This article looks at the protection of journalists covering armed conflicts under international criminal and humanitarian law. It discusses the international concerns over the protection of journalists and examines the contemporary relevance of the notions of "war correspondent", "independent journalist" and "embedded journalist" under IHL. The author argues that the critical issue is not the legal framework protecting journalists per se, but its enforcement. It is suggested that States should take supplementary steps such as enacting laws protecting journalists covering armed conflicts and prosecuting perpetrators of crimes against journalists.
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