Widespread Sexual Harassment of Female Journalists in Fiji Raises Concerns

Key Findings of The Study

A survey conducted by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the United Nations (UN) discovered a substantial prevalence of sexual harassment targeting female journalists in Fiji.

The study revealed approximately 80% of the women journalists surveyed had experienced sexual harassment at their place of work.

Harassment Incidences

The forms of harassment encountered ranged from unwanted advances and remarks, to physical touching.

In addition to workplace harassment, these journalists also face claims accusing them of providing sexual favors for their news stories.

Impacts on Career Progression

This situation not only has personal implications, but it also affects professional progression significantly, with some journalists avoiding areas of coverage because of the discrimination and harassment they face.

Call to Action

The study calls for the implementation of policies that address workplace sexual harassment, emphasizing the need for institutional responsibility in curbing the violation.

The research offers practical recommendations, such as the establishment of unions and digital training to support female journalists and encourages companies to adopt these measures.

Responses from Media Owners

Media owners in Fiji have largely remained silent about the issue, with few of them making any commitments to implement the recommendations from the research.

Following Up On the Issue

Given the extensive nature of this issue, both the ICFJ and UN plan to follow up their study with another to understand the broader implications of the sexual harassment for female journalists in the country.

Source: https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/512125/sexual-harassment-of-fiji-s-women-journalists-concerningly-widespread-research