ONE OUT OF TWO JOURNALISTS THREATENED AT SOME LEVEL
The MCM conducted joint survey on the safety of journalists with Globe International Center first time. The survey aims to determine whether journalists can fulfill their duties without any pressure or threats and involved 300 journalists.
According to the survey, one of two journalists felt following incidents: they were threatened or intimidated, their prepared news were censored, their equipment was attacked, they feel sexual harassment, or their cyber security was attacked.
Threatening over the phone was commonly occurred. 46% of total respondents received threats over the phone call. But journalists don’t really care threats over the phone calls. They don’t submit any claim to the court related with threats over the phone call. 22% of all journalists who received threatening call over the phone reached to their newsroom, 9.4% of them contacted media self-regulatory body or NGOs and 9% of them made claims to the court.
Neglecting or not reporting about safety issues makes a room to increase threats. 67% of total journalists received or felt some kind of threats or offence because of their published articles or news. But only 1% of crimes against journalists were given penalties.
If your professional working environment’s safety is in danger or someone invaded your professional safety, please contact media self-regulatory organization, civil society organizations, police or courts. It is now wasting time; we need to protect our professional right.