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NUJ condemns online forum targeting journalists

4 February 2016

The NUJ has condemned calls by an anti-feminism blogger and self-styled 'pick-up artist' to publish personal contact details and addresses of male and female journalists from around the world on his online forum.

Daryush Valizadeh, who calls himself "Roosh V" announced "Operation Bullhorn: Gathering intel on lying reporters" via his online forum and aimed to "hit back against the enemy". His online forum includes the names, pictures and contact details of journalists based in the UK, Europe, Canada and the US.

The names published on the site – which has now been made private –  include reporters from the UK, with a statement accusing journalists of lying:

"Where did this worldwide mob get the idea that we are meeting to discuss rape tactics? Through the media. Dozens of reporters have now blatantly lied about all of us being ‘pro rape’ and having a ‘rape advocacy platform.’ They have frothed up a crazy mob that is ready to dox and assault. We must hold journalists fully accountable for their incitement."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"This is the tactics of fascists – plastering a journalist’s personal information over the internet in a pathetic attempt to intimidate them. Valizadeh has the nerve to attack journalists as a crazy mob, when he’s actively encouraging those who lap up his anti-women rhetoric to make a note of reporters’ home addresses and ‘save them for possible future use.’"

The BBC reports that Daryush Valizadeh is a self-styled 'neo-masculinist' and pick-up artist who wrote an article in 2015 calling for the legalisation of rape on private property as a way to "defeat rape culture". He has since said the post was satirical. He has also created the Return of Kings group, supporting an agenda that men are superior to women and oppressed by feminism.

Tags: , feminism, women, women in the nuj, women's rights, online, harassment, surveillance, cyberbullying