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Finland sets precedent in sentencing journalists’ harassers

Despite working in a country that routinely tops press freedom rankings, Finnish journalists increasingly face a new threat to press freedom: online harassment. And until recently in the country, harassment campaigns against journalists had largely gone unpunished. The year 2018, however, saw a positive shift, with courts handing down convictions for abusive online attacks and […]

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2018: A Dark Year for Press Freedom

Around the world press freedom faced a litany of attacks in 2018, as political leaders unwilling to accept scrutiny increasingly jail, prosecute or undermine the credibility of critical journalists. As many as 78 journalists were killed in 2018, according to the International Press Institute (IPI)’s Death Watch, as scores of murders in previous years remain […]

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VIDEO: Online abuse of women journalists ‘already gone too far’

Online harassment of women in journalists in Finland has already gone too far, Johanna Vehkoo, a journalist and the author of a recent book on online misogyny called The Internet of Hate and Loathing, says in a new video interview with the International Press Institute. The book collects the stories of several women in different […]

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UK newsrooms seek social network help to curb online abuse

Social media has turned into a double-edged sword for newsrooms: It is an irreplaceable resource of news content and audience engagement but it can also expose journalists to online abuse that impacts their ability to work and causes severe distress. To fight the negative effects stemming from social media, newsrooms in the United Kingdom have […]

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