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PEN America Fights Online Harassment with New Field Manual

Writers and journalists are facing unprecedented levels of online hate and harassment.

PEN America views this as a clear threat to free expression. Their brand-new Online Harassment Field Manual is a a highly concrete and practical aid for writers and journalists around the world, created in an effort to aid those who must navigate online spaces as they exist today.

This new manual is designed to give people resources, tools, and tips to help them respond safely and effectively to incidents of online harassment and hateful speech, and to encourage them to stay online, to keep speaking out, and to keep writing. Featuring first-person interviews with writers and journalists who have been targeted online and who refuse to be silenced along with comprehensive information about how to enhance cybersecurity, establish supportive online communities, confront online abuse head-on, practice self-care, and engage law enforcement during severe episodes of harassment, the manual also offers best practices to allies of writers and journalists as well as the institutions that employ them.

PEN America invites you to explore everything the Online Harassment Field Manual has to offer, and to share this information widely with writers, partner organizations, and others in your circles who might benefit from it.

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