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Proclivity of Sexual Harassment and Blame Attribution in Journalism : Experiential Narratives of Ghanaian Female Journalists (2021)

Boateng, K. J. A., & Lauk, E. (2021). Proclivity of Sexual Harassment and Blame Attribution in Journalism : Experiential Narratives of Ghanaian Female Journalists. Observatorio (obs*), 15(2), 157-173. https://doi.org/10.15847/obsOBS15220211776

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Boateng, Kodwo Jonas Anson; Lauk, Epp

Journal or series: Observatorio (obs*)

ISSN: 0874-8810

eISSN: 1646-5954

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 15

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 157-173

Publisher: Obercom

Publication country: Portugal

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15847/obsOBS15220211776

Persistent website address: http://obs.obercom.pt/index.php/obs/article/view/1776

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77265


Though the proclivity of sexual-related harassments in African journalism is high, the rates of reporting of these incidences and empirical studies are low. Using a gendered approach, the study presents and exploratory inquiry into the lived experiences and impressions of Ghanaian female journalists about incidences of sexual harassments. The study examines how female journalists experience both newsroom harassments and on-assignment sexual harassments including the role they play in quid pro quo exchanges, which are relevant aspects of sexual harassments in the profession. The study also looks at blame attribution strategies female journalists adopt in assigning blame for sexual harassment occurrences. Using a respondent-assisted sampling technique, the study selects and conducts in-depth-interviews with twenty-three female journalists drawn from a cross-section of Ghana’s journalism industry. Findings show that most Ghanaian female journalists have encountered sexual harassment from influential men either in the newsroom or on-assignment. They also engage in quid pro quo exchanges with influential news related persons for financial or job-related rewards. Consequently, older female journalists adopt other women blame attributions in assigning blame for incidences of sexual harassments in journalism practice in Ghana.

Keywords: harassment; sexual harassment; media sector; journalism; newsrooms; journalists; gender; women; inducing guilt

Free keywords: Ghana; on-assignment sexual harassment; other-women blame attribution; self-blame attribution; sexual harassment; quid-pro-quo

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