7 November 2019 - 13.00-14.30 / Room 11 - Council of Europe

The online safety of women journalists goes beyond gender equality and press freedom, directly impacting the quality of our democracies and the public’s right to diverse sources of news. This simple truth unfolds in A Dark Place through first-hand experiences shared by leading women journalists targeted with online violence and experts in the fields of human rights, gender and media freedom from Serbia, Spain, the UK, Finland, the US., Turkey and Russia.

Produced by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, in cooperation with the International Press Institute (IPI), and filmed and directed by IPI Head of Digital Communications Javier Luque, A Dark Place premiered in Vienna on Dec. 10, 2018, on International Humans Rights Day.

Followed by a Questions & Answers session hosting




Banu Güven is one of Turkey’s leading women journalists, pushed out of the country’s mainstream media due to her critical approach and targeted by online smear campaigns. She was anchor of Late Night and Prime Time news at NTV for 14 years and at IMC TV for 3 years. The latter was closed down under emergency rule in 2016. She now works freelance and writes columns for Deutsche Welle Turkish, Cosmo ARD and diken.com.tr. She is the holder of the Henri Nannen Prize for her Outstanding Performance in Journalism in 2017.

HAAS Julia

Julia HAAS

Project Associate, Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Julia Haas is an international law and human rights expert. In her work, she has focused on international relations, the intersection of technology and human rights, and the prevention of marginalization. Julia particularly focuses on policy research and development in the field of internet governance and digital participation, and is responsible for the OSCE's project on Safety of Female Journalists Online. Previously, she worked as legal officer and adviser for human rights at the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Vienna, and, in her PhD studies, specializes on the impact of digital innovations on freedom of the media.



Executive Director, International Press Institute (IPI)

Barbara Trionfi is Executive Director at the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists dedicated to safeguarding and fostering media freedom and promoting quality, independent journalism. Barbara joined IPI in 2000, as a press freedom adviser for the Asia-Pacific region, where she had previously studied and worked for over four years, carrying out research in the field of human rights and freedom of expression. Later, as press freedom manager, she oversaw IPI’s global press freedom monitoring and coordinated IPI’s global advocacy. With an academic background in international relations and human rights, Barbara has taught courses at Webster University, Vienna in Media Ethics, Media Literacy and Cultural Diversity and the Media. Her field of expertise covers different areas related to press freedom and freedom of expression, including self-regulatory media accountability systems, safety of journalists, and international mechanisms to protect press freedom.