Don't shoot the messenger : prospects for protecting journalists in conflict situations
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Media, war and conflict, Vol. 2, no. 2, 2009, p. 129-148
Joanne M. Lisosky, Jennifer Henrichsen
During the last 20 years, an alarming number of journalists have been targeted or killed when reporting about war. This situation has prompted several internationaI organizations to offer suggestions on how to protect the messengers who report about war. In this study, the authors provide a historical overview of journalist protection. In addition, they explore a number of recent declarations, resolutions and strategies introduced to protect journalists targeted in conflict zones. One particularly controversial strategy, the Press Enblem Campaign, is examined by interviewing various international stakeholders. The authors demonstrate that while no clear comprehensive method to protect journalists has yet to be universally accepted, this global problem has generated increased international attention.