Journalism Talk - Foundation Office Cambodia
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The harassment and abuse against journalists has been an issue in Cambodia, especially worsening since the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, female journalists are disproportionately affected for instance by sexual violence they encounter when reporting. Regardless whether the abuses take place verbally or digitally, they affect not only the individual journalist and their mental health but also the sector as a whole, as (young) people become more hesitant to work in an unsafe profession. Therefore, we want to offer a safe platform for female journalists to discuss their experiences and challenges they face as women in the field and hear their suggestions for improvements. We also aim to inform young journalism students of issues they may face and how they can prepare.
5:30-6:30 pm: Registration and networking
6:30-7:00 pm: Panel discussion
Topic: “Harassment and abuses faced by female journalists”
Vicheika Kann is a freelance journalist based in Phnom Penh. She covers stories related to politics, human rights, social justices, and social issues for the Voice of America (VOA Khmer). Vicheika is a trainer of “Newsroom training”, a smart project aimed at contributing to an improved environment for online freedom of expression in Cambodia. She is establishing a training newsroom and national news outlet to give young people hands-on experience in the publication of independent journalism. Vicheika is also a core member of Politikoffee, a group of young enthusiastic and social media-savvy Cambodians who love political, social and economics discussion and debate.
Danielle Keeton-Olsen is a freelance journalist and a reporter/editor for VOD English. Based in Phnom Penh for five years, Danielle covers environmental degradation and climate change, labor, economy and any space where those topics intersect. In her free time, she enjoys cycling around the city, attempting to play violin and spending time with friends and cats.