Legal Responses to Online Harassment and Abuse of Journalists: Perspectives from Finland, France and Ireland

This report examines legal remedies for online attacks against journalists. It looks at three case studies, in Finland, France and Ireland, of female journalists who were attacked online for their work and the ensuing attempts to hold the perpetrators accountable. From an analysis of the case studies, it offers best practices and recommendations for OSCE participating States in implementing and interpreting laws so as to effectively respond to the diverse and growing forms of online harassment and protect the rights of journalists to do their work safely online without compromising freedom of expression as guaranteed by international human rights law.

Edited by Scott Griffen
Written by Jonathan McCully
Additional Research Provided by Cannelle Lavite, Daniela Alaattinoglu, and Matilda

Year Country Organisation Author Type
2019 Finland, France, Ireland OSCE - Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media & International Press Institute McCully, J. report
Theory of Change Keywords Download/link
Intermediate Outcome 1 online harassment Download/link