The important role that journalists play in covering conflicts and the inherent dangers that they face are often overlooked and underestimated. It is clear that journalists and their essential function in reporting on conflicts are misunderstood and that they have become effective targets in waging war. This article looks at the legal protection available to journalists in times of armed conflict, whether these are respected and how they may be improved. The author argues that with the recent deliberate arrests, attacks and murders of journalists, the dynamic of protecting this profession has changed and their deployment to war zones need to be better weighed and prepared.
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