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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Protecting Journalists In Danger Zones

Ben Saul, University of Sydney Faculty of Law, has published "The International Protection of Journalists in Armed Conflict and Other Violent Situations," at 14 Australian Journal of Human Rights 99 (2008). Here is the abstract.


Journalists and war correspondents have long assumed a special importance in investigating and documenting war crimes and other human rights violations in armed conflict. In recent years, threats to the safety of journalists have proliferated. This article considers how international law protects journalists and media personnel and objects from violence. The examines the legal regimes applicable in international armed conflict, followed by non-international conflict, and finally violent situations (or public emergencies) beneath the level of armed conflict (such as low-level insurgency, terrorism or other domestic unrest). While the normative legal frameworks protecting journalists and media objects are well developed, the application of those norms raises complex interpretive issues which are examined in this article, while there remains the residual problem - common to humanitarian law as a whole - of securing enforcement and implementation of those norms.

Download the article from SSRN here.

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