CRIME

New book examines gender's role in press freedom

Sexualized violence, online harassment and gender-based discrimination all play a role in inhibiting press freedom according to a new book by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The book, released Wednesday, is part of the organization's annual "Attacks on the Press," series. The 2016 edition brings together essays by CPJ staff and outside experts highlights the challenges and courage of journalists facing these threats.

In one essay, Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima describes being raped as punishment her reporting but still found the strength to carry on. Another details the challenges faced by gay and transgender journalists who suffer discrimination both inside and out of the newsroom.

The book is being launched at the Newseum in Washington D.C. and at Columbia University in New York City.