Journalists on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, CPJ looks at threats women journalists face

By Jacquelyn Iyamah/ CPJ Gender and Media Freedom Fellow on March 7, 2018 4:47 PM ET

From imprisonment, sexual violence, cyber harassment, and even death, CPJ has documented threats faced by women journalists across the globe.

For International Women’s Day, CPJ spoke with five women journalists based in South Africa, France, India, the United States, and Yemen about their experiences and the threats and attacks received both for their religious and ethnic backgrounds, and their reporting on sensitive issues including gender, race, and religion.

Ferial Haffajee

Job: Editor-at-large, Huffington Post South Africa, formerly the editor-in-chief at the Mail and Guardian

IPFA honoree 2014

Threats: Digital harassment, intimidation

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Topic of controversy: Religious affairs

In early 2006, Ferial Haffajee republished a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Muhammed in the Mail and Guardian. (Nick Noulton)

In early 2006, Ferial Haffajee republished a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Muhammed in the Mail and Guardian. (Nick Noulton)

What lead to the attack(s)?

In early 2006, Haffajee, who worked as the editor-in-chief at the South African paper Mail and Guardian, republished a cartoon printed by a Danish newspaper that had led to widespread controversy and protests in Denmark over its depiction of the Prophet Muhammed.

“This was in a time before social media [was widely used], and so the only way to show what had been printed in Denmark, was to re-print the cartoon,” Haffajee told CPJ in a phone interview.

https://cpj.org/blog/2018/03/on-international-womens-day-cpj-looks-at-threats-w.php