November 24, 2020

Women journalists invited to brief Human Rights Committee of National Assembly on online abuse, as hashtag about women journalists’ statement against online violence trends online

Islamabad, 12 August 2020: Chairperson Standing Committee on Human Rights, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has taken notice of the issue of online violence against women journalists and invited them to brief the committee about the issue. The invitation to brief the committee was issued mere hours after  a group of women journalists released a joint statement about online violence and the hashtag #AttacksWontSilenceUs trended on Twitter in Pakistan. 

Human Rights Minister, Shireen Mazari also tweeted, calling the attacks on women journalists ‘unacceptable and disgusting’ and expressed her intent to help fast track the journalist protection bill. 

The hashtag has also curated support from the larger journalistic community and other allies.

 

 

Women journalists tweeting under the trend recounted instances of hate speech, sexualised abuse, trolling and calls for violence that they routinely face online. 

 

Tweets by various journalists also raise concerns about possible involvement of government officials and abuse by supporters of the ruling political party. 

 

Journalists also tweeted about the impact these hate campaigns have on their journalism. 

 

 

Following the release of the statement, leaders from different political parties tweeted in support. 

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