German broadcaster slams groping of female World Cup reporter
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- German public broadcaster Deutsche
Welle Thursday condemned the sexual harassment of one of
its correspondents who was groped and kissed while reporting live from Russia
on the World Cup.
Colombian journalist Julieth
Gonzalez Theran was reporting from the Russian city of Saransk when a man
appeared suddenly, one hand grabbing her arm and the other her breast while
kissing her on the cheek.
"The zero-tolerance rule
applies here, such assaults are not acceptable," said the broadcaster's
chief editor Ines Pohl in a statement.
"We must all strive for
female reporters to be able to do their jobs at major sporting events. And that
begins with calling these things by their names -- this is not a trivial
offence, but a sexual assault."
Theran carried on with her
reporting during the live broadcast and said the man had disappeared by the
time she turned around after the camera stopped filming.
"Lots of people think that
the reporter is only there to bring some colour to the picture. But we want to
talk about systems and strategy," said the sports journalist.
Expressing her gratitude for the
messages of support she received, Theran, who works for the broadcaster's
Spanish channel, voiced determination to continue doing her job.
"The assault is the topic
today, but tomorrow I would like to speak about football again," she said.
The assault against Theran came
at a time when the online #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct has made
waves around the world, prompting victims to come forward to report harassment,
including by leading figures in industry and the arts.