Fojo calls for international center against hate and threats
Fojo Media Institute presents a unique report based on an extensive study, financed by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.The study proposes an international center for prevention of hate and harassment.
– There’s an enormous need for cooperation, finding tech solutions and coordinating the efforts against the repressive forces that has taken control of large parts of the internet, says journalist Marika Griehsel, project leader of the pilot study.
By conducting a large number of interviews, Griehsel has come across many openhearted and deeply personal stories from mostly female journalists in countries where freedom of press is being seriously challenged. Egypt, Pakistan, Mexico, the Philippines and Ukraine has been mainly in focus, but also a number of Swedish journalists has contributed with knowledge and experiences.
– Media has had a way too naive attitude towards internet and its ability to do good things. It's urgent that we accept this global challenge and we need to work long term, find technical and legal capacity to be able to independently face dictatorships and other threats towards press freedom and democracy in the world, says Marika Griehsel.
Fojo Media Institute sees a need for a global hub with the objective to prevent hatred and harassment towards journalists. The hub must be a clearing house with the vision to protect and support news media professionals against trolling. The hub can also be the go-to place for media practitioners to check facts and figures around trolling, how it is spread, who lurks behind the scene and what methods are used.The pilot study was initiated by Lars Tallert, Fojo Head of Policy and International Development. The report was written by journalist Christer L Pettersson.