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These women journalists were doing their jobs. That made them targets

By Taylor Lorenz

14 Feb 2023 · 17 min read

Editor's Note

As part of a global investigation, the Post shows how female journalists who tackle difficult subjects are often attacked and humiliated online. Some even have the misfortune to lose their jobs.

When Gharidah Farooqi interviews a male politician for television, she does research and plans out her questions, as any journalist would. She is professional, well-dressed and asks pertinent follow-up questions.

But every move she makes, every gesture and expression, is scrutinized by mobs of observers online. Everything - the clothing she wears, the questions she asks while interviewing someone - is fuel for an avalanche of mostly anonymous online abuse that for years has ridiculed her and her work.

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