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"Din jävla hora, du ska dö!": En studie i hur näthatet påverkar kvinnliga journalister
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“You fucking whore, you’re gonna die!” : A study of how the online harassment affects female journalists (English)
Abstract [en]

With the expansion of the internet, the conditions for the online journalists have changed. Feedback is faster and more blatant than offline. The online abilities of anonymity and dispersion attracts people to both use and misuse. During 2013, the online expressions of hate towards women has been brought to attention in the media more than ever before. Nevertheless, the phenomenon is far from new.

Our qualitative research including interviews intends to find out how the afflicted women journalists are affected in their exercise of their profession. Are they forced to knuckle under? Are they spurred to strike back? What are the changes in their thoughts when choosing what topics to write about, and what perspectives to take?

In our conclusion we see that the affects differ from one journalist to another. The journalists are aware of the risks, but chooses to knuckle under in a varied degree. Consequences vary from reconsidering the choice of words, to self-censorship of a whole topic. Main problems of the online harassment is an improper perspective on genders, which is expressed in the most radical propaganda. As long as there is misogyny, there will be harassment of women online.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 54 p.
Keyword [en]
media ethics, misogyny, journalism, freedom of speech, women in media
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-26716OAI: diva2:629793
Subject / course
Media and Communications Science
Educational program
Media Management Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2013-06-20 Created: 2013-06-17 Last updated: 2013-06-20Bibliographically approved

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