El Guardian: Apologize and Fire Journalist Publishing Rape Threat
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El Guardian: Apologize and Fire Journalist Publishing Rape Threat

    1. Violet Kittappa
    2. Petition by

      Violet Kittappa

      Brooklyn, NY

May 2011


When the Argentinian magazine El Guardián published a reporter named Juan Terranova writing columns with explicit rape threats, local and international activists demanded that the publication print an apology and fire the journalist. But despite thousands joining the campaign, El Guardián refused to do the right thing.

Activists pressed on, calling on the magazine's international advertisers Fiat and Lacoste to pull their advertising campaigns. Both global brands agreed, and after weeks of ongoing local and international campaigning, the magazine was forced to concede, printing an formal apology and firing the writer.

Inti Maria Tidball-Binz, the woman who was directly threatened by Juan Terranova, told us she was touched by the solidarity: "What started off as something terrible turned into something beautiful, not just personally but also as a first step in changing the high levels of discrimination in the media in Argentina. We have set precedents. We have spoken out for all those who are currently discriminated against and threatened in the media...I've felt enormously empowered by all of this support."

Emily May, Executive Director of Hollaback! went on to frame the campaign victory as one not just for Argentina, but for women around the world: "What started as a simple petition quickly became a cross-continent campaign.  We worked swiftly and collaboratively across multiple languages and time zones, and I couldn't have been more impressed with the Change.org team.  We started this to win this. And together, we did."

Congratulations to everyone who played a part in this victory. This change would not have happened without the action of thousands of individuals who have helped confirm that threats of violence and rape are not funny, clever or thought-provoking, and do not fall within international standards of free speech.


3 de marzo de 2011, el diario Argentino El Guardian publicó un artículo escrito por el periodista Juan Terranova discutiendo el trabajo de una activista local de Hollaback!/Atrévete! Internacional el cual contenía comentarios racistas, homófobos y sexistas.

La versión original del artículo se mantiene sin editar en el blog de Terranova con la última frase que expresa su deseo de encontrarse de con la representante de Hollaback!/Atrévete! Buenos Aires y "romperle el culo a pijazos".

Gracias al esfuerzo de miles de activistas de Change.org, los grandes anunciantes Fiat y Lacoste han accedido a retirar sus campañas de anuncios de la revista, debido a que no quieren ser asociados con una revista que publica amenazas de violación. Ahora es el momento para la revista para hacer lo correcto y despedir a Juan Terranova.

La responsabilidad moral de El Guardián para con sus lectores y la comunidad de Buenos Aires no deja espacio para la asociación con periodistas de tan baja talla como Terranova y sus escritos repletos de odio y violencia.

Un llamado a la violación se debe de contrarrestar con un llamamiento a la resignación.

Hollaback!/Atrévete! y su comunidad global de hombres, mujeres y aliados en los medios de comunicación respaldan la idea de que las amenazas de violencia y la violación no son graciosos, inteligentes ni invitan a la reflexión, y no conforman las normas internacionales de libertad de expresión, sino que atentan contra los derechos humanos básicos entran en el ámbito de la actividad ilegal.

Tal comportamiento no puede quedar sin consecuencias.

Demanda que El Guardián mantenga su responsabilidad ante los ciudadanos de Buenos Aires, Argentina, y la comunidad mundial, y acepte la renuncia de Juan Terranova, con efecto inmediato.



On March 3, 2011, Argentinian news publication El Guardian published an article written by journalist Juan Terranova that discussed a local activist's work with Hollaback International and contained racist, homophobic, and sexist remarks.

The original version of the article remains unedited on Terranova's blog with the final sentence expressing his desire to meet the Buenos Aires Hollaback representative and rape her in the ass. 

Thanks to the work of thousands of activists on Change.org, major advertisers Fiat and Lacoste have already agreed to pull their ad campaigns from the magazine, as they do not want to be associated with a magazine that prints rape threats. Now it is time for the magazine to do the right thing and fire Juan Terranova.

El Guardian's moral responsibility to its readers and the Buenos Aires community does not leave room for association with journalists of low caliber like Terranova and his hateful, violent, inflammatory writings.

A call for rape must be met with a call for resignation.

Hollaback and its international community of men and women and media allies stand by the idea that threats of violence and rape are not funny, clever or thought-provoking, and do NOT fall within international standards of free speech; rather, they infringe upon another human being's basic human rights and cross into the realm of illegal activity. 

Such behavior must be met with consequences.

Demand that El Guardian uphold its responsibility to the citizens of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the global community, and accept the resignation of Juan Terranova effective immediately.

Recent signatures


    1. Victory! El Guardián Fires Juan Terranova

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      When Juan Terranova, a journalist making rape threats, was published in the respected Argentine magazine El Guardián, activists on Change.org sprang into action. Working with the anti-street harassment organization Hollaback!, we called on El...

    2. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Apology expected in today's edition of the magazine, but it's not yet clear if El Guardian has stopped publishing Juan Terranova

    3. Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      The next edition for El Guardián comes out tomorrow, we'll be watching to see if they apologise.

    4. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      This article came out on Saturday in Pagina 12, it is a defense of our position and really takes a stand against Terranova. She's quite influential, too.

    5. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Negotiations between HollaBack and El Guardian are ongoing over the weekend. The magazine knows it made a mistake, it's just a question of how mature they are willing to be in taking responsibility for it. Will keep everyone updated the minute we have news.

    6. It's Time for El Guardián to Fire Juan Terranova

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      When Argentina's El Guardián printed a columnist making rape threats in the March 3rd issue of the magazine, activists on Change.org sprang to action to demand that the journalist be fired.
      A month and a half later, though the magazine has not...

    7. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      This campaign now has supporters in 75 countries!

    8. Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      Campaign update: Both Fiat and Lacoste have confirmed they will no longer be advertising in El Guardian

    9. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      The activist the threat was launched against in Argentina was just contacted for an interview with INADI, the Argentine government's regulatory organization for discrimination in the media. Stay tuned for more on how that goes!

    10. Violet Kittappa
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone,

      Thanks so much for supporting our petition to get Juan Terranova fired from El Guardian after he threatened rape to prove a point. We've found out that Terranova will be participating in a one-day online reality show tomorrow (April 2) with six other Hispanic literary figures.

      His broadcast will be on this page:

      Users will be able to make comments during the live broadcast (Terranova will be on from 2:45 - 4:30 PM or 1:45-3:30 EST) through the website as well as Facebook and Twitter. We want to send a message to Terranova that says that we will not tolerate rape threats!

      Will you join us tomorrow between 2:45 - 4:30 PM (1:45-3:30EST) in tweeting at Terranova so our message gets across loud and clear? You can tweet him at @juanterranova or comment directly on the website by signing into Facebook. If you don't speak Spanish, you can use this message, "Las insinuaciones de violencia y violación no son graciosas, astutas ni invitan a la reflexión. Disculpas a la representante de Hollaback." which translates to: "Threats of violence and rape are not funny, clever or thought-provoking. Apologize to the representative of Hollaback."

      Thanks for keeping this campaign running strong!
      - Hollaback

    11. Reached 3 signatures
    12. Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      No response yet from El Guardian, but campaigners are starting to look at other ways to apply pressure. Please help keep the pressure up.

    13. Reached 2 signatures
    14. Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      Juan Terranova will be participating in a Spanish literary reality TV show
      (article in Spanish)

    15. Reached 1 signatures
    16. Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      Holla Back International discusses the importance of fighting street harassment

    17. Reached 1 signatures
    18. Argentinian Journalist Threatens Rape To Prove a Point

      Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      Every day, women around the world are whistled at on their way to work, cat called on their trip to the grocery store, harangued while they walk their dog, and otherwise harassed as they go about their daily business. In some of these situations,...

    19. Reached 750 signatures
    20. Weldon Kennedy
      Managing Director, Europe

      writer Meredith Slater and the Hollaback team are working to take this action to the next level. Watch for more info this weekend.

    21. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nina Buraschi MUñIZ, ARGENTINA
      • over 3 years ago

      Terranova´s email:


      • over 3 years ago

      Totally unacceptable!

    • vanne hanisch-godoy VICTORIA, AK
      • over 3 years ago

      If he is saying this in public, then what is he doing when NO one is around???? Yes, get down Juan and leave the position for a more mature and intelligent Journalist!!!

    • Bruce Whitney BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • over 3 years ago

      Vicious and violent threats have no place in public discourse. Resign!

    • Geneve Keel NEWPORT, KY
      • over 3 years ago

      Is Terranova crazy? He must be. If he is any kind of journalist at all, he would not have made any threat toward anyone, woman or man. He MUST resign or have his employment terminated because this kind of writing is sick!


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