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Attacks on the Press: Gender and Media Freedom Worldwide

Attacks on the Press is the definitive guide to the state of press freedom around the globe, exposing abuses while exploring potential solutions.

Friday, April 15, 2016 2:46 pm EDT

THE DEFINITIVE, COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF GLOBAL PRESS FREEDOM

In her story about being kidnapped and raped for reporting on Colombia's crime cartels—a harrowing account in the 2016 edition of the Committee to Protect Journalists' Attacks on the Press—Jineth Bedoya Lima makes clear that genderrelated threats to journalists are painfully real, but that they go beyond personal safety. As she was being raped by her captors, Bedoya writes, one of them told her they were sending a message to the media. The brutality was an effort to silence them.

Among the threats that journalists and the media face, some, such as Bedoya's, are specifically gender-related, which is the focus of this edition of Attacks on the Press. Through powerful essays, original reporting, and personal accounts by journalists and CPJ experts, the book examines gender-based online harassment, physical attacks, and institutional discrimination.

Also explored is a strong countercurrent: the courage and perseverance of those who suffer such attacks, from transgender reporters in Uganda to female journalists covering the Libyan conflict from self-imposed exile; from a young reporter who engages Islamic State fighters on social media to the wives, mothers, and friends who spearhead efforts to gain justice for journalists who have gone missing, are imprisoned, or have been killed. The book also provides expert guidance on how to deal with gender-related threats and restrictions, including safety measures and advocacy with the diplomatic community.

Attacks on the Press is the definitive guide to the state of press freedom around the globe, exposing abuses while exploring potential solutions.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by a group of U.S. correspondents in response to the often brutal treatment of their foreign colleagues by authoritarian regimes and other enemies of independent journalism. Operating with a full-time staff of 27 at its New York headquarters and correspondents around the world, its mission is to promote press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. A 37-member board of prominent journalists directs CPJ's activities. CPJ does not accept government funding and is financed solely by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

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