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Online harassment brings special risks for freelance journalists

Greek freelance journalist Anthi Pazianou found herself in the middle of an online abuse campaign in September after the leader of an extreme right-wing movement posted a photo of Pazianou with a refugee football team whose story she had recently covered along with other refugee-related issues on the Greek island of Lesbos. The post, which […]

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How a Finnish regional newspaper took on online abuse

Over the last two years, the Finnish regional newspaper Turun Sanomat has faced two severe online harassment campaigns against its journalists. The vicious, organized attacks forced it to adopt concrete measures to ensure the safety of its journalists and prevent further harassment – and helped it learn a number of lessons along the way. The […]

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Editors’ commitment key to shielding journalists from online abuse

“That day, when I went to the police… It was really important that you were supporting me. You gave me a ride to the police station and also back home”, Finnish journalist Linda Pelkonen told her former editor-in-chief at the daily Uusi Suomi, Markku Huusko. Three years after Pelkonen was targeted by an avalanche of […]

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Female journalists face online vitriol even in ‘land of free press’

Finnish media professionals recognize well the gendered aspect of online violence against journalists. While male and female journalists receive similar numbers of threats, the nature of the threats differs according to gender. According to a 2016 survey by the Union of Journalists in Finland (UFJ), 14 percent of the female journalists surveyed reported threats of […]

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