International Press Institute

OnTheLine Project
Today, many journalists in Europe, in particular women and members of minority groups, as well as journalists who cover sensitive topics are targets of attacks, harassment, smear campaigns, and threats disseminated through digital means. For journalists confronted with online threats and abuse, the temptation to self-censor can be great, with severe implications for freedom of expression in our democratic societies.

The OnTheLine Project is aimed at addressing the issue of online harassment of journalists. IPI will develop a one-stop online resource platform. This will be directed at journalists, editors, and media managers. It consists of a comprehensive document on best practices. This will be accompanied by various multimedia resources offering practical advice for dealing with technical, institutional, psychological, and legal challenges associated with online threats, attacks, and harassment.

By providing access to best-practice resources, creating a support network, and increasing knowledge among key actors, it will contribute to the generation of a support shield for journalists and therefore lessen the likelihood of self-censorship and its pernicious consequences.
While harassment of journalists is not a new phenomenon, we have to recognize that the digital environment offers new (and improved) opportunities for attacks against journalists. With support to this project Adessium Foundation hopes to contribute to raising awareness around this issue and developing solutions in order to safeguard freedom of the press.

About this partner

Founded in 1950, the International Press Institute (IPI) is a global network of editors, journalists and media executives who share a common dedication to quality and independent journalism. IPI promotes the conditions that allow journalism to fulfil its public function, the most important of which is the media’s ability to operate free from interference and without fear of retaliation.

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