#RatifyC190 to defend pluralism and prevent hate speech

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on November 25, PERIODICAL & ELECTRONIC PRESS UNION joins its voice with the Gender Council of IFJ, to combat violence and harassment of women journalists and any phenomenon of gender-based violence. The targeting of women journalists due to their work also occurs in the Greek media, both online and offline.

Challenges, comments about their appearance, as well as verbal, psychological or physical violence aimed at degrading their personality and professional dignity are unacceptable practices that must be addressed in distinct measures.

Women journalists contribute to pluralism and one cannot allow them to be intimidated or silenced.

There is a need for increasing awareness of the international community on the specific dangers facing women in journalism.

In particular, social media platforms should be able to remove content that constitutes hate speech, and provisions to protect women journalists from all forms of violence or harassment should be included in legally binding Codes of Ethics.

We also consider it absolutely necessary for governments to ratify Convention 190 of the International Labor Organization (ILO) to eliminate violence and harassment at work. in all its forms.

Themistoklis Beredimas, President of PERIODICAL & ELECTRONIC PRESS UNION (PEPU)

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