Online harassment can take a myriad of forms and shapes – and the emotional and professional impact on targeted journalists can, too.

The International Press Institute is pleased to invite freelance grantees of the 2021/22 edition of the Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) fund to take part in a free online workshop to help counter the scourge of online hate.

Audience: Freelance grantees of the IJ4EU fund
Language: English
Location: Online via Zoom (by invitation only)
Date: Wednesday, June 29
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 (CEST)

In this workshop, we will introduce some of the tactics used to silence and intimidate independent reporters and discuss the best strategies to address them. We will do so using an analytical approach that will provide both journalists and media managers with unique tools to first analyse the attack and, second, to assess the potential impact on the reporter, and finally, adopt the best approach to combat the attack based on limited resources.

Since 2014, the International Press Institute (IPI) has been systematically researching online harassment as a new form of silencing critical, independent media. Our work has unveiled patterns of online attacks, analysed the emotional and professional impact on journalists, and collected best practices from 45 newsrooms across Europe to address the phenomenon


The structure of this 1.5 hour-long workshop:

  • Module 1: Introduction of the trainer and host and description of IPI’s work on online harassment. (5 mins)
  • Module 2: Types of attacks. How do organised attacks takes place? (15 mins)
  • Module 3: Protocol for journalists – Build your own plan of action: We will explain the analytical approach to attacks, so journalists can respond rationally. (40 mins)
  • Module 4: Exchanging experience, building a network: We will put in practice this analytical approach through a case study. (30 mins)


Meet the trainer

Javier Luque is the Head of Digital Communications for the International Press Institute, where he coordinates advocacy and communication on IPI’s digital platforms. He has worked on online hate against journalists and media organisations since 2014. His research on this topic has been quoted by media worldwide such as The Guardian, The British Journalism Review and Bloomberg News among others. In 2018 he directed A Dark Place, his third film documentary, which premiered at Vienna’s This Human World film festival. He has also worked as a consultant for the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media for their project on Safety of Female Journalists Online. Prior to joining IPI, Javier worked as a broadcast and multimedia journalist for local and international news organisations.


Please contact Milica Miletic at [email protected]