The female and non-binary journalists are organising under the hashtag "#deadline". Credit: Signe Jeansson/Sveriges Radio

Journalists demand an end to sexism in the industry

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Last night, female and non-binary journalists in Sweden began releasing testimonies of sexual harassment and assault in the media industry, under the hashtag #Deadline.

Over 4,200 journalists have signed an open letter, claiming "We are not going to remain silent any longer ... It's plain and simple. We are not in the wrong. It is all of you, who have harassed and undermined us, all of you who have accepted this behavior and made us carry the shame for our vulnerability."

Johanna Lindqvist, one of the founders of the initiative, told Radio Sweden she had received all kinds of stories, ranging from rape to accounts of inappropriate ways that men talk to women.

Journalists from both public and private media companies have signed the letter. Swedish Radio (SR) CEO Cilla Benkö told the P1-morgon programme, which runs on her own organization's airwaves, that SR has "good guidelines and policies".

Responding to the suggestion that bosses sweep sexual misconduct claims under the rug, she said that although this had likely happened at her organisation, her leadership had dealt with all reports brought to its attention.

Now, Benkö says she wants to create a culture in which employees can more freely talk about harassment and bad behavior.

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