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******* harassment goes unchecked in many sub-Saharan ******** newsrooms, finds study

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******* harassment often goes unchecked in sub-Saharan ******** newsrooms despite many employers having policies in place, according to a study conducted by City, University of London and the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Researchers Dr. Lindsey Blumell (City) and Dinfin Mulupi (Maryland) surveyed nearly 600 news professionals and analyzed 17 anti-******* harassment policies in newsrooms across eight sub-Saharan ******** countries between July and October 2020.

The study sampled data from Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The

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, “The Impact of Anti-******* Harassment Policies on ******* Harassment Prevention in the Workplace,” by Dr. Lindsey Blumell and Dinfin Mulupi, is published in Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal.

Key findings from the study include:

  • 58% of reports of ******* harassment lead to no action, and frequently only a warning when it did
  • 30% of victims report harassment to bosses
  • Just 16.4% of respondents were aware of their organization’s anti-******* harassment policies
  • Women are 2.5 times more likely to be targeted.

The study finds that societal and cultural norms lead to ineffective policies. Only when these policies are accompanied by workplace training on what is considered ******* harassment, the company policies that exist, and how the organization would respond, does the research find an increase of newsrooms responding to these reports of ******.

The research was carried out as a ****** project with the Women in News World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRAN), which is aims to eliminate ******* harassment in the news business.

The analysis compares policies with best practice guidelines, which researchers define as a clear definition of ******* harassment, reliable reporting mechanisms, due process for disciplinary action, training, and a monitoring system.

Dr. Lindsey Blumell said, “Our study shows that ******* harassment is common in the newsroom, across many sub-Saharan ******** countries and it disproportionately affects women.

“We found that people don’t report, and when they do report, organizations fail to act.

“News organizations are paying lip service to a serious problem, but are not preventing ******* harassment from occurring, nor are they creating an atmosphere where people feel comfortable to report when they are ********* harassed.”

Dinfin Mulupi said, “There is a disconnect between employers and employees. It is not enough to have an anti-harassment policy. While employers can point at the fact that they have a policy to tackle ******* harassment, more than 85% of surveyed workers weren’t aware of it or trained on it.

“To strengthen their policies, news organizations must not include language that deters victim-survivors from coming forward. They should include a timeline on when a complaint must be addressed, the disciplinary actions that will follow, clarity on what the victim-survivors can expect, and access to counseling.

“Most of all, employers should be working to ensure that these abuses do not occur in the first place.”

More information:
Lindsey E. Blumell et al, The Impact of Anti-******* Harassment Policies on ******* Harassment Prevention in the Workplace, Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal (2023).

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