Digital Security Training for Women Journalists

The Internet is an essential resource that journalists depend on for news distribution, interaction with audiences and sources as well as resource for research on stories. Despite its importance, the Internet has also been used as an avenue for attacks against journalists, not just because of their journalistic work, but often because of their gender. Online Gender Violence (technology based violence) exists within a context similar to what happens offline.

According to a survey on Women Journalists’ digital security by AMWIK and Article 19, approximately 7 out of 10 female journalists in Kenya have experienced online harassment in the course of their work. The nature of harassment include: online bullying, trolling, cyber stalking, defamation/hate speech, online harassment, public shaming, identity theft, hacking amongst other offences.

Owing to the increase in technology assisted violence against women and given the inevitable online presence that women journalists must occupy, there is need to equip them with skills to help them optimise digital security in order to take proper protective measures and also stand up for their rights in the digital space.

It is for this reason that AMWIK has partnered with Safe Sister Project of DefendDefenders with support from Bread for the World and Internews to equip members with practical digital skills to enhance their online safety. The training will take place on 2nd February 2018

About Safe Sister
Safe Sister is a program for tech-savvy women working in the human rights and media movement in East Africa joining forces to take on today’s digital challenges of women human rights defenders

AMWIK CALLS FOR THE PROTECTION OF MEDIA FREEDOM

30/1/2018:

The Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) calls for the protection of media freedom in Kenya according to Article 34 of the Constitution, and be allowed to carry out their work as the messengers of different voices of Kenyans.

We are concerned by the Kenya Editor’s Guild reports that there have been active efforts to control media coverage and dissemination of information related to the current political events. These allegations are given credence by the act of switching off signals of all major television broadcasting channels – Citizen TV, Inooro TV, NTV and KTN News channels in the morning hours of 30th January 2018.

AMWIK condemns Government action to shut down the transmission by the above media houses and urges the Government to rescind its decision.

We stand in solidarity with all the women and men of Kenya who work to keep Kenyans informed and call on the government to ensure that they are protected as they perform their duty on behalf of the public.

AMWIK also calls for an agenda setting by the media that will help remove Kenya out of the dilemma that it finds itself in towards “dwelling in unity, peace and liberty” . May “Plenty be found within our borders” for all Kenyans.

Dr. Dorothy Njoroge

(Board Chairperson, Association of Media Women in Kenya)