Indian investigative journalist and Washington Post columnist Rana Ayyub is one of the most prolifically threatened and abused journalists in the world - as a woman, as a Muslim and as a reporter. Concerns for her safety have prompted the UN to intervene in her case multiple times.
Ayyub is subjected to torrential online violence which has spilled offline in the form of stalking and State-linked legal harassment. Her case is emblematic of this freedom of expression and gender equality crisis which affects women journalists globally.
The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is studying Ayyub's case in depth, in partnership with University of Sheffield computer scientists, along with six other cases including investigative journalist and Observer columnist Carole Cadwalladr.
Cadwalladr has experienced orchestrated online violence, which has exposed her to SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) suits in the UK, and she has written powerfully about Ayyub's case.
Award-winning Nigerian investigative journalist Kiki Mordi was subjected to severe online violence after making a BBC documentary about sexual harassment.
All three women will share their experiences and fightback strategies during this Frontline Club event in partnership with ICFJ and Reporters Without Borders. They will join prominent media freedom lawyer Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, who represents Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Maria Ressa and murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. ICFJ's Global Director of Research, Dr. Julie Posetti, will moderate the discussion.
Key questions to be tackled include: Can the platforms be held accountable for enabling the vilification of women journalists? What more can news organisations do to address online violence - especially against freelance journalists? And what do States need to do to protect women journalists from the scourge of gender-based online violence?