Past Event

Understanding & Countering Online Harassment of Women Journalists

March 9, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, in partnership with the International Press Institute (IPI) Turkey National Committee, is organizing a panel on March 9, 2021, at 6:00 PM (IST), marking the International Women's Day. This panel will shed light on the online harassment of women journalists and mechanisms to protect the physical and emotional safety of the targeted journalists. 

Online harassment and violence imperil journalists across the world. Online attacks, abuse, violence, and bullying especially directed at women journalists have significantly increased in the past few years. A cross-country report issued by UNESCO and the International Center for Journalists in 2020 reveals that three out of four women respondents (73 percent) had experienced online violence, and one in five women reported that they experienced physical attacks stemming from the initial online harassment. Many press freedom organizations like International Press Institute (IPI) recognize the severity of this threat on the safety of journalists and implement programs to help newsrooms protect their staff.

Please note that there will be simultaneous translation into Turkish and English during this event.


Anya Schiffrin is the director of the technology and media specialization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a senior lecturer who teaches on global media, innovation and human rights.  She writes on a number of topics related to journalism sustainability, impact and online disinformation. Her most recent book is the edited collection,  Media Capture: How Money, Digital Platforms and Governments Control the News (Columbia University Press 2021).  Of late, she has been looking at government policies to support journalism globally and her most recent report is Saving Journalism 2: Global Strategies and a Look at Investigative Journalism.

Arzu Geybulla is an Azerbaijani columnist and writer with a special focus on digital authoritarianism and its implications on human rights and press freedom in Azerbaijan. Throughout her journalism, Arzu wrote for Al Jazeera, Eurasianet, Foreign Policy Democracy Lab, CODA, Open Democracy, and Radio Free Europe, with a byline on CNN International. In 2014, Arzu was featured on BBC 100 Women Changemakers. Since 2019, Arzu manages the Azerbaijan Internet Watch, a platform that documents, and monitors information controls in Azerbaijan.

Javier Luque Martínez coordinates advocacy and communication on IPI’s digital platforms. He holds a master’s degree in International Journalism from Cardiff University and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and psychology. Prior to joining IPI, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Los Angeles, covering the National Basketball Association (NBA) for several online publications and over 40 TV channels across the United States and Latin America. He also previously worked as a crime reporter for Cadena SER, the main nationwide radio station in Spain.

Işın Eliçin is a seasoned media professional with more than 28 years of experience. She has worked across all media platforms including print, radio, TV and online digital. She has worked for major media companies -notably CNN-Turk, NTV, TRT-Turk and BBC World Service- in multiple roles as anchor, producer, editor, reporter and executive. Currently, she is a freelance broadcast journalist continuing to produce and present several news and current affairs programs on Turkey’s leading independent online broadcaster Medyascope. She also contributes articles, essays and reporting to various media outlets and teaches journalism related training and workshops.