A study conducted by the organisation Article 19 called for training journalists and media professionals in combating digital violence and discrimination against women and girls and for boosting partnership between the civil society components and the media in combating all forms of violence against women in Tunisia.
The study, published in the form of a guidance document, a copy of which was received by TAP on Sunday, pointed out that the guidebooks provided to journalists on media coverage of violence against women do not include the issue of digital violence, indicating that the codes of conduct and charters do not clearly and thoroughly address social networks, violence against women or digital violence.
The document focused on samples of Facebook pages of some local media, the main social networking platform in Tunisia.
The study, which is part of a project entitled: “Fostering digital literacy among Tunisian women and girls to combat violence against women and girls online and promote freedom of expression,” recommended partnerships between various actors in the media scene and civil society organisations to combat violence against women in the media and their digital platforms.
Article 19 called for including the issue of combating digital gender-based violence as an independent component of the process of demanding the development of the media system through support and advocacy campaigns initiated by civil society components.
The document, entitled: “Mechanisms to promote freedom of expression and combating violence and discrimination against women and girls in the digital platforms of traditional media in Tunisia,” called for building the competencies of workers in the adjustment and self-adjustment bodies in the field of combating digital violence.
Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP)