Cambridge [etc.] : Cambridge University Press, 2017
This chapter explores how propaganda and media warfare intersect with the international law framework governing conflict, focusing on how information operations and media coverage link back to legal compliance — specifically claims of law violations or compliance — and legitimacy. In essence, the information battlespace has a significant effect on the application and interpretation of the law of armed conflict, including the very definitions that form the heart of the legal framework. Media coverage is an essential tool for the protection of persons and the enforcement of legal and moral norms. At the same time, in order to preserve the law of armed conflict (LOAC)’s principles and processes, it is helpful to understand how the two interrelate and, in particular, how media coverage’s impact on public discourse can have significant and problematic consequences for the interpretation and development of LOAC.