The Network of Journalists with a Gender Perspective…

Bradley Rice | September 19, 2018 | 0

After a week of training, workshops and debates, journalists and journalism students from different parts of Morocco agreed to create a network that makes visible the reality of women from journalistic information and allows them to stay in touch to share, exchange and develop common strategies . In a meeting that took place from 10 to 14 May, the importance of gender in the informative treatment of non-sexist language was discussed and the image of Moroccan women in the media was analyzed. The workshops that took place in that opportunity allowed the journalists to learn the tools of radio production and the creation of a web page. The latter has served to create the website of the Moroccan network of journalists with a gender vision that is currently under construction. At the moment it will be in French but the possibility of translating it into other languages is being evaluated. This training week was held at the Higher Institute of Journalism and Communication in Morocco, thanks to the support of the Moroccan Hispano Studies Center Foundation and the Unesco Chair of the University of Malaga. Jeanette Mauricio, coordinator of the Madrid Network, was invited to give a radio workshop with a gender perspective. The journalist stressed that “the experience has been enriching. There is a lot of motivation and above all desire to do things, to weave bridges and act. We have many common struggles such as the precariousness of journalists in the media, the lack of journalists in decision-making positions in the media, the lack of a gender perspective in the information treatment, the reification of women in the media (for example, publicity), the blaming of women in information about gender violence …. It sounds to you, right? So we could continue … “. Elena Blanco Castilla; journalism professor at the University of Málaga, she was part of the teaching team during the training week and spoke about the importance of continuing working with the gender perspective, in the field of journalism and communication. This network will allow us to have an echo in a new country and gives us the responsibility to make visible the situation of our Moroccan compañeras. From the organization it was affirmed that the creation of the network of journalists is the first step, the next one is to agree on an information treatment within the Moroccan media that makes women visible and the third to reach the media. We must remember that the fact that the IV International Meeting of Journalists with a Gender Perspective of the RIPVG takes place in Morocco generates a lot of expectation and motivates the brand new network to continue working. The journalists who are members of the RIPVG, Saida Boudaghia and Nadia Lamhaidi, will be responsible for coordinating this new network.

Peru: Director of a blog threatens death

Bradley Rice | September 19, 2018 | 0

The journalist Paola Ugaz, director of the blog ‘Report to Peru’, was threatened with death through a message on her website. The attack occurred on December 5, 2009, in the province of Lima. The message that was sent from the Gmail account by anonymous says: “Bitch shit, you’re going to die.”

Paola Ugaz is a freelance journalist and specialist in journalistic uncovering. She, through her page, has made complaints that have caused discomfort to certain sectors. Her last note had to do with the investigation of a journalist who asked for money from the person she was investigating, she said.

In dialogue with the OFIP, he said that he does not know who or who could be behind the threat, because it is the first time he receives an attack of this type. However, he does not rule out the possibility that this fact could be related to a publication in which he denounces a communicator who was caught in an act of blackmail for money.

This alert is the responsibility of the National Association of Journalists of Peru.

Argentina. Diario raised the blog Hijas de Eva

Bradley Rice | September 19, 2018 | 0

The newspaper Río Negro raised Hijas de Eva, the first blog with a gender perspective of Argentina in a newspaper, which journalist Susana Yappert had been working on for three years. The cause was that the blog had published an open letter from a minority shareholder of the newspaper to the note ‘Is Cristina weak?’ In which the journalist Alicia Miller doubted, with misogynistic arguments, the solvency of President Cristina Fernández to continue with the management. On Thursday the 28th, an open letter from a minority shareholder of the Rio Negro newspaper, Alberto Laría, began to circulate in the emails of friends. It was a response written from the pain of those who hurt. An answer to a journalist from the newspaper Río Negro who had given her opinion about the presumed weakness of President Cristina Fernandez a few hours after she had lost her husband (Is Cristina weak?). A misogynistic analysis that was even debated in forums of journalists with a gender perspective who, at that time, analyzed the irrational and rogue discourses towards the president, whom they tried to show as Isabelita’s very reincarnation. The friends redistributed the open letter of Beto Laría to other emails and these to others. In the space of 24 hours, I received 50 mails with the same content to my personal mailbox. In the open letter appeared elements that I will ponderé: it is written by a psychologist, chose a direct style and that tried to hurt as much as it had hurt the writing that generated it, a style that any journalist – even I – would file; written also by a militant who knew exile; and a fact that is not minor, a shareholder of the newspaper in which the journalist Alicia Miller is pro-secretary of writing. It is not less in the sense that it reflects that there are shareholders of the newspaper who do not agree with the line that the newspaper maintains years ago defined by one of these shareholders as ‘darkly neoliberal’, a fact that does not surprise any savvy reader. I had read the note by Alicia Miller and practically all the columnists of the newspaper of the 28th. In honor of the truth I could not finish it, I endured until the note of Carlos Torrengo; Of course I had already read Rosendo Fraga and the entire opposition press and my ability to digest all that was full; because – it is not possible to ignore it – in Argentina from the day Kirchner took office (remember the opinion of Claudio Escribano predicting Kirchner a year of government) and even more after the 125, directly went back to journalism factional. For those hours I also needed to hurt and I solved for that single fact, not to write. I was going to let some days pass to rehearse something with another look, the one that has guided me for 20 years in this job: ‘neither laugh, cry, understand’. Laría chose another path. Speak from your pain and from your anger.

Meeting of the International Network of Gender Journalists

Bradley Rice | September 19, 2018 | 0

The discrimination faced by women in general and the harassment, threats, intimidation and physical violence are realities that journalists face every day in the world, especially in Mexico, Colombia, Honduras and Iraq, denounced Lucia Lagunes, Director of Communication and Information on Women.

During the IV Meeting of the International Network of Journalists with a Gender Perspective (RIPVG) in this city, which brought together informants from 14 countries, Lagunes highlighted the fundamental role of the media in the fight for gender equality and the recognition of the Viagra Rights of women. In this regard, the RIPVG, made special emphasis on this subject in its Declaration of the Meeting in Fez, Morocco.

“Even though since the global monitoring of media began in 1995 – product of the action platform of the IV World Conference on Women – progress has been made in the search for information balance, the road is still long”, warned a of the founders of the RIPVG.

He recalled that of all the news that circulates through the media worldwide, only 24 percent refers to women; while in the political subjects the feminine presence is of hardly 19 percent and of 20 percent in the news on economy.

At the meeting of the RIPVG, Lucia Lagunes said that it is necessary for women’s rights to be a priority in the media agenda, so that they are a priority in the public agenda.

The journalist estimated that if it is possible to maintain the increase in the presence of women in the media by 6 percentage points every five years, gender parity in informative representation will be achieved in 40 years.

“That is the aspiration of this network: to transform that biased look with which journalism is done to place a new one that represents women as citizens with Human Rights (DH), owners of their history and actors of change”, highlighted Lagunes Huerta in the Faculte de Medecine de Pharmacie.

He insisted that the world owes a debt to women, because having discriminated against them from the social organization and enclosing them in the private space has violated all their DH. “This has caused them to be the poorest of the poor, the majority of the illiterate population, the one that has fewer power spaces and the main targets of feminicidal violence,” he criticized.

She also stressed that journalists live in the flesh discrimination, since only 33 percent of them in 522 newspaper companies surveyed work full time, and only 27 percent of top media addresses are occupied by women.

“Although in the collection of news, writing and editing women almost achieve parity to be placed in the 41 percent of these positions, reporters are still assigned to the coverage of the so-called soft topics,” he lamented.

Sexual harassment by their colleagues, bosses or their own informants, threats, intimidation and physical violence when it comes to investigative journalism, are also realities faced every day by journalists around the world and especially in Mexico, Colombia, Honduras and Iraq. , he emphasized.

The director of CIMAC said that six years after the RIPVG was founded in Mexico as a support and impulse mechanism to achieve equality for journalists and women in general, there have been advances that could not have been achieved without the contribution of the journalists committed to this proposal.

An example of this, he noted, is that this IV Meeting of the Network, which brought together journalists and journalists from 14 nations, “augurs that those 40 years that are predicted for parity can be diminished if we manage to mobilize awareness of all of society and those who make the decisions, to join this cause that is the cause of justice and humanity. ”

The coordinator of the IV Meeting of the RIPVG, Saida Boudaghia, welcomed the participating journalists from Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa, who meet to continue strengthening the Network, promoting the global dialogue on journalism from a gender perspective, as well as looking for common strategies to eradicate sexism in the media.

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