Gender’s Role in Reporting Conflicts
Speaker: Luwei Rose Luqiu (Assistant Professor, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University)
Date: 7 November 2019
Venue: 4.36, 4/F, Sir Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Journalism is more dangerous and journalists are more under threat, especially reporting conflicts. Journalists also face online attacks that are rooted in growing hostility towards the media along with social polarization. For female journalist, an extra layer of challengers is added and facing additional risks when they reporting conflicts. In many cases, they being categorized as a "female" journalist in the first place. When women are perceived as being journalists that's not acceptable to people's culture belief, they become the targets of violence. In Hong Kong, some female journalist who cover the protests have been trolled and attacked online fro highly organized networks by using sexualized hate speech. It is time to openly confront this important issue.
Luwei Rose Luqiu, an assistant professor at the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University. She researches censorship, propaganda and social movements in authoritarian regimes. She has been a journalist for 20 years and as a 2007 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.