georgia. Belarus also has the highest number of legal harassment episodes.

Arbitrary detention appears to be a common tactic used to obstruct press freedom, and in the period between January and September, at least 42 women journalists were detained in Europe. 

Tags: Gender issues Gender in media Safety of journalists

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