"In today's Brazil, marked by political radicalization and constant attacks against press freedom, being a communicator is a challenge. Although this statement applies to Brazilian journalists as a whole, elements such as gender and sexuality makes the task of journalism in the country even more difficult. To give visibility to this problem, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) launched on Dec. 1 an online platform with information on attacks that have victimized reporters and communicators based on their gender.
Partial data from the study reveal that, of the 335 attacks directed at media professionals between January and October 2021, 23.3% used gender, sexuality or sexual orientation as arguments of aggression. There were 71 cases of violence against women journalists, two episodes that victimized media using a feminist bias and five situations of homophobia against communicators. This represents, on average, 1 attack with gender characteristics every 3.9 days."