Time to act: measures of curbing harassment of journalists in African newsrooms

Bhekizulu Tshuma*, Lungile Auustine Tshuma

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This chapter discusses the safety measures that newsrooms should adopt to help fight various forms of harassment. The chapter comes against the background of previous studies having found that newsrooms are ill-prepared to address different forms of harassment. As a result, journalists are left with the burden of fighting threats on their own. This chapter outlines possible measures that newsrooms, government institutions, and media-related civil society organisations can possibly implement to help fight online and offline forms of harassment. Some of the possible solutions that have been put forward by this chapter include the setting up of the legal department within the newsrooms to help swiftly address cases of harassment and the need for an open and daily discussion on harassment so that victims can feel comfortable coming up in the open. Governments and civil society organisations should formulate harassment policies that newsrooms to be implemented by newsrooms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPatterns of harassment in African journalism
EditorsLungile Augustine Tshuma, Trust Matsilele, Mbongeni Jonny Msimanga, Sadia Jamil
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781032697604
ISBN (Print)9781032697482
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2024


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