Ayesha Yamin


The International Federation of Journalists has ranked Pakistan as one of the most dangerous country for journalists, in the world. These threats exist online as well as offline. Often there is a direct connection between the two, meaning that journalists are often threatened online but the fear carries into the offline world.

While significant research has been conducted on the risks and experiences of journalists as a whole, not enough attention has been paid to the gendered experience of journalists. No one can discount the fact that male journalists in Pakistan experience threats and intimidation, online and offline but the variety of trolling and threats they experience are very different from the ones female journalists experience. Hence, the aim of this research is two pronged: to highlight the challenges and risks female journalists face in Pakistan, and to provide recommendations about overcoming these challenges. This report seeks to build on prior research conducted by Digital Rights Foundation on issues of gendered harassment.’