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People participate in a protest against a recent U.S. immigration policy of separating children from their families when they enter the United States as undocumented immigrants, outside the Tornillo Tranist Center, in Tornillo News professionals publish open letter against ongoing industry misogyny
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  <b>Jokes about breasts and kissing, and lack of gender diversity, at a summit about women in media belied widespread acknowledgement of gender inequality, says an open letter published </b><b>by worldwide news industry figures.</b>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">They refer to a conference held in early June during the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Association_of_Newspapers_and_News_Publishers">World Association of News Publishers</a>’ (WAN-IFRA) <a href="https://events.wan-ifra.org/events/70th-world-news-media-congress-25th-world-editors-forum">World News Congress. </a>Senior news professionals who attended the Women in News Summit </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">write in the letter that despite a widespread </span><a href="http://www.niemanlab.org/2018/06/if-you-dont-have-gender-equality-in-your-newsroom-its-like-running-on-one-leg-and-in-the-current-climate-the-male-leg-is-limping/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">drive for greater gender equality in media organizations</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (</span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nieman Lab</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">), women at the event still received sexist treatment.</span>
  <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Association_of_Newspapers_and_News_Publishers"><span style="font-weight: 400;">WAN-IFRA</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is a non-profit organization made up of newspaper associations and agencies in 100 countries that has represented more than 18,000 publications globally. It says </span><a href="http://www.wan-ifra.org/press-releases/2018/06/11/lisa-macleod-head-of-digital-at-tiso-blackstar-elected-vice-president-of-w"><span style="font-weight: 400;">more than 800 people attended the summit</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Although 46 percent of the summit’s speakers were women, on-stage diversity was lacking and there were “rampant displays of sexism and sexual harassment” at one of the conference’s dinner events, the letter says. (</span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">WikiTribune </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">has published the full letter [<strong>add link</strong>] in conjunction with <em>Nieman Lab,</em> <em>Rappler, NewsMavens</em> and five other media outlets</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.)</span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">The head of the Portuguese press association, Joao Palmeiro, “persuaded” a group of women organisers onto the stage before trying to kiss one of them, shown in a </span><a href="https://twitter.com/YusufOmarSA/status/1004852271807594497"><span style="font-weight: 400;">video posted</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> by journalist Yusuf Omar who attended the event.</span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">In another controversial moment, the letter says, the ceremony host </span><a href="https://www.thequint.com/neon/gender/portugal-wnc-2018-charlies-angels-breasts-wan-ifra-sexism"><span style="font-weight: 400;">compared fake news with artificial breasts</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Attendees and social media users reacted negatively, causing what the open letter describes as a “#MeToo moment for journalism events.”</span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Palmeiro and WAN-IFRA have since apologized, and in the aftermath </span><a href="http://www.wan-ifra.org/press-releases/2018/06/11/lisa-macleod-head-of-digital-at-tiso-blackstar-elected-vice-president-of-w"><span style="font-weight: 400;">appointed South African editor Lisa MacLeod as the new vice president of its board</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the first woman to told the position.</span>
  The open letter asks industry professionals to reassess their behavior and to prompt action towards ending misogyny in the sector.
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">It comes after the #MeToo campaign brought about a global movement against workplace sexual harassment, notably by Hollywood <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/10/15/culture/developing-harvey-weinstein-scandal/7364/">producer Harvey Weinstein</a>, who was one of the first high-profile men to be accused of harassment, and then held accountable. </span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">#Times Up, the movement that followed, moved to bring an end to workplace sexual harassment and worked towards raising money for legal funds for victims.</span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">But critics of the summit and writers of the letter say more needs to be done to end sexist behavior.</span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">“When it comes to gender diversity, the events of last week in Portugal convince me that while we have made progress, we have a long way to go,” said Melanie Walker, the director of media development and WAN-IFRA’s Women in News program.</span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">The letter reflects this: “The 2018 World News Congress was a study in contrasts, one indicative of the news industry’s treatment of women: symbolic (and at times substantial) gestures of respect interspersed with real, sometimes shocking sexual discrimination and harassment … It’s time to stop talking about the need for equality and start actively reforming the industry.”</span>
  The group has also launched a <a href="https://www.change.org/p/journalists-end-misogyny-in-the-news-industry-a-call-to-real-action-for-organizations-worldwide?signed=true">Change.org petition</a> calling for the set of "principles" outlined in the open letter to be enacted to end gender inequality in the media.
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">How should</span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> WikiTribune </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">cover this?</span>
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   <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A news feature on the letter asking how it either fits into, or pushes forward, recent movements towards ending workplace sexual harassment and sexism. </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Could it be the next movement since #MeToo to take action in targeting sexual harassment in the news industry?</span></i></li>
   <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">An interview-led piece with the founders of the letter, including NewsMavens co-founder Zuzanna Ziomecka (a </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">WikiTribune</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> partner)</span></li>
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