Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari assured a delegation of The Coalition For Women In Journalism (CFWIJ) of prompt action against online harassment targeting women journalist.
“A delegation of The Coalition For Women In Journalism’s Pakistan Chapter met Dr Mazari to present a resolution for the protection of media workers in the country, particularly women journalists,” said an official statement issued on Thursday.
The CFWIJ shared a list of action items and steps that are needed to help address the current climate of abuse, fear and censorship prevalent in the industry, it added.
The organisation urged the government to launch an investigation against perpetrators of online and offline attacks.
“It is imperative that there be accountability against such vicious attacks,” according to the communique.
Dr Mazari assured the group that the government, including Prime Minister Imran Khan, condemned the fake news, vitriol and threats that affect journalists’ dignity, safety and work.