From the Coalition for Women in Journalism:

Attackers often target women journalists to discourage their coverage and silence their voice.  Threats to the lives of women journalists are increasing daily in different countries but especially in Afghanistan. Three young women journalists were shot dead in broad daylight by a fundamentalist group on March 3. With years of persistent violence, women journalists and activists are now targeted daily in Afghanistan. Many of whom have left their job or are now working in hideouts. CFWIJ also documented the harrowing killing of Lynn Murray, a celebrated photo director who was one of ten victims of the Colorado shooting on March 22.   For women journalists, violence doesn’t always come from the society or state, sometimes the perpetrators could even be the family. Tin Hinan Laceb, a prominent Algerian journalist, was reportedly killed by her husband over a family dispute. The mother to two daughters had worked for Algerian TV4 for many years. Women journalists reporting from conflict zones are particularly prone to death threats. From Cameroon, CFWIJ reported the death of Rebecca Jeme Iyabo, popularly known as Becky Jeme. The journalist was serving as a communication official when she was murdered, along with four soldiers, in a bomb attack on her convoy. On April 28, CFWIJ reported the case of the horrific killing of journalist Aviva Okeson-Haberman. The journalist was shot by a blind bullet, pierced through the window in her Kansas apartment. Police authorities are investigating the unfortunate incident. Okeson-Haberman was an intern at KCUR before she joined Kansas City’s NPR station.

In the first quater, CFWIJ documented 37 cases where women journalists were attacked or impeded in the field. This sort of harassment often comes from the authorities who use security officials to intimidate women journalists. Turkey is the leading example when we speak of such attacks. Fatos Erdogan, a reporter at Dokuz8News, was harassed verbally and physically while covering a Women’s Day rally on March 8 in Istanbul. On February 20, police interfered with five reporters covering a press briefing of HDP’s women assemblies. Police called these reporter terrorist supporters and wished a car could crash over them. Ceren Iskit, a CFWIJ team member, was assaulted by a police officer while covering the March 20 protest against Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul convention. The Coalition For Women In Journalism recorded multiple assaults on women journalists covering the insurrection at U.S. Capitol Hill on January 6. Many women reporters and photographers were attacked by angry Trump supporters, and a few were detained by Capitol police, even after being identified as journalists. Photojournalist Erin Schaff was capturing images at the Capitol when rioters pushed her to the ground and snatched her press ID. Katie Nicholson was live on CBC News when she was swarmed by rioters hurling insults at the journalist, but she and her crew stood their ground and continued their coverage. In Russia, there were at least 50 incidents of journalists facing obstruction while reporting the protest of January 23. Aleksandra Godfroid, Daria Belikova, and Elizaveta Kirpanova were attacked by security forces. In Ethiopia, three gunmen entered the residence of freelance journalist Lucy Kassa and assaulted her. The assailants threatened her, pushed her to the ground, and seized her computer. CFWIJ also documented cases of women journalists being impeded and/or attacked in the field from China, El Salvador, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Myanmar, France, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.