New Reporters Without Borders report calls for greater protection of women journalists

In recognition of International Women's Day on Tuesday, Reporters Without Borders released a report on the problems women journalists face in their work, according to QMI Agency. The report, "News Media: A Men’s Preserve that is Dangerous for Women," highlights problems such as segregation, violence, and inequality in the newsroom.

The report also references last month's sexual assault on CBS correspondent Lara Logan, who was attacked by a mob while covering the Egyptian revolution.

With interviews of women journalists from around the world, the report notes that women tend to occupy the lowest ranks of the journalism profession. Women also tend to be absent from news coverage. "It is still a largely male world, one from which women are excluded, a world of men made by men," the report said.

The report also says women are more vulnerable to attacks and repression in some parts of the world, adding that while what happened to Logan might be the exception, it is "symptomatic of the risks that women run when they work as journalists."

The report concludes with several recommendations, including the need to create protection programs and training programs specifically for women, and establish residences for women journalists.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.