TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2023 /CNW/ – Unifor Media Council is launching a brand new media dialogue paper—Breaking the Information: Media Staff Below Assault—which focuses on confronting the growing harassment of media staff.
“We hear tales from our media members on a regular basis in regards to the hate, racism, homophobia and misogyny they face each day, on-line and in-the-field,” stated Unifor Media Council Chair Julie Kotsis.
“It is vital to not solely put this harassment below a microscope, however look at what we, as a union, can do to help our members, foyer the federal government and information organizations and drive change to stop and cease the abuse and harassment.”
The dialogue paper was launched following the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression gala, the place two Unifor media members acquired an award for his or her courageous efforts in combating in opposition to misogyny and their on-line abusers.
The dialogue paper helps outline harassment and the way media staff face specific types of harassment, discovering girls, staff of color, Indigenous staff, Two-spirit, Lesbian, Homosexual, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual+ (2SLGBTQIA+) staff and from different equity-deserving teams disproportionately affected by harassment.
The paper additionally seems at what’s driving harassment, the basic hurt it has on democracy and silencing of journalists and Unifor’s multi-prong strategy to confronting harassment, together with supporting victims of harassment with sensible, versatile and victim-focused helps, demanding accountability and selling prevention and holding digital platforms accountable.
It examines the roles of media employers, media unions, journalism colleges, and the felony justice system in addition to legislative regulatory options and harassment in Canada and overseas.
“This opens the dialogue for presidency, employers and the general public to realize a greater understanding of the frequency and severity of the harassment that media staff are experiencing and the way we transfer ahead to eradicate the harassment and its results,” stated Randy Kitt, Director of Unifor’s Media sector.
“Unifor Media Council has at all times supported our media members dealing with harassment and abuse with accessible sources together with the anti-harassment survey we did and the Assistance is Right here web site.”
The downloadable coverage paper is out there on-line at Unifor.org and Unifor Media.
At Unifor’s Ontario Regional Council in December, the union debuted a video that includes media members talking out in opposition to harassment on the job. Click on right here for a downloadable hyperlink for the video.
Unifor represents greater than 10,000 media staff, together with journalists within the broadcast and print information trade.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union within the non-public sector, representing 315,000 staff in each main space of the financial system. The union advocates for all working individuals and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and overseas and strives to create progressive change for a greater future.
For additional data: For extra data, please contact Unifor Nationwide Communications Consultant: Jenny Yuen at [email protected] or (416) 938-6157.