This volume examines the trends and patterns of journalists’ harassment in Africa and assesses the policy interventions and protection mechanisms that are put into place in the region.

Drawing from case studies from selected African countries, an international team of authors offer a broad insight into the state of harassment across the continent, while building new theoretical perspectives that are also context-specific. The chapters bring previous theories and research up to date by addressing the continual change and development of new discourses, including the use of big data and artificial intelligence in harassing and intimidating journalists and mental health issues affecting journalists in their line of duty. More so, the authors argue that the state and form of harassment is not universal, as location and context are some of the key factors that influence the form and character of harassment.

Offering new theoretical insights into the scope of journalism practices in Africa, this book will interest students and scholars of journalism, African studies, political science, media and communication studies, journalism practice and gender studies.

chapter 1|11 pages

“Defence-less Defenders”

Mapping Harassment in African Journalism

part Section I|94 pages

Harassment of Female Journalists

part Section II|92 pages

Online Harassment of Journalists and the Pitfalls for Democracy

chapter 7|15 pages

Independent Online Journalists' Harassment and the Emotional Repercussions

A Case of Selected Zimbabwean Journalists

chapter 9|17 pages

Harassment and Threats Faced by Journalists in Kenya

Implications for Press Freedom and Independent Reporting

chapter 10|28 pages

The Cost of Dissent in a Governance System Characterized by ‘Political Marketplace'

A Phenomenological Study of Independent Journalists in Ethiopia

chapter 11|14 pages

Outsourcing Repression

Impunity and Harassment of Journalists in Malawi

part Section III|51 pages

Journalists' Safety and Coping Mechanisms

chapter 12|20 pages

Coping into Self-Censorship

Exploring Coping Strategies of Journalists Working in South Sudan

chapter 14|13 pages

Time to Act

Measures of Curbing Harassment of Journalists in African Newsrooms