New research has found many journalists and media workers from diverse and minority backgrounds experience online abuse and harassment yet believe it to be ‘part of the job’. The research project, led by Griffith University and Macquarie University, was commissioned by not-for-profit organisation Media Diversity Australia supported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Meta (Facebook), Google News Initiative, the e-Safety Commissioner and Twitter. The research is a key step toward identifying, understanding, and addressing online abuse and harassment of diverse journalists and media workers.
Findings reveal discrimination and abuse increased towards journalists and media workers who identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and/or queer or transgender, and/or culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), and/or living with a disability.
The report, accompanying infographic and press release can be found on the Media Diversity Australia website.