Press Freedom Under Fire: Women in Media Speak Out

The Sania Farooqui Show is an online show hosted by journalist Sania Farooqui, published across social media platforms including, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Spotify. 

The IAWRT International Board has selected India chapter member Sania Farooqui’s project titled, Press Freedom Under Fire: Women in Media Speak Out with support from the Journalism and Media International Center (JMIC) at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) for their small projects on women journalists, safety and media freedom.

This project will be put together as part of The Sania Farooqui Show, where there will be discussions, webinars on #MeToo, hostile environment, press freedom, online trolling and digital safety. This will be followed by a short training available for IAWRT members and women journalists on digital safety and security.

Digital security and hostile online environments are important and significant issues that need to be discussed, online abuse against women is a growing international phenomenon, in forms ranging from sexual harrassment to rape threats and gender based hate speech. Press Freedom has become a big challenge and I hope to put together this event to raise and discuss these very important issues.

Sania Farooqui

The first series in The Sania Farooqui Show- Women and Islam, currently in its season two, is a deep dive into the lives of Muslim women from all around the world, exploring who they are, what they do, and how the current climate of global politics including Islamophobia and Xenophobia impacts their lives.

The next series is Women and Press Freedom, these are sharp conversations with journalists from around the world, where we discuss the state of press freedom in their country, on reporting from hostile environments, online violence against women and a special series on the #MeToo movement across countries and newsrooms and more. These conversations are followed by a detailed interview with the guest, covering a particular theme/angle that is published as an opinion piece on IPS News, where it is shared on their websites, newsletter and social media platforms. These opinion pieces are supported where possible by multi-media (video, podcast or picture essay) features.

About: JMIC belongs to the Department of Journalism and Media Studies atOsloMet, and is part of OsloMet’s international work. JMIC works to build bridges between journalists and academics; and between media people in a range of countries, particularly in the global South, through exchanges, training, conferences and publications.

JMIC works particularly with other institutions and organizations by contributing in areas such as freedom of expression and media freedom, human rights and democracy linked to the journalist profession. Among important areas of cooperation are journalist safety, access to information, media, journalism and gender rights, media and extremism, media and climate change.