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Female journalists covering the Hong Kong protests confront ambivalent sexism on the street and in the newsroom

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Verbal, physical, and online attacks on journalists who cover protests around the worldhave been increasing in recent years, resulting in a decrease in both the amount ofreporting that is being done and the accountability that reporting provides. Journalists have been targeted by demonstrators, counter-demonstrators, and police while covering nationalist, xenophobic, and anti-government protests in both democratic and non-democratic counties. This study explores these issues through an analysis of the results of a survey of Hong Kong journalists who covered the 2019 anti-extradition bill protests and of interviews with specifically female journalists who did so. The aim of the study is to explain, using a phenomenological approach and from a feminist perspective, the ambivalent sexism encountered by women journalists.The study also sheds light on the complexities involved in discussing gender-based violence against journalists since this problem relates not only to gender but also to politics, state power, and media ownership.

Keywords: Gender-based violence; ambivalent sexism; benevolent sexism; feminist perspective; gender in the newsroom; hostile sexism; phenomenology

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Publication date: April 3, 2022

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