SURVEY: The First Reporting Sexual Harassment of Female Journalists in Greek Media

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Sofia Bekatorou's revelations in the winter of 2020 about her rape by a board member of the Hellenic Sailing Federation sparked the Greek #metoo movement, and ater her brave revelations, many other women have spoken openly about their own stories of abuse, including sexual harassment at work.

Not long ago, Greek journalists started sharing, on social media their own stories of sexual harassment and abuse that they experienced in the workplace in the past. Some of them had the courage to name the perpetrators.

Male and female journalists are calling on their female colleagues to speak out about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. In fact, the Athens Daily Newspaper Editors' Union encouraged its members to speak out.

According to a Reporters Without Borders report, most female journalists worldwide cite sexual harassment as the biggest problem they face at work in their countries. Almost 85% of respondents said harassment was common and 30% said it often leads to sexual violence.

Almost 80% of female journalists who responded reported developing anxiety. 65% talked about anxiety and 30% about depression.

However, in Greece there is no observatory for the media, meaning that clear data is difficult to collect. This gap is now being filled by the research of Balkan Insight.

The purpose of this research is to enable Greek journalists for the first time to speak openly, while protecting their anonymity, about incidents of harassment, physical and verbal abuse and sexual violence they have experienced.

"We want to record incidents that have not been reported so far and have not been punished. Our team will not publish cases, names, examples or other information from this questionnaire without prior consent. By focusing on patterns of workplace cases, we want to extract generalisable information from the data sought in research. Your answers are secure and encrypted", said an announcement.

How to take part in the survey

Click here to be taken to the form to fill out your story . You can also contact the team via email: [email protected] or social media:

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A few words about Balkan Insight

Balkan Insight is a website of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) that focuses on news, analysis, commentary and investigative reporting on society, economy and politics.

Its base is in Sarajevo, but its offices operate in almost all the Balkans, while journalists from all countries of the Balkan Peninsula write for it.

What is BIRN?

It is a non-governmental, research network made up of networks of non-governmental organizations that in turn promote freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values ​​in Southern and Eastern Europe.

It has local offices in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia, while its work is known online in Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia.

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