In the age of remote work and social distancing, new forms of harassment against journalists at large, and female journalists in particular, began to surface. Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, online harassment rates have gone up globally. According to a study
by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University covering 125 countries, one in five respondents said online harassment was “much worse” after COVID-19.
The "I Will Not Stay Silent Coalition" came together to offer solutions to various forms of abuse of power and to work towards harnessing a safe, pluralistic, and diverse media environment that is free of discrimination.
The project seeks to achieve the highest principles of accountability within the journalistic community by: