“I thought You Are Beautiful”: Uganda Women Journalists’ Tales of Mob Violence on Social Media
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Original versionDigital Journalism. 2023, . 10.1080/21670811.2023.2170899
This article contributes to our understanding of the notion of mob censorship from the Ugandan context by examining the nature and consequences of harassment targeting women jour- nalists on social media. Drawing on research about online harass- ment and censorship, we link mob violence in physical spaces to harassment encountered on social media from the perspectives of women journalists. We illustrate that the different forms of harass- ment enabled by online platforms present serious challenges for individual journalists, and the journalism profession. Our findings suggest that online attacks on reporters include comments that denigrate women’s bodies, and discredit journalists’ reportage. The harassment compels women journalists to engage in online hibernation and censorship.