SOUTH AFRICAN EDITORS CONDEMN SEXIST REMARKS, HARASSMENT AT WORLD NEWS CONGRESS

JOHANNESBURG-- The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has strongly condemned the sexist remarks and harassment which took place during the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) World News Congress held in Portugal last week.

In a statement here Monday, Sanef said that during the June 6 to 8 gathering at Estoril, Portugal, a comedian made jokes in poor taste about fake breasts and fake news while the Chairman of the International Press Association of Portugal openly harassed female delegates.

He called his favourite female colleagues on stage, made them wear cloaks and called them his Charlie's angels and tried to kiss a colleague who strongly objected, the statement added. Further, he claimed a female colleague's success could only be attributed to the fact that her father had made her.

Upon confrontation, the chairperson stated afterwards that he was sorry that international colleagues were offended, but that in Portugal his remarks were culturally appropriate and entirely inoffensive.

Portuguese women journalists and editors, however, disagreed, saying that they were in fact deeply offended.

Sanef said the remarks and harassment undermined all women and women in leadership in the global media industry and added that it would be taking up these issues with the organizers to discuss a way forward.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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