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Episode 23, 16 July 2018 


Let her work

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广东时时彩投注 At least 30 female sports reporters were harassed on air at the FIFA World Cup in Russia

MARTIN TYLER: France are the 2018 World Cup champions.

Let their party begin.

— SBS, 16 July, 2018

Hello, I抦 Paul Barry, welcome to Media Watch. And congratulations to France on an exciting World Cup win.

But no congratulations to this soccer fan who groped Julieth Gonzalez Theran from Deutsche Welle, in the early days of the competition, as she reported live from Moscow:


— DW News, 21 June, 2018

And no trophy for this 揻an?harassing France 24抯 Kethevane Gorjestani outside the Russia v Uruguay game:

KETHEVANE GORJESTANI: ?the Russians, the top of this group ?BR>
?they had two goals in the first half by Luis Su醨ez ?BR>
MAN: We are the champions!

— France 24, 25 June, 2018

You抎 like to think that those would be isolated incidents. But sadly, there were many more of the same. Indeed, according to FIFA:

PIARA POWAR: ?there have been 30-plus female reporters at the World Cup who have been accosted while on air ?BR>
— FIFA TV Press, 11 July, 2018

One of those reporters was Brazilian journalist Julia Guimar鉫s, who was hailed as a hero for standing up to the man who was harassing her:

JULIA GUIMAR肊S: Don抰 do this. Never do this again, OK? Don抰 do this. I don抰 allow you to do that. Never, OK? This is not polite, this is not right.

— The Guardian, 25 June, 2018

And Deutsche Welle抯 Julieth Gonzalez Theran, who was grabbed on the breast and kissed, even received an apology:

MAN: I抦 really sorry ?BR>
I hope that you will never face another such incident in your career.

— DW News, 22 June, 2018

If only that turned out to be true.

But as Kethevane Gorjestani told France 24, it is not very likely:

KETHEVANE GORJESTANI: Unfortunately, these types of behaviours from fans are nothing new and they抮e actually pretty common.

The sad thing is that I抳e personally come to find it a little bit, not the groping of course, but the kisses, the unwanted hugs, I抳e come to see it as unfortunately a part of the job. And I think that in these past few days, seeing the reaction of my colleagues and some of the other female reporters here, I realise that no, it抯 not a part of the job, it抯 not normal and I shouldn抰 have to put up with that.

— France 24, 29 June, 2018

And that is a message from a group of Brazilian journalists who, fed up with the groping and the kissing, have started an online campaign called Let Her Work.

But it抯 not just female reporters in Russia who copped it. Female commentators did too.

Covering her second World Cup, SBS抯 Lucy Zelic was again slammed on social media, this time for daring to pronounce players?names correctly:

God lucy zelic needs to wrap it up with this fake accent shit, so infuriating

— Twitter, @boortzum, 21 June, 2018

And some colleagues in the mainstream media also went for her:

?there抯 a line beyond which you just sound like a show-off.

It抯 not about pronunciation. It抯 about pretension.

— The Sunday Telegraph, 1 July, 2018

Meanwhile, BBC commentator Vicki Sparks was criticised by former Chelsea player Jason Cundy for ?wait for it ?having a female voice:

JASON CUNDY: ?I抎 prefer to hear a male voice when watching football. For 90 minutes of hearing a high-pitched tone, isn抰 really what I抎 like to hear. And when there抯 a moment of drama, as there often is in football, that moment, actually, I think needs to be done with a slightly lower voice

PIERS MORGAN: ?my only criteria, Jason, you see, is not that they抮e male or female, is do they know what they抮e talking about.

JASON CUNDY: Oh no, this has nothing to do with her ?

PIERS MORGAN: Your annoyance appears to be because they have too pitchy voices ?BR>
JASON CUNDY: Yes it is.

PIERS MORGAN: ?even though yours is just as pitchy. Which seems to make you a sexist pig!

— Good Morning Britain, ITV, 25 June, 2018

Rare to find myself agreeing with Piers Morgan. But clearly, we have a long way to go before those trailblazing female football journalists are treated with respect.



Comments (1)

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  • Warren :

    17 Jul 2018 2:28:14pm

    Lucy Zelic also received abuse - from the media no less!! She was using the correct pronunciation of players names, which was a no-no. Bunch of idiots everywhere.


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