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Japan’s female journalists unite to fight harassment

Updated May 16, 2018


Yoshiko Hayashi — AFP
Yoshiko Hayashi — AFP

TOKYO: Female journalists in Japan said on Tuesday they were teaming up to fight sexual harassment in the media, believed to be widespread in a country where the #MeToo movement has been slow to take off.

A total of 86 women journalists have come together to form the Women in Media Network Japan (WiMN) to expose harassment and abuse, said Yoshiko Hayashi, a freelancer who formerly worked at the mass-circulation Asahi Shimbun.

“Unfortunately, discrimination against women and sexual harassment still exist among the people and entities we cover,” she said, reading a statement from the group on its establishment. “Many women in journalism felt it difficult to raise their voice out of embarrassment and fears that it would destroy the relationship with their contacts,” she added. “We were the people whose voices were unheard.”

Published in Dawn, May 16th, 2018