In May 2019, WIRED has joined the One Free Press Coalition, a united group of leading editors and publishers who reach out to their global reach and use social platforms to put journalists worldwide under attack. The coalition today released its 25th monthly list of ’10 most urgent ‘journalists whose press freedom is suppressed or whose affairs demand justice. This iteration focuses on women in anticipation of the International Women’s Day which took place on 8 March.
In an industry that has long been dominated by men, more and more female journalists around the world are telling important stories and reporting the news to their communities. These brave journalists face a unique set of challenges and threats. According to more than 70 percent, they experienced more than one type of harassment, threat or attack. 2018 report published by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and the online threat monitor Trollbusters. Given the social stigmas associated with gender-based violence, many women may choose not to report incidents or leave the profession.
Six of the women on the list this month are behind bars and 13 percent of all journalists locked up in 2020 were women. One of the journalists on the list was killed this month in connection with her reporting, and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has documented 70 female journalists killed since 1992. At least one of the issues on this list has been related to online harassment, a endemic to the industry. As far as the benchmark is concerned, the journalists on this list cover a wide range of issues and stories, but according to CPJ research, politics remains one of the most dangerous for journalists worldwide.
1. Tal al-Mallohi (Syria)
Syrian journalist, who is currently being held free of charge, has spent a total of more than ten years behind bars. She is being held on the orders of Syrian President Bashar al-Asad, a security adviser.
7. Anastasia Mejía (Guatemala)
Indigenous journalist was arrested for broadcasting – and accused of taking part in a protest against a local official. On the same day, her house was raided, and she was detained for more than a month.
9. Neha Dixit (In the)
Freelance reporter recently endured an attempted burglary, stalking and months of threatening calls that included death threats and references to her journalism, as well as an ongoing case of libel.