Dawn Alford, Executive Director for the Society of Editors.
A survey conducted by the Home Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, has revealed that more than a third of female journalists feel unsafe doing their jobs in the UK. In total over 80% of the journalists responding to the survey said they had experienced threats or intimidation as a result of their work.
Dawn Alford, Executive Director for the Society of Editors said: “These figures are very concerning. No journalist should ever feel unsafe while doing their job.
“Clearly more needs to be done to protect our journalists from physical and mental harm and I welcome the action plan endorsed this year by the government’s National Committee for the Safety of Journalists.”
NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet, pictured, said: “This evidence demonstrates that much more needs to be done to tackle the growing scourge of harassment and attacks against journalists.
“We need a cultural change to stop this abuse and unacceptable behaviour from being normalised – this is not, and must not be allowed to become, part of a journalist’s job.
“No worker should have to contend with threats of violence and intimidation. We want to see a zero-tolerant approach, with greater reporting, better policing and robust sentencing, to protect journalists and journalism.”
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