Of repeated aggression in waves

Des agressions répétées en ondes

Kariane Bourassa is far from being the first journalist to assault in waves. As the years pass, the more examples accumulate.

Sunday afternoon, two men have embraced the see of LCN, without her consent, while she was covering a demonstration anti-mask in Quebec city. The face uncovered, these individuals have embraced Kariane Bourassa, who violates the rules of detachment physics in full pandemic COVID-19.

In Quebec, this case is reminiscent of August 2017, when an individual had approached Valerie-Micaela Bain to try to kiss during his live intervention of the Osheaga festival, in Montreal. After this incident, the journalist of Radio-Canada had publicly decried the behavior of the man on Facebook.

Claire Sergeant has experienced the same treatment in 2019.

Kissing unwanted

This type of story is regularly in the headlines, images in support. Last September, the United States, a reporter for WAVE TV in Kentucky, received a kiss not desired from a stranger in the middle of a story.

In December, a passer-by served as the the same treatment to Claire Sergent, a French journalist responsible for covering the transport strike in Paris. Three months later, a belgian journalist had a similar experience during an intervention at Antwerp.

Verbal abuse

There are numerous stories of verbal abuse have also emerged over the past five years, the result of a phenomenon on the internet that encouraged people to shout a sentence obscene (” Fuck her right in the pussy “) at the microphone of a journalist while she was delivering a topo live tv.

In Canada alone, the victims of the movement abound. Heather Gillis of NTV in Newfoundland, Shauna Hunt of CityNews Toronto, Carolyn Stokes of CBC, Heahter Butts CTV, Alanna Kelly de Castanet in British Columbia… They have all heard men shouting this insult to the gender while they were doing their job. Sometimes more than once.

Journalist Lara Logan in Cairo in 2011.

Horror stories

Cases of attacks against female journalists sometimes take the proportions horrific. In 2011, Lara Logan of the u.s. network CBS, was sexually assaulted and beaten in Cairo. She was covering the celebrations surrounding the fall of president Hosni Mubarak, and the unthinkable happened while she was in the middle of a crowd made up mostly of men.

Caroline Sinz of France 3 and Sonia Dridi, a correspondent in Egypt and France 24, have been through a similar test at the same place a few months apart.

Security measures-adjusted

In a press release issued Monday, the management of TVA stated that it “will take all measures required” to ensure the safety of journalists it employs.

In 2017, Radio-Canada had issued a similar statement after the attack on Valerie-Micaela Bain. In a note sent to the Newspaper Monday, the public relations director of the public broadcaster, Marc Pichette, said that Radio-Canada has adopted a policy of ” supporting the teams that cover events that can overflows violent of a security specialist “.

The broadcaster says that he asks his employees to be vigilant and to be located ” slightly in the fringes of the demonstrations “. “We will occasionally add staff to ensure increased surveillance,” said Mr. Pichette.

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