On September 20, 2018, the International Press Institute will premiere a short documentary film on the online harassment of female journalists in Spain as part of the conference “Feminism, Media and Equality” in Madrid.

The event is hosted by the Platform for the Defence of Free Expression (PDLI), a Spanish free-expression group and a close partner of IPI, and the Madrid city government. It aims to “open a space of reflection on gender inequality in the media and in journalism, to promote greater societal awareness of the situation and begin to take steps toward change”. The programme includes many of Spain’s top female journalists.

The conference will be opened by Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena, Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo and IPI Executive Board Member Virginia Pérez Alonso, deputy editor of the Spanish news website Público and the chair of PDLI.

The IPI documentary was filmed during an April 2018 week-long visit to Spain as part of its Ontheline project, which aims to identify best newsroom practices for preventing and better responding to online harassment of journalists, and as part of the #SOFJO campaign, led by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which seeks to combat online harassment against female journalists in particular.

The documentary features several high-profile Spanish female journalists on their experiences with online harassment, including Ana Pastor, host of the news programme El Objectivo on the broadcaster La Sexta; Pepa Bueno, host of the radio programme Hoy por hoy on Cadena SER; and Mònica Terribas, an influential journalist with Catalan public radio.