African Journalists and Social Media Abuse

We assessed how African journalists use and are harassed on social media

Research about African journalists is lacking and insights into social media usage by African journalists are almost non-existent.


To address this, frayintermedia research (now fraycollege) conducted an online survey of African journalists’ experiences of social media - drawing participants from 36 African countries. The study found that journalists from almost all countries regularly engaged with audiences on social media platforms, with 95 percent doing so for professional purposes. The overwhelming majority (89 percent) of journalists were required to be on social media as part of their job.


The research focussed on the abuse and harassment the journalists experienced, and generated data of critical importance to media in the developing world.



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