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Bystander Intervention to Stop Online Harassment: How to Be an Ally When You Witness Abuse Online
Date: August 20, 2024
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Hosted by: Right To Be
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What will you learn?
World Press Freedom Day, May 3, celebrates the importance of press freedom and highlights the essential role of a free press to foster transparency and democracy.
However, in recent years online abuse against journalists has become a major concern threatening the ability of journalists to carry out their work without fear.

PEN America and Right to Be have partnered to provide training on how to intervene safely when you see a journalist attacked online.

In this free, one-hour, interactive training, we’ll give you the tools you need to intervene safely and effectively in online abuse using Right To Be’s 5Ds of bystander intervention. First, we’ll talk through what online harassment is and how to identify abusive tactics. We’ll discuss the severe impact online abuse can have – on well being, livelihoods, and free expression – and how it’s drowning out voices that urgently need to be heard in public discourse. Then, we’ll share concrete strategies for how to distract, delegate, document, delay, or directly intervene in a way that is safe, effective, and centered on the needs of the person being targeted.

We’ll have time to practice so you can leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see someone being abused online. We hope you’ll join us to learn how we can all band together to do your part to protect press freedom and defend the media from attacks on their independence, including online abuse and threats.

Partners in the movement
PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide.

Explore their Online Harassment Field Manual which explains what online abuse is and how to prepare, respond, practice self-care, and offer support.

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