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Journalism Under Threat: Intimidation and harassment of Swedish journalists
Göteborgs universitet.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.
2016 (English)In: Journalism Practice, ISSN 1751-2786, E-ISSN 1751-2794, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous studies of intimidation and harassment of journalists have (rightly) focused on non-democratic and authoritarian nations and/or transitional/emerging democracies. In this article, we examine the situation in Sweden, a country with strong de facto and de jure safeguards of journalistic freedom and autonomy. We report the findings from a representative survey of Swedish journalists where three themes are analysed: the extent of harassment, the forms of harassment, and the consequences of intimidation and harassment. The results show that a third of the respondents had experienced threats at work in the past year, and an overwhelming majority said they had received offensive and insulting comments. Intimidation and harassment also had consequences, both professionally and personally, such as fear and self-censorship. We therefore argue that it is time to add the dimension of external pressure and threats to the discussion of journalistic autonomy—including in countries like Sweden.

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2016. 1-11 p.
Keyword [en]
abuse, autonomy, democracy, harassment, intimidation, survey, threats
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-44632DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2016.1164614OAI: diva2:951662
Available from: 2016-08-09 Created: 2016-08-09 Last updated: 2016-08-09

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