French journalists denounce sexual harassment and rape in media industry

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More journalists are taking to social media to denounce the harassment, intimidation and abuse they say they’ve suffered in the industry. 

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A new #MeToo scandal has seized French media after seven women publicly accused Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, a former top news anchor for the French TV channel TF1, of rape and sexual assault, reports FRANCE 24.

Now more journalists are taking to social media to denounce the harassment, intimidation and abuse they say they’ve suffered in the industry. 

“Sexual harassment, humiliation, discrimination, exploitation … Just having the strength to continue, even at my low level, already feels like a victory,” said journalist Tiphaine Blot on Twitter.  

Another woman tweeted about a “journalist who raped me, harassed me and slandered me when I told him I didn’t want anything more than friendship. I almost left journalism because of him, and because of his girlfriend who told me I was ‘too ugly to be raped’.”  

Emma Audrey, a journalist who often does live reporting for Radio BIP/Média 25, reminded her followers in a tweet that harassment doesn’t just happen in the workplace, but also in the street, where “violence comes from every side (police, protesters, passers-by, etc).” 

The French media industry is undergoing a reckoning as more and more journalists are using the hashtag #MeTooMédias to speak up about violence and harassment experienced in and outside the workplace.  

Read more of this report from FRANCE 24.

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