International Press Institute – Protocol for newsrooms to support journalists targeted with online harassment


Online harassment and attacks on journalists – including threats, insults and smear campaigns – are increasingly deployed as a means to silence journalists and challenge their credibility in the public arena. While addressing online harassment and its negative impact on the free flow of information requires a multi-actor approach, newsrooms have a key role to play in protecting their journalists from the professional and personal harm that harassment can produce. This Protocol outlines specific steps and measures that newsrooms can take.